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Indiana Adopts Sweeping Religious Opt-Out Law

Indiana Adopts Sweeping Religious Opt-Out Law

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a private ceremony closed to the press but including numerous religious leaders, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican social conservative, signed what is widely described as the nation’s most sweeping law empowering businesses and individuals to claim religious exemptions from complying with state and local law. In defending the new law, […]

If Selma Taught Us Anything, It’s That Our Work Is Never Done

If Selma Taught Us Anything, It’s That Our Work Is Never Done

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S SPEECH AT  SELMA’S EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE |  In a remarkable 32-minute speech in Selma, Alabama, the scene of bloody conflicts 50 years ago on the road to establishing the right of African Americans to vote, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the Civil Rights heroes of that era while tying their efforts […]

BREAKING: Alabama Supreme Court Orders Halt to Same-Sex Marriages

BREAKING: Alabama Supreme Court Orders Halt to Same-Sex Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Alabama Supreme Court, in a 7-1 ruling that will likely sow the very confusion the court claims to be trying to counter, has ordered probate court judges in that state’s 67 counties to stop issuing what the majority combatively referred to as “purported ‘marriage licenses’” to same-sex couples, despite rulings […]

Indictment in Islan Nettles’ 2013 Harlem Slaying

Indictment in Islan Nettles’ 2013 Harlem Slaying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly 18 months after Islan Nettles died from injuries she suffered during an assault in Harlem, the Manhattan district attorney announced an indictment on manslaughter and assault charges in the killing. “Over the past 18 months, my office has exhaustively investigated this case with the objective of making sure that justice is […]

Federal Judge Orders Nebraska to End Marriage Ban; Delays Order Eight Days

Federal Judge Orders Nebraska to End Marriage Ban; Delays Order Eight Days

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Finding that Nebraska’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, a federal district court has granted a motion by seven same-sex couples for a preliminary injunction against its enforcement. Senior District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, ruling on March 2, denied the state’s request to stay his […]

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the Supreme Court’s refusal, since last October, to block marriage equality rulings from federal appeals courts as well as some US district courts, 18 new states have been added to the roster of places same-sex couples can legally wed. Officials in several states were outspoken about their unhappiness and creative — […]

Hoylman, Colleagues, Advocates Rally to Boost Homeless Youth Spending

Hoylman, Colleagues, Advocates Rally to Boost Homeless Youth Spending

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Stepping up the effort to press the Cuomo administration to provide more funding to shelter homeless youth, State Senator Brad Hoylman, an out gay Manhattan Democrat, appeared with fellow elected officials and advocates outside of City Hall on February 12 to make the case. “It’s a cold day but we’re here […]

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As it has done consistently since early October, the United States Supreme Court this morning denied the State of Alabama’s petition to extend the stay on two federal court marriage equality rulings while the state prepares to appeal them. [Editor’s update: On February 12, US District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade ordered […]

11th Circuit Denies Alabama’s Bid to Extend Stay on Marriage Rulings

11th Circuit Denies Alabama’s Bid to Extend Stay on Marriage Rulings

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a brief order, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the State of Alabama’s request that it stay two recent marriage equality rulings to give the state time to appeal them. The February 3 order, which provided no explanation, came in regard to two cases decided by […]

A Second Marriage Equality Ruling in Alabama

A Second Marriage Equality Ruling in Alabama

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The federal judge who last week struck down Alabama’s same-sex marriage ban in the case of a lesbian couple seeking to have their California marriage recognized by their home state has issued a second marriage equality ruling in a case brought by two gay men wishing to marry. Ruling in a suit brought […]

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