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US Court Won’t Dismiss Sexual Orientation Claim Against College     

US District Judge Dean D. Pregerson ruled on December 15 that two Pepperdine University students could sue the school for sexual orientation discrimination under Title IX, a federal statute that prohibits sex discrimination by educational institutions receiving federal money. Comments (5)
Politics

Intersex Activism to the Fore During UN Advocacy Push    

Miriam van der Have is a married lesbian and mother of two. She came out publicly Comments (2)
Breaking News

After ESPA, Picking Up the Pieces of Our Agenda

Reaction to the Empire State Pride Agenda’s stunning December 12 announcement that it was folding up its tent is comparable to the way people talk about the weather. Everybody complained about it, but the big Comments (21)
Politics

Court Bars Catholic School From Discriminating Against Married Gay Employee

Since marriage equality became legal nationwide, one question that has arisen but not been clearly answered is whether religious institutions can freely discriminate in their employment practices against married gay coupl Comments (8)
Politics

Alabama Lesbian Mom’s Case Closer To Supreme Court Review

A lesbian mother’s quest for joint custody of the children she had adopted in Georgia and raised together with her former same-sex partner, the children’s biological mother, took a step closer to the Supreme Court on December 14, when the high court granted her a stay of an adverse ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court. Comments (2)
Breaking News

ESPA Leadership Pushes Back on Charge They’ve Declared “Mission Accomplished”

Pride Agenda chair Norman C. Simon with Governor Andrew Cuomo at the group's Fall Dinner where the governor announced state human rights regulations giving the transg […] Comments (12)
Breaking News

Citing Win on Cuomo's Trans Rights Directive, Pride Agenda Folds Up Tent

Governor Cuomo accepting ESPA's Silver Torch Award from Cynthia Germanotta, co-founder with her daughter, Lady Gaga, of the Born This Way Foundation, with Pride Agenda's executive director Nat […] Comments (130)
Politics

Chicago Sheriff Violated First Amendment in Battling Backpage.com 

The sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, home to Chicago and surrounding suburbs, violated the First Amendment rights of Backpage.com, a classified ad business, when he pressured major credit card companies to deny transactions between the company and its Comments (4)
Politics

US Court Says Claim for Pre-Windsor Benefits Time-Barred   

A federal district court has thrown out a former US government worker’s effort to win compensation for the government’s refusal, for a period from 2004 to 2013, to add his same-sex spouse whom Comment
Crime

In Killings of Two Gay Men, Very Different Outcomes    

Call it a tale of two trials. Both involved younger gay men accused of killing an older gay man. In one, the defense was that the death Comments (1)
Crime

Jackson Heights Rallies in Wake of Trans Woman’s Assault    

The brutal beating of a transgender Latina, Kathy Perez, 35, outside her Jacks Comments (3)
Politics

City Council Gives $20 Million to Private Schools, Most Anti-Gay    

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilmembers Carlos Menchaca and Jimmy Van Bramer, seen here celebrating the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in […] Comments (26)
Politics

US Judge Lets Michigan Transgender ID Challenge Go Forward    

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a claim by six transgender Michiganders that a state policy governing changes of sex designation on driver’s licenses and personal identification cards violates their constitutional privacy rights. Comments (2)
Politics

Lesbian Adoptive Mom Turns to US Supreme Court After Alabama Defeat   

Attorneys for the adoptive mother of children born to her former same-sex partner have asked the US Supreme Court to review a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court that refused recognition of the adoption, which was approved by the Georgia Superior Court. The attorneys also asked the high court to restore her visitation rights while the appeal is pending by suspending the Alabama Supreme Court’s order in the case. Comment
Politics

Oklahoma High Court Gives Lesbian Co-Parent Standing in Custody Dispute 

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a woman who spent 10 years raising a child with her former same-sex partner can use a legal approach known as the equitable doctrine of “in loco parentis” to get standing to sue for custody or visitation of the child. Comments (7)
Health

New Report Quantifies Disparities for Transgender New Yorkers    

A new survey-based assessment of the educational, employment, income, housing, and health status of transgender residents of New York State demonstrates startling disparities in their Comments (6)
Health

Today Is Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20 is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor and mourn those lost to violence based on hatred of their gender identity, expression, or nonconformity. Comment
Breaking News

Manhattan Fed Judge Says Trans Equal Protection Claim Merits Heightened Scrutiny

For the first time within the US Second Circuit, a district court judge has ruled that a transgender person’s equal protection claim will receive “heightened scrutiny.” The November 15 ruling by Senior Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York, in Adkins v. City of New York, relied Comment
Health

#Rentboy Raid Town Hall Concludes Real Problem Is Street Worker Harassment

Toward the end of a more than hour-long panel discussion at the #Rentboy Raid town hall, Mitchyll Mora, the moderator, asked the three panelists to comment on the August 25 raid that shut down the male escort website and resulted in the arrests of its seven employ Comments (4)
Politics

Civil Union Property Is Not Marital Property, New York Court Finds 

A State Supreme Court justice has found that New York property purchased by a lesbian partner in a Vermont civil union prior to the couple’s Canadian marriage is not subject to equitable distribution in the their current divorce proceeding. Comments (24)
Health

HIPAA Mystery at Harlem United

In October of 2013, two outreach workers from the New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) were walking past a Harlem United housing facility on Lexington Avenue and they came upon a dumpster on the sidewalk that they said held records including “the full name, HIV diagnosis, secondary diagnosis of MAI, medication list, CD4 count, Viral Load, Social Security card, and New York State Benefit ID Card” of Harlem United clients. Comments (9)
New York State

Jury May Have to Weigh Chest Hair Patterns, Torso Tattoos  

Will a Manhattan jury have to figure out whether a gay man can be identified by the pattern of his chest hair? Maybe, if the lawsuit brought by Doug Hill and James Moritz against plastic surgeon Douglas Steinbrech for the unauthorized use of their images in advertising material actually goes to trial in New York County Supreme Court. Comments (29)
New York City

When Gay Couple Breaks Up, Who Gets the Pooch?    

Douglas Gellenbeck and Michael Whitton, who had a 13-year relationship, bou Comment
Books

The Inside Story of Edie Windsor’s Win    

More than 200 pages into “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA,” Roberta Kaplan, the attorney who won the 2013 case before the Supreme Court that struck down the most significant part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, describes one of many moot court sessions she participated in as she prepared fo Comment
Politics

US Judge Embraces EEOC Equating of Sexual Orientation, Sex Discrimination    

At last, a federal district judge has expressly relied on the July 15 ruling from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that sexual orientation discrimination claims can be brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Comment
Breaking News

Sex Work Decriminalization Town Hall Set for November 11

A new organization d Comment
Media Circus

Oh, Gimme a (Bathroom) Break!

Civil rights in Houston went down the toilet –– excuse me, that was vulgar; I meant to write the commode –– on Election Day when voters resoundingly overturned an ordinance that […] Comments (2)
Breaking News

Democrats, Advocates Strike Back at Senate GOP Leader’s Criticism of Cuomo Trans Rights Directive

Advocates for transgender rights hit back hard on Friday after the State Senate’s Republican leader raised questions about the propriety of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement th Comment
Health

NY Judge Finds False Claim Someone is HIV-Positive Defamatory

Judge Thomas Scuccimarra of the New York Court of Claims has ruled that the State Division of Human Rights defamed Avril Nolan, a model whose photograph the Division purchased from Getty Images to use in advertisements informing the public Comments (1)
Politics

Civil Rights Through Administrative Action: Can It Get Us All the Way?    

When legislatures refuse to act on proposals to protect LGBT people from discrimination, can civil rights agencies and executive officials just go ahead and extend the protections on their own? Comment
Health

Broader City HIV Services Eligibility May Be on Deck  

Advocates and elected officials, including (at podium) City Councilmember Corey Johnson and Carl Siciliano, executive director of the Ali Forney Center, at a February 26 City Hall […] Comments (1)
Breaking News

Plea Negotiations Slow Advance of Rentboy.com Prosecution

The US Department of Justice and the seven defendants in the rentboy.com case very quickly moved to plea negotiations after the August 25 raid on the Manhattan offices of the online escort site. Comments (2)
Politics

Cuomo Employs State Regs to Provide Anti-Bias Protections to Transgender New Yorkers

Governor Andrew Cuomo used the occasion of the Empire State Pride Agenda’s annual Manhattan fall dinner to announce new regulations that will provide anti-discrimination protections in employmen Comments (3)
Crime

Two Felony Murder Convictions in 2012 John Laubach Slaying

Following a month-long trial, a Manhattan jury quickly convicted Edwin Faulkner and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera of Comment
Breaking News

Closing Arguments Complete in John Laubach Murder Trial

With closing arguments completed in the trial of the two accused killers of John Laubach, deliberations are expected to start on October 21. Comments (1)
Politics

In Iran, At Best, Seeds of Hope   

The mullahs and Revolutionary Guards who rule Iran are doing everything in their power to preve Comments (7)
Breaking News

Medical Expert Backs Defense in John Laubach Murder Trial

Testifying in the trial of the two accused killers of John Laubach, a defense forensic expert said the 57-year-old gay man died from a heart attack and not asphyxiation as the prosecution expert said. Comments (2)
Crime

John Laubach Accidentally Strangled To Death During Sex, Defendant Asserts

Giving the defense a boost, one of the accused killers of John Laubach took the stand and testified that the 57-year-old was accidently choked to death du Comments (6)
Health

Corey Johnson Welcomes Safe Injection Facilities in NYC    

A campaign to introduce safe injection facilities in New York City has a warm welcome from Corey Johnson, chair of the City Council Health Committee. Comments (5)
Politics

In Courts, At City Council, Shifting Views of Sex Workers Evident

Incarceration for low-level prostitution offenses is declining. Comment
Breaking News

Two Incriminating Statements Now In Evidence in Laubach Murder Trial    

As the prosecution ended its case in the murder trial of Edwin Faulkner and Juan Carlos Martinez-Herrera, the gay couple charged in the Comments (4)
Crime

Chelsea Gay Man Feared His Alleged Killers In Advance of 2012 Death, DA Says

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is stitching together a case that relies on physical evidence and witness testimony showing that John Laubach feared Edwin Faulkner and Juan Comment
Breaking News

CDC Cites Rising HIV Infections Among Gay, Bi Latino Men

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual Latino men in the US increased from 2008 through 2013 while diagnoses among all Latinos in the US declined during Comments (3)
Breaking News ►Video

Suspect Sought in Midtown Gay-Bashing

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in a September 23 anti-gay bias attack near the subway station at 50th Street and Broadway. Comments (1)
Breaking News

In Embrace of Kim Davis, Pope Francis Squanders PR Success of US Trip

Those who wanted to believe Pope Francis is a new kind of Catholic leader who will liberalize its approach to gender and sexuality had their bubble burst when it emerged Comments (5)
Politics

Portland Bar Nailed For Ousting LGBT Club    

The Court of Appeals of Oregon has affirmed an award of $405,000 against a North Portland bar and the bar’s owner, Chris Penner, for violating state public accommodations law by denying “equal accommodations” to an informal social club that included gay and transgender people. Comment
Politics

Trans Victory in Prison Rape Elimination Act Complaint  

The State of Maryland has accepted most of the recommendations from a state administrative law judge requiring its Division of Public Safety and Correction Services to implement key elements of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, a statute whose regulations address important issues regarding how to treat transgender inmates. The August 17 announcement from Stephen T. Moyer, the Division’s secretary — in response to Judge Denise Oakes Shaffer’s April 1 ruling on a grievance brought by inmate Neon Brown — has been described in some media accounts as the first legal victory by a transgender inmate under the PREA. Comment
Crime

Defense Says John Laubach Died During Consensual Rough Sex    

As the trial of the accused killers of John Laubach opened in Manhattan Supreme Court, the prosecution charged that Edwin Faulkner an Comments (2)
Breaking News

“Candles For Clemency” Claims Victory

In a departure from his previous policy, Governor Andrew Cuomo is establishing a system to review requests to shorten prison sentences of r Comments (13)
Breaking News

Before Manhattan LGBT Crowd, Obama Offers Triumphal Case for His Presidency

In an address before an exuberant, largely LGBT crowd in New York City, President Barack O Comments (2)
Politics

Rogue Alabama Supreme Court Denies Recognition to Georgia Co-Parent Adoption

Under the US Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause, a state court is supposed to recognize the judgments of courts from other states unless those courts did not have jurisdiction over the parties or the subject matter of the case. Comments (2)
Crime ►Video

Police Issue Sketches, Video of Suspects in East Side Anti-Gay Assault

The NYPD has released sketches and video of three suspects wanted in connection with a September 12 bias-related assault on Manhattan’s East Side. Comment
National

Kim Davis Keeps Throwing Dust In Our Eyes   

More than a week after a federal judge released her from jail over her refusal to issue marriage licenses, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis continues to resist an order that she do her job. Comment
Politics

Appeals Court Finds Transgender Mexican Refugees Entitled to US Protection

A federal appeals court has found that conditions for transgender women are so dire in Mexico that they may qualify for protection in the US under the international Convention Against Torture (CAT) based on the likelihood they would face torture if deported. On September 3, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled on cases involving Edin Carey Avendano-Hernandez, Fidel Mondragon-Alday, and Daniel Godoy-Ramirez, each identified as an immigrant transgender woman. Comment
Politics

Anti-Gay Flyers Surface on Jackson Heights Cars

The NYPD’s 115th precinct in Queens is investigating the appearance of anti-gay flyers discovered on cars around Jackson Heights the weekend of August 29-30. The hate literature, written in English and Spanish, quotes Romans 1:18-32. Comments (2)
Politics

When the Feds Punish Tougher for the Same Crime   

Depending on the charges they eventually face, the seven defendants in the rentboy.com case could face significantly increased prison sentences under federal law as compared to the sentences for the state laws that form the basis for the prosecution of the popular escort website. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Why the Rentboy.com Raid Hit Such a Nerve    

The outraged reaction to the federal government’s raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of seven staffers there, including the escort website’s chief executive, reflects the positive status that escorts and for-hire sex have in the gay community. Comments (3)
Breaking News

The Security Inked Deepthroat Found at Rentboy.com

Inked Deepthroat was with his uncle, who is gay and worldly wise, when a text flashed on his cell phone announcing the raid on rentboy.com –– and that his world had been turned upside down. Comments (3)
Breaking News BREAKING

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Jailed For Contempt of Court

Kim Davis, a defiant Kentucky county clerk who is refusing to issue any marriage licenses rather than authorize licenses for same-sex couples, was jailed today on the order of US District Judge David L. Bunning. Comments (10)
Breaking News

Protest Against Rentboy.com Raid Targets Brooklyn Courthouse

Some 70 people turned out to the federal courthouse in downtown Brooklyn to protest the raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of the gay escorting web Comments (1)
Breaking News

Cy Vance: Don't Blame Me for Rentboy.com Raid

The Manhattan district attorney’s office had its name removed from the press release issued by the Brooklyn-based Office of the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York that announced the raid on rentboy.com and the Comments (6)
Breaking News

Raid on Rentboy.com Leaves Many Wondering How this Became a Priority

The arrests of rentboy.com’s chief executive and six employees of the leading gay escort website are drawing fire from some corners of the LGBT community that see the raid as a waste of federal dollars in pursuit of a victimless crime. Comments (9)
Breaking News

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

In what was a first in international diplomacy, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) appeared before the United Nations Security Council to discuss what it termed the “careful targeting” Comments (3)
Politics

Baker Denying Gay Couple a Wedding Cake Loses Appeal    

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals has affirmed that state’s Civil Rights Commission ruling against Masterpiece Cakeshop, Inc., and its proprietor, Jack C. Phillips, for its refusal to provide services to a gay couple celebrating their wedding. Comments (10)
Politics

Nebraska Judge Throws Out Anti-Gay Adoption, Foster Care Policy    

A county judge in Nebraska has ruled that the state’s policy for approving adoptions of state wards and licensing eligible foster parents violates the rights of gay people and same-sex couples. Comment
Politics

Sixth Circuit: Marriage Ruling Irrelevant to Gay Equal Protection Claim 

A Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel has found that the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is irrelevant to an equal protection claim by two gay men regarding the way they were treated while being arrested in 2011. Comment
Health

What’s the Future of Workplace Domestic Partner Benefits?    

Over the past two decades, corporate America — in many ways, moving out ahead of the nation’s political and legal system in responding to the needs and aspirations of their gay employees — increasingly embraced domestic partner benefits, including most significantly healthcare coverage, as a way of offering them some measure of rough parity with their straight married colleagues. Comments (3)
Politics

Kentucky County Clerk Defies Federal Court, Then Wins Stay 

A federal court has rejected the claim by a Kentucky county clerk that she can refuse to issue any marriage licenses to avoid compromising her religious belief that a marriage can be only between one man and one woman. Comments (7)
Politics

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

In a statement laying the groundwork for what seems certain to lead to open service by transgender members Comments (10)
Politics

Scouts to End Blanket Ban on Gay Leaders

Less than two months after Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates, the former Pentagon chief who oversaw the dismantling of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy, warned the organization that its blanket policy of excluding gay adults from leader Comment
Politics

European Court Orders Italy to Create Same-Sex Partnerships    

A seven-judge chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that Italy’s failure to adopt a legal structure for same-sex relationships, such as a civil union or registered partnership similar to those in Austria and Germany, violates Article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, a treaty to which 47 European countries are signatories. Comment
Politics

Federal Court Applies Labor Relations Statute to Trans Job Claim    

A unanimous three-judge panel of the Manhattan-based US Second Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a transgender man’s federal employment discrimination lawsuit, which was earlier dismissed by Southern District of New York Chief Judge Loretta Preska. Comments (1)
Politics

EEOC Says Gays Protected Against Employment Discrimination    

In a complete turnaround, the federal agency that enforces Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act has, for the first time, ruled the federal ban on employment discrimination because of sex includes discrimination against somebody because they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Comments (1)
Politics

Appeals Court Tosses Out City’s Adult Business Zoning    

Introducing a significant new chapter into a two-decade legal saga dating back to the Giuliani administration, the Manhattan-based First Department of the New York State Appellate Division has ruled that the city’s controversial 1995 adult uses zoning ordinance, as amended in 2001, violates the US Constitution’s First Amendment free speech guarantee. Comments (6)
Breaking News

For the First Time, Wide-Ranging LGBT Equality Bill Reaches Congress

The Equality Act, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island on July 23, is the first truly comprehensive federal measure attempting to provide legal equality for LGBT people in the United States. Comments (2)
Breaking News

In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

Standing in the US Senate room named for the president who signed the nation’s most significant civil rights legislation into law, a group of legislators, LGBT advocates, and taxpayers announced the relea Comments (3)
Breaking News

Comprehensive Federal LGBT Civil Rights Measure To Be Introduced July 23

Comprehensive civil rights legislation providing federal nondiscrimination protection to the LGBT community, originally expected to be introduced in Congress in June, will be unveiled at a noon press conference on Thursday, July 23 in Washington, Gay City News has confirmed. Word that the bill was ready to go first surfaced earlier this week Comment
New York State

NYS Appellate Ruling Shows Dangers of Homemade Wills

A four-judge panel of the New York State Appellate Division has affirmed a ruling by New York County Surrogate Nora Anderson that Ronald D. Myers’ homemade will should be construed to leave his stock portfolio, apart from some IBM stock, to his mother rather than to his same-sex life partner. Comments (1)
Politics

US Court Offers Lesbian Navy Vet Peace of Mind on Burial With Spouse

In light of the Supreme Court’s June 26 marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the resolution of Madelynn Lee Taylor’s lawsuit against the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise seems obvious. Comment
Politics

US Court Refuses to Dismiss Transgender Professor’s Sex Bias Suit

A federal district court judge has denied a motion to dismiss a sex discrimination claim filed by the Justice Department on behalf of a transgender woman against Southeastern Oklahoma State University, a public institution, alleging that she suffered discriminatory treatment and a denial of tenure after she announced her intent to transition. Comments (128)
Breaking News

Freedom to Marry: The Party

The US Supreme Court’s decision opening marriage to same-sex couples in all 50 states has mostly been celebrated two-by-two as long-denied rights were granted in clerks’ offices across the South and Midwest. Comments (6)
Politics

Three New Yorkers Who Prevailed at the Supreme Court on June 26    

Appearing on MSNBC shortly after the Supreme Court handed down its historic June 26 marriage equality ruling, Manhattanite Robert Talmas said, “It’s a whale of a decision and a day, and we’re overjoyed.” Comment
Politics

Europride Conferences Highlight Eastern European Issues

Rights, religion, and Russia weighed heavily on the Comments (2)
Politics

Trans Inmate’s Sex Reassignment Suit Revived    

The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision was not the only case of consequence for LGBT rights decided on June 26. On the opposite coast, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco unanimously revived a California inmate’s lawsuit seeking sex reassignment surgery. That case had earlier been dismissed at the screening stage by Chief Judge Ralph R. Beistline of California’s Eastern District Court. Comment
Health

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Case May Lack Needed Specifics, Judge Suggests

Comments made by a federal judge at a June 10 hearing suggest that a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by three former employees of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) against the AIDS agency is struggling. Comments (1)
Politics

Tears for Julio Rivera 25 Years After his Murder    

The brutal 1990 murder of Julio Rivera, 29, by three skinheads “hunting homos” in Jackson Heights was marked by an emotional vigil near the site of Comments (1)
From the Editor

The Lift of a Driving Dream

Comforted by the insight that even a broken clock is right twice a day, I’ve chosen a quote from Richard Nixon to frame my thoughts about the contributions one member of the LGBT community made to the successful fight for marriage equality. Comment
Politics

Court Says US Housing Law May Allow Sexual Orientation Bias Claims    

A federal judge in Alabama has ruled that some sexual orientation discrimination claims may be made under the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), a statute that forbids sex discrimination by owners and operators of residential housing facilities. District Judge William M. Acker, Jr., ruling on June 16, rejected the argument that the court would not have jurisdiction over any sexual orientation discrimination claim under the FHA. Comment
Politics

Julio Rivera's 1990 Murder to Be Remembered in Jackson Heights

Queens residents will join City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, a gay Jackson Heights Democrat, and LGBT activists for a candlelight vigil to mark the 25th anniversary of Julio Rivera’s anti-gay murder. Comments (2)
Politics

This Year, What Activists, the Community Marched For

Joseph Vitale and Robert Talmas, plaintiffs in the Ohio marriage case decided by the Supreme Court on June 26, with their son Cooper, whom they adopted in Ohio; the couple went to court to have both […] Comments (7)
New York State

New York Court Rejects Challenge to Gay Man’s Will    

A Manhattan Surrogate Court has rejected a challenge to the will of a gay man who had designated his then-lover as its executor and a principal beneficiary several years before they broke up. Comment
Politics

Upstate Lesbian Co-Parent Denied Standing to Seek Custody   

Relying on a quarter-century-old New York Court of Appeals precedent under which a same-sex co-parent is considered a “legal stranger” to a child she was raising with her former partner, the Appellate Division’s Fourth Department has affirmed a Chautauqua County Family Court decision dismissing a custody and visitation petition from one such ex-partner. The appeals panel upheld Judge Judith S. Claire’s dismissal of Brooke S. Barone’s petition on June 19. Comment
Politics

Crowds Head to the Stonewall in Wake of High Court Ruling

Hundreds turned out for a rally at the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which marked the start of the modern LGBT rights movement, to celebrate the US Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Comment
Breaking News

Marriage Equality Triumphs at the Supreme Court

BREAKING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling on June 26, declared that gay and lesbian couples have a federal constitutional right to marry. Comments (4)
Breaking News

The Governors Respond

When the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality on June 26, state law continued to bar same-sex couples from marrying in 13 states and in Puerto Rico –– and Alabama was continuing to resist a federal court order that the Supreme Court had earlier declined to stay. Comments (6)
Breaking News

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

The Supreme Court ruled today that “same-sex couples may exercise the right to marry” and that “there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.” Comment
Breaking News

Savoring the Capstone of More than Half a Life of Work

For Evan Wolfson, the US Supreme Court decision that required every state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize the marriage licenses issued to such couples from other states capped decades of work. Comment
From the Editor

Expectations Unbound

By the end of this month –– and quite possibly before we’ve had the chance to get this newspaper into your hands –– the US Supreme Court will have ruled on marriage equality. The court –– which since October has passively allowed lower court rulings to go into effect doubling the number of gay marriage states –– has given every indication its decision will be a happy Comment
Politics

After Hearing and Quick Vote, Stonewall Now Has City Landmark Status, Protection

The Landmarks Preservation Commission heard testimony June 23 on whether to designate the adjoining sites of the original Stonewall Inn, which launched the Rebellion sparking the modern LGBT rights movement, as an offi Comments (4)
News Briefs

Comptroller Scott Stringer Releases New Edition of LGBTQ Resource Guide

Timed to coincide with Pride Week in Manhattan, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer this week is releasing the 2015 edition of the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Guide of Services & Resources,” as well as the guide’s accompanying website. Comments (1)
Breaking News

Dallas BBQ Suspect’s Attorney Says Client’s Sexuality “Not an Issue”

The attorney for the man arrested June 16 for the assaults on two gay men in a Chelsea restaurant told Gay City News, “His sexuality is not an issue in this case.” Comment
Breaking News ►Video

Suspect Surrenders to Police in Dallas BBQ Assault

The NYPD has announced the arrest of a suspect sought in assaults on two gay men at the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea on May 5. Comment
Politics

City of Brotherly Love Marks Half-Century Of Activism     

Though the modern LGBT rights movement is typically dated back to the Stonewall Rebellion of June 1969, in fact there were a small number of occasions prior to that throughout the ‘60s when LGBT people affirmatively made their presence known. Both in organized protest and in spontaneous reaction to police action, demonstrators risked visibility — something little known in that era  Comment
Politics

Cuomo in Full Court Press for Giveaway to Anti-Gay Schools     

Governor Andrew Cuomo has joined forces with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, to enact a “tax credit” bill that would transfer millions of state dollars to private and religious schools, many of them run by anti-gay religions that discriminate against LGBT employees. The measure has now been renamed the “Parental C Comments (3)
Politics

Comprehensive Anti-Bias Bill Close to Being Introduced in Congress      

Comprehensive equal rights legislation — guaranteeing the nation’s LGBT community of nondiscrimination protections in employment, housing, public accommodation, and access to credit — is likely to be introduced before the end of June, according to congressional staffers working on the bill. Comment
Breaking News EXCLUSIVE

Stonewall Inn Appears Headed for City Landmark Status –– A Gay First

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will, next week, begin consideration of landmark designation for the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, site of the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969 that sparked the modern LGBT rights movement, Gay Ci Comments (9)
Politics

Even With Marriage Equality, Parental Status Conflicts Persist 

Legal observers widely expect the Supreme Court to rule next month that same-sex couples have a right to marry under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, but such a ruling will not necessarily settle all the issues of parental rights of same-sex couples that continue to divide the courts. Litigation in four jurisdictions demonstrates the continuing problem of sorting out the issues. Comments (2)
Politics

EEOC Steps Up Consideration of Sexual Orientation Claims    

While no federal law bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has accepted roughly 2,500 cases alleging such discrimination over the past 18 months based on the legal theory that this is discrimination based on sex. Comment
Crime

Morales’ Incriminating Statements Right After Carson Killing Arrest Stay In    

A Manhattan judge tossed out several incriminating statements made by the accused killer of Mark Carson because police failed to give Elliot Morales his Miranda warnings and the assistant district attorney who took Morales’ videotaped statement ignored his request to remain silent and his refusal to answer questions. Comment
Politics

An Irish-American’s Salute

Last weekend, more than 1.2 million Irish voters took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality. Comments (1)
Politics

A Better Place for the Next Generations

The world watched Ireland on May 22, when its citizens went to the polls to vote on referendum proposals to amend their constitution. Of the two measures up for a vote, this is the one that brought out nearly 2 million of the country’s 4.6 million residents: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” Comment
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US Magistrate Refuses to Dismiss Gay Pilot’s Discrimination Suit  

In a promising case of federal courts using a “gender stereotyping” theory to provide protections for gay plaintiffs under existing sex discrimination law, a US magistrate judge has refused to dismiss a claim by a gay airline pilot that his former employer discriminated against him by misrepresenting the reason for his discharge, thus making him virtually “unemployable” in the industry. Comment
Breaking News

After This, No Exile: A Gay Priest Reflects on Ireland’s Declaration of Independence

In the December 1918 election, the Irish republican party Sinn Féin won a landslide victory in Ireland. On January 21, 1919, the party formed a breakaway government (Dáil Éireann) and declared independence from Great Britain. Today, by voting to open marriage to same-sex couples, Ireland has chosen independence from the Roman Catholic Church. Comments (4)
Politics

Boy Scout President Warns Blanket Gay Exclusion Cannot Last

Robert Gates, the former Pentagon chief who now serves as president of the Boy Scouts of America, used his address to the organization̵ Comment
Crime ►Video

NYPD Identifies Suspect in Dallas BBQ Assault in Chelsea

The New York Police Department has identified the suspect sought in connection with an assault on two gay men at the Dallas BBQ in Chelse Comments (1)
Crime

Miranda Problems May Nix Statements Mark Carson’s Accused Killer Made  

A number of statements made to police and a prosecutor by the accused killer of Mark Carson may be thrown out because police failed to give Elliot Morales his Miranda warnings and the assistant district attorney who took Morales’ videotaped statement ignored both his request to remain silent and his refusal to answe Comment
Politics

In Uganda, Trust is the First Step  

A week before leaving for Uganda on a photojournalism expedition, I took to the streets of Manhattan with my trusted camera, going up to strangers and asking them what they knew and thought about the East African nation. Kevin Bright, an artistic-looking man smoking a cigarette outside Boxers in Hell’s Kitchen, got to the heart of the issue on my mind. Comments (3)
Politics

Uganda’s Frank Mugisha Finds Safety in Visibility  

"I do feel safe,” said Frank Mugisha, a gay rights activist in Uganda. “But sometimes I get paranoid.” Comments (1)
Crime ►Video

Suspect in Brutal Chelsea Restaurant Beating of Two Gay Men at Large

A brutal May 5 attack on two gay men at the Dallas BBQ on Eighth Avenue just above 23rd Street –– which included one of them being kicked in the face while he lay prone on the ground and moments later both Comments (14)
Health

State Senate Honors LGBT Center’s Carrie Davis as "Woman of Distinction"

“I don’t often like to be in the spotlight,” explained Carrie Davis, who has worked at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan since 1998, first joining the organization as a transgender peer focusing much of her time on nighttime street outreach to sex workers. Comments (3)
Politics

Four Gay Council Members Push Subsidy for Anti-Gay Schools    

Four out gay members of the City Council are siding with anti-gay lobbyists in their quest to secure tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in city funds to pay for school safety officers Comments (8)
Breaking News

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

Marriage equality’s day of reckoning finally arrived at the United States Supreme Court when, on April 28, it he Comments (3)
Breaking News

In Press Briefing, Next Week's Supreme Court Marriage Litigators Cautious, Focused

As the States of Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky head to the US Supreme Court on April 28 to defend their policies barring marriage by same-sex couples and the legal recognition of such unions from other jurisdictions, one of their key arguments is that the question should not be settled by the courts but is instead the unique province of their st Comments (4)
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NYC Judge Upholds Teacher Demerit Over Trans Student's Bathroom Use

A Manhattan trial judge has ruled that the city’s Department of Education did not act arbitrarily in assigning an “Unsatisfactory” rating to a now-retired teacher for confronting a transgender student over her use of a women’s room. New York County Supreme Court Justice Peter Moulton’s April 2 ruling, in a case involving a petition from the former teacher, Deborah Hicks, was published in the New York Law Journal on April 13. Comments (1)
Health

Government Sitting Out AIDS Agency Fraud Suit Suggests Tough Slog for Plaintiffs

Data from the US Department of Justice on whistleblower lawsuits suggest that a recent fraud case brought against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation by three former employees is unlikely to succeed. Comments (15)
Health

No Time for Covering Our Ass    

In the course of a 179-page overview of still-daunting challenges confronting America’s LGBT community — compelling in both its breadth and its frequent forays into granular detail — Michelangelo Signorile provides two passages that, for me, were telling first and foremost about the author himself. Comments (2)
Politics

Transgender University of Pittsburgh Student Loses Fight Over Expulsion

Just one day before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that the Army unlawfully discriminated against a transgender woman by denying her the right to use women’s facilities, a federal district court in Pennsylvania rejected a discrimination lawsuit by a transgender man expelled from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for insisti Comments (4)
Politics

Sex Offender Registry Status Lifted for Gay Man Snared by Sodomy Law

Caught up in a typical sting operation in Missouri in 1988, Jerome Keeney, Jr. was arrested by a St. Louis County vice cop, Robert Bayes, and the following year pled guilty to the charge of attempted “sexual misconduct.” Comments (2)
Health

EEOC Finds Trans Civilian Army Employee Owed Public Restroom Access

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency charged with enforcement of the federal ban on sex discrimination in employment, ruled on April 1 that a transgender woman employed in a civilian position by the US Department of the Army is entitled to use restroom facilities consistent with her gender identity. The Army unit the woman worked for had objected to her doing so before she underwent sex-reassignment surgery. Comments (1)
Politics

Corey Johnson Runs Afoul of “Broken Windows” Policing  

Out gay City Councilmember Corey Johnson, a Chelsea Democrat, was given a ticket March 25 for walking between moving subway cars — an infraction whether the train is in motion or not. Johnson paid his $75 ticket and had nothing but praise for the police after the incident, but the story ended up in the tabloids when police sources leaked it, characterizing the encounter as an important person trying to g Comments (2)
Politics

FBI Takes the Wrong Side in Same-Sex Marriage Debate

“They woke me up, they were pounding on the door,” the man told Gay City News. “I was in a pretty deep sleep.” Comments (1)
Breaking News

After a Hosing, Hoosier Leaders Declare a "Fix"

When Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican social conservative, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on March 26, he seemed to understand instinctively that it didn’t pay to make a big show of it but apparently he was confident he could duck any major blowback. The private, invitation-only ceremony was attended almost exclusively by religious leaders, including some o Comments (6)
News Briefs

De Blasio, Cuomo Bar Non-Essential Government Travel to Indiana

Responding to Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo separately announced bans on non-essential Comments (5)
Breaking News

Indiana Adopts Sweeping Religious Opt-Out Law

In a private ceremony closed to the press but including numerous religious leaders, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican social conservative, signed what is widely described as the nation Comments (8)
Health

Gender Identity Bias Claim Can Go Forward Under Obamacare

Deciding an important issue under the federal Affordable Care Act for the first time, Minnesota US District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied a motion by a Minneapolis area hospital and its emergency physicians to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a transgender man claiming the defendants violated the ACA because “he received worse care because of his status as a transgender man.” Comments (2)
Politics

NJ Bias Law Ruling Could Impact Dharun Ravi’s Conviction

A unanimous ruling by New Jersey’s Supreme Court striking down part of the state’s Bias Intimidation Law has implications for some of the charges on which Dharun Ravi was convicted in the wake of the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a gay Rutgers University freshman who was Ravi’s dormitory roommate. Comments (1)
Politics

Puerto Rico Urges Reversal of Anti-Marriage Equality Ruling

Lambda Legal sued on behalf of several same-sex couples seeking either to marry in Puerto Rico or to have their marriages from other jurisdictions recognized. On October 21, US District Judge Juan M. Perez-Gimenez granted the government’s motion to dismiss the case, finding that a Supre Comment
Crime

Grindr Not Liable for Hook-Up With Underage User  

A gay man’s attempt to hold Grindr responsible for his arrest and prosecution for sex with a minor was cut short on March 13 when a federal judge in New Jersey ruled that an “interactive computer service” provider enjoys statutory immunity from liability for harm resulting from content third parties post to its service. Comments (3)
Politics

Mobile Marriage License Window Remains Shuttered  

Alabama’s Mobile County Probate Court is not issuing marriage licenses to anybody, as Judge Don Davis — caught between a federal district court order that names him and a contradictory ruling from the State Supreme Court — tries to figure out exactly what he is supposed to be doing. Comment
Politics

Stepping Up the GENDA Pressure One More Time 

Melissa Sklarz at the March 12 City Hall press event, flanked by City Councilmember Daniel Dromm, Marty Algaze from Assemblymember Dick Gottfried’s office, Councilmember Corey Johnson, and the […] Comments (21)
Politics

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

Moments before OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT employee group, stepped onto Fifth Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Craig Robinson, NBCUniversal’s chief diversity officer, responded cautiously when asked to predict how the crowd would react. Comments (2)
Politics

What Utah Anti-Bias Law Tells Us About the Nationwide Fight   

On the eve of a critical State Senate committee hearing on a measure providing, for the first time in Utah history, nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), said, “The desire exhibited by the Mormon Chur Comments (12)
Breaking News

If Selma Taught Us Anything, It’s That Our Work Is Never Done

In a remarkable 32-minute speech in Selma, Alabama, the scene of bloody conflicts 50 years ago on the road to establishing the right of African Americans to vote, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the Civil Rights heroes of that era while tying their efforts to the broader push for dignity for black Americans over the past 150 years –– and also to the nation's expanding frontiers of equality across the board. The March 7 speech was a direct rejoinder to critics who have charged that the president is unappreciative of American "exceptionalism." Comments (1)
Breaking News

Federal Judge Orders Nebraska to End Marriage Ban; Delays Order Eight Days

Finding that Nebraska’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, a federal district court has granted a motion by seven same-sex couples for a preliminary injunc Comment
Breaking News

Indictment in Islan Nettles’ 2013 Harlem Slaying

Roughly 18 months after Islan Nettles died from injuries she suffered during an assault in Harlem, the Manhattan district attorney announced an indictment on manslaughter and assault charges in the killing. Comment
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Alabama Supreme Court Orders Halt to Same-Sex Marriages

The Alabama Supreme Court, in a 7-1 ruling that will likely sow the very confusion the court claims to be trying to counter, has ordered probate court judges in that state’s 67 counties to stop issuing what the majority combatively referred to as "purported 'marriage licenses'" to same-sex couples, despite rulings from a federal district court striking down that state’s ban on gay marriage. Comments (3)
Health

NJ Court Finds Conversion Therapy Group Violated Consumer Fraud Law

A New Jersey judge issued two pretrial rulings in February that increased the likelihood that an organization providing so-called conversion therapy to “assist individuals to purge unwanted same-sex attractions” will be found liable for consumer fraud. The suit, brought on behalf of six individuals against JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, claims they were defrauded and demands both reimbursement of the fees paid and compensation for the costs of therapy they had to undergo to undo the damage caused by JONAH’s treatment. Comment
Health

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

New York State’s highest court has ruled that a trial judge appropriately granted a defendant’s motion to reduce charges against him from felony to misdemeanor reckless endangerment in a case where the defendant apparently transmitted HIV to another man through unprotected anal sex without disclosing his HIV status, reassuring his partner that it was “okay.” Comment
Politics

Highest Military Court Jettisons 22-Year HIV Transmission Precedent

Reversing the conviction of an HIV-positive serviceman on charges of aggravated assault for engaging in unprotected oral and vaginal sex with women during swingers’ parties, the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled unanimously on February 23 that the statistical likelihood of transmitting HIV under such circumstances would not support a conviction under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Aggravated assault is defined under the UCMJ as “assault with a dangerous weapon or other means or force likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm.” Comments (2)
Politics

Third Strike Against Andrew Shirvell    

Just weeks ago, Michigan’s Court of Appeals dealt t Comment
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Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

With the Supreme Court’s refusal, since last October, to block marriage equality rulings from federal appeals courts as well as some US district courts, 18 new states have been added to the roster of places same-sex couples can legally wed. Officials in several states were outspoken about their unhappiness Comments (3)
Breaking News

Hoylman, Colleagues, Advocates Rally to Boost Homeless Youth Spending

Stepping up the effort to press the Cuomo administration to provide more funding to shelter homeless youth, State Senator Brad Hoylman, an out gay Manhattan Democrat, appeared with fellow elected officials and advocates outside of City Hall on February 12 to make the case. Comments (1)
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As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

As it has done consistently since early October, the United States Supreme Court this morning denied the State of Alabama’s petition to extend the stay on two federal court marriage equality rulings while the state prepares to appeal them. Comments (4)
Politics

California Supreme Court Revives Differential Sex Offender Registry Rules

The California Supreme Court, in a reversal of a ruling it made in 2006, has found that there is no equal protection violation in the state’s sex offender registration law mandating registration for adults who engage in non-vaginal sex with minors 16 or 17, but giving judges discretion in imposing such a requirement on men who engage in vaginal intercourse with young women in the same age group. The January 29 decision, on a 5-2 vote, overturned the earlier ruling which held that all adults who have sex with minors 16 or 17 are “similarly situated” and therefore there is no reason to deny judges discretion in all such instances. Comment
Politics

At NYC Gala, HRC Pledges Agenda “Beyond Marriage”    

In a carefully and tightly framed speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual New York City gala, Chad Griffin, the group’s president, laid out an agenda for the LGBT community “beyond marriage.” Comments (1)
Breaking News

11th Circuit Denies Alabama’s Bid to Extend Stay on Marriage Rulings

In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Cour Comment
Breaking News

A Second Marriage Equality Ruling in Alabama

The federal judge who last week struck down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban in the case of a lesbian couple seeking to have their California marriage recognized by their home state has issued a second marriage equal Comments (11)
Breaking News

Federal Judge Stays Her Alabama Marriage Order for 14 Days

The federal judge who issued a marriage equality ruling in Alabama on January 23 has now stayed her ruling for 14 days to allow the state the opportunity to seek a longer stay from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals as it wages an appeal on the merits to that court. Comment
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama Marriage Ban, Provides No Stay

Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, with their son K.S. | FREEDOM TO MARRYBY PAUL SCHINDLER | A federal judge in Alabama has struck down that state’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples and its prohibition […] Comment
Politics

Axed Assistant Attorney General Strikes Out Twice in Michigan Court

Andrew Shirvell, a former Michigan assistant attorney general discharged for his harassment of an openly gay student leader at the University of Michigan, suffered a double lo Comments (2)
Politics

A Supreme Court End Game

INFOGRAPHIC BY PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | (Editor's note: This graphic was produced prior to the January 23 federal court ruling striking down Alabama's marriage ban.) […] Comment
Crime

Judge Defers Defendant’s Motion to Represent Himself in Mark Carson Murder Trial    

A Manhattan judge postponed a decision on allowing the accused killer of Mark Carson to represent himself at hearings and at his trial and instead assigned Elliot Morales a fourth attorney, sayi Comments (1)
Politics

Federal Court Orders Recognition of Michigan Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Brief Window Last March

More than 300 same-sex couples who married in Michigan between a March 2014 marriage equality ruling in federal court and the October appellate ruling overturning that decision are entitled to have their marriages recognized, a different US district court judge has found. Comment
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Cuomo Names Alphonso David, Former Lambda Legal Attorney, Counsel to the Governor

Alphonso David, who has been the top legal advisor on civil rights matters to Andrew Cuomo dating back to the governor’s tenure as state attorney general and who earlier served as a staff attorney at Lambda Legal, has been named to the post of counsel to the governor. Comments (4)
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Supreme Court to Take Up Marriage Cases from Four States

Setting up what could be the final showdown on the question of marriage equality in the United States, the Supreme Court, on January 16, announced it would hear appeals from same-sex plaintiff couples in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Comment
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Supreme Court Decision to Take Up Marriage Cases Heralds Likely End Game

In the opening act of what could well be the end game, the US Supreme Court announced on January 16 that it was granting review of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that rejected the claim that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and to have such marriages recognized by other states. Comment
Breaking News

As Marriages Begin in Florida, Flurry of Legal Developments Elsewhere

Florida, the nation’s third largest state, became the 36th marriage equality state after the stay on a pro-gay federal district court order expired on January 6, but that was just the first in a week of significant developments in t Comment
Politics

No Religious Out for Firefighters Staffing Engine in Pride Parade

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that two Providence firefighters with religious objections to homosexuality did not enjoy a First Amendment right to decline an assignment to staff a fire truck participating in the that city’s LGBT Pride Parade. Comment
Politics

Biological Mom Who Won Child Support Can’t Deny Visitation    

A unanimous state appeals court panel has ruled that a birth mother who successfully sued her former same-sex partner for child support cannot now argue the partner lacks standing to seek visitation rights with the child. Comment
Politics

Marriage Arrives in the Sunshine State

In 1977, Florida more or less gave birth to the modern anti-gay movement when t Comment
Politics

Lesbian Palimony Claim Can Proceed in Illinois    

The Appellate Court of Illinois has found that a state court judge who is a physician’s former same-sex partner can assert an unjust enrichment legal claim — that is, a palimony claim — to seek compensation for her financial contributions toward both the home they shared and the physician’s professional practice. The court’s December 19 opinion found that legislative and common law developments in recent decades rendered obsolete a 1979 Illinois Supreme Court decision that barred such lawsuits between former unmarried partners. Comments (1)
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