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He’s Been Our President

He’s Been Our President

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Too cerebral. Unwilling to engage in bare-knuckles political war with his Republican enemies. Naïve, in fact, about his ability to find common ground with a GOP determined to undermine, even delegitimize him from Day 1. Those are the typical knocks – especially from progressives – aimed at Barack Obama, the first […]

Activist Roskoff Lauds Cuomo Embrace of Clemency  

Activist Roskoff Lauds Cuomo Embrace of Clemency  

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Sweeping clemency action by Governor Andrew Cuomo on December 30 – in which he commuted the sentences of seven felons, pardoned five others, and conditionally pardoned 101 nonviolent youthful offenders – came as welcome news to a longtime gay leader who in recent years has made rehabilitated convicts a key mission […]

Gay Employment Bias Goes Before Full Seventh Circuit    

Gay Employment Bias Goes Before Full Seventh Circuit    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals bench has heard oral argument on the question of whether sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace is illegal as sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The November 30 hearing, in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, marked […]

Discriminatory Birth Certificate Laws Upheld in Arkansas

Discriminatory Birth Certificate Laws Upheld in Arkansas

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A year and a half after the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, pockets of resistance remain in the states. The latest example comes from Arkansas, where the state’s Supreme Court ruled on December 8 by a 4-3 vote that same-sex couples do […]

In Indiana, County Clerk Can’t Refuse to Issue License   

In Indiana, County Clerk Can’t Refuse to Issue License   

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district court has ruled that an Indiana deputy county clerk has no protected religious grounds on which to refuse to carry out her official duty to process a marriage license application from a same-sex couple. Ruling in an employment discrimination case brought under Title VII of the 1964 […]

New Year’s Eve, 11th Hour Assault on Transgender Health

New Year’s Eve, 11th Hour Assault on Transgender Health

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an 11th-hour action, US District Judge Reed O’Connor issued a December 31 nationwide preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing part of a new regulation scheduled to go into effect on New Year’s Day that would have interpreted the prohibition on discrimination because of sex under the Affordable […]

North Carolina HB2 Repeal Fails

North Carolina HB2 Repeal Fails

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Amidst an overheated war between North Carolina’s Republican Legislature and its new Democratic governor-elect, the Legislature has cratered a deal to which it had agreed under which it would repeal its notorious HB 2 – known nationally (and mockingly) as the “bathroom bill” – in return for the Charlotte City Council […]

College Wrestler’s HIV Conviction Thrown Out

College Wrestler’s HIV Conviction Thrown Out

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals has reversed the jury conviction of Michael L. Johnson, an HIV-positive African-American man, on felony charges of recklessly infecting another man with HIV and exposing others to HIV, for which he was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The appeals court found in a […]

San Antonio 4 Win Declaration of Innocence

San Antonio 4 Win Declaration of Innocence

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Sometimes justice is severely delayed, but finally arrives. On November 23, seven of the nine judges of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest criminal bench,  announced agreement that the felony child abuse and indecency convictions of four lesbians arising out of alleged incidents in the summer of 1994 […]

Louisiana Governor’s LGBT Anti-Bias Order Nixed

Louisiana Governor’s LGBT Anti-Bias Order Nixed

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A  trial judge in Louisiana ruled on December 14 that an Executive Order by Governor John Bel Edwards forbidding anti-LGBT discrimination in the executive branch of the state government and by state contractors violates the Louisiana Constitution and its laws. Judge Todd W. Hernandez, of the 19th Judicial District in East […]

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