Same-sex couple’s adoption case headed to Supreme Court
Civil rights groups ask judge to order gay-marriage licenses in Alabama.
The reigning baseball and football champions, along with baseball’s small-market Tampa Bay Rays, are among the thousands of businesses, religious groups, advocacy organizations and politicians who are filing legal briefs at the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage. Feb. 9, 2015: Shay French, right, and Kiera Willis, both of Mobile, Ala., embrace after learning that Mobile County probate judge Don Davis refused to issue marriage licenses at the Mobile County Probate office. (AP) MOBILE, Ala. – A group of civil rights organizations filed a motion Friday asking a federal judge to order Alabama probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and to expand a suit challenging the state’s gay-marriage ban.
The Assembly granted final approval of the right-to-work bill that allows employees in union workplaces to opt out of dues and membership 62-35 along party lines. The brief argues that throughout US history, gay and lesbian people have been discriminated against and the governments on the federal, state and local levels have contributed to that history.
District Judge Callie Granade in Mobile includes Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Granade of United States District Court, could trigger the next salvo in a showdown between state and federal judiciaries over same-sex marriage in one of the nation’s most conservative states. Gay individuals have “encountered numerous barriers – public and private, symbolic and create – that have prevented them from full, free, and equal participation in American life,” stated the brief, according to the Huffington Post. “It should go without saying that marriage is much more than a government incentive program to encourage biological parents to stay together,” the brief states, according to the Huffington Post.
BOSTON — A Massachusetts high school dean charged with the attempted execution-style murder of a student he had inducted into an alleged drug ring had once worked with Boston police on efforts to combat drugs and gangs, a police spokesman said on Friday. The court will hear oral arguments April 28 in a case arising out of challenges to state laws banning gay marriage in Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio. The opening had been made possible by two rulings Judge Granade issued in late January that declared Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says he is not sure how his constituents feel about the issue, but said it wouldn’t affect his view either way. ‘‘I don’t think constitutional rights are subject to public opinion,’’ Cranley said.
In January, Supreme Court justices said they would hear cases from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, all four of which have banned gay marriage within their states, under the case Obergefell v. Four couples from California and Virginia who had wanted the court to use their cases to settle the issue of same-sex marriage nationwide also are calling on the justices to strike down state gay-marriage bans everywhere. Shaun Harrison, the now-fired dean of The English High School, hired one of his students to sell marijuana and shot the 17-year-old boy in the back of the head on a Boston street Tuesday night after a disagreement.
The justices will need to rule not only on whether state bans are constitutional, but also on whether states have to recognize same-sex marriages that were legally performed in other states. BOSTON — Hundreds of millions of Windows PC users are vulnerable to attacks exploiting the recently uncovered “Freak” security vulnerability, which was initially believed to only threaten mobile devices and Mac computers, Microsoft Corp warned on Thursday. The wreck of a derailed BNSF Railway train loaded with crude oil from North Dakota was still burning 164 miles west of Chicago on Friday, and the company warned that shipments along the line could be delayed up to 48 hours. … Two brothers were charged with murder on Friday stemming from the shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer during the botched robbery of a game store, authorities said.
And the motion asks that all of the same-sex couples wishing to marry in Alabama be named in addition to the four couples who are currently named as plaintiffs. That resolution, he argued, was merely symbolic and a distraction, since the city could do nothing to overturn a state statute. “I am not a big fan of signing toothless pledges, because I don’t find them very significant,” he said. Some state bans, it notes, are so broad that they’ve hampered municipal efforts to provide even basic benefits to gay couples. “Gay and lesbian couples live in all of our communities, where they raise children, support each other in sickness and in health, combine assets, buy homes and otherwise engage in all the indicia of marriage,” it says. “The stability of these family units directly benefit municipalities.” In many ways, Rawlings’ support for gay marriage is unremarkable. In 2007, the mayor’s race came down to a runoff between business executive Tom Leppert and openly gay council member Ed Oakley. (Leppert won.) Dallas mayors have routinely marched in an annual gay pride parade.
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