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Christie Doesn't Like Ike

When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would veto any gay marriage bill that arrived on his desk and suggested the state instead hold a referendum on whether same-sex couples can marry in the Garden State, he reached back into American history and asserted that civil rights proponents would have welcomed a ballot initiative. Comment
News

Advocates, Legislature Reject Christie Referendum Call

Accusing the Democratic leaders of the New Jersey Legislature of treating “hundreds of years of societal and religious tradition” like “a political football,” Republican Governor Chris Christie is calling for a ballot measure this November on whether the state will legalize marriage by same-sex couples. Comment
From the Editor

Washington State on the Cusp of Marriage Equality

With governor's support and majorities in Senate and House, advocates have eye on opponents' referendum plans Comment
Legal

Appeals Court Revives Minnesota Marriage Suit

The Court of Appeals of Minnesota, the state’s intermediate appellate bench, has ruled that a district judge erred in dismissing outright a lawsuit by three same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses. Comment
Politics

Gay Man Seeks Hudson Valley House Seat

A crowd of many dozens were on hand in Tribeca on January 19 to meet and support Matt Alexander, the openly gay mayor of upstate Wappingers Falls, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth in the November election. Comment
Politics

Christie Appoints Gay Man to State Supreme Court

New Jersey’s Republican governor, Chris Christie, has appointed that state’s first out gay Supreme Court justice. Comment
Books

Jonesing for Mr. Wright 

Edmund White — our own professor of desire and the queer equivalent of Irish-American writer Frank Harris from a century ago — has written a fine, wise, and necessary new novel about the relationship between gay “libertine” Jack Holmes and a preppy, liberal-minded straight guy, Will Wright, that develops into a conflicted friendship enduring across three decades. Comment
Legal

Methodist Group Loses on Lesbian Civil Union

An administrative law judge has ruled that a group affiliated with the United Methodist Church violated the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) by refusing to rent the Boardwalk Pavilion on its property in Ocean Grove for a civil union ceremony by a lesbian couple. Comment
Legal

Iowa Marriage Equality Applies to Birth Certificate

Finding that the Iowa Supreme Court’s 2009 marriage equality mandate extends to all aspects of state law, a Polk County district judge in Des Moines has ruled that the lesbian spouse of a birth mother was entitled to be listed as one of the parents on the birth certificate, with no need to adopt the child. Comment
Legal

Anti-Gay Taunts in Hell's Kitchen Attacks 

A still unidentified assailant, who may have been motivated by anti-gay bias, committed a series of assaults in Hell’s Kitchen early in the morning on January 16. Comment
Legal

NY Judicial Ethics Gurus Punt on Same-Sex Marriage

Among those public officials and religious officiants eligible to perform marriage ceremonies in New York State are judges. Some judges don’t do marriages, others limit them to family members and acquaintances, while some are basically available upon reasonable request. Comment
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Speechless

Sunday morning, my girlfriend and I piled on the layers and shivered our way to the West Village to see a movie. The F train wasn’t running uptown, so we sprang for a cab and got there early. We thought about going for coffee to kill time, but a crowd accumulated quickly, and I got nervous until I realized most were there for the handsome Harry Belafonte, not the Wim Wenders documentary about Pina Bausch. Comment
Politics

NJ Congressional Dems Push for Gay Marriage Action in Trenton

In an impressive show of Democratic unity on the issue of marriage equality, on the same day that New Jersey Senate and Assembly leaders in Trenton announced reintroduction of a gay marriage bill, all seven of the state’s US House members from that party as well as its two US senators released a letter voicing their support. Comment
Nathan Riley

Amsterdam’s Relaxed Social Contract

Sidewalks in Amsterdam are for parked bicycles and pedestrians. Comment
Politics

Homeless Youth Advocates Unhappy with Cuomo Budget

Advocates for homeless LGBT youth reacted with a mixture of dismay and anger to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s January 17 budget address in which he proposed no increase in funding for runaway and homeless youth (RHY). Comment
Arts

A Technicolor Garden

It may be that nobody does big spectacle better than the Chinese –– with a tradition of unlimited manpower that can turn out sets, costumes, props, and casts of thousands on call. Comments (2)

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