Monday, April 27, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

3:05pm ET - Abby Rubenfeld has a long and successful career as a civil right attorney and has served on the board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign and as the Legal Director of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.  She currently serves on the board of directors of the ACLU of Tennessee and has a general law practice in Nashville with an emphasis on family law, sexual orientation and AIDS-related issues.  She has been involved in numerous civil rights cases, but her most high-profile one currently is Tanco v. Haslam, a suit demanding that Tennessee recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. Recently a federal judge in Nashville ruled in favor of such recognition and said the state must immediately recognize the marriages of the three couples who brought the suit. An appeals court, however, put the judge’s order on hold while the case made its way through the appeals process.  Then on Friday, January 16 the Supreme Court of the United States announced a landmark decision to hear marriage equality cases from Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.  Abby who is representing the couples along with other private attorneys and the National Center for Lesbian Rights joins us today along with her clients Johno Espejo and Matthew Mansell who are plaintiffs in the case to discuss tomorrows arguments before the Supreme Court and the many recent developments concerning marriage equality for all Americans.

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