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Exclusive: Rikers Ready With Housing Unit for Some Trans Inmates

Exclusive: Rikers Ready With Housing Unit for Some Trans Inmates

BY ANDY HUMM | On Rikers Island, man-to-woman transgender inmates who have not undergone genital surgery will now have the option of not being housed with the general population of men, but to be detained in a new transgender unit opening this week in the New York City jail’s oldest building. Gay City News was given […]

The Trouble With Kansas’ Governor

The Trouble With Kansas’ Governor

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court, at the close of business on November 12, denied a request for giving the State of Kansas a stay of a district court marriage equality ruling while it seeks review by an appeals court. The high court’s action is in line with how it has responded to […]

Facing Murder Rap, Defendant Blames Rough Sex    

Facing Murder Rap, Defendant Blames Rough Sex    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Using a defense that appears to be growing more common in the killings of gay and transgender people, the two men who are accused of killing John Laubach may argue that the 57-year-old was accidentally choked to death during rough sex. “He payed for sex,” Edwin Faulkner, 32, wrote in a […]

Marriage Rulings in West Virginia, Missouri Rebuke Sixth Circuit    

Marriage Rulings in West Virginia, Missouri Rebuke Sixth Circuit    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On November 7, one day after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected marriage equality claims from Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky, federal district courts in Missouri and West Virginia issued new gay marriage rulings. Chief US District Judge Robert C. Chambers of the Southern District of West Virginia granted […]

After Four Appeals Court Marriage Wins, Sixth Circuit Upholds Same-Sex Bans

After Four Appeals Court Marriage Wins, Sixth Circuit Upholds Same-Sex Bans

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  | In a 2-1 ruling, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out decisions from district court judges in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee that found bans on same-sex marriage and recognition of out-of-state marriages there unconstitutional. In a November 6 decision written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, the majority found that […]

Republicans Win Outright Majority of New York State Senate

Republicans Win Outright Majority of New York State Senate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With a popular governor headed for reelection, 2014 was supposed to be the year when Democrats could make gains in the State Senate sufficient to ensure they would be the governing party come January. It didn’t work out that way. Instead, Republicans on November 4 increased their share of seats from […]

On GOP’s Night, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney Prevails in Tough Reelection Contest

On GOP’s Night, Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney Prevails in Tough Reelection Contest

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney, elected two years ago as New York State’s first openly gay member of Congress, won his reelection bid,  in a hard-fought and tight race against the one-term Republican he ousted in 2012. With 100 percent of the ballots counted in New York’s 18th Congressional District, Maloney had a 1.6 percent lead over former […]

AIDS Activists Criticize Ebola Quarantine Orders    

AIDS Activists Criticize Ebola Quarantine Orders    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Leading AIDS activists are protesting Governor Andrew Cuomo for ordering quarantine for people returning to the US from West Africa after having close contact with someone who has Ebola there. “There is no science to support the idea that a person should be quarantined before they are symptomatic,” said Charles King, […]

When Gay Men Want to Be Biological Dads    

When Gay Men Want to Be Biological Dads    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | New York finished a more than respectable sixth place in terms of states giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, but for gay men who wish to be the biological father to their child, the primary route to doing so — relying on a surrogate mother to carry their […]

ACLU Unflusterred by Marriage Religious Objection Claims    

ACLU Unflusterred by Marriage Religious Objection Claims    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Senior members of the American Civil Liberties Union say that while efforts in a few states to enact laws exempting businesses and government employees from participating in the marriages of gay and lesbian couples have received media attention, they have largely been unsuccessful. “I think the way this is going to […]

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