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Meningitis Strain from 2012, 2013 Reemerges among City Gay, Bi Men    

Meningitis Strain from 2012, 2013 Reemerges among City Gay, Bi Men    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A meningitis outbreak among New York City gay and bisexual men that was ostensibly ended in February of 2013 appears to have returned with the September 5 announcement by the city’s health department of related meningitis cases out of Brooklyn and Queens among three HIV-positive men who have sex with men. […]

Federal Appeals Court Upholds New Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban   

Federal Appeals Court Upholds New Jersey Conversion Therapy Ban   

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal appeals court has decisively rejected a constitutional challenge to a New Jersey law prohibiting licensed therapists from performing “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE) –– sometimes called “conversion therapy” — on persons under 18. In a September 11 opinion from Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith, appointed to the bench […]

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

Activists Demand Full St. Patrick’s Day Inclusion in 2015 or Boycott Continues

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Charging that the agreement by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers to allow an LGBT employee group from NBCUniversal to march in next year’s parade is little more than a sham and a “backroom deal,” a coalition of community activists and advocates are demanding that the 2015 event be opened up […]

As Attorney Defending Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans Dances Quickly, Ninth Circuit Panel Seems Dubious

As Attorney Defending Idaho, Nevada Marriage Bans Dances Quickly, Ninth Circuit Panel Seems Dubious

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard oral arguments on September 8 in several marriage equality cases appeared very dubious about the justifications presented in defense of the Nevada and Idaho bans on same-sex couples marrying. The outcome of these appeals seems almost pre-ordained at this […]

Seventh Circuit Panel, 3-0, Strikes Down Wisconsin, Indiana Marriage Bans

Seventh Circuit Panel, 3-0, Strikes Down Wisconsin, Indiana Marriage Bans

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Just two weeks after coming down hard on attorneys for the States of Wisconsin and Indiana in a heated oral argument, a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision on September 4 striking down their bans on same-sex marriage. Writing for the panel, […]

No More Tawk

No More Tawk

BY DAVID NOH | “Can we talk?” was the trademark mantra of Joan Rivers, who died at age 81 on September 4 of cardiac arrest in New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital. She had days earlier lost consciousness during an operation on her vocal cords and was placed in a medically induced coma and then life […]

Breaking Unanimous String of Victories, Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Louisiana

Breaking Unanimous String of Victories, Federal Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Louisiana

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Parting company from every federal district court judge since last summer’s Supreme Court ruling in the Defense of Marriage Act case, US District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman, rejected a challenge to Louisiana’s state constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Appointed to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan […]

Seventh Circuit Roughs Up Attorneys Defending Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Bans

Seventh Circuit Roughs Up Attorneys Defending Indiana, Wisconsin Marriage Bans

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A panel of three judges of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago, gave a very rough time to attorneys representing the states of Indiana and Wisconsin during oral arguments in marriage equality appeals from those states. The August 26 hearing involved three district court rulings out […]

America’s Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities

America’s Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It’s fairly commonplace for students to travel out of state to attend college these days. A distant school may provide the best course of study for a particular interest or it may offer overall excellence not available closer to home. Maybe a school elsewhere in the country ends up being the […]

No Hobby Lobby Out for Upstate “Wedding Barn”

No Hobby Lobby Out for Upstate “Wedding Barn”

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) has found that a rural wedding venue that denied a lesbian couple use of its facility violated the state’s Human Rights Law. In the August 8 ruling –– first reported in the Albany Times Union –– Acting Commissioner Helen Diane Foster […]

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