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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco

Federal appeals court may take another look at ‘heightened scrutiny’ ruling

Friday, March 28, 2014
A federal appeals court ruling that had appeared to make it harder for states to justify a ban on same-sex marriage, by raising the constitutional barrier to laws based on sexual orientation, may now be given a new look.  [ Read more → ]

Federal appeals court: Jurors may not be removed based on sexual orientation

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that potential jurors may not be removed from a trial during jury selection solely because of sexual orientation, extending to gays and lesbians a civil right that the U.S. Supreme Court has previously promised only women and racial minorities. [ Read more → ]

Court to decide if juror can be dismissed based on sexual orientation

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- An appeals court gave little indication Wednesday whether a potential juror can be booted from a trial solely because of sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Senate committee includes juror non-discrimination in appropriations bill

Thursday, July 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Legislation that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT citizens in the federal jury selection process has been included in the Financial Services Appropriations bill for fiscal 2014, following a Senate committee markup earlier this week. [ Read more → ]

W.Va. House scraps bills to prohibit jury discrimination against gays

Saturday, April 13, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bid that would have prohibited discrimination against gays and lesbians in jury selection in West Virginia failed in the state House. [ Read more → ]

W.Va. House approves bill prohibiting jury discrimination against gays

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Gays and lesbians can be fired or evicted in West Virginia because of their sexual orientation, but they could no longer be excluded from serving on juries under a bill passed by the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. [ Read more → ]

Want to get out of jury duty? Just say you’re gay!

Saturday, March 5, 2011
Earlier this week, in a rather simple statement and wonderful declaration of his second-class citizenship, New York musical theatre actor and model, Jonathan D. Lovitz challenged one of his civic duties -- jury duty. [ Read more → ]
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