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With “Religious Liberty” Executive Order, Trump Panders Bigly, But Moves Ball Little

With “Religious Liberty” Executive Order, Trump Panders Bigly, But Moves Ball Little

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | For the second time in his young presidency, Donald Trump has pulled his administration back from an expected executive order explicitly providing sweeping religious exemptions for those wishing to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. “Today’s executive order signing was an elaborate photo-op with no discernible policy outcome,” Anthony D. Romero, the […]

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 […]