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Creating Change

Creating Change

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The fight for gay marriage was a long and hard-won battle (one, it’s hoped, won’t have to be engaged again under this new administration). Even though the outcome was almost taken for a given by the time it was achieved, how marriage equality came to be, step-by-step, is a story not […]

Defender of David Tyree’s Hiring Has “Partnership” with Giants    

Defender of David Tyree’s Hiring Has “Partnership” with Giants    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | A leading defender of the New Giants employing David Tyree, a former football player with an anti-gay history, has a partnership with the football team and has had a relationship with the National Football League (NFL) for more than a year. Wade Davis, the executive director at the You Can Play […]

Wisconsin Ruling Leads to Burst of Milwaukee, Madison Weddings

Wisconsin Ruling Leads to Burst of Milwaukee, Madison Weddings

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A June 6 ruling from a federal district judge that Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional set off a flurry of nearly 130 weddings in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city, as well as Madison, the capital, on Friday evening and Saturday. That was not necessarily the way Senior US […]

Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Halt Oregon Marriages

Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Halt Oregon Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a one-sentence order that did not elaborate on the reasoning, the US Supreme Court on June 4 denied a request by an anti-gay group seeking to block any further same-sex marriages in Oregon while it appeals a lower court ruling that it cannot intervene in the case. On May 19, […]

Justice Anthony Kennedy Considering Oregon Marriage Stay Bid by Anti-Gay Group

Justice Anthony Kennedy Considering Oregon Marriage Stay Bid by Anti-Gay Group

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is considering an application from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) –– formed specifically to oppose same-sex marriage advances –– to put a stop to weddings that began in Oregon on May 19. That’s when US District Judge Michael McShane ruled that the state’s ban […]

Some Mayoral Candidates Mute After Right-Wing Anti-Gay Rant

Some Mayoral Candidates Mute After Right-Wing Anti-Gay Rant

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Speaking at a forum sponsored by Orthodox Jewish groups, two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor made no comment after a minor contender in the race said the gay community was trying to ban circumcision. “We have groups marching from San Francisco and California and they are even marching here […]

Tyler Clementi’s Family Condemns NOM’s Use of Son’s Story

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Family members of Tyler Clementi have been joined by several advocacy groups in condemning a statement from a spokeswoman for the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage who pointed to the example of the 18-year-old Rutgers freshman’s 2010 suicide to warn of the dangers of young gay people being influenced by others […]

Homophobia More Lethal than Kryptonite?

Homophobia More Lethal than Kryptonite?

BY SANJANA CHOWHAN | For generations, Americans have turned to comic books for inspiration. Readers found themselves identifying with Peter Parker, who was a social outcast but strived to become the brave and confident Spiderman. The idea that a passive and introverted Clark Kent could be Superman gave fans a sense of fairness and justice. The […]