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Discussion of: (1) big wins in federal court challenges to Mississippi's H.B. 1523 that have left the entire law blocked; (2) continuing developments in various federal courts on the question of whether Title VII covers employment discrimination based on sexual orientation; (3) good and bad news for LGBT parents in Maryland, Michigan, and Indiana; and (4) a great ruling in a federal class action lawsuit against the New York State Department of Health over a categorical Medicaid exclusion for cosmetic surgery in connection with gender transition. 

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After reading the names and ages of the victims of the Orlando attack, discussion of: (1) all of the competing legal moves over the last month in reaction to the terrible new laws in North Carolina and Mississippi; (2) some thorny issues involving the retroactivity of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision that we have seen several courts wrestling with as of late; and (3) legislative action in Italy that finally offers some relationship recognition to same-sex couples.

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Discussion of: (1) a ruling out of the Fourth Circuit calling into question the bathroom provisions of North Carolina's H.B. 2; (2) another in a series of New York appellate court decisions finding a way around the draconian Alison D. rule for parental standing; (3) an update on a 2014 story about a gay man suing over a public nudity arrest at San Diego Pride in 2011; and (4) an Oklahoma court that concluded oral sex is not rape if a victim is unconscious from drinking. 

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Discussion of: (1) a bad week in March for the Alabama Supreme Court, with a final concession on marriage equality and a reversal by the U.S. Supreme Court; (2) horrible anti-LGBT bills signed into law by the governors of North Carolina and Mississippi; (3) a federal court enjoining Mississippi from enforcing its ban on same-sex couples adopting; and (4) a bench slap from the First Circuit against a federal district court judge in Puerto Rico who did not think Obergefell applied there. 

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Discussion of: (1) the legacy of conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and how a nomination from President Obama to fill his seat may play out; (2) big parental rights wins for gay parents out of Kentucky and New Jersey; (3) a New York federal court grappling with the big question of whether Title VII covers sexual orientation discrimination; and (4) a sloppy Delaware health care provider that owes over $1 million in damages for leaking a man's HIV-positive status to his co-workers. 

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Discussion of: (1) a retroactive application of Windsor that may save a pension benefit for a lesbian widow; (2) an unanimous decision from the New York Appellate Division rejecting all of the statutory and constitutional defenses raised by the owners of an upstate wedding venue that discriminated against a same-sex couple; (3) panel and en banc rulings from a Texas appeals court denying standing to a transgender man seeking custody and visitation of children adopted by his former partner; and (4) a case raising the question of whether disability discrimination laws can shield HIV-positive individuals from being fired for using medical marijuana as recommended by a doctor. 

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Discussion of: (1) the U.S. Supreme Court's stay of a novel Alabama Supreme Court ruling involving the Full Faith and Credit Clause, signaling the strong possibility of a reversal; (2) another positive federal court decision finding that sexual orientation discrimination is covered sex discrimination, this time in the context of Title IX; (3) an additional big antidiscrimination development from a Massachusetts state court that found a Catholic school could not discriminate against a gay married man who applied to be the school's food services director; and (4) a bump in the road for Lambda Legal's federal court class action attempting to change Wisconsin's bad policy on birth certificates for the children of married same-sex couples. 

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Discussion of: (1) decisions from appellate courts in Oklahoma and Michigan extending standing for former partners in lesbian couples to seek custody or visitation of children they previously raised together as part of a couple; (2) an important new precedent from a New York federal court holding that all discrimination against transgender people by the government or any agent of the government is presumptively unconstitutional; (3) a ruling out of a Michigan federal court finding that the plaintiffs challenging the state policy for changing their gender on driver licenses sufficiently alleged a constitutionally-protected privacy interest in avoiding disclosure of their transgender status; and (4) two Mississippi Supreme Court justices who believe Obergefell can be ignored.

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Discussion of: (1) the latest developments concerning antidiscrimination law for the LGBT community, including the bad news out of Houston, the good news out of New York, and a stamp of approval for the EEOC's latest interpretation of Title VII from a federal judge; (2) an update on marriage equality in Ireland and Italy; (3) how a New York judge handled the dissolution of a Vermont civil union; and (4) a very funny ruling arising out of a gay male couple's plastic surgery.

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Discussion of: (1) how the Alabama Supreme Court manufactured a jurisdictional issue in order to deny recognition to a second-parent adoption granted in Georgia; (2) an interesting implied retroactive application of Obergefell in a tenant succession case here in New York; (3) some terrific news out of the Ninth Circuit for transgender individuals seeking refuge in the United States under the Convention against Torture; and (4) an update on the Kim Davis saga since we last recorded in early September.

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