Lesbian/Gay Law Notes – 2013 – Issue 10 – November

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NCLR Files Marriage Equality Lawsuit in Tennessee

A group of Tennessee lawyers backed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville) on October 21, claiming that the state’s refusal to recognize the same-sex marriages of their...

Supreme Court Refuses to Review Some Pending LGBT-Related Cases

On October 7, the first day of its October 2013 Term, the Supreme Court announced that it had denied petitions for certiorari in two pending LGBT-related cases, MacDonald v. Moose from the 4th Circuit and Dixon v. University of Toledo from the 6th Circuit. For the...

Iowa Appeals Court Affirms Conviction for HIV Exposure

On August 2, 2013, the Iowa Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction of Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive man who was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison after a one-time sexual encounter with another man whom he first met in an online chat room.  Rhoades v. State...

Oregon Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages from Other Jurisdictions

Relying on  an opinion letter from Oregon Deputy Attorney General Mary H. Williams (dated October 16), which concluded that in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor and the 9th Circuit’s vacated decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry it would violate...