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Police Release Video in Crown Heights Anti-Gay Assault

Police Release Video in Crown Heights Anti-Gay Assault

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The New York Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an assault on a 33-year-old man in the lobby on his apartment building on Washington Avenue, near Empire Boulevard, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The NYPD has released surveillance video of a man leaving […]

Supreme Court Rejects Stay on Idaho Marriages, Federal Judge’s Order Begins Marriages in North Carolina

Supreme Court Rejects Stay on Idaho Marriages, Federal Judge’s Order Begins Marriages in North Carolina

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a climactic end to an historic week, the US Supreme Court on October 10 declined Idaho’s petition for a stay pending that state’s appeal of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down its ban on same-sex marriage. Governor Butch Otter, a Republican, sought the stay in order […]

HRC, Pride Agenda, LGBT Law Group Urge Cuomo to Reject Graffeo’s Renomination to NYS High Court

HRC, Pride Agenda, LGBT Law Group Urge Cuomo to Reject Graffeo’s Renomination to NYS High Court

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As Governor Andrew Cuomo approaches a decision on whether or not to reappoint Judge Victoria Graffeo to another term on the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s leading LGBT advocacy group, is weighing in. “We urge you not to reappoint Judge Graffeo and instead […]

Nevada Begins Complying with Ninth Circuit Ruling, While Kennedy Steps in Regarding Idaho

Nevada Begins Complying with Ninth Circuit Ruling, While Kennedy Steps in Regarding Idaho

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The day after the US Supreme Court refused to review pro-marriage equality rulings from three federal courts of appeals in cases from five states, another circuit was heard from. A unanimous three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on October 7, ruled in favor of marriage […]

Responding to Idaho “Hail Mary” Pass, Kennedy Temporarily Stays Marriage Ruling

Responding to Idaho “Hail Mary” Pass, Kennedy Temporarily Stays Marriage Ruling

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has put a temporary stay on the Ninth Circuit’s October 7 ruling that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. Kennedy, in an October 8 order that provided no explanation, was responding to a motion from Idaho Governor Butch Otter that asserted the issue […]

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans; Total Surging To 35 States

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans; Total Surging To 35 States

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada. In his opinion for the court, Circuit Court Judge Stephen Reinhardt, on October 7, wrote that the bans violated the equal protection rights of same-sex couples that […]

With 30 States Set for Marriage Equality, Road Ahead Still Uncertain

With 30 States Set for Marriage Equality, Road Ahead Still Uncertain

BY ARTHUR LEONARD | The Supreme Court’s October 6 decision to deny review in five marriage equality cases will have a quick echo effect –– expanding the victory in the five states being contested to another six under the jurisdiction of the three federal court circuits that issued the rulings that were allowed to stand. The high […]

HUGE! Supreme Court Denies Review in Five Cases, Opening Up Gay Marriage in 11 More States

HUGE! Supreme Court Denies Review in Five Cases, Opening Up Gay Marriage in 11 More States

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a stunning move, the United States Supreme Court has denied review in five cases in which appellate courts had ruled in favor of the right of same-sex couples to marry. The court’s action on the morning of October 6 means that gay marriage can now begin in Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, […]

Homophobia Takes It on the Chin in Bronx Senate Race

Homophobia Takes It on the Chin in Bronx Senate Race

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When State Senator Gustavo Rivera arrived at the Escape Restaurant & Lounge on Jerome Avenue in the Norwood section of the Bronx to greet happy supporters at about 11 on Primary Night, one of the first hugs he shared was with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The warmth between the two elected […]

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Charging that the agreement by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers to allow an LGBT employee group from NBCUniversal to march in next year’s parade is little more than a sham and a “backroom deal,” a coalition of community activists and advocates are demanding that the 2015 event be opened up […]

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