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Gay Cuban-American’s Take on New Obama Policy      

President Barack Obama’s recent re-opening of formal diplomatic relations with Cuba has spawned praise and scorn –– and renewed interest by LGBT advocates in the island nation’s human rights record. Comments (2)
Politics

Gay Asylum Claims Made Easier by European Court Ruling    

In a ruling likely to produce significant changes in how immigration officials in European countries deal with gay asylum applicants, a European Union court has set limits on the requirements of proof demanded of them. Comments (6)
Health

Adult Film Condom Ordinance Survives Appeals Court Review

A unanimous three-judge panel of the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a constitutional challenge to a voter initiative that compels actors in adult films to use condoms during scenes of anal or vaginal intercourse while filming in Los Angeles County. Comments (2)
Politics

Appeals Panel Reverses Order that Prison Provide Sex-Reassignment Surgery    

In a startling about-face, the five active judges of the US First Circuit Court of Appeals reversed both a district court ruling and a three-judge appellate panel in finding that the Massachusetts Department of Correction (Mass DOC) did not violate the Eighth Amendment ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” when it refused to provide sex-reassignment surgery to an inmate serving a life sentence. Comment
Politics

NYPD Conducted Stop and Frisk Inside Home of Man Alleging Earlier Abuse    

Roughly six weeks after a 2013 police raid on a Brooklyn private party sparked headlines, police returned to that location and questioned eight people who had gathered there. Comments (1)
Politics

In NYC Briefing, Diverse, Nuanced Messages From Activists Around the Globe    

In what has become an annual tradition coinciding with the observance of International Human Rights Day at the United Nations, nearly three dozen LGBT rights advocates from across the globe traveled to New York in early December for several days of meetings and presentations coordinated through the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Comments (2)
Politics

The Supreme Court’s Affirmative Signal on Marriage Equality 

With the Supreme Court's decision to let the stay on a marriage equality ruling in Florida expire on January 5, the map on January 6, 2015 will look like this. Comments (21)
Health

Playground Summit Led to Transgender Insurance Rules Change    

As State Senator Brad Hoylman was pressing the Cuomo administration to issue a rule requiring New York insurers to pay for medical procedures related to gender transition, he had several conversations with Benjamin Lawsky, who heads the state agency that issued the rule on December 11, when both men were at a West Village playground with their kids. Comment
Politics

New Reports Document Re-Escalating Violence Against LGBT Iraqis    

The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 unleashed a wave of sectarian religious violence in what was once a relatively secular country, where conflict was held in check by brutal dictator Saddam Hussein. Along with wo Comments (1)
Breaking News

Even With No Appellate Ruling, Supreme Court Won't Block Florida Marriages

The United States Supreme Court has denied a motion from Florida’s Republican attorney general, Pam Bondi, that it stay a district court marriage equality ruling while the state pursues an appeal with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Comments (1)
Politics

Married Lesbian Denied Usual Parental Presumption

The standard rule in family law is that the legal spouse of a woman who gives birth to a child is presumed to be the child’s legal parent. Traditionally, that meant that when a married woman gave birth, her husband was accepted as the father. The doctrine was developed to ensure that children were not subjected to the legal status of illegitimacy. Comment
Breaking News

LGBT Groups Raise Their Voices Over Non-Indictment in Eric Garner Case

In a December 4 statement, more than a dozen major groups from New York’s LGBT advocacy community came together to voice their “outrage over the lack of indictment in the Eric Garner case.” Comments (2)
Breaking News

In Florida Case, 11th Circuit Throws New Wrinkle into Marriage Equality Momentum 

In a surprising move that in effect tosses the hot potato into the hands of the Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, issuing a terse order on December 3, denied the State of Florida’s motion to extend a stay on an August district court marriage equality ruling while it considers an appeal. Comment
Crime

NYS High Court Sets Aside Hate Crime Conviction But Allows Retrial    

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, ruled unanimously on November 24 that the Appellate Division had correctly reversed the hate crime manslaughter conviction of Dwight R. DeLee in the 2008 killing of Lateisha Green, a transgender woman, in Syracuse. Unlike the intermediate appeals court, however, the high court gave prosecutors the opportunity to resubmit hate crime ma Comment
Politics

No Complaints Ever Filed in Kelsey Louie Running Club Flap    

While a client group at Gay Men’s Health Crisis raised concerns earlier this year that the AIDS agency’s then-incoming chief executive officer may have breached the confidentiality of client records when he enrolled some people with AIDS in a running club in 2012, open records requests Gay City News made to New York State’s health department and the US Dep Comments (1)
Health

CEO “Fraud” Charged in HIV Advocacy Group’s Bankruptcy    

Records obtained by a leading advocate for accountability and transparency among gay and AIDS groups show that the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) was struggling to stay afloat for nearly four years before its 2013 bankruptcy. Comment
Politics

A Bed... & A Safe Haven

Ben is a confident and well-spoken 19-year-old who has worked the past couple of years as an executive receptionist in New York City. With a gently wry sense of humor, he recently discussed his love of doing drag, especially when going out for late-night screenings of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” He also mentioned working on creating cosmetic products of his own made from organic ingredients. Comments (3)
Health

Transgender Day of Remembrance Marked

PHOTOS BY DONNA ACETO | At twilight on November 20, members of the transgender community and their allies, advocates, and elected officials gathered at a City Hall vigil to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The annual event has been marked around the world since 1999 to draw attention to the disproportionate level of violent crime targeting the transgender community and to remember those who have died as a result. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Exclusive: Rikers Ready With Housing Unit for Some Trans Inmates

On Rikers Island, man-to-woman transgender inmates who have not undergone genital surgery will now have the option of not being housed with the general population of men, but to be detained in a new transgender unit opening this week in the New York City jail’s oldest building. Comments (2)
Politics

The Trouble With Kansas' Governor

The Supreme Court, at the close of business on November 12, denied a request for giving the State of Kansas a stay of a district court marriage equality ruling while it seeks review by an appeals court. Comment
Politics

Marriage Rulings in West Virginia, Missouri Rebuke Sixth Circuit    

On November 7, one day after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected marriage equality claims from Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky, federal district courts in Missouri and West Virginia issued new gay marriage rulings. Comment
Crime

Facing Murder Rap, Defendant Blames Rough Sex    

Using a defense that appears to be growing more common in the killings of gay and transgender people, the two men who are accused of killing John Laubach may argue that the 57-year-old was accidentally choked to death during rough sex. Comment
Breaking News

After Four Appeals Court Marriage Wins, Sixth Circuit Upholds Same-Sex Bans

New Yorkers Joseph Vitale and Robert Talmas are among plaintiffs challenging Ohio's ban on out-of-state marriage recognition, having gone to court to ensure that both of their names appear on the […] Comments (5)
Breaking News

On GOP's Night, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney Prevails in Tough Reelection Contest

Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, elected two years ago as New York State’s first openly gay member of Congress, won his reelection bid, in a hard-fought and tight race against the one-term Republican he ousted in 2012. Comment
Breaking News

Republicans Win Outright Majority of New York State Senate

With a popular governor headed for reelection, 2014 was supposed to be the year when Democrats could make gains in the State Senate sufficient to ensure they would be the governing party come January. Comments (2)
Politics

ACLU Unflusterred by Marriage Religious Objection Claims    

Senior members of the American Civil Liberties Union say that while efforts in a few states to enact laws exempting businesses and government employees from participating in the marriages of gay and lesbian couples have received media attention, they have largely been unsuccessful. Comment
Politics

When Gay Men Want to Be Biological Dads    

New York finished a more than respectable sixth place in terms of states giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, but for gay men who wish to be the biological father to their child, the primary route to doing so — relying on a surrogate mother to carry their child to birth — remains closed to them here at home. Comments (4)
Health

AIDS Activists Criticize Ebola Quarantine Orders    

Leading AIDS activists are protesting Governor Andrew Cuomo for ordering quarantine for people returning to the US from West Africa after having close contact with someone who has Ebola there. Comment
Health

In Campaign's Final Stretch, Cuomo Touches Some LGBT Bases

Despite the near certainty of his reelection on November 4 –– likely with a comfortable enough margin to keep him near the top of the heap nation Comments (3)
Breaking News

US Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Puerto Rico

A federal district judge has rejected a marriage equality lawsuit Lambda Legal brought on behalf of same-sex couples in Puerto Rico. Comment
Health

Joe Nicholson, Pioneering Gay Journalist, Remembered    

Joe Nicholson, who came out as a reporter at the New York Post in 1980 –– a first for anyone at a big city daily –– died October 8 after a battle with cancer. He was 71 and is survived by his beloved Sherwin T. Nicholson, whom he married in January 2013 at Holy Apostles Church in Chelsea and where his funeral was con Comments (4)
Politics

The Clean-Up Begins

With lightning speed last week, actions by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court either upheld or let stand pro-marriage equality rulings in seven states from Virginia to Idaho and also created legal precedents for gay marriage to be exten Comments (1)
Breaking News ►Video

Police Release Video in Crown Heights Anti-Gay Assault

The New York Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an assault on a 33-year-old man in the lobby on his apartment building on Washington Avenue, near Empire Boulevard, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Comment
Politics

Trans Woman Brutally Beaten in Bushwick

A 28-year-old trans woman was beaten by four men on a Bushwick street at about 11:20 p.m. on October 12, according to the New York City Police Department. Comments (29)
Breaking News

Supreme Court Rejects Stay on Idaho Marriages, Federal Judge’s Order Begins Marriages in North Carolina

In a climactic end to an historic week, the US Supreme Court on October 10 declined Idaho’s petition for a stay pending that state’s appeal of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down its ban on same-sex marriage. Comments (1)
Breaking News

HRC, Pride Agenda, LGBT Law Group Urge Cuomo to Reject Graffeo's Renomination to NYS High Court

As Governor Andrew Cuomo approaches a decision on whether or not to reappoint Judge Victoria Graffeo to another term on the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy group, is weighing in. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Responding to Idaho “Hail Mary” Pass, Kennedy Temporarily Stays Marriage Ruling

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has put a temporary stay on the Ninth Circuit’s October 7 ruling that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. Comment
Breaking News

Nevada Begins Complying with Ninth Circuit Ruling, While Kennedy Steps in Regarding Idaho

The day after the US Supreme Court refused to review pro-marriage equality rulings from three federal courts of appeals in cases from five states, another circuit was heard from. Comments (3)
Breaking News

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans; Total Surging To 35 States

In a unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada. Comment
Breaking News

HUGE! Supreme Court Denies Review in Five Cases, Opening Up Gay Marriage in 11 More States

In a stunning move, the United States Supreme Court has denied review in five cases in which appellate courts had ruled in favor of the right of same-sex couples to marry. Comment
Breaking News

With 30 States Set for Marriage Equality, Road Ahead Still Uncertain

The Supreme Court’s Octobe Comment
Politics

Same-Sex Couples Denied Employer Benefits Will Get Their Day In Court    

A Washington State employer that refused for almost a year to allow employees to enroll their same-sex spouses in its health plan lost its motion to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit pending in federal court. Comment
Health

HIV-Positive Gay Man Cannot Sue for Discrimination Anonymously    

A US magistrate judge has denied a request by a gay HIV-positive man to have his identity shielded from public exposure in a discrimination lawsuit he has filed against his former employer in the New Orleans federal district court. Comment
Politics

Eric Holder: The Evolution of an Advocate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER: It’s rare for there to be much public discussion of any kind about the details of a government filing in a civil lawsuit, so the outrage that erupted over a 2009 Department of Justice brief submitted in litigation over the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was something quite extraordinary. Comment
Health

Federal Appeals Court Upholds New Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban   

A federal appeals court has decisively rejected a constitutional challenge to a New Jersey law prohibiting licensed therapists from performing “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE) –– sometimes called “conversion therapy” — on persons under 18. In a September 11 opinion from Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith, appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia found the law does not violate the freedom of speech and free exercise of religion rights of therapists. Comments (1)
Breaking News

As Attorney Defending Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans Dances Quickly, Ninth Circuit Panel Seems Dubious

The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard oral arguments on September 8 in several marriage equality cases appeared very dubious about the justifications presented in defense of the Nevada and Idaho bans on same-sex couples marrying. Comment
Breaking News

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick's Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

Charging that the agreement by the St. Pat Comments (4)
Breaking News

On Primary Eve, Cuomo Pressed at Home on Prisoner Clemency

A candlelight protest outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pastoral Westchester County home delivered a demand that he grant clemency to elderly prisoners with extensive records of good behavior. Comment
Breaking News

Seventh Circuit Panel, 3-0, Strikes Down Wisconsin, Indiana Marriage Bans

Just two weeks after coming down hard o Comments (1)
Crime

“Systemic” Change Goal of Staten Island Protest    

Even before it began, the media was suggesting that the August 23 rally in Staten Island to protest the death of Eric Garner in a police chokehold on July 17 would bring trouble, presumably a repeat of the images witnessed earlier in the week in Ferguson, Missouri. Comment
Politics

Breaking Unanimous String of Victories, Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Louisiana

Parting company from every federal district court judge since last summer’s Supreme Court ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act case, US District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman, rejected a challenge to Louisiana’s state constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Comments (2)
Politics

St. Pat's Parade Announcement Met With Caution 

In a surprising development that apparently caught activists and elected officials off guard, the organizers of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue announced that a gay-identified group will be allowed to participate next March 17. Comment
Breaking News

Seventh Circuit Roughs Up Attorneys Defending Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Bans

A panel of three judges of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, gave a very rough time to attorneys representing the Comments (3)
Politics

No Hobby Lobby Out for Upstate "Wedding Barn"

The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) has found that a rural wedding venue that denied a lesbian couple use of its facility violated the state’s Human Rights Law. In the August 8 ruling –– first reported in the Albany Times Union –– Acting Commissioner Helen Diane Foster formally adopted a recommendation by Migdalia Pares, an administrative law judge, that the two women receive $1,500 each in compensatory damages and the venue, Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, located between Albany and Saratoga Springs, pay the state a fine of $10,000. Comments (3)
Crime

A Flailing Defense Effort by Alleged Anti-Gay Killer 

Suggesting that the defense is in serious trouble, the accused killer of Mark Carson is on his third attorney in roughly 15 months, has filed a letter and two of his own motions with the judge in the case, and even considered representing himself at his trial for Carson’s 2013 homicide. Comment
Politics

Long String of Victories Broken as Tennessee Judge Rules Against Marriage Recognition

Breaking a string of roughly three dozen affirmative marriage equality rulings by federal and state judges, a Tennessee state judge denied a divorce to two gay men saying he had to reject a federal constitutional claim for marriage recognition because of a 1972 US Supreme Court ruling and the “public policy exception” to the Constitution's Full Faith and Credit requirement. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Marathon Arguments in Sixth Circuit Marriage Appeals

On August 6, a three-j Comment
Politics

Lesbian Co-Parent’s Custody Denied, Child Left in Foster Care    

A Nassau County Family Court judge has ruled that despite New York’s 2011 marriage equality law, a lesbian co-parent cannot claim parental rights for a child born prior to her marriage to the birth mother. Comments (3)
Politics

In Other Marriage News

In the frantic pace of marriage equality litigation nationwide, other key developments are. Comment
Politics

Rikers Jail to Open Transgender Unit    

Rikers Island, the scandal-plagued New York City jail much in the news these days for reports of violence against inmates, is trying to make some progress in its treatment of transgender inmates with the opening this fall of a dedicated transgender uni Comments (2)
Politics

How All the Presidents' Men & Women Have Ruled on Marriage Equality

Each of the last eight presidents has appointed at least one judge who has ruled on questions of marriage equality. The chart below shows how judges appointed by each of them have decided issues including the right to marry, state recognition of out-of-state marriages, federal recognition of legally valid marriages (in challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act), and California’s Proposition 8. Comments (2)
Politics

A Second Florida Trial Judge Rules for Marriage Equality

Just a week after one trial judge ruled that Florida’s constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, a second judge there has come to the same conclusion. Comment
Breaking News

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia's Marriage Ban

A three-judge panel of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, has declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Comments (2)
New York State

Archaic Rules Applied in Gay Man’s Estate Dispute    

An early 2014 ruling from a surrogate judge in Manhattan highlights the dangers of making a will without the assistance of somebody knowledgeable about estate law. And, it also illustrates one court’s surprising reliance on old cases rather than on the evolving precedents in same-sex partner law in the decades leading up to New York State’s 2011 marriage equality law. Comments (1)
Politics

10th Circuit Affirms Decision Striking Down Oklahoma Marriage Ban    

The same appellate panel of three judges that last month ruled that Utah’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional reiterated that ruling on July 18 in Oklahoma’s appeal of a district court ruling striking down the ban there. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel found the Oklahoma prohibition was unconstitutional for t Comment
Politics

The Changing Map of Marriage Equality in the US

Recent court decisions regarding marriage bans in three states have once again altered the map for marriage equality in the US. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Obama Stand-Up Guy on Religious Exemptions, But Questions Remain

When White House officials went public on July 18 with news that President Barack Obama would, three days later, issue his executive order barring sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by the federal government, Comment
Breaking News

Florida State Trial Judge Nixes Marriage Ban

A state trial judge in Key West has ruled that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. On July 17, Judge Luis M. Garcia ruled that Monroe County Clerk Amy Heavilin must issue a marriage license to Aaron R. Huntsman and William Lee Jones, who have been Comment
Breaking News

Obama Executive Order on Jobs to Contain No New Religious Exemptions

President Barack Obama will issue his long-awaited executive order barring discrimination against LGBT employees by contractors doing business with the federal government on July 21, a White House official told Gay City News thi Comments (1)
Breaking News

Amidst Developments Unfolding in Courtrooms Across Colorado, Same-Sex Couples Marry in Boulder, Denver, Pueblo

In a complex jumble of legal proceedings that suggests a growing consensus that marriage equality is inevitable in Colorado, one county judge there has thrown out the state’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples even as he stayed his ruling pending appeal, while a second county judge is refusing to halt marriages there. Even the ju Comment
Breaking News

Pride March Highlighted ENDA Concerns HRC Could Not Duck    

Ten days before the Human Rights Campaign shifted course and spoke out against the broad religious exemption in the current version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — the federal LGBT job rights bill — it was clear the provision was in trouble. The city’s June 29 LGBT Pride March evidenced clear and growing opposition among both activists and New York’s elected officials, including members of the US House of Representatives who could decide ENDA’s fate, even if not this year. The measure passed the US Senate last year but is stalled in the Republican-controlled House. Comments (1)
Breaking News

HRC, Other Advocates Regroup on ENDA

In a stunning about-face, the Human Rights Campaign, the chief LGBT lobbying group pushing the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Capitol Hill, announced on July 9 that it would seek “a narrowed religious exemption” compared to the one contained in the version of the bill approved by the Senate last year. Since it is doubtful ENDA will get a vote in the Republican-led House this year, the bill’s rewriting will likely happen ear Comments (1)
From the Editor

Praying for Your Job

Three years ago, shortly after enactment of New York’s marriage equality law, I had the opportunity for a one-on-one interview with Governor Andrew Cuomo about the hands-on role he played in the fateful final days leading up to that measure’s approval by the Republican-controlled Senate. Comments (3)
Health

Iowa Supreme Court Catches Up With HIV Science

In a triumph for science and common sense, the Iowa Supreme Court, in a June 13 ruling, reinterpreted that state’s HIV exposure statute to bring it into line with current scientific evidence about transmission. The court’s decision vacated the conviction of Nick Rhoades, who was originally sentenced to up to 25 years in prison because he hadn’t disclosed his HIV status to a partner before engaging in sex. Comments (1)
News Briefs

Conversion Therapy Ban Good Enough for Alito-Scalia-Roberts Court, But Not Klein-Skelos Senate

Amidst the shocked reaction to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling –– which opens up the possibility of religious exemptions being used as corporate get-out-of-jail free cards regarding employee nondiscrimination protections –– there was a less-noticed bit of good news on the last day of the h Comments (2)
Breaking News

High Court Says For-Profit Corporations Can Claim Religious Exemptions

In a decision with the potential to open up wide gaps in nondiscrimination protections for sexual minorities, the Supreme Court has ruled that a family-owned corporation could claim an exemption from complying with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because of the owners’ religious objections to funding certain forms of contraception. Comments (1)
Breaking News

NYS, NYC Comptrollers Put Pressure on Hate-Filled Russian Social Networking Platform

In a telling demonstration of how concern about the treatment of LGBT communities worldwide has risen to the fore in US domestic politics, the comptrollers of the City and the State of New York have injected themselves –– in their roles as major institutional investors –– into the issue on two fronts. Comment
Politics

A Pride Week Trifecta    

In a burst of pro-gay rulemaking, federal appeals and trial courts on June 24 and 25 issued important pro-gay decisions, advanci Comment
From the Editor

Why ENDA is Not the Answer

The argument for the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act is clear and catches the public’s attention because it is so stunning: in 29 states you can legally be fired for being gay and in 32 — including New York — you are at risk due to your gender identity and expression. Comments (3)
Politics

Stonewall at 45 –– Hold to to the Spirit

Since the 1969 Greenwich Village rebellion that shook the world, the legal status of LGBT Americans has shifted dramatically. In the immediate aftermath, cities and counties across the nation began enacting basic nondiscrimination ordinances, though there were occasional waves of backlash. After Anita Bryant, a popular gospel singer and orange grower industry spokeswoman, led a successful referendum effort to repe Comment
Politics

Heightened Scrutiny Standard Upheld in Ninth Circuit    

In an action that presages a sweeping victory for marriage equality litigation in the states under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the circuit on June 24 announced it had declined a suggestion by one of its judges to reconsider a three-judge ruling in January that claims of sexual orientation discrimination must be evaluated using “heightened scrutiny.” Comment
Health

Critics Fault Medical Marijuana Compromises Cuomo Demanded    

In the closing hours of the legislative session, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on an approach to medical marijuana legislation that will allow its use under carefully controlled circumstances. Comments (1)
Politics

A Heartfelt Cap to Robert Pinter’s Battle    

The emotion was evident in Robert Pinter’s voice as he stood outside the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street and read an email from a man who, like Pinter, was falsely arrested on prostitution charges by cops from the Manhattan South Vice Enforcement Squad. Comment
Breaking News

With Three Republicans Reportedly on Board, IDC’s Avella Still Hopeful on “Conversion Therapy” Ban

As the State Senate slogged through its last scheduled day in its 2014 session, a member of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) that shares majority power with the Republicans, voiced hope that a measure to bar mental health professionals from performing “sexual orientation change efforts” on minors could yet get a floor vote. Comment
Politics

Better Late Than Never?

Fifty-one years after Governor George Wallace stood in a schoolhouse door in defiance of a federal mandate to integrate his state’s educational system, Alabama continues its slow crawl to membership in what, in intervening years, has sometimes been termed the New South. Comment
Breaking News

Fine Print, Enforcement Key to Obama Job Bias Order's Effectiveness

With the White House preparing to add sexual orientation and gender identity to a 1965 executive order that bars discrimination by federal contractors, the question becomes how effective the US Department of Labor –– which will investigate complaints brought under the amended order –– is at handling discrimination complaints. Comment
Politics

In New York, Mississippi Governor Confronted on Anti-Gay Law

Todd Allen, a gay activist who has lived in Mississippi since 1965, drove all the way to New York City to confront his state’s govern Comments (9)
Politics

Strong Action to Bar Condom Use as Evidence Gets Council Boost

The Access to Condoms Coalition received a friendly reception at a June 9 City Council hearing on a resolution supporting reform legislation in Albany. In the past, police seized condoms as evidence of prostitution, which inhibited both street workers and others, particular Comment
Politics

Scholars Say Obama Has Authority to Issue Executive Order on Jobs    

A number of constitutional law professors say that President Barack Obama has the authority under federal law to issue an executive order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by companies contracting with the federal government. Comments (2)
Love & Marriage

Wisconsin Ruling Leads to Burst of Milwaukee, Madison Weddings

A June 6 ruling from a federal district judge that Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional set off a flurry of nearly 130 weddings in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city, as well as Madison, the capital, Comment
Love & Marriage

Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Halt Oregon Marriages

In a one-sentence order that did not elaborate on the reasoning, the US Supreme Court on June 4 denied Comment
Breaking News

Trans Man Sues City for Being Tossed from Public Pool's Locker Room

A 24-year-old Manhattan transgender man is filing suit against the Parks Department and the city for being denied access to locker room facilities at a public pool in Staten Island that he and friends had used regularly since Comment
Politics

National Park Service Lifting the Lid on LGBT History

While the windows at America’s marriage bureaus have been snapping open to gay people of late, the closet doors at the nation’s historic sites often remain shut to their LGBT significance –– and the Comments (2)
Love & Marriage

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)
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)
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
Love & Marriage

Marriage Gala Focuses Attention on Bigger Goals 

The news that same-sex marriage had begun in Oregon earlier in the day — 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)
Politics

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
Politics

“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)
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

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

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

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

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
Love & Marriage

Temporary Stay on Idaho Marriage Ruling

They just keep on coming… Hard on the heels of last week’s ruling by a state court judge in Arkansas that the ban on same-sex marriages there violates both the state and federal constitutions, a federal judge in Boise has ruled that Idaho’s ban violates the 14th Amendment Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. Comments (1)
Love & Marriage

Arkansas Supreme Court Stays County Judge’s Marriage Equality Order

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 equality order, allowing time for the legal issues to play out on appeal. Comment
News Briefs

Hagel “Open” to Reviewing Transgender Military Ban

In comments May 11 to ABC News, the Pentagon’s chief signaled his openness to reviewing the longstanding ban on transgender military service members. Comment
News Briefs

NYPD to Curb Seizing Sex Workers’ Condoms

New York City police will significantly limit the seizure of condoms as evidence during prostitution arrests, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced in a May 12 release. Comment
Love & Marriage

US Judge Orders Indiana to Recognize Dying Woman’s Same-Sex Marriage

A federal judge has ordered Indiana officials to recognize the marriage of a lesbian couple, in which one spouse is battling ovarian cancer, until their lawsuit can be decided on the merits. Comment
Politics

As With Utah, Oklahoma, Appeals Court Seems Split in Virginia Marriage Case    

A three-judge appellate hearing in the Virginia marriage equality cases arrayed Ted Olson, the renowned litigator brought into the successful fight against California’s Proposition 8, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the state’s solicitor general against two county clerks, one of them represented by A Comment
Politics

US Report Finds Flaws in Government Job Protections    

In a report to Congress and the White House, an independent agency that guards the employment rights of federal workers said that current protections for LGBT federal employees are inadequate and called for legislation to remedy that. Comment
Health

De Blasio Budget Commits to Add 100 Beds for Homeless Youth   

With the May 8 release of his final executive budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio is making good on his commitment from last year’s campaign to step up city Comment
Health

US Judge Finds New York Employers Can Deny Same-Sex Spousal Benefits    

A Manhattan judge has ruled that a woman denied employer-provided health insurance coverage for the same-sex spouse she legally married cannot sue under federal employment benefits law. Comments (1)
Love & Marriage

State Judge Knocks Down Arkansas Marriage Ban

A state judge in Little Rock, Arkansas, relying on both that state’s constitution and the US Constitution, has struck down the ban on same-sex marriage there. Comments (1)
Love & Marriage

Same-Sex Couples Win Tax Benefit Parity in Alaska

The Alaska Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has found that same-sex couples there are entitled to the same real estate tax break under state law given to married couples, despite Alaska’s marriage amendment, which provides that same-sex marriages are neither legal nor recognized there. Comment
Politics

A Sweeping Win for Transgender Rights in India    

In an historic decision, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, ruling on a petition brought on behalf of transgender community members by the National Legal Services Authority, has declared that among the human rights protected by the nation’s Constitution are the right to state recognition of Comment
Love & Marriage

New York Couple Defend Their Adopted Son in Ohio    

It was only in the immediate aftermath of finalizing the adoption of their infant son, Cooper, on January 17 of this year that Joseph Vitale and Robert Talmas became aware that a significant — and unwelcome — Comment
Politics

A Contested Account of the Marriage Spring

Let me first say what Jo Becker’s book, “Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight For Marriage Equality,” is not. Its title, promotional materials, and a few bits of errant prose notwithstanding, this book is not a history of the movement to win marriage rights for same-sex couples in America. Comments (7)
Breaking News EXCLUSIVE

City Settles Robert Pinter’s Porn Shop False Arrest Claim for $450,000

A gay man who charged he was falsely arrested for prostitution in a Lower East Side porn shop in 2008 has settled the federal civil rights lawsuit he brought against New York City for $450,000. Comments (9)
Breaking News

In Oklahoma Marriage Appeal Arguments, Side Issues Grab Center Stage

A three-judge panel of the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, on April 17, heard arguments in the Oklahoma marriage case, just a week after considering arguments in the State of Utah’s appeal of the marriage equality ruling there. In a January decision, Comment
News Briefs

Our First Married Tax Day

Maloney –– pictured with Eunic Ortiz, president of the Stonewall Democrats of Comment
Politics

On-Duty Military Units Also Marched in St. Pat’s Parade    

Protests this year against New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which for decades has banned identifiable Irish LGBT groups from participating, targeted the city’s decision to continue allowin Comments (3)
Politics

Judge Says Surrogacy Ban No Bar to Second-Parent Adoption

Ruling on a previously-undecided question under New York Comments (5)
Politics

Is ENDA Necessary?     

Even with the marriage equality movement appearing to gain unstoppable momentum, the LGBT community has not yet won simple employment nondiscrimination protections at the federal level. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a measure barring bias in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity –– which has been kicking around for two decades, after the abandonment of earlier efforts to push a broader non-discrimination measure –– won bipartisan support in the Senate last year, but Republican Speaker John Boehner has made clear he opposes any action in the House this year. Comments (9)
Breaking News

City Might Be Ready to Settle With Robert Pinter

With a trial date set for a gay man’s lawsuit against New York City stemming from his 2008 arrest outside an adult video store on prostitution charges, there are signs the city might be prepared to settle the case. Comments (1)
Politics

Judges Hint at Disagreements, Procedural Hurdles in Utah Marriage Appeal

As is typically the case, oral arguments in Utah’s appeal of a December US district court decision ordering the state to allow same-sex coupl Comment
Politics

This Week Marriage Equality Litigation Amps Up to Full Throttle

As anticipation builds for the first federal appellate arguments on marriage equality since last June’s Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages, new developments in litigation efforts across the nation continue to pile up. Comments (1)
Politics

How the US Second Circuit Decided the NYC Churches in Schools Case

Ruling in a long-running case that may not yet be at an end, a federal appeals panel has found that a New York City policy barring the rental of public school space for “religious worship services” does not violate the First Amendment. Comments (1)
Breaking News

De Blasio Won’t Back His Chancellor on Dangers of Worship in Schools

In comments on April 8, Mayor Bill de Blasio continued on a path toward keeping regular Sunday worship services in public schools, despite a federal appeals court ruling last week that upheld a longstanding Department of Education (DOE) ban on such services. The mayor's opposition to the policy th Comments (4)
Breaking News

City Triumphs on Churches in Schools Case, But de Blasio Not Cheering

The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals once again upheld the constitutionality of a New York City policy barring religious organizations from using public school space for regular Sunday worship services. Comments (2)
Politics

Firing Too Steep a Penalty for Lesbian Classroom Sex     

A state appeals panel has ruled that the city’s Department of Education should not have fired two female teachers alleged to have engaged in sexual activity in a darkened, otherwise empty classroom one evening while a musical program was taking place elsewhere in the school. Comments (1)
Health

City Must Pay For Transgender Youth’s Transition Surgery 

A New York State Supreme Court justice in Manhattan has ordered the city’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to pay for gender reassignment procedures, including surgery, for a 20-year-old transgender woman still in the foster care system. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Michigan Marriage Stay to Remain in Effect through Appeals Process

Ruling on March 25, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has extended the stay on last week’s marriage equality ruling in Michigan to allow the state to bring its appeal before the circuit. Comments (1)
Politics

No Stay of Tennessee Marriage Ruling; Oregon Declining to Defend Its Ban

In a gutsy move, US District Judge Aleta A. Trauger has rejected a request by Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam to stay her order that the state recognize the out-of-state same-sex marriages of three Tennessee couples while Haslam pursues an appeal. Comment
Breaking News

In Michigan Marriage Equality Ruling, Bogus Study of Same-Sex Parenting Demolished

The March 21 federal court ruling that struck down Michigan’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples also dealt a lethal blow to a controversial 2012 study that purported to show that parenting by same-sex couples leads to inferior outcomes for children. Comments (2)
News Briefs

$1.6 Million Employment Bias Award Upheld by Manhattan Appeals Court

A state appeals court in Manhattan has upheld a jury verdict of $1.6 million in damages in a discrimination case brought by a lesbian chef under the New York City Human Rights Law against a Tribeca Mexican restaurant. Comments (2)
Politics

Tennessee Jumps on Board    

In the eighth consecutive victory for marriage equality in federal court to emerge in the wake of the 2013 Supreme Court Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) ruling, a district court judge has directed the State of Tennessee to recognize the same-sex marriages of three couples while a lawsuit they lodged is considered. Comment
Politics

The City Council’s One Lesbian Speaks Up 

Rosie Mendez, the Lower East Side City Council veteran first elected in 2005, has been passionate about tenants’ rights her entire career. An attorney by training, she worked at Brooklyn Legal Services and then for the People’s Economic Opportunities Project on the Lower Comment
Health

Department of Education Issues New Transgender Guidelines    

After decades of dragging its feet on LGBT inclusion, the New York City public schools –– the nation’s largest school district –– took two big public steps forward in recent weeks in tandem with a hearing in the City Council Education Committee led by its new chair, Daniel Dromm, a ve Comments (38)
Kelly Jean Cogswell

Voices of Protest at the St. Pat's Parade

“We’re here, we’re queer, we’ll be here every year.” When the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization first chanted that in 1991, no one imagined we’d actually have to do that if we wanted to march openly in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. More than two decades later, there are signs of hope. The new Democra Comment
Breaking News

With Fewer Sponsors, Anti-Gay St. Pat’s Parade Protested for 23rd Year

By legend, St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. The question in 2014 is whether beer companies pulling their sponsorship can drive the homophobia out of the New York and Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parades. Comments (22)

Anti-Gay Pedophilia Rap Out

There's an old prosecution trick in cases charging men with sexual molestation of boys - play on a jury's ignorance and presumed homophobia to secure a conviction by yelling "gay, gay, gay" at every opportunity. Comment
Breaking News

Village Anti-Gay Attack Targets Couple Celebrating Anniversary

Police are hunting for an unidentified male suspect who allegedly targeted and attacked a gay New Jersey man inside the West Fourth Street subway station early on March 2. Comment
Politics

New Yorkers Join Global Protests Against Nigerian, Ugandan Anti-Gay Laws

Nine AIDS activists were arrested after they blockaded the entrance to the Consulate General of Nigeria while protesting that country’s recently enacted law with harsh criminal penalties for LGBT people and for advocacy of LGBT causes Comments (5)
Politics

Preservationists, Backed by Pols, Press LGBT Historic Site Push     

Support is growing for an effort by preservationists to secure stronger and more specific landmark protections for three local sites that played key roles in the city’s LGBT history. All three sites — the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street, Julius’ Bar at 159 West 10th Street, and the Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse at 99 Wooster Street — already lie within landmarked districts, the first two within the Greenwich Village Historic District and the third within the Soho-Cast Iron Historic District. Changes to the buildings at the three sites, therefore, already require approval from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). Comment
Politics

Out of Prison, CeCe McDonald Experiences Empowerment

CeCe McDonald, a 25-year-old African-American transgender woman from Minneapolis, speaks with considerable and informed passion about the ignorance too many people in society have about the transgender community. How that leads to dehumanizing stereotypes. How harassment and violence threaten transgender women, particularly those from communities of color. How the media sensat Comments (3)
Politics

Will ENDA Religious Exemptions Be Revisited After Arizona Furor?  

When the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was proposed last year, leading LGBT legal groups said the religious exemption Comments (2)
Breaking News

In Seventh Consecutive Federal Marriage Equality Win, Judge Rules Against Texas Ban

Since the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Edie Windsor’s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act eight months ago, no federal court has ruled against equal marriage rights for sa Comment
Breaking News

City Council Will Not Field Formal Contingent in St. Pat’s Parade

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will announce later today that the Council will not field a formal contingent in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue, Gay City News has Comment
Breaking News

Signing Anti-Gay Law, Ugandan President Tells West: Butt Out

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni defied Western pressure February 24 and signed into law a measure –– with broad popularity in that nation –– criminalizing all forms of homosexual expression, aid to Comments (2)
Politics

With Russian Olympics Winding Down, Activists Look Forward

Even as arrests in Sochi, Moscow, and St. Petersburg demonstrated the Putin regime’s determination to squelch protest — particularly rega Comment
Politics

Idaho Co-Parent Can Adopt Partner’s Children    

The five-member Idaho Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that state law allows for second-parent adoptions, reversing a magistrate judge’s dismissal of an adoption petition on the grounds that the petitioner was not married to the children’s legal mother. Comment
Politics

Despite Mayor’s Firm No, St. Pat’s Activists Persevere    

Though Mayor Bill de Blasio quickly refused a request to bar uniformed city employees from marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, saying those employees had a right to march, organizers of the effort to win the ban are continuing their work. Comments (2)
Health

De Blasio Budget Offers AIDS Rent Cap, Homeless Youth Funding    

With the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo Comment
Breaking News

Ignoring Global Pressure, Ugandan President to Sign Draconian Anti-Gay Bill

Defying Western critics and worldwide demonstrations, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will sign a harshly anti-gay measure into law. The bill, passed in December, dropped death penalties from what had been dubbed the “kill-the-gays-bill” and su Comments (2)
Breaking News

In Recognition Case, US Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Ban

One of the first federal court decisions to apply last June’s Supreme Court DOMA ruling came quickly the following month, when US District Judge Timothy S. Black ordered Ohio to recognize a Maryland same-sex marriage in approving data on a death certificate. That order was followed up by a detailed opinion in December finding that Ohio’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states violates the 14th Amendment, which requires states to provide “equal protection of the laws” and protects the right of married couples to “stay married” when they cross state lines. Comment
Breaking News

Virginia Marriage Equality Ruling the New Normal –– and a Big Deal

Since the US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s denial of federal recognition to same-sex marriages, every judge in federal and state courts ruling on motions for summary judgment h Comments (2)
Breaking News

Nevada Drops Its Defense of Gay Marriage Ban

In a sharp change of course, Nevada’s governor and attorney general announced on February 10 they would not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a case pending before a federal appeals court. A US district court earlier upheld that ban, and an app Comments (1)
Politics

White House Press Secretary Says He Didn't Call Executive Order “Wrong Approach”

Responding to the characterization of an exchange between White House press secretary Jay Carney and Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson –– first reported in the Blade and de Comments (1)
Breaking News

Eric Holder, in New York HRC Address, Spells Out Next Steps in Complying with 2013 DOMA Ruling

US Attorney General Eric Holder used the occasion of an address to the Human Rights Campaign’s annual New York City gala to announce a number of new Jus Comments (4)
New York State

In Catch-22, Married Lesbian Cannot Adopt Child Born to Spouse    

Claiming that a married lesbian had no need to adopt the child born to her same-sex spouse, a Surrogate Court judge in Brooklyn has refused to entertain her adoption petition. Comment
News Briefs

Barely Taking a Breath, de Blasio Says "Nyet"

Less than 24 hours after LGBT activists and their allies called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to bar uniformed city personnel from marching in the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade, they received a pretty firm no. Comments (3)
Breaking News

Facing Second Brain Surgery, Randy Gener Disputes Account of His Assault    

In his first public statement since his beating several weeks ag Comment
Politics

Critics Worry Marriage Fight Diverting Community Energy 

Transgender rights advocate Mara Keisling, who described herself as “a big believer in marriage e […] Comments (9)
Politics

Why Oregon Is 2014's Marriage Crucible

As of January 1, 2013 — nine years after Massachusetts legalized marriage equality — only nine states and the District of Columbia had approved the right of same-sex couples to wed. But in the 12 months that followed, another eight followed suit, with a ninth, Utah, under a federal court order to end its ban on gay marriage, Comments (2)
From the Editor

LGBTQ Leaders, Allies Call on Mayor to Ban Uniformed City Personnel in Discriminatory St. Pat’s Parade

More than twenty years ago, the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization sought to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue and was excluded. In 1993, parade organizers used a court case to declare it a private, religious procession whose anti-gay message would be controverted by the presence of an identifiable Irish LGBTQ group — even though LGBTQ groups are welcome in St. Patrick’s Day parades all over Ireland. Comments (14)
Breaking News

Islan Nettles’ Mother Says Original Suspect Has Vanished

The mother of Islan Nettles, a transgender woman who was killed in Harlem last year, was told, in a recent meeting with the Manha Comments (1)
News Briefs

Queens Man, 24, Arrested in Randy Gener Attack

Police have arrested Comments (4)
Breaking News

Filipino-American Community Rallies to Randy Gener's Support

The Filipino-American Press Club and other groups held a prayer vigil and press conference at the Consulate Gene Comment
News Briefs

Police Release Sketch, Description in Randy Gener Assault

An artist’s sketch and a description of the suspect in the Comment
News Briefs

Judge Ready to Rule in Virginia Marriage Equality Case

Responding to the January 23 announcement that the Commonwealth of Virginia will no longer defend that state’s constitutional and statutory ban on marriage equality, the f Comments (1)
Politics

Profound Implications from Ruling Jurors Can’t Be Excluded for Being Gay

A unanimous three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that excluding potential jurors because they are gay violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the US Comment
Breaking News

In a Fast-Moving Case, Virginia Attorney General Won't Defend Marriage Ban

Recently inaugurated as attorney general of Virginia, Democrat Mark Herring, who had run on a platform supporting same-sex marriage, was immediately faced with a strategic decision. The attorney general’s Comment
Politics

Confusion Continues in Wake of Utah Marriage Ruling Stay    

The January 6 order from the US Supreme Court placing a stay on the December 20 federal district court judge’s Comment
News Briefs

Ugandan President Criticizes Homophobic Law, But Terms Gays "Abnormal"

The release last week of a letter that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni sent to Parliament criticizing irregularities in the way it approved a draconian anti-gay bill late last year led many news outlets to report that the measure had been vetoed. Comment
Politics

Inmate’s Right to Gender Reassignment Surgery Upheld    

A federal appeals court has upheld a district judge’s ruling that a convicted murderer held in a Massachusetts state prison is being denied her constitutional right to gender-reassignment surgery deemed medically necessary. Comments (1)
News Briefs

Crackdown on Gays Escalates Under New Nigerian Law    

In the wake of a new homophobic law taking effe Comment
Breaking News

US Judge Throws Out Oklahoma Marriage Amendment, But Stays Ruling Pending Appeal

Yet another federal district judge has declared that a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is an unconstitutional infringement of rights guaranteed by the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment. Comments (1)
News Briefs

As Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law Approved, Dozens of Arrests Reported

At least three-dozen gay men have been arrested and tortured in Nigeria in recent weeks, even before a draconian new homophobic law took effect, human rights activists told the Associated Press. Comments (1)
National

Was the Mohawk Really the Problem and Was It Really a Mohawk?    

Is a Mohawk haircut so “extreme” that an airline would be justified in not allowing a male flight attendant to work if he reported for duty groomed that way? Comment
New York State

Court OKs Gay Dad’s Co-Parent Adoption with Straight Mom    

There’s a subtext — not anywhere stated — to an adoption ruling by New York County Surrogate Court Judge Rita Mella decided on December 27 and since published in the New York Law Journal. Comments (1)
National

High Stakes in .Gay Top Level Domain Ownership Battle

In a move that may impact queer businesses and groups around the globe, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) may soon decide whether .gay, a top level domain, will be controlled by a business that buys and sells domain names or by community groups organized through the efforts of a for-profit company. Comments (11)
Politics

Lawsuit Demands City Shelter All Homeless Youth    

A class action lawsuit filed December 30 in federal court aims to compel the City of New York to provide youth shelter and services to any homeless youth aged 16 to 20 who seeks such assistance. The complaint, filed on behalf of nine youths who have experienced extended homelessness in the city, cites evidence that New York provides only 253 youth shelter beds for a population of homeless youth that numbers 3,800 on an average night. Comment
Breaking News

Supreme Court Blocks Utah Marriages Pending Appeal

On the morning of January 6, the US Supreme Court, in a brief order, issued a stay blocking enforcement of the December 20 ruling by US District Judge Robert Shelby giving same-sex couples in Utah the right to marry. The State of Utah is Comment
Breaking News

Upstate NY Town Clerk Continues Granting Only Opposite-Sex Marriage Licenses

A New York town clerk who in 2011 said she would no longer sign any marriage licenses because her religious beliefs barred her from signing them for same-sex couples violated her pledge when she signed marriage licenses for two heterosexual couples in 2012. Comments (12)

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