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State Senate Confirms First Gay Judge on NYS’ Highest Court

State Senate Confirms First Gay Judge on NYS’ Highest Court

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Republican-controlled State Senate approved an out gay man to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest bench, just days after he was nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo. “I’m overjoyed that Judge Paul Feinman has been confirmed by the State Senate to the New York State Court […]

Paul Feinman Nominated as State High Court’s First Gay Judge

Paul Feinman Nominated as State High Court’s First Gay Judge

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Governor Andrew Cuomo has nominated an out gay man to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest bench. “It’s just an absolutely terrific day for the LGBT legal community in New York,” said Matthew Skinner, executive director of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL). […]

Judge Judith Kaye, Champion of Lesbian & Gay Rights, Dies at 77

Judge Judith Kaye, Champion of Lesbian & Gay Rights, Dies at 77

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When retired Chief Judge Judith Kaye of the New York Court of Appeals died on January 7 at the age of 77, most accounts of her passing mentioned her dissenting opinion in Hernandez v. Robles, the 2006 case in which the state’s highest court voted against the claim that same-sex couples […]

The Inside Story of Edie Windsor’s Win    

The Inside Story of Edie Windsor’s Win    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | More than 200 pages into “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA,” Roberta Kaplan, the attorney who won the 2013 case before the Supreme Court that struck down the most significant part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, describes one of many moot court sessions she […]

Civil Union Property Is Not Marital Property, New York Court Finds 

Civil Union Property Is Not Marital Property, New York Court Finds 

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A State Supreme Court justice has found that New York property purchased by a lesbian partner in a Vermont civil union prior to the couple’s Canadian marriage is not subject to equitable distribution in the their current divorce proceeding. Justice Richard A. Dollinger, on October 23, found that Deborah O’Reilly-Morshead, in filing […]

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

State’s Highest Bench Approves Reduced Charges for HIV Transmission

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | New York State’s highest court has ruled that a trial judge appropriately granted a defendant’s motion to reduce charges against him from felony to misdemeanor reckless endangerment in a case where the defendant apparently transmitted HIV to another man through unprotected anal sex without disclosing his HIV status, reassuring his partner […]

Overturned Hate Crime Conviction Faces Review

Overturned Hate Crime Conviction Faces Review

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Transgender rights advocates are hailing the request by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench, for full briefing and oral arguments regarding an appeals court ruling that overturned a first-degree manslaughter hate crime conviction in the 2008 death of a transgender woman in Syracuse. Dwight R. DeLee, who was […]