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Cy Vance: Don’t Blame Me for Rentboy.com Raid

Cy Vance: Don’t Blame Me for Rentboy.com Raid

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Manhattan district attorney’s office had its name removed from the press release issued by the Brooklyn-based Office of the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York that announced the raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of the gay escort site’s chief executive and six of its employees. “Cy Vance is understandably […]

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In what was a first in international diplomacy, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) appeared before the United Nations Security Council to discuss what it termed the “careful targeting” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people by ISIS in areas that group controls in Syria and Iraq. […]

Raid on Rentboy.com Leaves Many Wondering How this Became a Priority

Raid on Rentboy.com Leaves Many Wondering How this Became a Priority

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The arrests of rentboy.com’s chief executive and six employees of the leading gay escort website are drawing fire from some corners of the LGBT community that see the raid as a waste of federal dollars in pursuit of a victimless crime. “Rentboy has been an institution in the gay community since 1997,” […]

Kentucky County Clerk Defies Federal Court, Then Wins Stay 

Kentucky County Clerk Defies Federal Court, Then Wins Stay 

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal court has rejected the claim by a Kentucky county clerk that she can refuse to issue any marriage licenses to avoid compromising her religious belief that a marriage can be only between one man and one woman. Judge David L. Bunning of the Eastern District of Kentucky, on August […]

What’s the Future of Workplace Domestic Partner Benefits?    

What’s the Future of Workplace Domestic Partner Benefits?    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Over the past two decades, corporate America — in many ways, moving out ahead of the nation’s political and legal system in responding to the needs and aspirations of their gay employees — increasingly embraced domestic partner benefits, including most significantly healthcare coverage, as a way of offering them some measure of […]

Sixth Circuit: Marriage Ruling Irrelevant to Gay Equal Protection Claim 

Sixth Circuit: Marriage Ruling Irrelevant to Gay Equal Protection Claim 

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals panel has found that the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is irrelevant to an equal protection claim by two gay men regarding the way they were treated while being arrested in 2011. In an August 3 ruling in Ondo v. […]

Nebraska Judge Throws Out Anti-Gay Adoption, Foster Care Policy    

Nebraska Judge Throws Out Anti-Gay Adoption, Foster Care Policy    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A county judge in Nebraska has ruled that the state’s policy for approving adoptions of state wards and licensing eligible foster parents violates the rights of gay people and same-sex couples. Lancaster County District Judge John A. Colborn’s August 5 ruling invoked the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. […]

Baker Denying Gay Couple a Wedding Cake Loses Appeal    

Baker Denying Gay Couple a Wedding Cake Loses Appeal    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals has affirmed that state’s Civil Rights Commission ruling against Masterpiece Cakeshop, Inc., and its proprietor, Jack C. Phillips, for its refusal to provide services to a gay couple celebrating their wedding. The August 13 ruling continues an unbroken string of court […]

In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

In Compelling Announcement, Omnibus Federal LGBT Rights Bill Introduced

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Standing in the US Senate room named for the president who signed the nation’s most significant civil rights legislation into law, a group of legislators, LGBT advocates, and taxpayers announced the release of the Equality Act, federal legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of […]

For the First Time, Wide-Ranging LGBT Equality Bill Reaches Congress

For the First Time, Wide-Ranging LGBT Equality Bill Reaches Congress

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Equality Act, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island on July 23, is the first truly comprehensive federal measure attempting to provide legal equality for LGBT people in the United States. It goes far beyond all prior bills on this topic, because no […]

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