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After This No Exile: A Gay Priest Reflects on Ireland’s Declaration of Independence

After This No Exile: A Gay Priest Reflects on Ireland’s Declaration of Independence

BY FATHER BERNÁRD LYNCH | In the December 1918 election, the Irish republican party Sinn Féin won a landslide victory in Ireland. On January 21, 1919, the party formed a breakaway government (Dáil Éireann) and declared independence from Great Britain. Today, by voting to open marriage to same-sex couples, Ireland has chosen independence from the Roman […]

Two Key Agencies With AIDS Responsibilities See Cuts in Mayor’s Budget

Two Key Agencies With AIDS Responsibilities See Cuts in Mayor’s Budget

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Cuts in the city’s preliminary budget to the two city agencies most likely to contribute resources to a plan to substantially reduce new HIV infections in New York were only partially restored in the proposed executive budget. “We are officially in a recovery,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio during the presentation of […]

Police Release Photo, New Video of Man Sought in Chelsea Attack

Police Release Photo, New Video of Man Sought in Chelsea Attack

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Late in the afternoon on May 7, the New York Police Department released a photo and new video footage of a man sought in connection with an assault on two gay men at the Dallas BBQ in Chelsea two days earlier. The NYPD release described the man sought as a light-skinned black […]

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Marriage equality’s day of reckoning finally arrived at the United States Supreme Court when, on April 28, it heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the consolidated appeals from plaintiffs in four states –– Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky –– whose victories in federal district court were reversed by the Sixth […]

Faced With Cancellations, Threatened Protest, One of Ted Cruz’s NYC Gay Hotelier Hosts Apologizes

Faced With Cancellations, Threatened Protest, One of Ted Cruz’s NYC Gay Hotelier Hosts Apologizes

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In the face of a protest planned for April 27, one of two gay Manhattan developers who last week hosted a highly publicized dinner and “fireside chat” with Texas Senator Ted Cruz –– a Republican presidential candidate long outspoken in his opposition to LGBT equality –– has issued an abject apology […]

In Press Briefing, Next Week’s Supreme Court Marriage Litigators Cautious, Focused

In Press Briefing, Next Week’s Supreme Court Marriage Litigators Cautious, Focused

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the States of Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky head to the US Supreme Court on April 28 to defend their policies barring marriage by same-sex couples and the legal recognition of such unions from other jurisdictions, one of their key arguments is that the question should not be settled by […]

After a Hosing, Hoosier Leaders Declare a “Fix”

After a Hosing, Hoosier Leaders Declare a “Fix”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican social conservative, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on March 26, he seemed to understand instinctively that it didn’t pay to make a big show of it but apparently he was confident he could duck any major blowback. The private, invitation-only ceremony was attended […]

Chelsea, With Highest HIV, Syphilis Rates, Loses City Clinic    

Chelsea, With Highest HIV, Syphilis Rates, Loses City Clinic    

BY ANDY HUMM | The well-known Chelsea STD clinic on Ninth Avenue at 28th Street, run by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH) in the neighborhood with New York’s highest HIV and syphilis infection rates, was shuttered for two to three years for renovations on March 21. Patients are being directed more than […]

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 […]

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