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In Oklahoma Marriage Appeal Arguments, Side Issues Grab Center Stage

In Oklahoma Marriage Appeal Arguments, Side Issues Grab Center Stage

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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, Senior District Judge Terence C. Kern ruled that Oklahoma’s […]

City Might Be Ready to Settle With Robert Pinter

City Might Be Ready to Settle With Robert Pinter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | 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. The arrest of Robert Pinter, who was then 52, and those of other […]

US Court Says Ohio Recognition Ban Unconstitutional on its Face

US Court Says Ohio Recognition Ban Unconstitutional on its Face

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Having ruled in December that Ohio’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from other states was unconstitutional in the narrow context of recording marital status and surviving spouses on death certificates, a federal district court judge has expanded his ruling in response to a second lawsuit brought by married same-sex couples seeking […]

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

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

BY ANDY HUMM | 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 that the court said the […]

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

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

BY ANDY HUMM | 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. The April 3 ruling overturned Judge Loretta Preska, the Southern District of New York’s chief judge, appointed by President George H.W. […]

Michigan Marriage Stay to Remain in Effect through Appeals Process

Michigan Marriage Stay to Remain in Effect through Appeals Process

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | 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. In an order that ran to just over three pages, the panel’s majority –– which included Circuit Court […]

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

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

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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. In a case brought by April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse […]

I Won’t Hold the God Hates Fags Freak to His Promise

I Won’t Hold the God Hates Fags Freak to His Promise

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Many people first learned of the Reverend Fred Phelps in late 1998 in connection with the funeral of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student brutally slain in a Laramie, Wyoming hate crime –– though Phelps had been up to no good long before that. When Shepard’s family announced plans for his October […]

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

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

BY ANDY HUMM | 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. On the eve of these parades, Sam Adams pulled its sponsorship from the Boston event and […]

VIDEO REPORT: Fighting Back in New York Against Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law

VIDEO REPORT: Fighting Back in New York Against Nigeria’s New Anti-Gay Law

BY KELLY COGSWELL AND HARRIET HIRSHORN | Anti-gay laws are sweeping across Africa, from Nigeria to Uganda. On March 7, as part of a Global Day of Action, hundreds of LGBT Africans and their allies protested outside the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York, encouraging Americans to get involved. Nigeria Demo from Woman at the […]

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