Judge Blocks Indiana’s Attempt To Limit Birth Certificate RulingMarilyn Odendahl for www.the indianalawyer.comIndiana’s motion to alter the judgment allowing both females in a same-sex marriage to be listed on their child’s birth certificate was met with a sharp caution from the bench about re-litigating or attempting to limit the court’s order.Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, issued a ruling Dec. 30 granting in part and denying in part the state’s motion to alter or amend judgment in Ashlee Henderson and Ruby Henderson, et al. v Dr. Jerome Adams, et al., 1:15-cv-00220.The Hendersons and seven other female, same-sex married couples and their children had filed a complaint against the state because the birth certificates only listed the birth mother as a parent.Finding that Indiana was discriminating against these women and violating the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses, the court entered a permanent injunction preventing the state from withholding the presumption of parenthood to female, same-sex spouses of birth mothers.The state responded to the June 2016 ruling with a motion asking the court to modify and clarify the declaratory judgment and permanent injunction.In particular, it requested the court remove its order barring the state from enforcing the “born in wedlock” and “born out of wedlock” statutes. Indiana argued the plaintiffs lack standing because the law only applies to adoption proceedings.However, the court provided a reminder that the state’s Fed. R. Civ. P. Rule 59(e) motion is not an opportunity to re-litigate motions.Pratt wrote, “Because the State Defendant has failed to point out a manifest error of law or fact and seems to simply relitigate its argument from its summary judgment reply brief, the Court DENIES the Motion to Amend Judgment regarding the request to remove any declaration or injunction directed at Indiana Code 31-9-2-15 and 31-9-2-16.”Again, the court fired back when the state asked for clarification of whether the permanent injunction applied only to wives of birth mothers who conceived through artificial insemination by an anonymous donor.The court noted that nowhere in its order were “anonymous donors” discussed or considered.“The Order means what it says and says what it means,” Pratt wrote. “It applies to female, same-sex spouses of birth mothers and children born to a birth mother who is married to a same-sex spouse. It does not apply additional limitations as the State Defendant questions.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Yonder Mountain String Band Announces 2018 New Year’s Eve RunFor a complete list of upcoming Yonder Mountain String Band tour dates, head to the band’s website.You can enjoy a beautiful gallery of photos of Yonder’s New York performance below courtesy of Andrew Blackstein.Yonder Mountain String Band | Brooklyn Bowl | 11/11/17 | Andrew Blackstein Last night, Colorado-based jam-grass favorites Yonder Mountain String Band continued their ongoing Fall Tour plans with a performance at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Brooklyn Bowl. According to a post on the band’s Facebook, the show marked the celebration of their friend and die-hard fan Michael Walker‘s 300th Yonder show.Yonder Mountain String Band Delivers Spooky Covers And Massive Jams For Halloween [Videos] Load remaining images
View Comments Sara Bareilles, Derek Hough, A. J. McLean & Brian Littrell, Jessie Mueller, Sarah Steele & Vincent Rodriguez III Happy Friday/Liza Minnelli’s birthday eve! We’re sure you have a busy schedule this weekend as you watch countless Liza clips on YouTube (just us?), but let’s kick things off with the Lessons of the Week. From songs about pie to songs about soup, it was a wild seven days on the Great White Way, so lets take a look below at what went down!Sara Bareilles Uses ExtraCare for Ice CreamWith five Grammy noms and a forthcoming Broadway composing debut with Waitress, Sara Bareilles is one fancy lady. But when it comes to sweets, she doesn’t rush to the kitchen for “sugar, butter, flour.” Instead, she goes straight to the frozen aisle at CVS for salted caramel gelato. That sounds great, Bareilles, but hear us out: a warm slice of spiced apple pie with salted caramel gelato sounds far from a bad idea.Jessie Mueller Is a Soup-er SingerForget gelato. Forget pies, even: Jessie Mueller is here to sing about soup. Paintings of soup cans, specifically. The Waitress star, along with fellow Tony winners Kelli O’Hara, Sutton Foster and Alice Ripley, has recorded songs for Pop! Goes the Easel, inspired by works at the MoMA. It’s like a fantasy Sunday in the Park with George where Mueller is Dot and George is played by the ghost of Andy Warhol. Revival, please?The Humans Needs More VampiresStephen Karam’s The Humans is a chilling exploration of family dynamics, but much to its star Sarah Steele’s dismay, the one thing it lacks is vampires. Karam actually wrote the role of Brigid for her in mind and pitched it to her as a thriller. Alas, there are no monsters or dark princes in The Humans. If Andy Warhol’s beyond-the-grave Sunday revival is out of the question, how about Dance of the Vampires? You in, Steele?BSB Wanna Rock Your Broadway RightEverybody: A Backstreet Boys bio-musical is in the works. At the Disaster! opening night, Brian Littrell spilled all he had to give about the project, describing it as “Jersey Boys meets Cirque Du Soleil with Backstreet Boys.” We have no idea what that means, but we want it that way. So quit playing games, Littrell, and get back to writing a script, or practicing your silks act, or whatever you need to do.Vincent Rodriguez III is Eyein’ BrianWe all have musical theater crushes. Like Aaron Tveit. Or Bernadette Peters in this froyo commercial. For Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Vincent Rodriguez III, it’s Brian d’Arcy James—so much so that his audition book is filled with numbers sung by the Something Rotten! star. Same, Vince. Whether he’s wearing green, a doublet or a crown, we too are in the d’Arcy Army (a name we just made up for a Brian d’Arcy James fanclub).Rachel Tucker Loves Getting BooedIf you’d like to make Rachel Tucker so happy she runs around screaming. here’s a tip. Longtime Wicked principal dresser Kathe Mull revealed that when the cast secretly decorated Tucker’s dressing room in the grand tradition of “boo”ing, the Irish Elphie was positively thrillified. You should hang with Angela Lansbury, Tucker. From the looks of this totally undoctored photo, she loves Halloween, too!Tailors Must Adore Jason DanieleyJason Danieley is back in Chicago, and while he’s only weeks into his second round, he’s already on his third tux. The first, a sort of probation tux, was essentially just draped fabric. He blew out the pants on the second. Now, he’s wearing Huey Lewis’ tux. It’s worth noting Lewis was in the show a full decade ago. Give ‘em the old razzle dazzle, and maybe also a few extra trips to the dry cleaner.Want to Write a Musical? Study Up.There’s no one right way to write a musical. That said, The Color Purple’s Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray found success with a particularly academic approach: reading countless “how-to” books and repeatedly watching Sunday in the Park with George to get into the creating spirit. If you need another person on your writing team for your next project, call us. We have lots of books. And Sunday on DVD!Derek Hough is a Family DreamcasterDerek Hough’s getting ready to sing in the rain on Broadway, but before then, he wants to bop-bee-ba, ba-ba-ba-ba-ba bee-ba for Teenage Baltimore. The DWTS favorite recently told us he would love to take part in NBC’s upcoming live Hairspray. He also has plans of supernova proportions for his sister, Julianne: Frozen on Broadway. Hey, it doesn’t hurt to broadcast your dream roles; look at Norm Lewis!Don’t Bother; Amy Spanger’s Here…If your dream role is Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda, you’ll need but one thing: cooter slams. Okay, two things: cooter slams and a mastery of clown makeup. While getting ready to go on, Amy Spanger showed us her actual clown kit she uses to complete the look. And she’s not the only one going full clown this week. Madonna also embraced her inner jester with a certain Sondheim tune on her concert stage. Isn’t it rich, indeed? Star Files Sara Bareilles
THE Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) has joined forces with Buddy’s Gym, located on Sheriff Street to allow the Guyana team unbridled access to the gym facilities ahead of the Pan American Indoor Championships.During a brief ceremony on Saturday at the Gym, President Philip Fernandes collected membership cards from the representative of the Gym for both the male and female teams to utilize the venue for the next six months.Speaking to the media, Fernandes said,” I think this is a very important occurrence for the Guyana National Hockey team. In the past, we have tried our best to prepare teams with the limited resources that we’ve had and we’ve had our challenges.“Preparing a top hockey team requires a lot of different aspects, not just technical and tactical training but also psychological competence and also speed, endurance training, strength, all these different things.”He noted that this time around, the partnership means that the teams will now take their endurance levels to greater levels than they have in the past, adding the GHB sees the sponsorship as an important one in forging champion teams.The teams have no easy task as they face several first world teams including the United States, Canada and Uruguay. Fernandes is aware of this but also underscored the importance of having a high quality facility to train at.Meanwhile, coach of the team, Dwayne Scott stated, “There’s a lot that goes into this. The contribution itself we cannot be anymore grateful for it and it will definitely help us to prepare mentally and physically for this tournament.”Guyana will come face to face with the best in the Western Hemisphere when they host the Pan American Indoor championships in October of this year. Apart from the US and Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Argentina and Trinidad and Tobago are in the Mens draw. Uruguay will send a female team.