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Medicaid Must Fund Sex Reassignment Surgery in Iowa

Medicaid Must Fund Sex Reassignment Surgery in Iowa

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | An Iowa trial judge has ruled that a state regulation prohibiting Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery violates the state’s Civil Rights Act as well as the State Constitution’s equal protection requirement. Ruling on June 6 on appeals by two transgender women denied preclearance for the procedures, Polk County District Judge […]

HRC Is Wrong; Bernie Sanders Is the Better Bet for Change

BY NATHAN RILEY | So the Washington gay lobby, the Human Rights Campaign, endorsed Hillary Clinton. The middle-of-the-road LGBT rights organization endorsed the middle-of-the-road candidate. The difference for the LGBT community between Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Clinton isn’t over the issues. They both offer fervent support for the LGBT community, and in […]

Iowa Supreme Court Catches Up With HIV Science

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a triumph for science and common sense, the Iowa Supreme Court, in a June 13 ruling, reinterpreted that state’s HIV exposure statute to bring it into line with current scientific evidence about transmission. The court’s decision vacated the conviction of Nick Rhoades, who was originally sentenced to up to […]

Minnesota Enacts Marriage Equality

Minnesota Enacts Marriage Equality

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “Today we have the power, the awesome power to make dreams come true,” said out gay Senator Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, just moments before the Minnesota Legislature concluded its debate on a marriage equality bill on May 13. Later in his speech, he added, “Vote yes for love.” The measure […]

Big Win for Lesbian Parents in Iowa

Big Win for Lesbian Parents in Iowa

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on May 3 that a state law providing that the husband of a married woman who gives birth to a child is the presumptive father is unconstitutional to the extent that it doesn’t provide the same presumption of parentage for married lesbian couples. The high court […]