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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 […]

Judge Says Surrogacy Ban No Bar to Second-Parent Adoption

Judge Says Surrogacy Ban No Bar to Second-Parent Adoption

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Ruling on a previously-undecided question under New York parenting law, a Queens County Family Court judge has decided the state’s ban on surrogacy contracts poses no impediment to considering an adoption petition from the same-sex spouse of a man whose twins were conceived and borne through a gestational surrogacy contract with […]

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

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

BY ANDY HUMM | 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 allowing municipal personnel –– police, fire, corrections, and more –– to march in their uniforms. This despite the fact that Mayor Bill de Blasio and […]

On Point

On Point

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | The Point Foundation, the largest scholarship organization working to support talented LGBT students, held its annual Point Honors Gala April 7 at the New York Public Library. Founded in 2001, the foundation provides financial support, comprehensive mentorship programs, leadership training, and community service opportunities. This year’s gala honored Dr. Neal Baer, executive […]

From Debutante to Defendant

From Debutante to Defendant

BY DONNA ACETO | Veteran LGBT rights and AIDS activist Ann Northrop, a Vassar graduate whose work as a journalist included reporting on the Washington scene for the National Journal and producing responsibilities on “The CBS Morning News,” delivered the 2014 Irving H. Jurow Lecture at NYU’s College of Arts and Science. The April 10 address, […]

Our First Married Tax Day

Our First Married Tax Day

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | East Side Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney led a press conference outside the offices of the Internal Revenue Service on April 14 to take note of the first Tax Day in which married same-sex couples in the US are required to file that way on their federal tax returns. Until Edie Windsor won her […]

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 […]

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

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

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | 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. The April 3 decision from the Manhattan-based Second Circuit […]

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. […]

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