5 LGBT things you need to know today, Nov. 2

1. Steve Grasz, Trump’s nominee for federal judge for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, has been deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association due to a history of anti-LGBT stances, only the third nomi...
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Daniel Driffin: Yes to HIV decriminalization

Earlier this month, legislation in California was passed to update its HIV criminalization laws. Since the earliest days of the epidemic, more than 33 states have passed some version of legislation criminalizin...
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5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 17

1. A new article in The New Yorker details a conversation Donald Trump had with his then-running mate, Mike Pence, while the duo were on the campaign trail. According to an anonymous campaign staffer, Trump moc...
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5 LGBT things you need to know today, Oct. 5

1. California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill known as the “LGBT Seniors Bill of Rights," protecting older adults against discrimination in long-term care facilities. Roughly 2 million Americans 50 or older id...
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Prop 8 battle resumes Sept. 6

Georgians gather to support Prop 8 ruling

The legal battle over California's Proposition 8 will resume in September as the state's high court will take up the issue over whether supporters of a ballot initiative have the authority to fight court rulings if the state's governor and attorney general refuse to do so, according to the Associated Press.

The court will hear arguments on Sept. 6.

U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled in August 2010 that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown refused to challenge Walker's ruling.

Jerry Brown is now the governor of California.

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Federal appeals panel wants ruling on who can fight for Prop 8

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to defend Prop 8 in court

A 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel surprised many Proposition 8 observers Jan. 4 when it suddenly issued five documents relating to the case.

But there was no decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the landmark case testing whether voters in California violated the U.S. Constitution when they amended the state constitution to ban marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

The bottom line of the documents was that the three-judge panel that heard arguments in an appeal of the case punted a critical question regarding legal standing to the California Supreme Court.