Author Archives: Tony Infanti

Non-discrimination ordinances

Apparently, the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, has rescinded an ordinance that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodations–just 6 weeks after it was enacted. The American Family Association of Michigan submitted approximately 1,600 … Continue reading

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Balancing Out Rick Warren

President-elect Obama’s inaugural committee has asked Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be ordained an Episcopal bishop, to deliver the invocation at the inaugural’s opening ceremony on Sunday, January 18. The opening ceremony will be held at … Continue reading

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Go Steelers!

    Well, to round out my posting for today, I have to voice my hope that the Pittsburgh Steelers cream the San Diego Chargers later this afternoon! Since moving to Pittsburgh–and to the great surprise of my sister–I’ve become … Continue reading

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Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Public Accommodations

Last week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court decision in Monson v. Rochester Athletic Club,  2009 Minn. App. LEXIS 1,  that the Rochester Athletic Club (RAC) did not violate the Minnesota Human Rights Act’s prohibition against discrimination … Continue reading

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Godfrey v. Spano

Though New York Governor Paterson’s order requiring state agencies to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages has overshadowed this earlier action, Westchester County executive Andrew Spano did issue an order in June 2006 requiring all county agencies under his control to recognize … Continue reading

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Who Voted for Prop. 8?

Freedom to Marry, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Let California Ring, and Marriage for All have released a new report  that examines the polls on Prop. 8 to tease out the demographics of those who voted “yes” and … Continue reading

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California AG Brief in Prop. 8 Lawsuit

On Friday, California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed his brief in the pending lawsuit concerning the validity of Proposition 8. (For prior posts on Prop. 8, see here, here, and here.) In a surprise move, the Attorney General came out … Continue reading

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LGBT Rights as Human Rights

For the first time, a declaration on LGBT rights was read in the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. (The New York Times  story can be found here.) The declaration, which won the support of 66 countries and was read by … Continue reading

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Also Known As . . . Completely Demeaning

I’ve now seen a couple of different reports (here and now here) about how same-sex couples who legally change their names on their marriage certificates are unable to get the State Department to recognize that name change on the couple’s … Continue reading

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FLP Makes the ABA Top 100 Law Blogs!

The American Bar Association is out with its list of the Top 100 Law Blogs, as chosen by its editors. Congrats to Ann, Bridget, and all of the Feminist Law Professors for making the Top 100 two years in a … Continue reading

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California Supreme Court to Decide Prop. 8 Issues

The California Supreme Court has issued an order  in which it refused to stay the implementation of Prop. 8, but has directed the parties to brief and argue the following issues relating to Prop. 8: “(1) Is Proposition 8 invalid … Continue reading

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A Silver Lining in Prop. 8?

Since the passage of California’s Proposition 8, there have been protests  across California. I received an e-mail yesterday from a former student about planned protests across the country. Yet, the brunt of the anger at the passage of this ban … Continue reading

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Update on California Prop. 8

The ACLU, Lambda Legal, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights have filed a suit challenging the validity of recently passed California Proposition 8. They have asked for enforcement of the ban on same-sex marriages to be stayed pending the … Continue reading

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An Excellent Day for Dems Is Dampened by Results on Anti-LGBT Ballot Measures

I spent most of the day yesterday (as soon as I got out of class early in the morning!) doing election protection work here in my home state of Pennsylvania. I was so thrilled to be just a little part … Continue reading

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Lilly Ledbetter at Pitt Law Tonight

For readers in the Western Pennsylvania area who might be interested in attending, Lilly Ledbetter will be speaking at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law tonight about her Supreme Court case and the fight for equal pay for women. … Continue reading

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Same-Sex Marriage Rate in California

An interesting book-end to this post from the other day, which links to a discussion of why the rate of same-sex marriage in Canada is so low, is a story in today’s New York Times. The story quotes a new … Continue reading

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More on Taxing Sarah Palin’s Per Diem

Over at TaxProf, Paul Caron has links  to Sarah Palin’s newly released tax returns. It appears, as Paul says, that Governor Palin did not report her per diems or the travel reimbursements for her family as income. In support of … Continue reading

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University of Wyoming Commemorates Matthew Shepard

With the tenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death approaching, the University of Wyoming’s president and Matthew’s parents dedicated a bench on the campus to Matthew’s memory. The plaque on the bench reads: “Matthew Wayne Shepard, December 1, 1976 – October … Continue reading

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Deliberative Poll on Same-Sex Marriage

Today I served on the resource panel (i.e., a panel of legal, social work, theological, and statistical experts) for a deliberative poll on the question of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. The poll was taken at four sites across the state—I … Continue reading

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Trial Judge Strikes Down Florida Ban on Gay Adoption

In granting an adoption by a gay man of a foster child that he and his partner had been caring for for years, a trial judge in Key West recently struck down Florida’s ban on adoption by lesbians and gay … Continue reading

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Disturbing

This. And, by the way, we lesbians and gay men don’t “deal with” our homosexuality, as Focus on the Family asserts. We “deal with” the prejudice of others. -Tony Infanti

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Taxing Sarah Palin’s Per Diem

The Washington Post has a story today about how the State of Alaska paid Sarah Palin a per diem for days when she was at her home in Wasilla. As a tax teacher, the first question that popped into my … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Challenging NY Governor’s Order to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Dismissed

In a victory for same-sex marriage advocates, a New York Supreme Court (i.e., state lower court) judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed by lawmakers and opponents of same-sex marriage that challenged the power of NY Governor David Paterson to order … Continue reading

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Parenting Measure Qualifies for Arkansas Ballot

An initiative that would prohibit individuals cohabiting outside of marriage from adopting or serving as foster parents has qualified for the Arkansas ballot this November. More from Jurist here. A bit of background: In 1999, the Arkansas Child Welfare Agency … Continue reading

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Louisiana State Nondiscrimination Policy to Lapse

It is being reported that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has decided  to allow an executive order issued by former Governor Kathleen Blanco that prohibited discrimination against state employees because of their sexual orientation to lapse. Apparently, Jindal feels that federal … Continue reading

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Benitez v. North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group

The California Supreme Court just came down with its decision  in this case. This is the case of Guadalupe Benitez, a lesbian woman who, with her partner, decided to get pregnant. After a few failed tries at self-insemination, Benitez visited … Continue reading

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Boycotting AALS

There is quite a debate in the blogosphere about boycotting AALS events next January at the Manchester Grand Hyatt because the owner of that hotel has donated money in support of Proposition 8, which would add a ban on same-sex … Continue reading

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Words Do Matter

Supporters of  Proposition 8, which would amend the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriage and overturn the California Supreme Court’s decision in In re Marriage Cases, have filed suit against Attorney General Jerry Brown. They object to Brown’s change in … Continue reading

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Mass. Opens Marriage to All Same-Sex Couples

As a follow-up to my post yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law today  the bill repealing the 1913 law that had prevented most same-sex couples who live outside Massachusetts from traveling there to marry. The legislature included a … Continue reading

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Mass. Takes Another Step Toward Opening Marriage to All Same-Sex Couples

Yesterday, the Massachusetts House passed a bill to repeal the 1913 law that prevented most same-sex couples who live outside Massachusetts from traveling there to marry. There had been some speculation that this bill might stall in the House because … Continue reading

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Portions of PA Bias Crime Law Struck Down

At the end of last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a summary decision  that upheld and adopted a lower court opinion that struck down portions of Pennsylvania’s bias crime law (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. section 2710) on constitutional grounds. … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Marriage Amendment:Revived by the California Supreme Court?

My hometown newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was reporting over the weekend that supporters of the so-called marriage amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution are attempting to revive the bill in the wake of the California Supreme Court’s decision overturning that state’s … Continue reading

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