Tag Archives: law

President Obama (finally) stands up for gay marriage

Ok, so this happened.


Obama’s televised statement came after two members of his administration voiced support for gay marriage. Vice President Joe Biden went first, on Sunday:


And on Monday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan followed up by tossing his support behind the cause:

The administration’s position statements on gay marriage sandwiched a primary election day that resulted in  what the New York Times called “a trifecta of intolerance“:

Tuesday was pretty great for the forces of

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thoughts on Michael Griffin’s murder conviction

So Michael Griffin was convicted this week of murdering Don Belton. Griffin never denied killing Belton, which made for a speedy trial: All that was left was deciding whether the act was one of self-defense, manslaughter, or outright murder.

Griffin’s defense was that Don Belton had sexually assaulted him, twice, and then refused to admit to the rapes or apologize when Griffin confronted him a few days later. Griffin’s lawyer tried to convince the jury that his client pulled out … Read more

Michael Griffin convicted of murder in stabbing death of Don Belton

I have thoughts. I have many thoughts. But right now I just want to post the news article from the Bloomington Herald-Times.

Jurors convict Griffin of murder in stabbing death of IU professor

By Laura Lane 331-4362 | llane@heraldt.com
April 14, 2011, last update: 4/15 @ 12:30 am
Michael James Griffin
Don Belton

After 12 hours of deliberations, jurors late Thursday night found Michael Griffin guilty of murder, deciding he intended to kill Don Belton when he stabbed him 22

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know your rights for the National Day of Silence

This Friday, April 15, is the National Day of Silence, a day in which students are asked to stand, in silence, in protest of the harrassment, bullying, and silencing of LGBTQ youth in schools. If you are a student who is considering participating in the Day of Silence, you need to know your rights in advance of the protest. Below is a document published by Lambda Legal in which your rights as a student are detailed.

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teacher to issue public apology for antigay harrassment of student

Whoa momma.

Via Feminist Law Professors:

Teacher to Publicly Apologize for Antigay Harassment

In another instance of repeated antigay bullying, the ACLU of Florida announced yesterday a settlement with the Flagler County School District in a case of a student who had been bullied and harassed by other students and by a teacher. From the ACLU press release:

Herbert, a 15-year-old freshman, had been bullied and threatened by fellow students

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finally someone listens to common sense about Proposition 8

You’ve heard by now, I assume, that U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8, the amendment to the California state Constitution that banned gay marriage.

In explaining his ruling, Walker wrote that

Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in  singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to

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counseling student fights for her right to provide therapy to people she hates

Here’s something awesome: A graduate student in school counseling who is publicly and vocally anti-gay is suing her school because university officials dared to suggest she might not be able to effectively counsel gay and lesbian clients.

I was directed to this story by Jon Newton of p2pnet; the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a slightly longer description of the lawsuit. Here’s the breakdown:

Jennifer Keeton, a student at Augusta State University in Augusta, GA, has been crystal clear … Read more

twinning injustice, one social structure at a time

My sister, who just finished absolutely destroying her first year of law school, recently announced an interest in pursuing criminal prosecution. Once I overcame my instant misreading of her announcement (don’t blame me; I’m not a morning person), I figured out pretty quickly that my twin sister and I are pursuing vocations that spring from the same moral impulse. To wit: I must serve and defend people who have suffered or will suffer at the hands of others.

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on sexism and gender performance: it’s the bathrobes that’s outrageous?

There’s a nice little conversation going over at really? law? about masculinity, gender performance, law school, and competition.

The post, which was written by my sister Laura McWilliams in observance of International Women’s Day, describes her experience as a female law student. As she explains, her male classmates are the ones who shout her down, who silence her; she writes:

I can’t say for certain that this is about gender, but I can say that I’ve often been dismissed,
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NRA types should maybe just be quiet for a while: some thoughts on the University of Alabama shooting

I find it painfully appalling that some people are using the recent shooting on the campus of the University of Alabama-Huntsville to make arguments for looser gun control policies.

Details are still somewhat sketchy, but it appears that the perpetrator was a faculty member who was denied tenure. Biology professor Amy Bishop apparently brought a gun to a faculty meeting and, after learning she had been denied tenure for the second time in her career at Alabama, opened fire … Read more