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Washington Marriage Bill Headed For Gov's Signature

In a bipartisan 55-43 vote on the evening of February 8, the Washington State House of Representatives gave approval to a marriage equality bill that had passed the State Senate on February 1. Comment
Politics

Joe Solmonese Wears Prada

With its critical contribution to the successful fight for marriage equality in New York last summer –– and its efforts in Washington State headed for imminent payoff, as well –– the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) had plenty to celebrate at its annual New York gala at the Waldorf Astoria this past weekend. Comment
Love & Marriage BREAKING

Appeals Court Affirms 2010 Decision Striking Down California Gay Marriage Ban

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, has affirmed a 2010 federal district court ruling that struck down California’s Proposition 8. Comment
Love & Marriage

Prop 8 Ruling Limited to Gay Marriage in California

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that Proposition 8’s enactment by California voters in November 2008 violated the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Comment
Politics

NYC Council, State Senate Rush to Keep Churches in Public Schools

The New York State Senate is fast-tracking a bill to override a law upheld by the federal courts that forbids worship services in New York City public schools. Comments (2)
New York City

An AIDS Memorial Design To Embrace

The shape of the AIDS Memorial Park advocates have been pressing for on a triangular parcel adjacent to the former St. Vincent’s Hospital is no longer a matter of conjecture. A jury chaired by Michael Arad, the New York architect who created the National September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero, has announced a winning design that is at once pastoral and modern, an oasis that provides Comment
Love & Marriage

State Legislative Dems Left at Altar

The four Republican New York state senators who voted for same-sex marriage last June are reaping a windfall from gay, liberal, and some conservative donors who support marriage equality, but virtually none of that money is flowing to the Democrats who provided the overwhelming majority of the votes for the bill — including those who, like the GOP supporters, switched their votes to yes or who live in highly contested districts. Comment
Music

Two Tenors

French opera often plays a distant third wheel to the Italian and German repertory wings of major opera houses. These days, even Russian and Czech works — since they tend to be cast with and conducted by native speakers — often get more idiomatic performances than their Gallic competition. Comments (1)
Love & Marriage

Christie's Tax Levy on the Gays

Responding to a determined push by advocates and Democratic leaders in Trenton for a marriage equality law, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie emphatically stated he plans a veto. Comment
New York City

'Has Anyone Heard From Bob?'

On January 6, in the way things happen now, a post popped up on the Facebook page of gay Manhattan psychotherapist Bob Bergeron: “Has anyone heard from Bob?” For the previous several days, a parade of regular clients had gone to his apartment in North Chelsea, out of which he worked, rang the bell, and… nothing. Comment

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