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Can Three Parents Make a Family in New York?

Can Three Parents Make a Family in New York?

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an opinion issued on April 10, a New York Family Court judge confronted the question whether there can be a third parent — an adult with legal rights to seek custody and visitation of a child who already has two legal, biological parents. In a case involving a married gay […]

Federal Court Orders Trial on Trans Military Ban

Federal Court Orders Trial on Trans Military Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal court has rejected the Trump administration’s argument that the four existing preliminary injunctions issued last year against President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban are moot because they were based on his memorandum from last August 25 and the earlier July 26 tweets announcing the ban, which the president’s […]

David Buckel, Passionate LGBTQ Rights Litigator, Dead at 60

David Buckel, Passionate LGBTQ Rights Litigator, Dead at 60

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | David Buckel, a former longtime attorney at Lambda Legal who had led the group’s Marriage Project and advanced LGBTQ rights on a broad range of fronts, was found dead in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park early in the morning on April 14, the victim of a suicide. According to the New York Daily […]

Birth Mother Can’t Challenge Ex-Wife’s Parental Rights

Birth Mother Can’t Challenge Ex-Wife’s Parental Rights

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Ruling on a custody contest between a birth mother, Kimberly Jayroe Strickland, and her former same-sex spouse, Christina Strickland, on April 5, the Mississippi Supreme Court blocked Kimberly’s effort to contest Christina’s parental status. Most states employ what is known as parental presumption in automatically recognizing the spouse of a woman […]

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

Safe Consumption Delay Prompts City Hall Sit-In

BY NATHAN RILEY | Chanting “no more overdoses,” 75 angry New Yorkers packed the steps of City Hall on April 5 and then a smaller group staged a sit-in at the gates leading to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, forcing police to eject them. The demonstrators were making an emotional plea to the mayor that he […]

EXCLUSIVE: Dead Youth’s Brother Allegedly Targeted Witnesses

EXCLUSIVE: Dead Youth’s Brother Allegedly Targeted Witnesses

BY ANDY HUMM | At 3 p.m. on September 27, hours after a morning fight in a Bronx classroom that left Matthew McCree dead and the bullied gay teen Abel Cedeno, who says he was defending himself with a knife, charged with manslaughter, McCree’s brother, Kevon Dennis, aided by an accomplice, Jonathan Espinal, is alleged to […]

Trump’s Latest Trans Ban Aims to Sidetrack Lawsuits

Trump’s Latest Trans Ban Aims to Sidetrack Lawsuits

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a move intended to evade existing preliminary injunctions while reaffirming in its essential elements President Donald Trump’s Twitter announcement from last July categorically prohibiting military service by transgender individuals, the administration issued three new documents on March 23, the date the president had designated in an August 2017 memorandum as […]

Will New Trans Military Ban Sidestep Court Injunctions?

Will New Trans Military Ban Sidestep Court Injunctions?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a policy roll-out that may successfully sidestep existing court injunctions against President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender military service, the White House on March 23 announced a policy, based on the recommendations of Defense Secretary James Mattis, that would bar service by almost any trans individual, with only very limited […]

On Due Date of Trans Military Service Policy, Trump Resists Court Order

On Due Date of Trans Military Service Policy, Trump Resists Court Order

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | With President Donald Trump’s new policy on transgender military service due to have taken effect today, the Department of Justice is essentially refusing to comply with a March 20 federal court order that the White House reveal the identity of the “generals” and other “military experts” the president purportedly consulted […]

Appeals Court Finds Sex Bias in Trans Funeral Director’s Firing

Appeals Court Finds Sex Bias in Trans Funeral Director’s Firing

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge panel of the Cincinnati-based US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on March 7 that a Michigan funeral home violated federal anti-discrimination law by terminating a funeral director who announced she would be transitioning during her vacation and return to work as a woman. Rejecting a ruling […]

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