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When Gay Men Want to Be Biological Dads    

When Gay Men Want to Be Biological Dads    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | New York finished a more than respectable sixth place in terms of states giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, but for gay men who wish to be the biological father to their child, the primary route to doing so — relying on a surrogate mother to carry their […]

Judge Says Surrogacy Ban No Bar to Second-Parent Adoption

Judge Says Surrogacy Ban No Bar to Second-Parent Adoption

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Ruling on a previously-undecided question under New York parenting law, a Queens County Family Court judge has decided the state’s ban on surrogacy contracts poses no impediment to considering an adoption petition from the same-sex spouse of a man whose twins were conceived and borne through a gestational surrogacy contract with […]

The Secret to Success in New York City

The Secret to Success in New York City

BY RABBI ROBERT TEIXEIRA | In the Big Apple, that is, the Big Rush, it was a cold, gray afternoon, but in the Big Easy, it was Mardi Gras! Laissez les bons temps rouler! I thought of my last carnival, my pouf and chenille ball gown replete with riband (sash), inspired by the tragic Madame Deficit (Marie Antoinette). […]

California Ban on “Conversion Therapy” for Minors Upheld

California Ban on “Conversion Therapy” for Minors Upheld

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal appeals panel has ruled that a California statute outlawing so-called sexual orientation conversion therapy for patients under 18 is constitutional. The Ninth Circuit ruling, on August 29, came in response to two lawsuits, based primarily on First Amendment free speech grounds, that had delayed implementation of the law, which […]

Edie’s Victory, Our Progress, and the Road Ahead

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It was in the late winter of 2004 when I met Edie Windsor and the woman she would marry several years later in Toronto, Thea Spyer. A couple of weeks before, Gavin Newsom, then mayor of San Francisco, declared that city had the authority to marry same-sex couples. Relying on a legal […]