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Crowds Head to the Stonewall in Wake of High Court Ruling

Crowds Head to the Stonewall in Wake of High Court Ruling

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Hundreds turned out for a rally at the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which marked the start of the modern LGBT rights movement, to celebrate the US Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. “If you’re not married and you hope to be so one […]

Savoring the Capstone of More than Half a Life of Work

Savoring the Capstone of More than Half a Life of Work

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | For Evan Wolfson, the US Supreme Court decision that required every state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize the marriage licenses issued to such couples from other states capped decades of work. “This is the culmination of more than four decades of our movement’s work, more than […]

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court ruled today that “same-sex couples may exercise the right to marry” and that “there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.” Writing for the court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, […]

Obama Hails “Justice that Arrives Like a Thunderbolt”

Obama Hails “Justice that Arrives Like a Thunderbolt”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Less than 90 minutes after the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling recognizing a federal constitutional right to marriage for same-sex couples, President Barack Obama appeared in the White House Rose Garden to comment on the decision. The victory for marriage equality comes in the seventh year of the administration of […]

US Magistrate Refuses to Dismiss Gay Pilot’s Discrimination Suit  

US Magistrate Refuses to Dismiss Gay Pilot’s Discrimination Suit  

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a promising case of federal courts using a “gender stereotyping” theory to provide protections for gay plaintiffs under existing sex discrimination law, a US magistrate judge has refused to dismiss a claim by a gay airline pilot that his former employer discriminated against him by misrepresenting the reason for his […]

Sex Offender Registry Status Lifted for Gay Man Snared by Sodomy Law

Sex Offender Registry Status Lifted for Gay Man Snared by Sodomy Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Caught up in a typical sting operation in Missouri in 1988, Jerome Keeney, Jr. was arrested by a St. Louis County vice cop, Robert Bayes, and the following year pled guilty to the charge of attempted “sexual misconduct.” His crime? Groping an undercover police officer who sat with him in his […]

We’ve Nearly Arrived in Dothan

We’ve Nearly Arrived in Dothan

BY TROY MASTERS | As a crimson tide of same-sex marriage rolls across Alabama, lives are being transformed right before our eyes. This week marks another huge stage in the paradigm shift that has remade that state in the past 50 years. And if racial progress upended a way of life in Alabama centuries old, gay […]

A Supreme Court End Game

A Supreme Court End Game

INFOGRAPHIC BY PAUL SCHINDLER & MICHAEL SHIREY | (Editor’s note: This graphic was produced prior to the January 23 federal court ruling striking down Alabama’s marriage ban.)

Even With No Appellate Ruling, Supreme Court Won’t Block Florida Marriages

Even With No Appellate Ruling, Supreme Court Won’t Block Florida Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The United States Supreme Court has denied a motion from Florida’s Republican attorney general, Pam Bondi, that it stay a district court marriage equality ruling while the state pursues an appeal with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a two-sentence order on December 19, from which only Justices Antonin Scalia and […]

In Florida Case, 11th Circuit Throws New Wrinkle into Marriage Equality Momentum

In Florida Case, 11th Circuit Throws New Wrinkle into Marriage Equality Momentum

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a surprising move that in effect tosses the hot potato into the hands of the Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, issuing a terse order on December 3, denied the State of Florida’s motion to extend a stay on an August district court marriage equality ruling while it considers […]

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