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Trump Goes With Scalia Acolyte for High Court

Trump Goes With Scalia Acolyte for High Court

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a brief White House event that was nationally televised, Donald Trump nominated a conservative federal circuit court judge often compared to Justice Antonin Scalia to fill the US Supreme Court seat that was left vacant by Scalia’s death in early 2016. “You’ve entrusted me with a most solemn assignment,” Neil […]

How Texas Governor Hopes to Undo Marriage Equality

How Texas Governor Hopes to Undo Marriage Equality

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Conservatives eager to bring the marriage equality issue back to the US Supreme Court after President Donald Trump has the opportunity to appoint some right-leaning justices may have found a vehicle in an employee benefits dispute from Houston. On January 20, Inauguration Day, the Texas Supreme Court announced it had “withdrawn” its […]

Huddled Mass of Humanity Jams DC at Women’s March

Huddled Mass of Humanity Jams DC at Women’s March

BY EILEEN STUKANE | Women with their babies cradled in wraps, women with toddlers, pregnant women, mothers with their teen and adult daughters, women of color and of sexual diversity, females from a few months old to over 80, concerned gay and straight men — cisgender and transgender — fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, citizens from across […]

Nationwide, Obamacare Supporters Rally

Nationwide, Obamacare Supporters Rally

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | Just days after Republicans in Congress approved a parliamentary measure that would allow them to move forward with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act without the Democrats in the Senate having the ability to mount a filibuster that would require repeal advocates to secure 60 votes, Americans gathered […]

Trans Employee Can Sue If Surgery Benefits Refused

Trans Employee Can Sue If Surgery Benefits Refused

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Does a transgender employee who seeks coverage under her employer’s benefit plans for breast augmentation surgery have a legal remedy if her claims are denied? US District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater ruled on January 13 that a trans woman employed by L-3 Communications Integrated Systems may pursue a sex discrimination […]

Sentencing Postponed Again for Taj Patterson Assailant    

Sentencing Postponed Again for Taj Patterson Assailant    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The sentencing of a Brooklyn man who was convicted last year in a brutal 2013 attack in Williamsburg that left a gay black man blind in one eye was postponed a second time after his attorney said his client was suffering from a medical condition that required surgery. “He has a […]

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 […]