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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 […]

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 […]

AIDS Groups Pleased By First Sit-Down With New Health Commissioner

AIDS Groups Pleased By First Sit-Down With New Health Commissioner

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Following their first meeting with New York City’s new health commissioner, AIDS groups say they are seeing a shift in the city’s willingness to talk to them and to invite their input. “In part, it was significant because it represented open doors between the [city health department] and the community,” said Sean […]

Do We Already Have the Tools to End AIDS?

Do We Already Have the Tools to End AIDS?

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Leading AIDS group are pressing an ambitious plan on the city and state they say will end the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020. “This isn’t pie in the sky,” said Daniel Tietz, executive director of ACRIA, an AIDS services group, at a March 12 meeting at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual […]

Village Anti-Gay Attack Targets Couple Celebrating Anniversary

Village Anti-Gay Attack Targets Couple Celebrating Anniversary

BY SAM SPOKONY | Police are hunting for an unidentified male suspect who allegedly targeted and attacked a gay New Jersey man inside the West Fourth Street subway station early on March 2. The victim, whose name was withheld by police but identified himself to the media as J.P. Masterson, 39, was waiting inside the station […]

De Blasio Budget Offers AIDS Rent Cap, Homeless Youth Funding

De Blasio Budget Offers AIDS Rent Cap, Homeless Youth Funding

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, AIDS groups believe they can win long-sought legislation that would cap rent at 30 percent of income for people with AIDS who receive housing assistance. “I’ve believed in this rent cap for a long time,” de Blasio said in a […]

Critics Worry Marriage Fight Diverting Community Energy

Critics Worry Marriage Fight Diverting Community Energy

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As Massachusetts approaches 10 years of legal same-sex marriage, licenses filed with that state’s health department suggest that most gay and lesbian residents there have not taken advantage of the freedom to marry in that state. Male couples entered into 9,157 marriages from mid-2004 through the end of 2013, and 15,079 female […]

In Catch-22, Married Lesbian Cannot Adopt Child Born to Spouse

In Catch-22, Married Lesbian Cannot Adopt Child Born to Spouse

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Claiming that a married lesbian had no need to adopt the child born to her same-sex spouse, a Surrogate Court judge in Brooklyn has refused to entertain her adoption petition. In a January 6 opinion, Surrogate Court Judge Margarita López Torres reasoned that under New York’s Marriage Equality Law, in same-sex […]

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