Category Archives: LGBT Rights

HUD to Study LGBT Housing Discrimination

The Washington Post is reporting that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is going to undertake a national study of LGBT housing discrimination. The federal Fair Housing Act does not currently prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination; however, … Continue reading

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Is Saying “I’m Gay” Offensive?

A gay Oklahoma college student’s application for a vanity license plate that reads “IM GAY” was rejected by the Oklahoma Tax Commission last year, and that rejection was upheld by three tax commissioners after an administrative hearing. The student, Keith … Continue reading

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Louisiana Ordered to Issue Birth Certificate Naming Same-Sex Couple as Parents

Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit issued its decision in Adar v. Smith. This case concerns Louisiana’s refusal to issue an amended birth certificate to an out-of-state same-sex couple who adopted a child born in Louisiana. The State of Louisiana had lost … Continue reading

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Olympic Pride House

Check out this video over at the New York Times. It’s both uplifting and a bit depressing, especially at the very end. -Tony Infanti

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Why is this newsworthy?

A recent column in the San Francisco Chronicle begins with this paragraph: The biggest open secret in the landmark trial over same-sex marriage being heard in San Francisco is that the federal judge who will decide the case, Chief U.S. … Continue reading

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Promoting Intolerance in Schools

The Washington Post reported the other day on a flier that was recently sent home with many high school students’ report cards in Montgomery County, Maryland: Some Montgomery County high schools passed out fliers this week from an organization that … Continue reading

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“How to Be Welcoming” – Ways in which a campus can be welcoming for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered.

In the Chron: … My experiences in higher education with my partner of 21 years have helped me understand how the environment and culture of a campus is crucial for gay and lesbian employees and their partners or spouses. Certain … Continue reading

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Sex Reassignment Surgery Is Tax Deductible

The Tax Court has finally issued a long-awaited opinion in O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner (here).  The majority concluded that O’Donnabhain’s hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery constituted deductible medical expenses, but denied a deduction for the her breast augmentation surgery due to … Continue reading

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Are lesbians becoming extinct?

Trivia: Voices of Feminism is the reincarnation of the iconic TRIVIA: A Journal of Ideas published in print from 1982-1995. The newest volume, edited by Lise Weil and Betsy Warland, includes responses to the lesbian extinction question. As the editors … Continue reading

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“Grossing Up” Domestic Partner Benefits

Inside Higher Ed is  reporting that Syracuse University has plans to be the first academic employer (and one of only a handful of employers more generally) to gross up its lesbian and gay employees’ pay to cover a portion of … Continue reading

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Huge LGBT Family Law Victory in PA

When a lesbian or gay man ended a straight relationship in Pennsylvania, the case law regarding the award of custody of any children of the relationship had for decades been overtly hostile to the lesbian or gay man. In Constant … Continue reading

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Decentralizing Family

Given the ongoing Prop. 8 trial and the debate over same-sex marriage, I thought it would be timely to draw your attention to a paper that I posted on SSRN last fall. The paper is titled “Decentralizing Family: An Inclusive … Continue reading

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The Closeted Prop. 8 Trial

For an interesting observation and an even more interesting back story on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision not to allow the Prop. 8 trial to be broadcast, see Linda Greenhouse’s post on the Opinionator blog over at the New York … Continue reading

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Transforming Marriage

In a cross-posting yesterday, Katherine Franke raised the question of whether same-sex marriage will really help to dismantle stereotypes and transform marriage. For years now, I have counted myself in the camp that answers this question yes. My answer to … Continue reading

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Attention LGBT Law Student Groups!

The National LGBT Bar Association is looking for LGBT law student groups that are interested in signing on to its amicus brief in Christian Legal Society Chapter v. Martinez, which is the case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding … Continue reading

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Traditional Marriage Through the Ages

Click here for Ann Telnaes’s animated take on the subject over at the Washington Post. -Tony Infanti

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Prop 8 Trial Update: Day Two

An update on Perry v. Schwarzenegger, including a discussion of the expert testimony is available on Constitutional Law Professors blog here. -Ruthann Robson

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Perry v. Schwarzenegger,”The Proposition 8 Trial”: A Primer

The well-publicized trial on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage begins today before Judge Vaughn Walker in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (court website for case  here). Recall that the California … Continue reading

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Broadcasting the Prop. 8 Trial

The federal trial regarding the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 is set to begin tomorrow. The district court judge who will be presiding over the trial has decided to have the trial broadcast live at several other federal courthouses and … Continue reading

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No Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey

The New Jersey Senate just voted down a bill that would have extended the right to marry to same-sex couples. The vote was 20 against and 14 in favor of the bill, with several of the forty senators apparently choosing … Continue reading

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There is an iPhone app for everything

For the socially conscious LGBT shopper, the Human Rights Campaign has now released its “Buy4Equality” app for the iPhone. Before you buy a company’s product, you can now check how the company fares on HRC’s corporate equality index. Companies are … Continue reading

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E-Marriage Update

NPR’s December 14th Morning Edition featured Michigan State University College of Law profs Adam Candeub and Mae Kuykendall and their proposal for”e-marriage,”through which same-sex couples could obtain marriage licenses from states in which such unions are legal, and then have … Continue reading

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Rosenblum and Katyal on “The Shame of 38″

Feminist Law Profs Darren Rosenblum (Pace) and Sonia Katyal (Fordham) published an op-ed in today’s National Law Journal.   Here is an excerpt: By a vote of 38-24, the New York state Senate has decided to uphold marriage discrimination in … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage Bill Defeated in NY State

This afternoon, the New York State Senate rejected a bill that would make same-sex marriage legal in the State of New York. The New York Times has coverage here. It may be because I live in the (presumed-to-be) liberal Borough … Continue reading

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“Shelly Goldstein — Stupid Callous Homophobic Hateful Legislation”

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Adam Candeub and Mae Kuykendall, “E-Marriage: Breaking the Marriage Monopoly”

From this press release: “Michigan State University College of Law Professors Adam Candeub and Mae Kuykendall announce the creation of the Legal E-Marriage Project, a clearinghouse for legislative proposals to institute “e-marriage.” Their proposal has the potential to alter the … Continue reading

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Robson on “Compulsory Matrimony”

Feminist Law Prof Ruthann Robson (CUNY) has posted to SSRN her chapter, Compulsory Matrimony, from the new Ashgate Press book Feminist and Queer Legal Theory: Intimate Encounters, Uncomfortable Conversations (Martha A. Fineman, Jack E. Jackson and Adam P. Romero eds., … Continue reading

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Permission: Powerful Short About Marriage Equity

With the vote on marriage equity coming in Maine in less than two weeks, this powerful short film perfectly captures the issue. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2nsGtd7y3c[/youtube] Vote No on 1.   And if you’re not in Maine, show this video to your friends … Continue reading

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Juxtaposed Parenting Decisions

Last week, the highest courts of Montana and Missouri issued rather different decisions in the ongoing debate over LGBT parenting. The Montana Supreme Court held that the partner of an adoptive mother of two children was entitled to parental rights … Continue reading

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Human Rights Defender Keith Goddard, 1960-2009

Keith Goddard, a human rights defender of tremendous courage and tenacity, died this weekend after a short illness.   The Director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), Goddard helped transform what had been primarily a social organization with a … Continue reading

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Using data from the social network Facebook, MIT students find that just by looking at a person’s online friends, they can predict whether someone is homosexual.

From the NYT: … The idea behind the MIT work, done in 2007, is as old as the adage that birds of a feather flock together. For years, sociologists have known of the”homophily principle”- the tendency for similar people to … Continue reading

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Joslin on “Interstate Recognition of Parentage in a Time of Disharmony”

Feminist Law Prof Courtney Joslin (UC Davis) has posted to SSRN her article, “Interstate Recognition of Parentage in a Time of Disharmony: Same-Sex Parent Families and Beyond,” 70 Ohio St. L.J. 557 (2009).   Here is the abstract: In a … Continue reading

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The “2010 California Marriage Protection Act” will ban divorce in the state of California.

“People who supported Prop 8 weren’t trying to take rights away from gays, they just wanted to protect traditional marriage. That’s why I’m confident that they will support this initiative, even though this time it will be their rights that … Continue reading

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Ben-Asher Reviews Butler & Spivak

Noa Ben-Asher, my fabulous new colleague at Pace (and Feminist Law Prof), has published her review essay, Who Says ‘I Do’? in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism.  Professor Ben-Asher reviews Judith Butler & Gayatri Spivak’s book, Who Sings … Continue reading

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The WNBA’s Washington Mystic refuse to allow a KissCam beause they don’t want to show lesbians kissing.

Television shows love to show women kissing each other. The Washington Mystics, not so much.

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There’s Something About Marriage: New York Trial Court Uses Differences Between a Marriage and a Civil Union to Refuse to Dissolve the Latter

“Civil union” means that two eligible persons have established a relationship pursuant to this chapter, and may receive the benefits and protections and be subject to the responsibilities of spouses. -Vermont Stat. Ann., Title 15, Section 1201(2) (a) Parties to … Continue reading

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NYU Law hires homophobic bigot to teach, wait for it, human rights law.

Leiter has the details.

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Robson on India High Court’s Invalidation of Sodomy Law

Feminist Law Prof Ruthann Robson (CUNY) posted  here at  Constitutional Law Profs on the declaration by the Dehli High Court that India’s criminal prohibition on sodomy is unconstitutional.  Here is an excerpt of her post: The Court also quoted Justice … Continue reading

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NYSBA Rejects “Separate But Equal” Approach to Equality for Same-Sex Couples

The New York State Bar Association officially supports marriage as the exclusive means for achieving equality for same-sex couples.  Here is one of the resolutions passed today by the organization’s House of Delegates:   RESOLVED that the Association hereby endorses … Continue reading

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Legal History Research Resources: Stonewall Edition

OutHistory.org, is a website produced by produced by The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), located at the City University of New York Graduate Center.  All of the content is provided by volunteers.   A new on-line exhibit (here) … Continue reading

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DOMA is Not Neutral, Mr. President

Here’s what then-Senator Barak Obama said about DOMA in a 2004 letter to a Chicago paper: When Members of Congress passed DOMA, they were not interested in strengthening family values or protecting civil liberties. They were only interested in perpetuating … Continue reading

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Obama DoJ Backs DOMA

Other acronyms that come to mind are JFC and WTF? Read the brief here. It makes the same weasel argument (“the states should decide for themselves”) John McCain made during his Presidential run. –Ann Bartow

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Abrams and Brooks on “Marriage as Message”

Feminist Law Prof Kerry Abrams (UVa) and her co-author Peter Brooks  (Yale, Comp. Lit.) have posted to SSRN their article, “Marriage as a Message: Same-Sex Couples and the Rhetoric of Accidental Procreation.”   Here is the abstract: In his dissent … Continue reading

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CFP: Charting the Future of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Scholarship

From the FLP mailbox, this CFP: Call for (Short) Papers   AALS Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues   On the Cutting Edge:  Charting the Future of   Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Scholarship   AALS Annual Meeting … Continue reading

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Marriageable Age in New Hampshire

With so much focus on the bill protecting religious liberty, it seems that little attention has been paid to the actual bill  extending the right to marry to same-sex couples in New Hampshire. That bill enshrines differing marriageable ages for … Continue reading

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The Shifting Meaning of Marriage

In these times of national debate over the meaning of marriage, it’s important to remember how much feminists have achieved in shifting the meaning of marriage.   In a send-up of a Christian fundamentalist, Betty Bowers explains what a traditional … Continue reading

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Another installment of you can’t make this stuff up: College edition

For nearly a decade, Westmoreland County Community College, which is located outside of Pittsburgh, PA, has included “sexual orientation” and “union membership” among the list of specifically protected characteristics in published statements concerning its nondiscrimination policy. Naturally, the college’s lesbian, … Continue reading

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Will Gay Marriage Lead To Sex With Ducks?

Pat Robertson thinks so: And these two “chicks” are pretty stoked about the idea:

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Marriage in California After Strauss v. Horton

The California Supreme Court took the next step today in the ongoing battle over marriage rights for same sex couples, ruling 6-1 that the people of California had properly amended their constitution last November with Proposition 8, thereby limiting marriage … Continue reading

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Strauss v. Horton

Read the opinion here.   Feminist efforts to   sort out what it all means can be found: Here at Tennessee Guerilla Women; Here at the Gender and Sexuality Law Blog; (additional links to come). See also the Linkfarm at … Continue reading

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