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BREAKING: Alabama Supreme Court Orders Halt to Same-Sex Marriages

BREAKING: Alabama Supreme Court Orders Halt to Same-Sex Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Alabama Supreme Court, in a 7-1 ruling that will likely sow the very confusion the court claims to be trying to counter, has ordered probate court judges in that state’s 67 counties to stop issuing what the majority combatively referred to as “purported ‘marriage licenses’” to same-sex couples, despite rulings […]

Indictment in Islan Nettles’ 2013 Harlem Slaying

Indictment in Islan Nettles’ 2013 Harlem Slaying

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Roughly 18 months after Islan Nettles died from injuries she suffered during an assault in Harlem, the Manhattan district attorney announced an indictment on manslaughter and assault charges in the killing. “Over the past 18 months, my office has exhaustively investigated this case with the objective of making sure that justice is […]

Federal Judge Orders Nebraska to End Marriage Ban; Delays Order Eight Days

Federal Judge Orders Nebraska to End Marriage Ban; Delays Order Eight Days

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Finding that Nebraska’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, a federal district court has granted a motion by seven same-sex couples for a preliminary injunction against its enforcement. Senior District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, ruling on March 2, denied the state’s request to stay his […]

NJ Court Finds Conversion Therapy Group Violated Consumer Fraud Law

NJ Court Finds Conversion Therapy Group Violated Consumer Fraud Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A New Jersey judge issued two pretrial rulings in February that increased the likelihood that an organization providing so-called conversion therapy to “assist individuals to purge unwanted same-sex attractions” will be found liable for consumer fraud. The suit, brought on behalf of six individuals against JONAH, Jews Offering New Alternatives for […]

Highest Military Court Jettisons 22-Year HIV Transmission Precedent

Highest Military Court Jettisons 22-Year HIV Transmission Precedent

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Reversing the conviction of an HIV-positive serviceman on charges of aggravated assault for engaging in unprotected oral and vaginal sex with women during swingers’ parties, the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled unanimously on February 23 that the statistical likelihood of transmitting HIV under such circumstances would […]

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York State’s highest court has ruled that a trial judge appropriately granted a defendant’s motion to reduce charges against him from felony to misdemeanor reckless endangerment in a case where the defendant apparently transmitted HIV to another man through unprotected anal sex without disclosing his HIV status, reassuring his partner […]

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the Supreme Court’s refusal, since last October, to block marriage equality rulings from federal appeals courts as well as some US district courts, 18 new states have been added to the roster of places same-sex couples can legally wed. Officials in several states were outspoken about their unhappiness and creative — […]

Third Strike Against Andrew Shirvell    

Third Strike Against Andrew Shirvell    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Just weeks ago, Michigan’s Court of Appeals dealt two strikes against former Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell, rejecting his challenge to his dismissal by the state’s former attorney general, Mike Cox, and denying his claim for unemployment benefits. On February 2, he suffered a third strike at the hands of the US […]

Hoylman, Colleagues, Advocates Rally to Boost Homeless Youth Spending

Hoylman, Colleagues, Advocates Rally to Boost Homeless Youth Spending

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Stepping up the effort to press the Cuomo administration to provide more funding to shelter homeless youth, State Senator Brad Hoylman, an out gay Manhattan Democrat, appeared with fellow elected officials and advocates outside of City Hall on February 12 to make the case. “It’s a cold day but we’re here […]

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

UPDATED: As State Supreme Court Chief Justice Orders Resistance, US High Court Declines to Block Alabama Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As it has done consistently since early October, the United States Supreme Court this morning denied the State of Alabama’s petition to extend the stay on two federal court marriage equality rulings while the state prepares to appeal them. [Editor’s update: On February 12, US District Court Judge Callie V.S. Granade ordered […]

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