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SCOTUS Rules for Same-Sex Spouses in Birth Certificate Case

SCOTUS Rules for Same-Sex Spouses in Birth Certificate Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In the final day of its term, the US Supreme Court ruled that when a child is born to a woman married to another woman, both women should be listed as parents on the child’s birth certificate. The 6-3 ruling in Pavan v. Smith on June 26 reversed a decision by […]

Gorsuch Pushes Court Balance to the Right

Gorsuch Pushes Court Balance to the Right

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When Justice Antonin Scalia died last February, then-candidate Donald Trump said that if he were elected he would appoint somebody in the mold of Scalia to take his place. That statement came in the context of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement that his Republican majority would not consider, much […]

GOP to Gays: Drop Dead

GOP to Gays: Drop Dead

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With Donald Trump a year into his presidential bid, this should come as no big surprise, but on LGBT rights, he is a fraud! On issue after issue, he has employed a dizzying combination of hyperbole, exaggerations, outright misstatements, even lies, changed and abandoned positions, and contradictory ideas – those last often […]

No Conspiracy Theory Too Wack for the Donald

No Conspiracy Theory Too Wack for the Donald

BY ED SIKOV | Bet you didn’t know that President Barack Obama is “a sexual deviant and Michelle Obama is a transvestite.” According to Brian Tashman of Right Wing Watch, Dr. Jerry Johnson of the National Religious Broadcasters recently “guest-hosted the Family Research Council’s radio program ‘Washington Watch’ and spent and spent the entire time […]

Anti-Gay Justice Antonin Scalia Exits the Stage

Anti-Gay Justice Antonin Scalia Exits the Stage

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | With the death of Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court has lost its most outspoken anti-gay member. Ever since taking his seat on the high bench in 1986, Justice Scalia voted consistently against gay rights claims, sometimes in the majority and sometimes in dissent, regardless of the factual context in which […]

Scalia’s Gay Adventures in New York City

Scalia’s Gay Adventures in New York City

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | But on several occasions, the newspaper reported on his extracurricular visits to his home town, New York. In April 2005, Scalia gave a 30-minute address to students at New York University, and he got a stark –– perhaps embarrassing –– reminder that the personal is indeed political. Eric Berndt was a 24-year-old […]

The Trouble With Kansas’ Governor

The Trouble With Kansas’ Governor

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court, at the close of business on November 12, denied a request for giving the State of Kansas a stay of a district court marriage equality ruling while it seeks review by an appeals court. The high court’s action is in line with how it has responded to […]

Dismissing “So-Called Rights of LGBT People,” Indian Supreme Court Revives Sodomy Law

Dismissing “So-Called Rights of LGBT People,” Indian Supreme Court Revives Sodomy Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD |  A two-judge panel from the Supreme Court of India has ruled that a 2009 decision from the Delhi High Court striking down that nation’s colonial-era sodomy law is “legally unsustainable.” The December 11 ruling from Justices G.S. Singhvi and Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya drew immediate protests from progressive elements of Indian […]

Supreme Court Nixes Requirement for Anti-Prostitution Pledge

Supreme Court Nixes Requirement for Anti-Prostitution Pledge

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court, on June 20, ruled that a federal statute that conditions government funding to non-profits doing overseas HIV prevention work on their articulating an explicit policy opposing prostitution violates the First Amendment. Writing for the 6-2 majority, Chief Justice John R. Roberts, Jr., quoted from the high court’s famous […]

Safeguarding Brave Hearts

Safeguarding Brave Hearts

BY SETH J. BOOKEY | The annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival consistently presents amazing films from around the world that demonstrate the struggle for human rights and equality in all its varied forms. The dramas and documentaries explore and expose the forces that threaten women, gays, opposition political parties, economic justice, freedom of the press… […]

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