Lesbian/Gay Law Notes – 2014 – Issue 03 – March

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Reenacted Kansas Sodomy Law Found Invalid

On February 14, 2014, the Kansas Court of Appeals upheld the decision of a Finney County District Court jury, which had convicted Christopher Franco of aggravated criminal sodomy after he had anal intercourse with a man with a mental disability, rejecting his argument...

Idaho Supreme Court Says Co-Parent Can Adopt Partner’s Children

The five-member Idaho Supreme Court ruled unanimously on February 10 that the state’s adoption law would allow second-parent adoptions, reversing a decision by Ada County Magistrate Judge Cathleen MacGregor-Irby, who had dismissed an adoption petition on the ground...

1st Circuit Vacates Kosilek Ruling for En Banc Review

A majority of the five active judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit has voted to withdraw and vacate the 2-1 panel decision in Kosilek v. Spencer, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 951, 2014 WL 185512 (1st Cir., Jan. 17, 2014), which had ruled that the...

Another Window Opens for Early Marriages in Illinois

A federal judge who ruled in December that the Cook County (Illinois) Clerk could not delay issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples when one of the intended spouses was critically ill has moved a step further, granting a summary judgment motion requiring the...