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Get Her  

BY ED SIKOV | About 17 million people watched Bruce Jenner come out as transgender on “20/20 — Bruce Jenner: The Interview” on April 24, earning the news show its highest rating in 15 years. But it was hardly news. As everyone who’s been in a supermarket checkout line in the last year knows, the tabloids, […]

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 […]

The Unfortunate Road to Religious Exemptions

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | When the Senate last week, in a 62-34 bipartisan vote, approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the achievement was noteworthy primarily for one reason –– it was the first time either house of Congress had approved such a measure with protections for transgender Americans included. The House passed the bill in 2007, […]

Senate Easily Approves Transgender-Inclusive Jobs Protection Bill

Senate Easily Approves Transgender-Inclusive Jobs Protection Bill

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a 64-32 vote on the afternoon of November 7, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which provides protections against bias in the workplace on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBT rights legislation has stalled in the US Congress since New York Representatives Ed […]

Sean Patrick Maloney Draws Fire For Budget, Obamacare Votes

Sean Patrick Maloney Draws Fire For Budget, Obamacare Votes

BY ANDREW MILLER | In the days leading up to the shutdown of the federal government, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, an upstate New York Democrat, twice voted to keep the government funded and against overturning Obamacare or delaying its implementation. But on September 30, in the decisive vote, Maloney, who is gay, was one of nine […]

After Religious Exemption Cloakroom Sidebar, ENDA Clears Key Senate Procedural Hurdle

After Religious Exemption Cloakroom Sidebar, ENDA Clears Key Senate Procedural Hurdle

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With 60 votes needed to allow the Senate to proceed to consideration of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, seven Republicans joined 54 Democrats to adopt cloture early in the evening on November 4. The final tally was 61-30, with nine senators not voting. The 60 votes were needed to block any attempt […]

Obama Will No Longer Enforce Ban on Same-Sex Couple Military Benefits

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Obama administration will no longer enforce a federal law that bars the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration from providing spousal benefits to couples in same-sex marriages. In a September 3 letter to Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote that even though the June 26 Supreme […]

Supreme Court Arguments Suggest DOMA May Be Doomed

Supreme Court Arguments Suggest DOMA May Be Doomed

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court, on March 27, heard oral arguments in Edith (“Edie”) Schlain Windsor’s suit challenging the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of marriages by same-sex couples. As was the case the day before when the high court took up the challenge to Proposition […]

High Noon at the High Court

High Noon at the High Court

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | By the time the next issue of Gay City News hits the streets on March 27, the US Supreme Court will be concluding two days of oral arguments on the two marriage equality cases it accepted for review in the current term. On March 26, the federal lawsuit challenging the Defense of […]

Republicans Say I Do

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A group of at least 75 prominent Republicans have signed on to an amicus brief supporting the two plaintiff couples who will challenge California’s Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court in oral arguments on March 26. The New York Times reports that the list includes two members of Congress –– New York’s […]

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