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The Law: rainbow matters

Published July 29, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Liberty

Landmark Gay Rights Cases (USA)

1933—O’Malley v. Amalgamated Shirtwaist Inc.: The right of gay people to sign legal documents is upheld

1947—Meyerson v. City of Boulder: The court struck down a local bylaw that required all homosexuals to shout, “Gay coming through,” while walking in public

1967—Big Faggot Dave v. United States: Won the right for gay plaintiffs to be protected from offensive epithets when court cases are titled

1973—Miller v. Williams: Reggie Williams was held responsible for $245 in damage done to the car of Scott Miller, a gay man

1972—Martin v. Alabama: Men permitted to hold hands so long as no one is looking

1973—Miles v. Baskin-Robbins: Anyone—anyone—is allowed to ask for up to two sample tastes before purchasing

1990—Marker’s Bar and Grill v. Fitzgerald: Stated that gay bars did not have to be named with a poor double entendre

2006—Oppenheimer v. Toomey: Upheld the right of closeted gays to remain trapped in miserable, loveless marriages for the rest of their lives

Sonia Sotomayor – First Hispanic US Supreme Court Associate Justice

Published July 29, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Supreme Court nomination announced for associate justice 26/05/09

Submitted to Senate 01/95/09

Senate confirmation hearings commenced 13/07/09

Record in Constitutional Cases

Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court – Sonia Sotomayor – Questionnaire

Confirmed By Senate Judiciary Committee 29/07/09

Senate opens Sotomayor confirmation debate 05/08/09

Senate confirmes Sotomayor as the 111th justice of the
Supreme Court by a vote of 68-31. first
Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the court. 06/08/09

Sotomayor takes oath from Chief Justice Roberts  AP 08/08/09

US Supreme Court