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Breyer announces retirement, opens up new battle over Supreme Court

Breyer announces retirement, opens up new battle over Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, who had joined landmark decisions from the court in support of LGBTQ rights, announced January 26 that he'd retire, opening up a chance for President Joe Biden to make a pick.

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By John Ferrannini | January 24, 2022

A court hearing in a lawsuit alleging that the San Francisco Police Department illegally spied on protesters in Union Square comes as Mayor London Breed and a number of city supervisors spar on whether to expand the use of surveillance technology.

By John Ferrannini | January 11, 2022

South Carolina is the one of three states that requires people convicted of consensual gay sex prior to 2003 to register as sex offenders.


By Matthew S. Bajko | January 6, 2022

With her confirmation to the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal, Justice Laurie M. Earl is now the fifth LGBTQ person serving on one of California's six appellate courts and the first on the 3rd District court bench.

By John Ferrannini | December 29, 2021

There may be a showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court now that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed its earlier decision to allow for the release of tapes of the 2010 San Francisco trial that first struck down California's same-sex marriage ban.


By John Ferrannini | December 15, 2021

A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal for the 5th District heard the case of a transgender woman who is appealing a judgment against her in a discrimination and harassment lawsuit she filed against Starbucks.

By Brody Levesque, Washington Blade | December 10, 2021

The jury in the case of actor Jussie Smollett reached a guilty verdict December 9 in his trial on five felony charges that he faked a hate crime and was responsible for orchestrating it in January 2019.


By John Ferrannini | December 8, 2021

A former investigator with the San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin's office is alleging wrongful termination by the city after threatening to expose allegedly improperly-written search warrants.

By John Ferrannini | December 7, 2021

For the first time, a federal district court ruled that the United States Supreme Court's ruling in Fulton v. Philadelphia does not grant adoption agencies a blanket license to discriminate against queer couples.


By Lisa Keen | December 2, 2021

The primary issue before the U.S. Supreme Court December 1 was abortion, but a swirl of other critical questions drew the justices' attention.

By Matthew S. Bajko | November 29, 2021

Governor Gavin Newsom has tapped an out judge with Bay Area ties for a vacant seat on the state's 3rd District Court of Appeal.


By John Ferrannini | November 23, 2021

Lawsuit alleges SB 132, which allows incarcerated transgender people to ask for a transfer to a state prison or detention center that matches their gender identity, is unconstitutional under both the federal and state constitutions.

By Lisa Keen | November 22, 2021

Nine years after telling a gay couple she could not prepare a flower arrangement for their wedding because of her religious beliefs, the owner of a flower shop in Washington state has agreed to pay $5,000 to settle the dispute.


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