Apr 082015
 
Jim taking John to their marriage in Maryland

Jim taking John to their marriage in Maryland

Unknown-8Jim Obergefell (Obergefell v Hodges) will be heard at the Supreme Court on April 28, 2015.

 Jim Obergefell is one of four  LGBT cases seeking marriage equality and marriage recognition in the states of  Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan.  The other three cases will be included under Obergefell v Hodges.
Jim and Other’s Personal PainJim’s partner, John Arthur, was terminally ill and suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They wanted the Ohio Registrar to identify Jim Obergefell as the surviving spouse on John’s death certificate based on their July 11, 2013 marriage in the state of Maryland.  The local Ohio Registrar agreed that discriminating against the same-sex married couple is unconstitutional, but the state Attorney General’s office announced plans to defend Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban.
The Pain of Three Other Plaintiffs.

Valerie & Sophie

Valerie & Sophie

Tanco v. Haslam: Valeria Tanco and Sophy Jesty, both professors of veterinary medicine, were married in New York, where gay marriage became legal in 2011. They have one child together. The couple left New York to teach at the University of Tennessee, but the state does not recognize same-sex marriages from other states and thus treats the couple, according to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, “as strangers to each other” – and – “two unmarried women.”

There are two other couples listed in the appeal, including a full-time Army reservist.

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DeBoer v. Snyder: April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, both nurses in Michigan, wanted to jointly adopt three children they were raising in foster care and sued for that right, challenging a ban on adoption by same-sex couples. The judge in the case noted that the same state legal provision that prevented them from doing so also prevented same-sex marriages, which he called  “the underlying issue.”  The case was amended to challenge the prohibition against same-sex marriage.

8f316bb7ab860fd7c0_8sm6ibfswBourke v. Beshear: Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon have been together since meeting gin college in 1991.  They were married in Canada in 2004, in a ceremony overlooking Niagara Falls. They adopted two children, but Kentucky, where they live and where gay marriage is prohibited, only allows heterosexual married couples to adopt children. DeLeon is the legal parent. Bourke is a legal guardian. In court filings, the couple says that if DeLeon dies, Bourke’s “lack of a permanent parent/child relationship with the children would threaten the stability of the surviving family.”

  4 Responses to “Individuals LGBT Cases Before Supreme Court 2015”

  1. This info is worth everyone’s attention. How can I find out more?

  2. You’d think that the media would want to make a Jewish man the first person to have a Supreme Court decision and make history.

    • Hi Matt:
      Thanks for commenting. I’m for anyone gay/straight/bi/transgendered, whose rights have been trampled on or limited to get a positive decision from the Supreme Court. Why would a Jewish man make history?
      Just curious. paula.

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