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Step by Daunting Step to the Altar

Step by Daunting Step to the Altar

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The road to same-sex marriage was fraught with obstacles, but the setbacks faced by Victor Manuel Aguirre and Fernando Urias, a couple in Baja California, Mexico, were beyond the pale. Same-sex marriage was legal in some states in Mexico when this long-term couple wanted to wed. However, in Mexicali, where Aguirre […]

The Evolution of a Brooklyn Progressive

The Evolution of a Brooklyn Progressive

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “I support marriage equality. I will fight to protect marriage equality,” Brooklyn City Councilmember Jumaane Williams told Gay City News at the start of a 30-minute sit-down on October 19 that his office requested. Williams, a 41-year-old son of immigrants from Grenada, represents a broad swath of the city’s Caribbean community in […]

Election 2016: Misogyny and the Audacity of Plans

BY KELLY COGSWELL | I haven’t written anything about the election yet. Hillary Clinton is running again, and there’s so much misogyny involved I can’t stand it. And sheer idiocy. My God, whole crowds willing to swallow any crazy thing their candidate promises — whether it’s Trump vowing he’ll throw out immigrants or end gay […]

A Radical Voice Rekindles the Spirit of June 1969

A Radical Voice Rekindles the Spirit of June 1969

Remarks from Martha Shelley, a participant in the Stonewall Rebellion and a founder of the Gay Liberation Front, at the September 20 press conference announcing plans to press for creation of a national park anchored on the vicinity of the Christopher Street bar at the heart of the action in June 1969: I’m Martha Shelley and […]

Expectations Unbound

Expectations Unbound

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | By the end of this month –– and quite possibly before we’ve had the chance to get this newspaper into your hands –– the US Supreme Court will have ruled on marriage equality. The court –– which since October has passively allowed lower court rulings to go into effect doubling the number […]

Why Oregon Is 2014’s Marriage Crucible

Why Oregon Is 2014’s Marriage Crucible

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As of January 1, 2013 — nine years after Massachusetts legalized marriage equality — only nine states and the District of Columbia had approved the right of same-sex couples to wed. But in the 12 months that followed, another eight followed suit, with a ninth, Utah, under a federal court order to […]

Critics Worry Marriage Fight Diverting Community Energy

Critics Worry Marriage Fight Diverting Community Energy

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As Massachusetts approaches 10 years of legal same-sex marriage, licenses filed with that state’s health department suggest that most gay and lesbian residents there have not taken advantage of the freedom to marry in that state. Male couples entered into 9,157 marriages from mid-2004 through the end of 2013, and 15,079 female […]

In Catch-22, Married Lesbian Cannot Adopt Child Born to Spouse

In Catch-22, Married Lesbian Cannot Adopt Child Born to Spouse

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Claiming that a married lesbian had no need to adopt the child born to her same-sex spouse, a Surrogate Court judge in Brooklyn has refused to entertain her adoption petition. In a January 6 opinion, Surrogate Court Judge Margarita López Torres reasoned that under New York’s Marriage Equality Law, in same-sex […]

Federal Judge Nixes Utah Gay Marriage Ban, Weddings Begin

Federal Judge Nixes Utah Gay Marriage Ban, Weddings Begin

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge has ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex couples marrying violates a fundamental right guaranteed to them under the 14th Amendment. In a December 20 ruling, Judge Robert J. Shelby, appointed to the federal bench last year by President Barack Obama, found that the state had shown no […]

New Mexico Becomes 17th Marriage Equality State

New Mexico Becomes 17th Marriage Equality State

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that denying same-sex couples the right to marry violates the State Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. In a December 19 opinion for the court, Justice Edward L. Chavez wrote, “We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender […]

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