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BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama Marriage Ban, Provides No Stay

BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down Alabama Marriage Ban, Provides No Stay

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A federal judge in Alabama has struck down that state’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples and its prohibition on recognition of such marriages from out-of-state. In a January 23 ruling, Judge Callie V.S. Granade, appointed to the Southern District of Alabama bench by President George W. Bush, found that the state […]

No Mention of Ending AIDS in Cuomo State of the State 

No Mention of Ending AIDS in Cuomo State of the State 

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Governor Andrew Cuomo made no mention of the Plan to End AIDS in his State of the State address and his description of his proposed state budget suggested his administration is not committing any new dollars to implement that plan. “I’m disappointed that the governor didn’t mention it,” said Charles King, chief […]

Horrors Persist for Trans Inmates at Rikers 

Horrors Persist for Trans Inmates at Rikers 

BY ANDY HUMM | The transgender housing unit on New York City’s Rikers Island, announced as opening imminently in mid-November as one of a raft of reforms to reduce violence at the troubled jail, has only just accepted inmates now. And Gay City News has spoken to two transgender prisoners who say that in the interim, […]

Dick Gottfried, Gustavo Rivera Push Clean Needle Legalization    

Dick Gottfried, Gustavo Rivera Push Clean Needle Legalization    

BY NATHAN RILEY | A legislative proposal in Albany to reduce stigma, curb police harassment of drug users, and improve access to clean needles demonstrated broad support at a January 15 press conference in Manhattan. State Senator Gustavo Rivera, who represents part of the Bronx, and Chelsea Assemblymember Dick Gottfried, both Democrats, discussed legislation they will […]

A Supreme Court End Game

A Supreme Court End Game

INFOGRAPHIC BY PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | (Editor’s note: This graphic was produced prior to the January 23 federal court ruling striking down Alabama’s marriage ban.)

Axed Assistant Attorney General Strikes Out Twice in Michigan Court

Axed Assistant Attorney General Strikes Out Twice in Michigan Court

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Andrew Shirvell, a former Michigan assistant attorney general discharged for his harassment of an openly gay student leader at the University of Michigan, suffered a double loss in that state’s Court of Appeals on January 8. The court upheld the state’s denial of his discharge grievance, finding his conduct unprotected by […]

SAGE Opens New Center in Central Bronx    

SAGE Opens New Center in Central Bronx    

BY JAIME WILLIAMS | LGBT Bronx seniors now have a place to go for both camaraderie and assistance. Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE, celebrated the opening of its first full-time senior center in the borough on January 14. The opening was part of a $1.5 million initiative last year to create full-time SAGE […]

Federal Court Orders Recognition of Michigan Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Brief Window Last March

Federal Court Orders Recognition of Michigan Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Brief Window Last March

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | More than 300 same-sex couples who married in Michigan between a March 2014 marriage equality ruling in federal court and the October appellate ruling overturning that decision are entitled to have their marriages recognized, a different US district court judge has found. Rejecting the state’s argument that the adverse ruling […]

Supreme Court Decision to Take Up Marriage Cases Heralds Likely End Game

Supreme Court Decision to Take Up Marriage Cases Heralds Likely End Game

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In the opening act of what could well be the end game, the US Supreme Court announced on January 16 that it was granting review of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that rejected the claim that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and to have such […]

BREAKING: Supreme Court to Take Up Marriage Cases from Four States

BREAKING: Supreme Court to Take Up Marriage Cases from Four States

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Setting up what could be the final showdown on the question of marriage equality in the United States, the Supreme Court, on January 16, announced it would hear appeals from same-sex plaintiff couples in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky. On November 6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed gay marriage […]

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