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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 […]

As Attorney Defending Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans Dances Quickly, Ninth Circuit Panel Seems Dubious

As Attorney Defending Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans Dances Quickly, Ninth Circuit Panel Seems Dubious

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard oral arguments on September 8 in several marriage equality cases appeared very dubious about the justifications presented in defense of the Nevada and Idaho bans on same-sex couples marrying. The outcome of these appeals seems almost pre-ordained at this […]

On Primary Eve, Cuomo Pressed at Home on Prisoner Clemency

On Primary Eve, Cuomo Pressed at Home on Prisoner Clemency

BY NATHAN RILEY | A candlelight protest outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pastoral Westchester County home delivered a demand that he grant clemency to elderly prisoners with extensive records of good behavior. The coalition of prisoners’ rights activists, feminists, and gays, in a September 6 early evening vigil, charged the governor has granted no petitions for […]

Tish James, Like Rangel, Refuses to Repudiate Cabrera Despite YouTube Embrace of Uganda’s Homophobic Regime

Tish James, Like Rangel, Refuses to Repudiate Cabrera Despite YouTube Embrace of Uganda’s Homophobic Regime

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Public Advocate Letitia James, who has assiduously cultivated a progressive profile in her years in government, is digging in her heels against calls that she break her ties to Bronx City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who –– in a YouTube video that surfaced this week –– is seen in Uganda lavishly praising […]

Seventh Circuit Panel, 3-0, Strikes Down Wisconsin, Indiana Marriage Bans

Seventh Circuit Panel, 3-0, Strikes Down Wisconsin, Indiana Marriage Bans

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Just two weeks after coming down hard on attorneys for the States of Wisconsin and Indiana in a heated oral argument, a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision on September 4 striking down their bans on same-sex marriage. Writing for the panel, […]

No More Tawk

No More Tawk

BY DAVID NOH | “Can we talk?” was the trademark mantra of Joan Rivers, who died at age 81 on September 4 of cardiac arrest in New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital. She had days earlier lost consciousness during an operation on her vocal cords and was placed in a medically induced coma and then life […]

Seventh Circuit Roughs Up Attorneys Defending Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Bans

Seventh Circuit Roughs Up Attorneys Defending Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Bans

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A panel of three judges of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, gave a very rough time to attorneys representing the states of Indiana and Wisconsin during oral arguments in marriage equality appeals from those states. The August 26 hearing involved three district court rulings out […]

Marathon Arguments in Sixth Circuit Marriage Appeals

Marathon Arguments in Sixth Circuit Marriage Appeals

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On August 6, a three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held marathon three-hour arguments for appeals in six marriage equality decisions coming from all four states in the circuit –– Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Eight attorneys — four representing the states and four representing same-sex […]

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia’s Marriage Ban

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia’s Marriage Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, has declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The July 28 ruling did not go into immediate effect, and the two county clerks who are defending the ban –– Governor Terry McAuliffe and fellow Democrat […]

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