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

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

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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, advocates were cheered by word that no religious exemptions would be added to the terms of a […]

Obama Executive Order on Jobs to Contain No New Religious Exemptions

Obama Executive Order on Jobs to Contain No New Religious Exemptions

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | 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 this afternoon. Significantly, the president’s action will include no exemptions beyond what already exist in standing executive orders governing […]

Florida State Trial Judge Nixes Marriage Ban

Florida State Trial Judge Nixes Marriage Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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, […]

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

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

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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 […]

Praying for Your Job

Praying for Your Job

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | 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. One critical factor in his negotiations […]

HRC, Other Advocates Regroup on ENDA

HRC, Other Advocates Regroup on ENDA

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | 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. […]

Pride March Highlighted ENDA Concerns HRC Could Not Duck    

Pride March Highlighted ENDA Concerns HRC Could Not Duck    

BY ANDY HUMM | 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 […]

Iowa Supreme Court Catches Up With HIV Science

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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 […]

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

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

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | 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 high court’s session. On June […]

High Court Says For-Profit Corporations Can Claim Religious Exemptions

High Court Says For-Profit Corporations Can Claim Religious Exemptions

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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. […]

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