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For Sean Maloney, Will Centrist Posture, Distance from Obama, Pay Off?

For Sean Maloney, Will Centrist Posture, Distance from Obama, Pay Off?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney was elected New York State’s first openly gay member of Congress two years ago after challenging a Republican incumbent in one of the few competitive US House districts in the nation. With President Barack Obama expected to handily carry New York State in 2012, Maloney nevertheless ran […]

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, […]

Ebola and AIDS

Ebola and AIDS

BY ED SIKOV | Courtesy of Peter Staley, writing in the Huffington Post, chronicling the mirth-filled reaction of the Reagan administration to AIDS: Q: Larry, does the President have any reaction to the announcement — the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, that AIDS is now an epidemic and have over 600 cases? SPEAKES: What’s AIDS? […]

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 […]

In Campaign’s Final Stretch, Cuomo Touches Some LGBT Bases

In Campaign’s Final Stretch, Cuomo Touches Some LGBT Bases

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite the near certainty of his reelection on November 4 –– likely with a comfortable enough margin to keep him near the top of the heap nationwide among Democrats not named Clinton –– Governor Andrew Cuomo has not had an easy time this year with progressives, who are among the party’s […]

US Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Puerto Rico

US Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Puerto Rico

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge has rejected a marriage equality lawsuit Lambda Legal brought on behalf of same-sex couples in Puerto Rico. In an October 21 ruling, Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez ruled he was bound by a 2012 precedent from the First Circuit Court of Appeals –– under whose jurisdiction federal […]

The Clean-Up Begins

The Clean-Up Begins

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD & PAUL SCHINDLER | With lightning speed last week, actions by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court either upheld or let stand pro-marriage equality rulings in seven states from Virginia to Idaho and also created legal precedents for gay marriage to be extended to another nine states […]

Supreme Court Rejects Stay on Idaho Marriages, Federal Judge’s Order Begins Marriages in North Carolina

Supreme Court Rejects Stay on Idaho Marriages, Federal Judge’s Order Begins Marriages in North Carolina

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a climactic end to an historic week, the US Supreme Court on October 10 declined Idaho’s petition for a stay pending that state’s appeal of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down its ban on same-sex marriage. Governor Butch Otter, a Republican, sought the stay in order […]

Nevada Begins Complying with Ninth Circuit Ruling, While Kennedy Steps in Regarding Idaho

Nevada Begins Complying with Ninth Circuit Ruling, While Kennedy Steps in Regarding Idaho

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The day after the US Supreme Court refused to review pro-marriage equality rulings from three federal courts of appeals in cases from five states, another circuit was heard from. A unanimous three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on October 7, ruled in favor of marriage […]

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