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Indiana Adopts Sweeping Religious Opt-Out Law

Indiana Adopts Sweeping Religious Opt-Out Law

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a private ceremony closed to the press but including numerous religious leaders, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a Republican social conservative, signed what is widely described as the nation’s most sweeping law empowering businesses and individuals to claim religious exemptions from complying with state and local law. In defending the new law, […]

Puerto Rico Urges Reversal of Anti-Marriage Equality Ruling

Puerto Rico Urges Reversal of Anti-Marriage Equality Ruling

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an unusual turnabout, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which to date had been defending its ban on licensing or recognizing same-sex marriages in response to a suit brought by Lambda Legal, is now urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a district court ruling that dismissed the challenge. […]

NJ Bias Law Ruling Could Impact Dharun Ravi’s Conviction

NJ Bias Law Ruling Could Impact Dharun Ravi’s Conviction

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous ruling by New Jersey’s Supreme Court striking down part of the state’s Bias Intimidation Law has implications for some of the charges on which Dharun Ravi was convicted in the wake of the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a gay Rutgers University freshman who was Ravi’s dormitory roommate. The […]

What Utah Anti-Bias Law Tells Us About the Nationwide Fight   

What Utah Anti-Bias Law Tells Us About the Nationwide Fight   

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On the eve of a critical State Senate committee hearing on a measure providing, for the first time in Utah history, nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), said, “The desire exhibited by the Mormon Church to work toward common ground […]

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

With Parade Crowd Thinning, Gay NBC Group Warmly Received   

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Moments before OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT employee group, stepped onto Fifth Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Craig Robinson, NBCUniversal’s chief diversity officer, responded cautiously when asked to predict how the crowd would react. “I don’t know,” Robinson said. “Anytime you are the first anything, you have to wait and see.” Robinson […]

Stepping Up the GENDA Pressure One More Time 

Stepping Up the GENDA Pressure One More Time 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | LGBT rights advocates and elected officials gathered outside City Hall on March 12 to press the case for enactment of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in Albany this spring. The press conference, organized by the Empire State Pride Agenda, and featuring several out gay members of the City Council as well […]

Mobile Marriage License Window Remains Shuttered  

Mobile Marriage License Window Remains Shuttered  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Alabama’s Mobile County Probate Court is not issuing marriage licenses to anybody, as Judge Don Davis — caught between a federal district court order that names him and a contradictory ruling from the State Supreme Court — tries to figure out exactly what he is supposed to be doing. On January […]

If Selma Taught Us Anything, It’s That Our Work Is Never Done

If Selma Taught Us Anything, It’s That Our Work Is Never Done

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S SPEECH AT  SELMA’S EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE |  In a remarkable 32-minute speech in Selma, Alabama, the scene of bloody conflicts 50 years ago on the road to establishing the right of African Americans to vote, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the Civil Rights heroes of that era while tying their efforts […]

Snowy Streets, Silent Trains Don’t Dampen St. Pat’s For All  

Snowy Streets, Silent Trains Don’t Dampen St. Pat’s For All  

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | With both the MTA and the weather working against the 16th annual St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside, a stalwart contingent still made its way to Queens on Sunday to march through a snowstorm in an inclusive celebration of Ireland’s national saint. The first flakes of snow fell hours earlier than […]

GLAAD Lowers Its Profile in Fifth Avenue Parade Controversy    

GLAAD Lowers Its Profile in Fifth Avenue Parade Controversy    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In 2014, GLAAD leapt into the controversy over the continued exclusion of LGBT Irish groups from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade when it persuaded Guinness, the beer brand owned by Diageo, the liquor giant, to end its sponsorship of the Fifth Avenue parade. “Today, Guinness sent a strong message to its customers […]

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