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NY court: It’s not slanderous to falsely claim someone is gay

Friday, June 1, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A New York appellate court on Thursday ruled that it was not slanderous to falsely say that another person is gay. [ Read more → ]
Brandon McInerney

McInerney sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing of gay classmate

Monday, December 19, 2011
VENTURA, Calif. -- Brandon McInerney was sentenced Monday to 21 years in state prison for the execution style killing of openly gay classmate Lawrence King during a computer lab class three years ago. [ Read more → ]
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Teen charged in murder of gay classmate agrees to 21-year prison term

Monday, November 21, 2011
Brandon McInerney — accused of murdering gay classmate Lawrence King in February of 2008 at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard — has struck a plea deal with prosecutors, and agreed to spend the next 21 years in prison. [ Read more → ]
Alison Nathan

U.S. Senate confirms lesbian as newest judge in New York federal court

Thursday, October 13, 2011
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed openly lesbian Alison Nathan as the newest U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York. The vote was 48-44 in favor of Nathan's nomination to the Court -- among the 44 nay votes were five Democrats and all Republicans. [ Read more → ]
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Mistrial declared in King murder trial after jury fails to reach consensus

Thursday, September 1, 2011
A judge in California on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case of an Oxnard teenager accused of the execution-style murder of an openly gay classmate, Lawrence King. [ Read more → ]
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Defense rests in murder trial of gay teen; accused refuses to testify

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Defense attorneys on Monday rested their case in the murder trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, accused in the 2008 execution-style slaying of Lawrence King, a gay classmate. [ Read more → ]
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Defense witnesses: childhood molestation triggered violent reaction to gay classmate

Friday, August 5, 2011
Testimony in the murder trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, accused of killing an openly gay classmate, brought new revelations of McInerney's abusive childhood, and testimony that the victim antagonized McInerney by parading around in makeup and high heels. [ Read more → ]
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King murder trial resumes — defense claims accused was sexually harassed

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Testimony resumes this week in the murder trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, accused of the 2008 execution-style shooting of an openly gay classmate, then-15-year-old Lawrence King. [ Read more → ]
Paul Oetken

U.S. Senate confirms first openly gay man to serve as federal court judge

Monday, July 18, 2011
The U.S. Senate on Monday evening confirmed confirmed J. Paul Oetken to the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the first openly gay man to serve as federal judge in U.S. history. [ Read more → ]
Brian McInerney (left), and Lawrence King

Trial gets underway of California teen charged with killing gay classmate

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Opening arguments are scheduled to get underway Tuesday in the trial of Brandon McInerney, charged with the execution style killing of a gay classmate in 2008. [ Read more → ]
Vaughn Walker

Federal court judge who struck down Proposition 8 confirms he’s gay

Thursday, April 7, 2011
The U.S. judge who struck down California's ban on gay marriage, confirmed for the first time publicly on Wednesday that his is gay, and said he never considered his own homosexuality as a reason to recuse himself from the case. [ Read more → ]
Brian McInerney (left), and Lawrence King

Jury selection planned in trial of teen charged with killing gay classmate

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Jury selection is scheduled to get under way next month in the murder trial of Brandon McInerney, who is charged with the execution style killing of a gay classmate in 2008. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Deval Patrick (left) and Justice Baraba Lenk

Massachusetts Governor nominates first gay justice to state’s highest court

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday tapped Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk to be his fourth pick for the state's Supreme Judicial Court, and the court's first openly gay nominee. [ Read more → ]
Allison Nathan

Obama nominates lesbian attorney to federal bench in New York district court

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The White House announced last week the nomination of former Associate White House Counsel Alison Nathan for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. [ Read more → ]
Sabrina McKenna

Hawaii governor appoints lesbian judge to state Supreme Court

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) has nominated lesbian judge Sabrina McKenna to the state's Supreme Court. “I don't think I ever would have imagined achieving this kind of honor in my life,” McKenna said. “I do think that the world is changing, and I think that my appointment is an example of that.” [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge rules against ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ over health care benefits

Thursday, January 20, 2011
More and more challenges to the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) have been hitting the courts and getting shafted by federal judges: U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland ruled Wednesday that state employees can sue the federal government over their same-sex partners’ exclusion from long-term health care benefits. [ Read more → ]
Phyllis Randolf Frye

Houston mayor appoints longtime transgender activist as associate municipal judge

Thursday, November 18, 2010
HOUSTON -- Mayor Annise Parker has appointed Houston attorney and longtime transgender activist Phyllis Randolph Frye as an associate municipal judge. Frye will become the first transgender judge in Texas and only the third in the country. [ Read more → ]
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Judge denies stay in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ruling — military begins accepting gay recruits

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A federal judge on Tuesday denied a government request to delay her order to halt discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the Pentagon took the unprecedented steps to begin allowing openly gay recruits to enlist, or re-enlist, in the U.S. Armed Forces. [ Read more → ]
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Campaign underway in Iowa to oust judges who supported gay marriage

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
A political-action committee wants voters to remove 3 Iowa Supreme Court justices in retaliation for the 2009 Court ruling that said there was “no important governmental interest in denying citizens marriage licenses based on their sexual orientation.” [ Read more → ]
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Vaughn Walker, federal judge who presided over Prop 8 trial, announces retirement

Friday, October 1, 2010
The federal judge who attracted national attention for his decision last month striking down California's Proposition 8 and lambasting supporters of traditional marriage, has announced that he will retire from the bench in February. As Chief Judge for the Northern District of California, Vaughn R.... [ Read more → ]
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Ten states file anti-gay marriage brief in Proposition 8 appeal

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Ten U.S. states signed onto a legal brief Friday in opposition to same-sex marriage, claiming a federal court “exceeded its judicial authority” when it ruled that California's Proposition 8 -- the 2008 voter-approved ban on gay marriage -- was "unconstitutional." The amicus brief sent Friday... [ Read more → ]
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Judge orders military to reinstate lesbian reservist fired under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Friday, September 24, 2010
A federal judge on Friday ordered the reinstatement of a decorated Air Force Reserve flight nurse who was discharged from the military under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that bans openly gay service members. [caption id="attachment_10855" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Witt"][/caption] In a judgment hailed by... [ Read more → ]
Martin Gill and the two brothers he and his parter hoped to adopt.

Appeals court upholds ruling: Florida’s ban on gay adoption ‘unconstitutional’

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
A court ruling declaring Florida's ban against gay adoption unconstitutional was upheld Wednesday in a decision by the Third District Court of Appeals in Miami, affirming the controversial adoption of two foster children by a gay Miami couple. [caption id="attachment_10827" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Martin Gill and... [ Read more → ]
Margaret Witt

Federal judge to rule on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discharge of lesbian reservist

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
[caption id="attachment_10791" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Margaret Witt"][/caption] Closing arguments concluded Tuesday in the case of a lesbian who wants to be reinstated to the Air Force Reserve in Washington state. Former Major Margaret Witt testified on Monday in a trial at the U.S. Courthouse in Tacoma,... [ Read more → ]
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Federal appeals court dismisses lawsuit over gay marriage speech

Saturday, September 18, 2010
A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a community college student who claimed a professor violated his right to free speech by stopping him from finishing a speech against gay marriage. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals... [ Read more → ]
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