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Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I decided to go down to Louisville last week, and hopped on a Chinatown bus for a mere 13 hours with a bunch of Asian and African immigrants, two or three South Asians, a couple of Latinos, and a handful of young African Americans, all glued to their smartphones and tablets and […]

US Judge Says SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

US Judge Says SCOTUS Marriage Equality Ruling Does Not Apply to Puerto Rico

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an astonishing departure from established precedents, US District Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez of the Puerto Rico District Court, who had dismissed a marriage equality lawsuit in October 2014, has issued a new decision asserting that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling last June 26 that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment […]

Lesbian Co-Parent Victory in Kentucky    

Lesbian Co-Parent Victory in Kentucky    

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a unanimous February 18 ruling, the Kentucky Supreme Court found that the lesbian co-parent of a child has the right to intervene in an adoption proceeding initiated by her former same-sex partner’s new husband. In confronting a case of “first impression” — one with no established precedent in the Kentucky […]

Kentucky County Clerk Defies Federal Court, Then Wins Stay 

Kentucky County Clerk Defies Federal Court, Then Wins Stay 

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal court has rejected the claim by a Kentucky county clerk that she can refuse to issue any marriage licenses to avoid compromising her religious belief that a marriage can be only between one man and one woman. Judge David L. Bunning of the Eastern District of Kentucky, on August […]

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court ruled today that “same-sex couples may exercise the right to marry” and that “there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.” Writing for the court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, […]

Leaders in the Drive for Marriage Equality

Leaders in the Drive for Marriage Equality

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | At a June 16 cocktail reception that featured two of the activists who have helped herald in the nation’s growing embrace of marriage equality, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union hosted both Edie Windsor, the […]

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Marriage equality’s day of reckoning finally arrived at the United States Supreme Court when, on April 28, it heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the consolidated appeals from plaintiffs in four states –– Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky –– whose victories in federal district court were reversed by the Sixth […]

From Manhattan to DC, New Yorkers Ready for Marriage

From Manhattan to DC, New Yorkers Ready for Marriage

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The routes two Manhattan gay men took to their seat in the Supreme Court chambers on April 28 listening to the historic marriage equality arguments could not have been more different. Evan Wolfson first embraced the fight for gay marriage back in the early 1980s, when he wrote a Harvard Law School […]

In Press Briefing, Next Week’s Supreme Court Marriage Litigators Cautious, Focused

In Press Briefing, Next Week’s Supreme Court Marriage Litigators Cautious, Focused

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As the States of Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky head to the US Supreme Court on April 28 to defend their policies barring marriage by same-sex couples and the legal recognition of such unions from other jurisdictions, one of their key arguments is that the question should not be settled by […]

Sustaining the Approaching Apocalypse of Uppity Queers

BY KELLY COGSWELL | If I could, I’d give up on words and just publish a photo of a cute kitten. Maybe the one with a furry little face sticking out of a boot. Or, if you prefer, I could offer beefcakes, or hot dykes galore. Whatever would elicit that smile, a satisfied little coo. And […]

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