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LGBTQ Legal Groups On the Offensive

LGBTQ Legal Groups On the Offensive

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | LGBTQ legal groups last week went on the offensive, filing important new lawsuits seeking injunctions against government discrimination. GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) sued Donald Trump and Defense Department officials on August 9, attempting to put a halt to the president’s attempt […]

SCOTUS Rules for Same-Sex Spouses in Birth Certificate Case

SCOTUS Rules for Same-Sex Spouses in Birth Certificate Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In the final day of its term, the US Supreme Court ruled that when a child is born to a woman married to another woman, both women should be listed as parents on the child’s birth certificate. The 6-3 ruling in Pavan v. Smith on June 26 reversed a decision by […]

The Fight for Marriage in Broad, Informed Context

The Fight for Marriage in Broad, Informed Context

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In 2009, attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies vowed to take a legal challenge to Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in that state, to the US Supreme Court and win marriage for gay and lesbian couples in all 50 states. What they won there in […]

Advocacy Groups Stunned By Huge New Obstacles    

Advocacy Groups Stunned By Huge New Obstacles    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Responding to celebrity Donald Trump winning the White House, leading LGBT groups reacted with dismay and calls to redouble efforts to advance the rights of queer people and others in America. “Millions of people here and around the world will be shocked, disappointed, and frankly frightened by the election of Donald […]

Parenting Law Applied Gender-Neutral in Arizona

Parenting Law Applied Gender-Neutral in Arizona

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Court of Appeals of Arizona, an intermediate appellate bench, has ruled that the state’s paternity statute must be construed in a gender-neutral way so that the same-sex spouse of a woman who gives birth enjoys the presumption of parental status. Judge Philip Espinosa’s October 11 opinion for a unanimous […]

New York State Tosses Noxious Custody Precedent

New York State Tosses Noxious Custody Precedent

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York State’s highest bench, the Court of Appeals, has overruled a quarter-century-old precedent, establishing a new rule for determining when somebody who is neither a biological nor an adoptive parent can seek custody of a child. The August 30 opinion for the court by Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam provides that […]

Alabama Lesbian Mom’s Case Closer To Supreme Court Review

Alabama Lesbian Mom’s Case Closer To Supreme Court Review

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A lesbian mother’s quest for joint custody of the children she had adopted in Georgia and raised together with her former same-sex partner, the children’s biological mother, took a step closer to the Supreme Court on December 14, when the high court granted her a stay of an adverse ruling from […]

Lesbian Adoptive Mom Turns to US Supreme Court After Alabama Defeat   

Lesbian Adoptive Mom Turns to US Supreme Court After Alabama Defeat   

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Attorneys for the adoptive mother of children born to her former same-sex partner have asked the US Supreme Court to review a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court that refused recognition of the adoption, which was approved by the Georgia Superior Court. The attorneys also asked the high court to restore […]

Rogue Alabama Supreme Court Denies Recognition to Georgia Co-Parent Adoption

Rogue Alabama Supreme Court Denies Recognition to Georgia Co-Parent Adoption

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Under the US Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause, a state court is supposed to recognize the judgments of courts from other states unless those courts did not have jurisdiction over the parties or the subject matter of the case. Asked to rule on whether an Alabama court must recognize a […]

Why the Rentboy.com Raid Hit Such a Nerve    

Why the Rentboy.com Raid Hit Such a Nerve    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The outraged reaction to the federal government’s raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of seven staffers there, including the escort website’s chief executive, reflects the positive status that escorts and for-hire sex have in the gay community. “It’s much more socially acceptable,” said Christian Grov, an associate professor at the CUNY School […]

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