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Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Exemptions from Gay Rights Laws

Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Exemptions from Gay Rights Laws

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The US Supreme Court, on June 26, agreed to hear an appeal of a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that Jack C. Phillips does not have a First Amendment right for his business, Masterpiece Cakeshop, to refuse an order to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The high […]

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 […]

Trump Goes With Scalia Acolyte for High Court

Trump Goes With Scalia Acolyte for High Court

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a brief White House event that was nationally televised, Donald Trump nominated a conservative federal circuit court judge often compared to Justice Antonin Scalia to fill the US Supreme Court seat that was left vacant by Scalia’s death in early 2016. “You’ve entrusted me with a most solemn assignment,” Neil […]

The Win-Win Politics of This Critical Juncture

The Win-Win Politics of This Critical Juncture

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Every presidential election cycle, Democrats talk about the importance of controlling appointments to the US Supreme Court. In the abstract, my bet is that the warning doesn’t often move many voters. But it should. There have been four big LGBT wins at the US Supreme Court: the 1996 decision that struck down […]

Salt Lake Cynicism

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Salt Lake Tribune headlined it this way: “In Major Move, Mormon Apostles Call for Statewide LGBT Protections.” Here was the frame from the New York Times: “Mormons Seek Golden Mean Between Gay Rights and Religious Beliefs.” Wrong. Both of them. In their headlines and in the stories that followed. According to […]

ACLU Unflusterred by Marriage Religious Objection Claims    

ACLU Unflusterred by Marriage Religious Objection Claims    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Senior members of the American Civil Liberties Union say that while efforts in a few states to enact laws exempting businesses and government employees from participating in the marriages of gay and lesbian couples have received media attention, they have largely been unsuccessful. “I think the way this is going to […]

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 […]

Kudos to the President and Next Steps for All of Us

Kudos to the President and Next Steps for All of Us

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | First things first. President Barack Obama did his job this week, and the LGBT community is the better for it. For the past several years — especially as continued Republican control of the US House made it clear LGBT job protections nationwide in the form of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act […]

Obama Stand-Up Guy on Religious Exemptions, But Questions Remain

Obama Stand-Up Guy on Religious Exemptions, But Questions Remain

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When White House officials went public on July 18 with news that President Barack Obama would, three days later, issue his executive order barring sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination by the federal government, advocates were cheered by word that no religious exemptions would be added to the terms of a […]

Obama Executive Order on Jobs to Contain No New Religious Exemptions

Obama Executive Order on Jobs to Contain No New Religious Exemptions

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | President Barack Obama will issue his long-awaited executive order barring discrimination against LGBT employees by contractors doing business with the federal government on July 21, a White House official told Gay City News this afternoon. Significantly, the president’s action will include no exemptions beyond what already exist in standing executive orders governing […]

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