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Why ENDA is Not the Answer

Why ENDA is Not the Answer

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The argument for the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act is clear and catches the public’s attention because it is so stunning: in 29 states you can legally be fired for being gay and in 32 — including New York — you are at risk due to your gender identity and expression. That […]

National Park Service Lifting the Lid on LGBT History

National Park Service Lifting the Lid on LGBT History

BY ANDY HUMM | While the windows at America’s marriage bureaus have been snapping open to gay people of late, the closet doors at the nation’s historic sites often remain shut to their LGBT significance –– and the places key to our history are rarely acknowledged by our government, even here in New York City. […]

A Contested Account of the Marriage Spring

A Contested Account of the Marriage Spring

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Let me first say what Jo Becker’s book, “Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight For Marriage Equality,” is not. Its title, promotional materials, and a few bits of errant prose notwithstanding, this book is not a history of the movement to win marriage rights for same-sex couples in America. It is the […]

Will ENDA Religious Exemptions Be Revisited After Arizona Furor?

Will ENDA Religious Exemptions Be Revisited After Arizona Furor?

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | When the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was proposed last year, leading LGBT legal groups said the religious exemption in that legislation was too broad and would allow discrimination by too many employers. Proponents of ENDA, which bans employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, were silent and refused to […]

Hawaii House Gay Marriage Approval Sets Stage for Final Victory November 12

Hawaii House Gay Marriage Approval Sets Stage for Final Victory November 12

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Hawaii House of Representatives, in a 30-19 vote on November 8, approved a marriage equality bill, similar to the one adopted earlier by the State Senate. The bill, amended to incorporate additional religious exemption language not in the Senate version, will go back to the Senate on November 12 for final […]

ENDA Religious Exemption Still a Big Worry

ENDA Religious Exemption Still a Big Worry

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as the question of whether privately held business corporations can claim a religious exemption from complying with LGBT civil rights protections potentially heads to the Supreme Court –– an issue that could blow a hole in existing state and local nondiscrimination laws –– leading legal advocates continue to raise concerns […]

Where Does Francis’ New Balance Leave Gays, Women?

Where Does Francis’ New Balance Leave Gays, Women?

BY ANDY HUMM | When we last left Pope Francis I, he was flying over the Atlantic saying, “If a person is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge him?” With his feet on the ground in Rome, in a wide-ranging interview in the Jesuit magazine America, […]

Republicans Say I Do

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A group of at least 75 prominent Republicans have signed on to an amicus brief supporting the two plaintiff couples who will challenge California’s Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court in oral arguments on March 26. The New York Times reports that the list includes two members of Congress –– New York’s […]

Lessons from the Fight Against Interracial Marriage Bans

Lessons from the Fight Against Interracial Marriage Bans

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | When Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it gave the federal government tools that were used to force schools, businesses, and state and local governments to stop discriminating on the basis of race. “The CRA of 1964 created or identified substantive rights in some sections, and created a vehicle […]

It’s Official: Corey versus Yetta in Race to Succeed Quinn

It’s Official: Corey versus Yetta in Race to Succeed Quinn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Seven months after Corey Johnson, the chair of Community Board 4 in Chelsea, officially announced his aim to succeed Speaker Christine Quinn in the City Council’s District 3 seat, Yetta Kurland stepped up to say she too would contest the seat in 2013. The December 10 City Hall press conference at […]

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