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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, […]

Puerto Rico Urges Reversal of Anti-Marriage Equality Ruling

Puerto Rico Urges Reversal of Anti-Marriage Equality Ruling

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an unusual turnabout, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which to date had been defending its ban on licensing or recognizing same-sex marriages in response to a suit brought by Lambda Legal, is now urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a district court ruling that dismissed the challenge. […]

NJ Bias Law Ruling Could Impact Dharun Ravi’s Conviction

NJ Bias Law Ruling Could Impact Dharun Ravi’s Conviction

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous ruling by New Jersey’s Supreme Court striking down part of the state’s Bias Intimidation Law has implications for some of the charges on which Dharun Ravi was convicted in the wake of the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a gay Rutgers University freshman who was Ravi’s dormitory roommate. The […]

Gender Identity Bias Claim Can Go Forward Under Obamacare

Gender Identity Bias Claim Can Go Forward Under Obamacare

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Deciding an important issue under the federal Affordable Care Act for the first time, Minnesota US District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied a motion by a Minneapolis area hospital and its emergency physicians to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a transgender man claiming the defendants violated the ACA because “he received […]

What Utah Anti-Bias Law Tells Us About the Nationwide Fight   

What Utah Anti-Bias Law Tells Us About the Nationwide Fight   

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On the eve of a critical State Senate committee hearing on a measure providing, for the first time in Utah history, nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), said, “The desire exhibited by the Mormon Church to work toward common ground […]

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Moments before OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT employee group, stepped onto Fifth Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Craig Robinson, NBCUniversal’s chief diversity officer, responded cautiously when asked to predict how the crowd would react. “I don’t know,” Robinson said. “Anytime you are the first anything, you have to wait and see.” Robinson […]

Stepping Up the GENDA Pressure One More Time 

Stepping Up the GENDA Pressure One More Time 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBT rights advocates and elected officials gathered outside City Hall on March 12 to press the case for enactment of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in Albany this spring. The press conference, organized by the Empire State Pride Agenda, and featuring several out gay members of the City Council as well […]

Mobile Marriage License Window Remains Shuttered  

Mobile Marriage License Window Remains Shuttered  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Alabama’s Mobile County Probate Court is not issuing marriage licenses to anybody, as Judge Don Davis — caught between a federal district court order that names him and a contradictory ruling from the State Supreme Court — tries to figure out exactly what he is supposed to be doing. On January […]

Grindr Not Liable for Hook-Up With Underage User  

Grindr Not Liable for Hook-Up With Underage User  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A gay man’s attempt to hold Grindr responsible for his arrest and prosecution for sex with a minor was cut short on March 13 when a federal judge in New Jersey ruled that an “interactive computer service” provider enjoys statutory immunity from liability for harm resulting from content third parties post […]

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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