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15-Count Indictment in Rutgers Videotaping Tragedy

The former Rutgers University student accused of secretly videotaping an intimate encounter between his roommate, Tyler Clementi, and another man –– an action alleged to have led the gay college freshman to end his life several days later by leaping from the George Washington Bridge –– has been indicted on 15 criminal counts by a Middlesex County, New Jersey grand jury. Comment
Politics

Boehner DOMA Counsel Said Some Laws Not Defensible

The attorney hired by House Republicans to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in the wake of the Obama administration’s decision not to fight for the 1996 federal law stated a position in 2005 that is identical to Obama’s recent DOMA stance, saying the Bush White House would defend acts of Congress as long as “reasonable arguments can be made in the statute’s defense.” Comment
Books

Brothers' Keepers

Twin brothers Ivan and Misha arrive in New York after the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Their father, Louie, a Jewish doctor, could have sold the precious jewelry left by his deceased wife –– the twins’ mother –– to pay for the transit from Kiev, Ukraine to the American dreamland of New York. Comment
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Gay Man’s Attacker Back in Jail

A man, now 21, who received 45 days in jail and three years on probation for three 2009 assaults on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, including one originally charged as an anti-gay hate crime, got a year in jail after he violated his probation. Comment
Crime

Saying 'Enough' to Anti-Gay Violence

Chanting, “I am somebody, and I demand full equality,” and “Stop the bashing,” a group of about 75 LGBT protestors and their allies marched April 10 in a West Village route from Washington Square Park to the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street to draw attention to recent gay bashings, particularly an assault on 26-year-old Damian Furtch. Comment
Legal

Arkansas Adoption, Foster Care Ban Falls

The Arkansas Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a referendum-enacted statute prohibiting adoption by cohabiting adults violates the State’s Constitution’s implicit protection of individual privacy. The April 7 ruling affirmed a decision by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Christopher C. Piazza. Comment
Legal

Adult Zoning Still in Legal Limbo

A unanimous New York Appellate Division panel has ruled that a Manhattan State Supreme Court judge's opinion last year rejecting challenges to city zoning regulations regarding bookstores, video stores, and topless night clubs and bars was so terse it lacked the necessary findings of fact the appeals court needs to determine whether its conclusions were supported by the evidentiary record. Comment
News

The Limits on Discourse

By the end of 1981, three federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had launched investigations into the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA). Comment
Nathan Riley

The Sharp Divide Over Prostitution

Another string of vicious attacks against women — this time on Long Island — has brought prostitution back into the news, but still leaves opinion divided between the prohibitionists and those who support a harm reduction approach to the persistence of paid sex work. Comment
News

Why is James P. Hall the NYPD's Chief of Patrol?

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week let Cathie Black know that her tenure of less than 100 days as schools chancellor was at an end, the move was widely seen as a rare acknowledgment of error out of this City Hall –– one calculated to help stanch the hemorrhaging decline in the third term incumbent’s approval ratings. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

The New Culture War

A Dyke Abroad: I keep having flashbacks to the culture war of the early ‘90s. Comment
News

Right-Wing Rag Takes on NY Trans Activists

The Washington Times, a factory for far-right political discourse for more than a generation, is going after the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund over the lawsuit the group has filed against the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for its policies regarding the issuance of changed birth certificates for transgender people who were born here. Comment

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