Category Archives: LGBT Rights

NY Appellate Court Upholds Distribution of Decedent’s Estate to Same-Sex Spouse

An appellate court in New York has upheld the decision of New York County Surrogate Kristen Booth Glen (formerly of CUNY Law) to recognize a decedent’s same-sex marriage for estate administration purposes.  Specifically, Surrogate Glen had permitted probate of the … Continue reading

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DOMA and Binational Couples

Among the many issues raised by the decision yesterday by the Obama administration to stop defending Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act are those related to the immigration consequences for binational LGBT couples. Does this mean that DHS … Continue reading

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Questions Raised by Obama Shift on DOMA

With some time to reflect, the administration’s shift in position raises some interesting practical questions. As mentioned in my earlier post, the administration’s decision leaves the door open to others to intervene to defend section 3 of DOMA in pending … Continue reading

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University of Mississippi LGBT Symposium Friday, March 11, 2011

The National LGBT Bar Association cordially invites you to attend the: University of Mississippi LGBT Symposium Friday, March 11, 2011   |   9:00am-5:00pm E. F. Yerby Conference Center 7 Alumni Drive Oxford, Mississippi Click here to download the registration form. The day-long … Continue reading

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Facebook Recognizes Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Facebook has now added “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership” to its options for relationship status. There is a great post over at the tech web site ZDNet on this change. The post, which is part tongue-in-cheek … Continue reading

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Hawaii One Step Away from Civil Unions

Yesterday was a busy day for the Hawaii Senate on the LGBT front. Not only did they confirm the first openly gay justice to the state’s Supreme Court (blogged here earlier today), but they also took the final step in … Continue reading

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First Openly Gay Justice Confirmed for Hawaii Supreme Court

Yesterday, the Hawaii Senate unanimously confirmed Sabrina McKenna to the Hawaii Supreme Court. McKenna is the first openly gay person to be appointed to the court, and her appointment marks the first time that the five-member court will have two … Continue reading

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Baby Steps Toward Marriage Equality in Maryland

Lambda Legal is publicizing a change to the procedure for issuing birth certificates in Maryland. No later than March 1, the Division of Vital Records has ordered that, if a woman giving birth to a child indicates that she is married, … Continue reading

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Disconnect Between Actions and Words

Apparently, we aren’t the only ones who have noticed the disconnect between the rhetoric leading up to the November 2010 elections and the actions of legislators since the beginning of this year. Charles Blow has a column in the New … Continue reading

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Hawaii Civil Union Update

The Hawaii House of Representatives yesterday passed a civil unions bill by a vote of 31-19. This comes on the heels of the Senate’s passage of the same basic bill last month. Because the House made some changes to the … Continue reading

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New Confessions iPhone App

I love my iPhone. This week, there was quite a buzz about a new app for the iPhone targeted at helping Roman Catholics with the sacrament of confession. A few days ago, Maureen Dowd wrote a whole column about the … Continue reading

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Record Number of LGBT Asylum Victories, Most from Jamaica

Immigration Equality, a national organization that helps obtain asylum for individuals persecuted in their home country based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV-status, announced today that its legal and pro bono teams won a record 101 cases in … Continue reading

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What the Protests Mean for LGBT Egyptians

Click here to listen to Michelangelo Signorile’s interview on this topic with Rasha Moumneh, who is a researcher for Human Rights Watch. -Tony Infanti

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Taxpayer Dollars Hard at Work

In the latest installment of “why tackle the difficult issues when you can score cheap political points through gay bashing,” LaVar Christensen, a member of the Utah House of Representatives, has introduced HB 270, the so-called Family Policy Bill. As … Continue reading

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(A few reasons) why Angela Onwuachi-Willig should be appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court

Various law blogs (including this one) have mentioned the news that University of Iowa law professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig is on the short list for the Iowa Supreme Court. Angela is a leading scholar on topics of racial justice and critical … Continue reading

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Civil Unions Advance in Hawaii

On Friday, the Hawaii Senate passed a civil unions bill similar to the one that was vetoed by the state’s last governor. The vote was slightly better than the last time around (19-6 rather than 18-7). The bill now goes … Continue reading

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DADT Repeal

The Pentagon held its briefing earlier today on the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The signs are encouraging that repeal will become effective some time this year. Unsurprisingly, NPR was reporting this afternoon that there will be no changes … Continue reading

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The Closet in the Big Tent

Next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is being cosponsored by GOProud, a gay conservative organization (that I will admit I’ve never heard of before). Because GOProud thinks that the question of same-sex marriage should be left to the states, … Continue reading

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DADT Repeal on the Horizon

I was heartened during the State of the Union speech last night to hear the President imply that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell would become effective this year. Now, there are reports that the Pentagon will be issuing … Continue reading

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More Positive Marriage Equality-Related News

To follow up on my earlier post and provide some more positive news: Trying again under a new, more receptive governor, a Hawaii Senate committee passed a civil unions bill today. The bill is expected to come up for a … Continue reading

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

During the fall election campaign, we were–quite thankfully–spared a lot of the usual “culture war” rhetoric about protecting marriage from some imagined assault by same-sex couples. Instead, the campaigns seemed to focus primarily on the economy and addressing the deficit … Continue reading

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Advancing LGBT Rights in Small Steps

Probably recognizing that further legislative advances in LGBT rights are unlikely in the near term, the Obama administration has taken some further administrative steps toward advancing LGBT rights. At the end of this past week, the Department of Housing and … Continue reading

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Kudos to Allentown, PA!

Allentown has now joined Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg in offering domestic partner health benefits to the city’s LGBT employees. The city has also extended family and bereavement leave to cover domestic partners. However, the Allentown Morning Call reports that discussions … Continue reading

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An Interesting Critical Tax Student Note Topic

I often get asked by students for tax topics for their student notes. Normally, I suggest some places to look where they can get a sense of hot topics, etc., but don’t suggest an actual topic. But yesterday, I came … Continue reading

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The Geography of Nontraditional Parenting

An interesting article in the New York Times today focuses on recent data from the Census Bureau  indicating that parenting by same-sex couples is more common in the South than in any other region of the country. (Note that the … Continue reading

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Williams Institute Report on Employment Discrimination in Utah

Today the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law issued a report (here) about employment discrimination against LGBT people in Utah.  From the press release: The study found that Utah’s LGBT employees are being discriminated against because of their sexual … Continue reading

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Today’s Prop 8 Decision – Increasing the Chances of Mootness Before the Supreme Court Gets the Case

Back in August, I wrote that the Prop 8 case might never get decided by the Supreme Court.  The theory was that by the time the Supreme Court could hear and decide the case, the California voters would vote to … Continue reading

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Human Rights Defenders: In the frontlines

Today is Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Some thoughts on this day, cross-posted on IntLawGrrls: Dora “Alicia” Recinos Sorto of El Salvador was shot dead in November 2009 while on … Continue reading

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Challenging the Opponents of Marriage Equality

In addition to former representative Bob Barr’s interesting address on how his views have evolved on DOMA (the subject of my earlier post here) , the St. John’s U. School of Law Nov. 12th symposium, “Legal, Secular, and Religious Perspectives … Continue reading

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Former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr on Marriage Equality

Having already called for the repeal of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act when he ran for president in 2008 as the Libertarian Party nominee, Bob Barr returned to the topic of DOMA’s dysfunctions during an extensive lunchtime address at … Continue reading

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Live Blogging “After Gender? Examining International Justice Enterprises”

I’m attending the Pace Law Review Symposium “After Gender? Examining International Justice Enterprises.”  The symposium’s goal is “to expand our understanding of the role of gender in international law.” So far, there have been opening remarks by conference organizers Matthew … Continue reading

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Suicide of Joseph Jefferson: No More Suicides; Shalom Now

Via The Advocate (here), news (from here) of another suicide by a young gay man. There is very unfortunate news today as yet another young gay man has taken his own life. Twenty-six-year-old Joseph Jefferson of Brooklyn, New York reportedly … Continue reading

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Accomplices in Hatred, Allies in Hope

I attended high school from 1984-1987 in suburban New York. I confronted daily harassment between each period, each class. An innumerable group of male students would yell “faggot” and other insults so loud that I could not hold conversations. I … Continue reading

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Horrific Bias Crime in NY

From today’s New York Times: He was told there was a party at a brick house on Osborne Place, a quiet block set on a steep hill in the Bronx. He showed up last Sunday night as instructed, with plenty … Continue reading

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A Small Step Some Law Professors are Taking in Response to News of Bullying and Harassment

Here’s what a group of colleagues (myself included) did yesterday at my law school.  Fourteen faculty and staff members joined together and distributed to all staff and faculty mailboxes the following signed letter and a sticker that reads “Be an Ally. Be … Continue reading

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Reflections on What to Make of Tyler Clementi’s Death

Like many people, I’ve taken hard the recent suicides of so many gay teens, including Tyler Clementi.  I got choked up last Thursday afternoon in front of the University of Connecticut Law School faculty when I mentioned his death as … Continue reading

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Be an Affirming Teacher or Peer: No More Silence, No More Bullying, No More Discrimination

From a joint statement issued by GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network), PLFAG (Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and The Trevor Project (crisis and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth): Recently, there has been heightened media attention surrounding the … Continue reading

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A Banner Year for Gay Rights Litigation

Although not necessarily the issues that most impact the day-to-day lives of LGBT people in this country, marriage and military service have been at the forefront of the gay rights movement in recent years. Efforts to reverse discriminatory policies in … Continue reading

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“Hiding-in-Plain-Sight” Facts about Marriage and Parenthood – The California Marriage Case and the Irrelevance of Gender

At the moment, commentators are busy opining about whether or not the Ninth Circuit will affirm Judge Walker’s decision not to stay his order pending appeal – thus allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in California — and, in … Continue reading

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Buzuvis on “Transgender Student-Athletes and Sex-Segregated Sport: Developing Policies of Inclusion for Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Athletics”

Erin Buzuvis (Western New England) has posted to SSRN her working paper, “Transgender Student-Athletes and Sex-Segregated Sport: Developing Policies of Inclusion for Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Athletics.”  Here is the abstract: Educators have long recognized the physical, psychological, social, and educational … Continue reading

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Will the Prop 8 Case Be Moot Before It Gets to the Supreme Court?

Following last week’s decision finding that California’s Prop 8 was unconstitutional, much of the talk centered around what the Supreme Court would do when presented with the question whether a ban on same-sex marriage was constitutional. The thinking is that … Continue reading

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ABA Resolution on Same-Sex Marriage

The ABA overwhelmingly adopted a resolution urging state (as well as territorial and tribal) governments to permit same-sex marriage: RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges state, territorial, and tribal governments to eliminate all of their legal barriers to civil … Continue reading

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Gender “Artifacts,” Sex Discrimination, and the California Marriage Decision

Combing through Judge Vaughan Walker’s lengthy and momentous findings of fact and conclusions of law in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, in which he held that California’s Proposition 8 offends both federal due process and equal protection rights of same-sex couples, I … Continue reading

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Robson Op-Ed: “Answers Found in the 10th Amendment”

On July 30, 2010, the LA Times published this op-ed by Feminist Law Prof Ruthann Robson (CUNY): Answers Found in the 10th Amendment The words of the Constitution do not change whether they are being applied to immigration or same-sex … Continue reading

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DOMA Section Three Held Unconstitutional

In two companion cases – – – one filed by individual plaintiffs married in Massachusetts alleging a violation of equal protection and one filed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts alleging Spending Clause and Tenth Amendment issues – – – federal … Continue reading

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Female genital cutting . . . in a U.S. hospital?

(Trigger warning) This post at Feministing — about a doctor who cuts young children with “abnormal” clitorises, and then tests their subsequent sensory perception with a vibrator (!) — is just incredibly disturbing.

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“Tax Protest Bake Sale”

Here’s one of many reasons I so appreciate being at Vermont Law School (VLS) — the initiative by our students’ Tax Club to raise travel funds for our delegation heading to DC for Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Lobby Day.   … Continue reading

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Infanti on “Dissecting O’Donnabhain”

Tony Infanti (Pitt) has published his essay “Dissecting O’Donnabhain” in the March 15, 2010 issue of Tax Notes.   Here is the abstract: In O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner, a sharply divided Tax Court allowed a medical expense deduction for some costs … Continue reading

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“All in the Family? Interdisciplinary Conference on Kinship and Community” March 25-26 at CUNY

On March 25 and 26, 2010, the CUNY Graduate Center will host the conference, “All in the Family?  An Interdisciplinary  Conference on  Kinship and Community.”  The program is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities; the Andrew W. Mellon  Foundation; … Continue reading

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Virginia Is for Haters: College Edition

The Attorney General of Virginia has sent a letter to the state’s public colleges and universities opining that the addition of “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” to their nondiscrimination policies is invalid and advising them to “take appropriate actions” to … Continue reading

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