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SCOTUS Rules for Same-Sex Spouses in Birth Certificate Case

SCOTUS Rules for Same-Sex Spouses in Birth Certificate Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In the final day of its term, the US Supreme Court ruled that when a child is born to a woman married to another woman, both women should be listed as parents on the child’s birth certificate. The 6-3 ruling in Pavan v. Smith on June 26 reversed a decision by […]

Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Exemptions from Gay Rights Laws

Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Exemptions from Gay Rights Laws

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The US Supreme Court, on June 26, agreed to hear an appeal of a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that Jack C. Phillips does not have a First Amendment right for his business, Masterpiece Cakeshop, to refuse an order to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The high […]

State Senate Confirms First Gay Judge on NYS’ Highest Court

State Senate Confirms First Gay Judge on NYS’ Highest Court

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Republican-controlled State Senate approved an out gay man to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest bench, just days after he was nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo. “I’m overjoyed that Judge Paul Feinman has been confirmed by the State Senate to the New York State Court […]

Scott Lively Avoids US Jurisdiction in Uganda Hate Campaign

Scott Lively Avoids US Jurisdiction in Uganda Hate Campaign

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Even while describing pastor and attorney Scott Lively as “an American citizen who has aided and abetted a vicious and frightening campaign of repression against LGBTI persons in Uganda,” US District Judge Michael A. Ponsor, in Springfield, Massachusetts, has dismissed a lawsuit against him brought by the Center for Constitutional […]

Fraud Suit Against AIDS Healthcare Foundation Nixed

Fraud Suit Against AIDS Healthcare Foundation Nixed

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A federal judge in Miami has dismissed a fraud lawsuit brought against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), finding that federal law allowed the agency to pay bonuses to its employees for linking clients who test positive for HIV to care even if those clients ultimately chose to get that care from […]

Final Win for Giuliani Adult Zoning Regs

Final Win for Giuliani Adult Zoning Regs

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Bringing possible finality to a lawsuit bouncing throughout the New York state court system for 15 years, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, ruled unanimously on June 6 that the 2001 amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance governing “adult establishments” do not violate the constitutional rights of […]

Rockland Judge Broadens Co-Parent Rights

Rockland Judge Broadens Co-Parent Rights

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Rockland County Family Court Judge Rachel E. Tanguay, ruling on a previously unresolved question under New York law, decided that when a lesbian couple had children together and raised them together as a family for several years before splitting up, the co-parent was entitled to have her parental status recognized […]

What You Don’t Know May Compromise Your Privacy

What You Don’t Know May Compromise Your Privacy

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE |  When John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, clicked on a link in a phishing email and entered his user name and password on the spoof Google page the link took him to, he gave up thousands of emails he had sent and received to what US intelligence agencies have said were […]

Massachusetts High Court Boosts Needle Exchange

Massachusetts High Court Boosts Needle Exchange

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Giving a very close reading to Massachusetts laws regulating the sale of hypodermic needles and authorizing the Public Health Department to set up needle exchange programs, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled on June 14 that there was no legal impediment to a private, non-profit group setting up a […]

Russian Anti-Gay Laws Slammed by Euro Court

Russian Anti-Gay Laws Slammed by Euro Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A seven-member chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, in a June 20 ruling, held that local and federal laws in Russia barring actions to “promote homosexuality among minors” or “non-traditional sexual relations” violate the free speech and equality provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Parliament […]

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