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David Buckel, Passionate LGBTQ Rights Litigator, Dead at 60

David Buckel, Passionate LGBTQ Rights Litigator, Dead at 60

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | David Buckel, a former longtime attorney at Lambda Legal who had led the group’s Marriage Project and advanced LGBTQ rights on a broad range of fronts, was found dead in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park early in the morning on April 14, the victim of a suicide. According to the New York Daily […]

Court Bars Catholic School From Discriminating Against Married Gay Employee

Court Bars Catholic School From Discriminating Against Married Gay Employee

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Since marriage equality became legal nationwide, one question that has arisen but not been clearly answered is whether religious institutions can freely discriminate in their employment practices against married gay couples by relying on statutory religious exemptions in anti-discrimination laws or on constitutional claims. In a case involving a food […]

Scouts to End Blanket Ban on Gay Leaders

Scouts to End Blanket Ban on Gay Leaders

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Less than two months after Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates, the former Pentagon chief who oversaw the dismantling of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy, warned the organization that its blanket policy of excluding gay adults from leadership positions “cannot be sustained,” the BSA’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to […]

Boy Scouts Propose End to Ban On Gay Youth — But Not Leaders

Boy Scouts Propose End to Ban On Gay Youth — But Not Leaders

BY JOSEPH EHRMAN-DUPRE | The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced on April 19 a proposal to lift its ban on gay youth members. The Associated Press reported, “The Scouts announced Friday that it would submit this proposal to the roughly 1,400 voting members of its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week […]