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Joe Nicholson, Pioneering Out Gay Journalist, Dead at 71

Joe Nicholson, Pioneering Out Gay Journalist, Dead at 71

Joe Nicholson, the first out gay reporter at a major daily in New York, died on October 8, the New York Post, the paper where he came out, reported. Nicholson, who was 71, joined the Post in 1971 and came out in the newsroom in 1980, the newspaper reported, after an incident in which a […]

Wisconsin Ruling Leads to Burst of Milwaukee, Madison Weddings

Wisconsin Ruling Leads to Burst of Milwaukee, Madison Weddings

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A June 6 ruling from a federal district judge that Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional set off a flurry of nearly 130 weddings in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city, as well as Madison, the capital, on Friday evening and Saturday. That was not necessarily the way Senior US […]

Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Halt Oregon Marriages

Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Halt Oregon Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a one-sentence order that did not elaborate on the reasoning, the US Supreme Court on June 4 denied a request by an anti-gay group seeking to block any further same-sex marriages in Oregon while it appeals a lower court ruling that it cannot intervene in the case. On May 19, […]

Justice Anthony Kennedy Considering Oregon Marriage Stay Bid by Anti-Gay Group

Justice Anthony Kennedy Considering Oregon Marriage Stay Bid by Anti-Gay Group

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is considering an application from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) –– formed specifically to oppose same-sex marriage advances –– to put a stop to weddings that began in Oregon on May 19. That’s when US District Judge Michael McShane ruled that the state’s ban […]

Lesbian Parenting Ruling Harder Than It Should Have Been

Lesbian Parenting Ruling Harder Than It Should Have Been

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | As we approach the third anniversary of New York State’s Marriage Equality Law, which says that same-sex marriages and different-sex marriages will be treated equally for all purposes under New York law, this issue should be a no-brainer. Apparently, in the view of some state courts, it is not. Otherwise […]

Marriage Gala Focuses Attention on Bigger Goals 

Marriage Gala Focuses Attention on Bigger Goals 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The news that same-sex marriage had begun in Oregon earlier in the day — as the result of a federal court ruling the state will not appeal — added an extra element of festiveness to Marriage Equality USA’s May 19 New York gala. And that was without the foreknowledge of a […]

Even With DOMA Gone, Tax Issues Convoluted

Even With DOMA Gone, Tax Issues Convoluted

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Despite the 2013 US Supreme Court ruling that struck down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages, filing federal and state tax returns remains a complex endeavor for those couples as most states still do not recognize their marriages. “We’re moving in […]

Heightened Scrutiny Hinted at in Idaho Stay

Heightened Scrutiny Hinted at in Idaho Stay

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a May 20 ruling, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals extended — pending the appeals process — what had been a temporary stay of a federal court ruling that struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage. A week earlier, Magistrate Candy Wagahoff Dale ruled that the […]

Arkansas Supreme Court Stays Marriage Ruling

Arkansas Supreme Court Stays Marriage Ruling

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | After a week in which hundreds of same-sex couples married in Arkansas and legal action moved back and forth between a county circuit judge and the state’s high court, the Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay on the county judge’s May 9 marriage equality order, allowing time for the legal issues […]

BREAKING: Pennsylvania’s GOP Governor Will Not Appeal Marriage Ruling

BREAKING: Pennsylvania’s GOP Governor Will Not Appeal Marriage Ruling

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a stunning development, the State of Pennsylvania has announced it will not appeal the May 20 federal district court decision striking down its ban on marriage by same-sex couples. Just one day after the ruling, Governor Tom Corbett, a Republican widely considered a social conservative, announced he would abide by […]

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