July 5, 2012
By Scottie Thomaston
- In case you missed it, the district court judge in Pedersen v. OPM denied the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group’s motion to stay the proceedings while Windsor v. USA is on appeal to the Second Circuit. Since the stay request was rejected, the judge is now free to issue a ruling on the merits.
- Ari Ezra Waldman has a piece at Towleroad on the Justice Department’s two petitions for certiorari in DOMA challenges. And here at P8TT Lambda Legal’s Jon Davidson answers questions on these developments.
- Chris Stoll from the National Center for Lesbian Rights wonders if Chief Justice John Roberts might vote to strike down DOMA.
- Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade has a report about the next steps for LGBT health care reform now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius.
- Via Think Progress, it turns out that the fears of military chaplains leaving in huge numbers if Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed were a bit exaggerated.
- Via Pam Spaulding, a court in Sweden tossed out a rape charge because the accused rapist thought the victim’s gender was female and the victim is male.