Friday, October 22, 2010

Five Legal Cases You Should Be Keeping an Eye On

Here are four cases that you should be keeping up on or know something about:

  1. Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America: This is the big one in the news right now so it gets to go first. This case involves the constitutionality of barring homosexuals from serving openly in the military. Ruled unconstitutional by the lower court, under appeal by the US government.
  2. Perry vs. Schwarzenegger: This case was brought up to argue that barring same sex marriage is unconstitutional... Ruled unconstitutional by the lower court, under appeal by the State of California is appealing.
  3. Massachusetts v. United States Department of Health and Human Services: This case was brought up to dispute the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act, specifically the federal governments definition of a marriage being between a man and a woman. Ruled unconstitutional by the lower court, under appeal by the US government.
  4. Nikki Araguz vs. her Mother-in-Law: In this case the mother-in-law (and husband ex wife) are suing a transsexual woman named Nikki Araguz over her deceased husbands death benefits. They argue that because Nikki was born a male she is still a male (an could not be legally married to a man) even though the state of Texas says that legally she is in fact a female. While it is technically a Texas case involving Texas laws it very well could have national implications. No ruling yet...
  5. ENDA: Last but not least is ENDA... This is new legislation that would bar discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity... It is stalled in congress so call or write your congress person and tell them to get moving!

Not an exhaustive list I am sure... Know of any more or have input about these cases feel free to comment below.

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