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Interesting legal updates

October 6, 2009

I’ve been inordinately busy as of late, but there are a few quick legal tidbits I wanted to share.

First off is the Texas Family Court judge who ruled two men married in Massachusetts could get divorced in Texas because that state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Quite the surprise, though I can’t say I’m hopeful about the decision’s future in appeals. Check out the whole story from The New York Times.

I also wanted to mention the hearings going on in Congress for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009. Prominent Yale Law School professor William N. Eskridge Jr. testified recently that the University of Virgina Law School denied him tenure because he is gay back in 1985, according to Above the Law. Follow that link for an overview, or go really in-depth with his written full testimony (.doc file), and by all means check out The Bilerico Project for tips on how to show your support for the bill in just a few minutes.

Lastly, I’d like to remind anyone who’s interested that my friend Barbara is still collecting donations for the AIDS Walk in Los Angeles. Check out my previous post for a run-down of the good you’ll do and how she’ll thank you!

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