April 2, 2010
Religious conservatives up in arms over recess appointment of Chai Feldblum to EEOC
Fox News reports that "President Obama's recess appointment of an outspoken supporter of gay rights to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is causing alarm among social conservatives, who worry that she'll strip religious rights from schools and businesses and 'revolutionize' social norms in the workplace." Georgetown Professor Chai Feldblum was one of Obama's recess appointments last Saturday, meaning the president bypassed the need for approval in the Senate where Feldblum's appointment had languished. I previously reported about the opposition to Feldblum based on a statement she had signed about alternative families.
Texas judge grants state's first same-sex divorce over AG's objections
A Texas judge who allowed a lesbian couple to divorce in Texas (the couple had married in Massachusetts in 2004) has rejected the state attorney general's move to overturn his decision. The AG had argued the divorce could not be granted because Texas does not recognize same-sex marriages. The case is expected to end up in the Texas Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Professor Art Leonard analyzes a similar case that went the other way in Pennsylvania.