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Texas Supreme Court Takes a Look at Marriage Equality

TX state capitol building

The legal battle over marriage equality in the state is getting mixed up in the 2014 midterm elections as conservatives urge the court to let Texas discriminate against same-sex couples.

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Legal Wrap: Finally Some Justice for Bei Bei Shuai

Bei Bei Shuai's prosecution finally comes to an end.

Bei Bei Shuai’s prosecution finally comes to an end, and more good news from federal courts reviewing state-level abortion restrictions.

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Legal Wrap: The Fallacy of Admitting Privileges Restrictions, and GOP Targets Another Female Judicial Nominee

This week in legal news: the bad policy and law behind admitting privileges restrictions, and Republicans' obstructionism on judicial nominees becomes transparently misogynistic.

This week in legal news: the bad policy and law behind admitting privileges restrictions, and Republicans’ obstructionism on judicial nominees becomes transparently misogynistic.

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Welcome to Brazil, Pope Francis! Can We Please Talk About Contraception?

Pope Francis I at the installation Mass on March 19, 2013 in Vatican City.

Many who attend events during the pope’s visit would welcome an announcement that the Vatican will end its opposition to family planning. It might be too much to hope for, but some of us still believe in miracles.

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What Happens if Pride Parades Become Condom-Free?

What if they stop passing out condoms at Pride?

The organizers of Houston’s annual Pride parade, coming up this weekend, almost banned distributing condoms. And I have a lot of reasons to be skeptical about what a new “family-friendly” and “marriage-minded” LGBT community will mean for Pride.

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DOMA Unconstitutional, Prop 8 Dismissed. What’s Next?

A month since the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, the limits of the decision are already being tested in federal courts across the country.

The Supreme Court mostly settled the marriage equality question by striking DOMA and Prop 8 but refused to broadly recognize same-sex marriage rights.

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Is Marriage Equality Almost Here? Six Possible Outcomes of the DOMA and Prop 8 Cases

Sacramento, California, November 22, 2008: Protest against the passage of Proposition 8.

The Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 are expected to come down this month. We’ll soon find out if the Court has chosen to advance the cause of marriage equality, or if it will it leave it for another day.

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Griswold v. Connecticut and the Evolution of Personal Privacy Rights. What’s Next?

Outside the Supreme Court as Griswold was being decided.

A landmark decision about contraception likely paved the way for the legal acceptance of same-sex marriage.

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Legal Wrap: How Many Legal Challenges to the Birth Control Benefit Will Conservatives File?

The never-ending stream of legal challenges to the birth control benefit shows how focused the extreme right is on making safe, affordable health care an impossibility in this country.

The never-ending stream of legal challenges to the birth control benefit shows how focused the extreme right is on making safe, affordable health care an impossibility in this country.

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Same-Sex Marriage Bans Violate the Equal Protection Clause. End of Story

While New Jersey's governor is still fighting same-sex marriage in court, ceremonies are set to begin on Monday and the state's newly elected senator says he will be conducting some of them.

There is no legitimate overriding purpose for subjecting gays and lesbians to invidious discrimination based on sexual orientation, because, ultimately, once you chip away at arguments against same-sex marriage, you’re left with nothing but “because it’s gross.” And “Ewww” is not a reason to deny an entire class of citizens a fundamental right.

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