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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 → ]

UPDATE: Appeals court delays arguments in challenge to Nev. gay marriage ban

Monday, March 10, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A federal appeals court has postponed oral arguments on the challenge to Nevada's gay marriage ban just hours after it had set the hearing for April 9. [ Read more → ]

Federal appeals court upholds Calif. ban on reparative therapy for minors

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO --A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that prohibits psychological counseling aimed at changing a minor's sexual orientation. [ 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 → ]

Federal court orders review in gay Russian’s asylum case

Thursday, November 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court has ordered immigration officials to review their decision not to grant asylum to a gay man who said he was attacked for his sexual orientation in 2002 and 2003 in his native Russia and feared he would be... [ Read more → ]
Martha Coakley

Mass. AG leads coalition of states in court filing to support marriage equality

Saturday, October 26, 2013
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says laws in Nevada and Hawaii prohibiting same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

Lambda Legal appeals Nev. same-sex marriage ban to Ninth Circuit

Friday, October 18, 2013
Lambda Legal on Friday filed its opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a case on behalf of eight same-sex couples challenging the amendment to Nevada's constitution and other state laws banning marriage for same-sex couples. [ 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 → ]

Federal appeals court upholds Calif. ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy

Thursday, August 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the nation's first-of-its-kind law in California prohibiting health practitioners from offering psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight. [ Read more → ]

Federal appeals court says persecuted gay immigrant can stay in U.S.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal judges have permitted a gay Filipino immigrant to stay in the U.S. despite deportation orders because he has suffered persecution for his sexual orientation in his native land. [ Read more → ]

BREAKING: Kennedy rejects ‘emergency’ bid to stop gay marriages in Calif.

Sunday, June 30, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an emergency request to stop same-sex marriages in California, a lawyer for the gay couples who sued said Sunday. [ Read more → ]
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

BREAKING: U.S. appeals court in Calif. lifts hold on same-sex marriages

Friday, June 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze. [ Read more → ]

Appeals court: At least 25 days before Calif. gay marriage resumes

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court said Wednesday it will wait at least 25 days before making a decision on whether gay marriages can resume in California. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said backers of Proposition 8 - the state ban on gay marriages - have that long to ask the Supreme court to rehear the case. [ Read more → ]
Amanda Campbell (left) and Alison "Tex" Clark.

Federal judge rules same-sex spouse should get health benefits

Friday, April 26, 2013
SALEM, Ore. -- A federal appellate judge ruled this week the judiciary must grant health care benefits to the same-sex spouse of a federal public defender in Portland, and ruled that Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, enacted by voters in 2004, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act are both unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

Federal appeals court to hear challenge to Calif. gay therapy ban

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court is to hear arguments Wednesday on whether a first-of-its-kind law that prohibits licensed mental health professionals in California from offering therapies aimed at making gay and lesbian teenagers straight violates the civil rights of practitioners and parents. [ Read more → ]

Court grants delay of Cailf. law banning conversion therapy on LGBT minors

Friday, December 21, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday blocked the start of a new California law that prohibits therapists from practicing sexual orientation conversion, or "reparative," therapy on minors. [ Read more → ]

Appeals court: Boy Scouts can lease public land despite ban on gay members

Thursday, December 20, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Thursday said that two leases held by the Boy Scouts of America do not violate the constitutional separation of church and state, despite the Scouts' policies that prohibit atheists, agnostics and homosexuals from becoming members. [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court: Proposition 8, three other LGBT cases, not on court’s list

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday included no same-sex marriage cases in its first announcement of what lower court decisions it will review during the 2012-13 session. Legal activists will almost certainly begin speculating now whether the high court is preparing to refuse to hear an appeal to preserve California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8. That action could come as early as Monday, October 1, or be pending for weeks. [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court urged to reject Prop 8 appeal, allow marriage equality to resume in California

Saturday, August 25, 2012
The plaintiffs challenging California’s Proposition 8 on Friday filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the landmark federal appeals court ruling in Perry v. Brown (now Hollingsworth v. Perry) that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Ariz. governor petitions Supreme Court to deny same-sex partner benefits

Monday, July 9, 2012
PHOENIX -- Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal appeals court ruling that allows Arizona's state employees to keep their same-sex partners benefits, including health insurance. [ Read more → ]

Justice Department asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear two DOMA challenges

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
In a surprise move, the Obama Administration on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear two challenges relating to the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]

Federal appeals court to rule on motion in Prop 8 marriage equality case

Monday, June 4, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced Monday that it will issue a ruling in the request by the anti-gay groups supporting Proposition 8 whether it will grant an en banc review or deny it. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal on Christian group’s discrimination suit

Monday, March 19, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from Christian groups in a federal lawsuit that challenged a discrimination policy of the California State University system. [ Read more → ]

GOP group appeals California court ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional

Friday, February 24, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A group of Republican members of Congress who oppose gay rights filed an appeal today of a federal judge's ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]

Prop 8 supporters ask for appellate review by entire U.S. 9th Circuit Court

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- Supporters of California's ban on same-sex marriage are petitioning a review by the entire Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel of the court ruled the marriage ban as unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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