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Justice Anthony Kennedy Considering Oregon Marriage Stay Bid by Anti-Gay Group

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is considering an application from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) –– formed specifically to oppose same-sex marriage advances –– to put a stop to weddings that began in Oregon on May 19. That’s when US District Judge Michael McShane ruled that the state’s ban on marriage by gay and lesbian couples violated the Due Process and Equal Protections Claus Comments (1)
Legal

“Gay Cure” Ban Gains Ground, GENDA Falters 

With less than four weeks to go until the State Legislature winds up its regular 2014 session, prospects for action on a long-stalled transgender civil rights measure appear dim even as another key LGBT objective in Albany, first introduced last year — a proposal to bar licensed mental health professionals from practicing “sexual orientation change e Comments (3)
From the Editor

On GENDA, We Need to Hear from Senator Klein and from Governor Cuomo

Among the 21 states in the union that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, only three fail to extend those protections based on gender identity and expression as well. Comments (1)
Legal

Advocates Lay Out Criminal Justice “Roadmap”    

In 2012, Mitchyll Mora was walking to a poetry reading on the Lower East Side wearing high-heeled boots. Suddenly, three police officers ran tow Comment
Love & Marriage

Lesbian Parenting Ruling Harder Than It Should Have Been     

As we approach the third anniversary of New York State’s Marriage Equality Law, which says that same-sex marriages and different-sex marriages will be treated equally for all purposes under New York law, this issue should be a no-brainer. Comments (3)
Love & Marriage

Marriage Gala Focuses Attention on Bigger Goals 

The news that same-sex marriage had begun in Oregon earlier in the day — Comment
Theater

Enduring Cowboy, Divas Below 54

For those who lived through the 1970s, we are now experiencing a moment in time of an unprecedented nostalgia — like the ‘70s had for the 1930s — for an economically depressed but far more fun era, which mixed innocence and decadence with such thrilling insouciance, all of it pre-AIDS and pre-Reagan/ Giuliani. And, from that glittering disco ball epoch, there is no mor Comments (3)
Books

Thumb Drive

GARY M. KRAMER | John Waters is out to shock again. The filmmaker’s latest book, “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America,” chronicles his recent experiences hitchhiking west along Route 70 from his home in Baltimore to his apartment in San Francisco. Comment
Art

Queer Black Men Getting Their Tens

The Tenth, experimental, collectible, and, at $40 an issue, expensive, is a new publication in town that aims to show gay black men in a new light. The creative collective Pink Rooster Studio’s Andre Jones, Khary Septh, and Kyle Banks are the driving forces, working with more than 80 contributors — including fashion designers, photographers, writers, models Comments (4)
Film

Sweden’s Got Punk  

Here’s a list of things Americans associate with Sweden: social democracy, ABBA, Ingmar Bergman, IKEA, crime novels. Punk rock is notably missing. For the three teenage heroines of Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s  Comment
Nathan Riley

On Marijuana Busts, Still a Tale of Two Cities

New York City is still arresting black and brown youth for marijuana and leaving white youth alone. The change of mayors and a new police commissioner, William Bratton, have yielded more of the same. Comment
Media Circus

Joined in Holy Sanctimony, Swathed in Academic Robes

The most fiercely contested LGBT-related media story so far this year has been the resignation of poor, unfairly-treated Brendan Eich, who voluntarily stepped down from his new-found position as CEO of Mozilla, the company that gives us the popular web browser Firefox, because he’d been outed — if you will — as a financial supporter of California’s Proposition 8. That noxious 2008 voter referendum deemed gay men and lesbians — and, for the most part, trans folks, as well, though the major media rarely talks about them — unworthy of the claim to civil marriage, which is, you should pardon the expression, a basic civil right. Comment
Love & Marriage

Even With DOMA Gone, Tax Issues Convoluted

Despite the 2013 US Supreme Court ruling that struck down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages, filing federal and state tax returns remains a complex endeavor for those couples as most states still do not recognize their marriages. Comment
News Briefs

Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Dedicated

At a White House ceremony on what would have been the 84th birthday of gay rights leader Harvey Milk, the US Postal Service held a First-Day-Issue dedication ceremony for a forever stamp in his honor. Comments (1)
Music

Season’s End

Sondra Radvanovsky’s role debut as Elizabeth in Canadian Opera Company’s “Roberto Devereux” — coming to the Met stage two seasons from now — certainly excited Toronto audiences. Her Comment
Love & Marriage

Heightened Scrutiny Hinted at in Idaho Stay     

In a May 20 ruling, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals extended — pending the appeals process — what had been a temporary stay of a federal court ruling that struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage. Comment
News Briefs

At Key Crossroads, GMHC raises $5.1 million at AIDS Walk

As many as 35,000 walkers helped raise more than $5.1 million dollars for the 29th annual AIDS Walk New York. The 10-kilometer event supports the work of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and other local AIDS service organizations. Comments (1)
News Briefs

Maximizing Immediate Impact, Rapoport Foundation Spends Down Endowment 

The Paul Rapoport Foundation, established in 1987 with a $7.5 million endowm Comment
News Briefs

Arkansas Supreme Court Stays Marriage Ruling 

After a week in which hundreds of same-sex couples married in Arkansas and legal action moved back and forth between a county circuit judge and the state’s high court, the Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay on the county judge’s May 9 marriage Comments (1)
Theater

Politics, Potions, and People to Forget 

The backstage power politics of Washington under a string of presidential administrations is the context for “The City of Conversation,” Anthony Giardina’s well-crafted and completely engrossing new play now at Lincoln Center. Comment
Love & Marriage BREAKING

Pennsylvania's GOP Governor Will Not Appeal Marriage Ruling

In a stunning development, the State of Pennsylvania has announced it will not appeal the May 20 federal district court decision striking down its ban on marriage by same-sex couples. Comments (3)
Love & Marriage

Just One Day After Oregon, Pennsylvania Ban Falls

A Republican appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2002 has struck down Pennsy Comments (1)
Love & Marriage

Oregon Marriage Victory Based on Court's Conclusion No Rational Purpose Served by Ban

US District Judge Michael McShane’s permanent injunction against Oregon’s statutory and constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and its recognition was based on his Comment
Love & Marriage

US Judge to Utah: Honor Your Own Marriages

A US district court judge has ordered the State of Utah to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples celebrated there between December 20, 2013 and January 6, when the Supreme Court stepped in with a stay to allow time for an appeal of a marriage equality decision. Comments (1)
Love & Marriage

Federal Court Strikes Down Oregon Marriage Ban; Weddings Set to Begin

A federal judge in Portland has struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that will not be appealed by the state and Multnomah County –– the only parties with standing to do so. Comment

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