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Intended Parents Win Custody in Surrogacy Dispute

Intended Parents Win Custody in Surrogacy Dispute

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A unanimous three-judge appeals panel in Britain issued a decision on November 17 affirming a ruling by Lucy Theis, a family court judge, that a gay male couple should have residential custody of a child born as a result of an unenforceable gestational surrogacy agreement they had entered into with a […]

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

Defense Chief Signals End to Transgender Military Ban

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a statement laying the groundwork for what seems certain to lead to open service by transgender members of the US military, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, on July 13, announced that a high-level working group would spend six months to study “the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to […]

A Sweeping Win for Transgender Rights in India

A Sweeping Win for Transgender Rights in India

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an historic decision, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India, ruling on a petition brought on behalf of transgender community members by the National Legal Services Authority, has declared that among the human rights protected by the nation’s Constitution are the right to state recognition of their gender […]

Dismissing “So-Called Rights of LGBT People,” Indian Supreme Court Revives Sodomy Law

Dismissing “So-Called Rights of LGBT People,” Indian Supreme Court Revives Sodomy Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD |  A two-judge panel from the Supreme Court of India has ruled that a 2009 decision from the Delhi High Court striking down that nation’s colonial-era sodomy law is “legally unsustainable.” The December 11 ruling from Justices G.S. Singhvi and Sudhansu Jyoti Mukhopadhaya drew immediate protests from progressive elements of Indian […]

Marriage Victories in Rhode Island, France; Action Pending in Illinois, Delaware, UK

Marriage Victories in Rhode Island, France; Action Pending in Illinois, Delaware, UK

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Rhode Island State Senate has cleared away the last major hurdle to that state becoming the 10th in the nation to allow same-sex couples to marry. In a 26-12 vote on April 24, the Senate approved a version of marriage equality legislation somewhat different than the one adopted earlier this […]