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Essex County Settles With Family of Man Killed in Newark Sex Sting

Essex County Settles With Family of Man Killed in Newark Sex Sting

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The family of a Georgia man who was shot and killed by an Essex County deputy sheriff during a 2010 sex sting in a Newark park settled their civil rights lawsuit against the county and the sheriff’s office for $1.5 million. “The amount telegraphs that the Essex County sheriff’s department did something […]

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

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

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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. The July 28 ruling did not go into immediate effect, and the two county clerks who are defending the ban –– Governor Terry McAuliffe and fellow Democrat […]

A Second Florida Trial Judge Rules for Marriage Equality

A Second Florida Trial Judge Rules for Marriage Equality

BY ARTHUR LEONARD | 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. Miami-Dade County Judge Sarah Zabel’s July 25 ruling followed Monroe County Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia’s from […]

Colorado State Appellate Court Declines to Halt Marriages in Boulder

Colorado State Appellate Court Declines to Halt Marriages in Boulder

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Two trial judges in Colorado advanced the cause of same-sex marriage on July 23, as a Denver-based federal district court found that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment, while a state court in Boulder denied a motion to order the county clerk there to stop issuing […]

The Changing Map of Marriage Equality in the US

The Changing Map of Marriage Equality in the US

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Recent court decisions regarding marriage bans in three states have once again altered the map for marriage equality in the US. A July 18 ruling from the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirming a district court decision that struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage makes that state the second –– after […]

10th Circuit Affirms Decision Striking Down Oklahoma Marriage Ban    

10th Circuit Affirms Decision Striking Down Oklahoma Marriage Ban    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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 […]

Kudos to the President and Next Steps for All of Us

Kudos to the President and Next Steps for All of Us

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | First things first. President Barack Obama did his job this week, and the LGBT community is the better for it. For the past several years — especially as continued Republican control of the US House made it clear LGBT job protections nationwide in the form of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act […]

Friend to the End… For Now

Friend to the End… For Now

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | In an heroic act of self-sacrifice, Archibald “Chick” Andrews, better known as Archie, has died foiling an assassination attempt on his gay friend Kevin Keller. In last week’s issue of “Life with Archie,” the title character of the popular comic series took a bullet intended for Keller, and his sudden death, […]

Toastmistress to Ladies Who Lunch Everywhere Has Left the Building

Toastmistress to Ladies Who Lunch Everywhere Has Left the Building

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Elaine Stritch, the legendary Broadway actress who won a 2002 Tony for her one-woman show but may be best known to  young audiences as Alec Baldwin’s mother on NBC’s “30 Rock,” died on July 17. Having long contended with diabetes and more recently stomach cancer, the 89-year-old Stritch gave up her […]

Gaza, Queers, and Banning Speech

BY KELLY COGSWELL | It’s getting harder and harder to be a cheerful, card-carrying member of the LGBTQ community. If it’s not the new spate of weddings, it’s our obsession with the policing of speech. We catch some famous person saying “homo” or “fag,” bust their chops, and soon they’re at HRC or GLAAD, beating […]

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