Lesbian/Gay Law Notes – 2013 – Issue 11 – December

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Illinois and Hawaii Legislate for Marriage Equality

The states of Illinois and Hawaii embraced marriage equality legislatively during November, as the proportion of the United States population living in states that allow same-sex marriages continued its rise toward 40%.  Prior to the votes in those two states, the...

9th Circuit Revives Asylum Claim of Gay Man From Russia

Finding that the Board of Immigration appeals erred in finding that a gay asylum applicant from Russia had failed to show that he had been subjected to persecution by non-governmental actors whom the Russian government was unable or unwilling to control, a panel of...

Arkansas Supreme Court Reverses Visitation Restriction on Gay Dad

A sharply divided Arkansas Supreme Court voted 4-3 to reverse the circuit court’s requirement that a gay dad’s same-sex partner not be present when he has overnight visitation with his youngest son.  Finding that, contrary to the view of the circuit judge, Arkansas...