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Homophobia Takes It on the Chin in Bronx Senate Race

Homophobia Takes It on the Chin in Bronx Senate Race

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When State Senator Gustavo Rivera arrived at the Escape Restaurant & Lounge on Jerome Avenue in the Norwood section of the Bronx to greet happy supporters at about 11 on Primary Night, one of the first hugs he shared was with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The warmth between the two elected […]

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 […]

On Primary Eve, Cuomo Pressed at Home on Prisoner Clemency

On Primary Eve, Cuomo Pressed at Home on Prisoner Clemency

BY NATHAN RILEY | A candlelight protest outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pastoral Westchester County home delivered a demand that he grant clemency to elderly prisoners with extensive records of good behavior. The coalition of prisoners’ rights activists, feminists, and gays, in a September 6 early evening vigil, charged the governor has granted no petitions for […]

Tish James, Like Rangel, Refuses to Repudiate Cabrera Despite YouTube Embrace of Uganda’s Homophobic Regime

Tish James, Like Rangel, Refuses to Repudiate Cabrera Despite YouTube Embrace of Uganda’s Homophobic Regime

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Public Advocate Letitia James, who has assiduously cultivated a progressive profile in her years in government, is digging in her heels against calls that she break her ties to Bronx City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who –– in a YouTube video that surfaced this week –– is seen in Uganda lavishly praising […]

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, […]

Primary & Raucous: Sharp Advocate Divide in Bronx, Queens

Primary & Raucous: Sharp Advocate Divide in Bronx, Queens

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Incumbency means a lot in the New York State Legislature, so it’s not often that voters encounter a serious primary election challenge to a sitting member of the Senate or the Assembly. There are exceptions, though — two years ago, three of the four Republican senators who supported the 2011 marriage […]

Charlie Rangel Goes Ugly in Bronx Senate Race

Charlie Rangel Goes Ugly in Bronx Senate Race

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When veteran Harlem Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel faced stiff — but ultimately unsuccessful — primary opposition from State Senator Adriano Espaillat, in both 2012 and 2014, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, who represents portions of Rangel’s district in the Bronx, endorsed the challenger. So when Rivera drew a challenger in the September […]

St. Pat’s Parade Announcement Met With Caution 

St. Pat’s Parade Announcement Met With Caution 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a surprising development that apparently caught activists and elected officials off guard, the organizers of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue announced that a gay-identified group will be allowed to participate next March 17. Out@NBCUniversal, an LGBT employee group at the media company, has been invited to march […]

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 […]

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