Category Archives: LGBT Rights

Obama’s Silence on Marriage Equality

Obama has remained silent on marriage equality for far too long.   Frank Rich calls him on it, with his usual eloquence, in this week’s column here. -Darren Rosenblum

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Hillary Clinton Pushes For Same Sex Benefits At State Dept.

From The Advocate: The Advocate has obtained a draft of a letter from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to employees of the State Department that details her intentions to extend certain benefits to same-sex partners of foreign service officers posted … Continue reading

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Victory for the Hotel Boycott

From here, an update for everyone who fretted over where to stay in San Diego.   Victory for the boycott! Almost a year into what some have called a very effective boycott of his businesses, San Diego hotelier Doug Manchester … Continue reading

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Maine Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Today, Maine’s governor signed into law a bill extending the right to marry to same-sex couples. (From a quick look at the Maine Constitution, art. IV, pt. 3, § 16, it appears that the law will not go into effect … Continue reading

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License to Discriminate

In an earlier post, I blogged about a California Court of Appeals decision that held that a religious high school was not a “business establishment” and, therefore, not subject to the state’s nondiscrimination law. In effect, this allowed the high … Continue reading

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Carol Ann Duffy will be the UK’s first woman poet laureate!

From Yahoo News: The centuries-old post of British poet laureate, bard to kings and queens, has been held by William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Ted Hughes : but never, until Friday, by a woman. Carol Ann Duffy said she … Continue reading

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Linda C. McClain, “Red Versus Blue (and Purple) States and the Same-Sex Marriage Debate: From Values Polarization to Common Ground?”

The abstract: What is the role of courts in circumstances of “values polarization”? The framing of this question brings to mind, but differs from, some familiar inquiries about the judicial role in circumstances of conscientious moral disagreement or value pluralism … Continue reading

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Lambda Legal assists children of disabled parents but the cases illustrate the risk of parentage orders.

Nancy Polikoff writes at Bilerico: Lambda Legal announced this week that the Social Security Administration has agreed to grant child benefits to the two children of a father receiving social security disability benefits. The issue concerned recognition of the parent-child … Continue reading

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Program on “Transgender People and The Law”

A special shout-out goes to the Lambda students at the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  They close out an academic year of good programming with their final event, a discussion on … Continue reading

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The Colbert Coalition’s Anti-Gay Marriage Ad

“There’s a giant gay storm gathering, and before long the winds will be blowing each other.” The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Colbert Coalition’s Anti-Gay Marriage Ad colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor NASA Name … Continue reading

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Day of Silence

Tomorrow is the 13th annual Day of Silence, a day when students remain silent to draw attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying, and harassment in schools. There was a highly disturbing story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today in advance of the … Continue reading

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Washington to Upgrade Its Domestic Partnerships

The Washington House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that will afford registered domestic partners all of the rights and obligations afforded to married couples. The bill passed the state’s Senate earlier this year, and the governor has indicated that … Continue reading

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New York Behind the Curve on LGBT Rights

New Yorkers have apparently been engaging in self-flagellation following the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples, putting “flyover” country ahead of New York in the vanguard of advancing LGBT rights. Now a Democratic … Continue reading

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Infanti on “Dismembering Families”

Feminist Law Prof Tony Infanti (Pitt) has posted to SSRN his article Dismembering Families.  Here is the abstract: In this paper, I explore how the deduction for extraordinary medical expenses, codified in I.R.C. section 213, furthers domination in American society. … Continue reading

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Genetic Mother May Adopt Child Birthed by Life Partner

Manhattan Surrogate Court Judge Kristin Booth Glen has issued a decision (here) in the case of In re Sebastian.  Surrogate Glen approved the issuance of a certificate of adoption to the genetic mother of a child gestated and delivered by … Continue reading

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Effective or Offensive?

The text of the ads reads: “Protect your valuables.” The press release from the Quebec Coalition Against AIDS (COCQ-Sida) explains: “The campaign focuses on objects highly appreciated by homosexuals, using evocative symbols to offer the target audience a different take … Continue reading

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Momentum: Is DC Next for Same-Sex Marriage?

Well, to answer my question, not exactly, but the City Council voted yesterday 12-0 to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions (now Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, and mid-2008 California).   The twist, of course, is that nothing becomes law in … Continue reading

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LGBT Families to Roll the Eggs

In response to a “reach out” by President Obama, LGBT families have been encouraged to apply for tickets for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, according to the Family Equality Council.  That organization  previously organized LGBT families to participate … Continue reading

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The Vermont State Flag

    The words on the Vermont state flag?  ”Freedom and Unity.”  Beautiful. -Bridget Crawford

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Vermont Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

News flash: The Vermont legislature today overrode Governor Douglas’s veto by a wide margin in the state senate and with just enough votes in the state house. This now makes Vermont the fourth state to recognize same-sex marriages (joining Massachusetts, … Continue reading

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Religion and Same-Sex Marriage

Aside from the unanimity of the opinion, for me, the most interesting part of the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision in Varnum v. Brien yesterday is its forthright discussion of religious opposition to same-sex marriage and the role that it plays … Continue reading

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Robson on Iowa Ruling

Feminist Law Prof Ruthann Robson (CUNY) has an excellent analysis of the Iowa same-sex marriage case here at Constitutional Law Prof blog. -Bridget Crawford

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BREAKING NEWS: Iowa Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage OK

From KCCI.   More to come…. Summary of the decision from the Iowa court website is here.   It looks like the court rules that sexual orientation is a protected class that gets intermediate scrutiny under the state constitution.   … Continue reading

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Sweden Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

By a wide margin, Sweden legalized same-sex marriage today. Gender neutral marriage licenses will be issued beginning May 1. Sweden is now added to a list of countries recognizing same-sex marriages that includes the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Canada, Spain, and … Continue reading

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Bad News on Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships

Bad news on two fronts in the battle for legal recognition of same-sex relationships today. First, a bill that would allow same-sex couples in Hawaii to enter into civil unions died in that state’s senate. Second, the governor of Vermont … Continue reading

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Lambda Legal Internship Opportunity

Intern in Education & Public Affairs at Lambda Legal 120 Wall Street, National Headquarters, New York Lambda Legal’s Education and Public Affairs Department seeks college and high school students for Summer 2009 semester internships in our New York City national … Continue reading

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Portia De Rossi Apologizes For Getting Married

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Arkansas Adoption Ban Case Survives Motion to Dismiss

The ACLU’s challenge to the ban on adoption and foster parenting by cohabiting unmarried couples, which was approved by Arkansas voters last November, survived a motion to dismiss this week. As with similar bans in Alabama, Mississippi, Utah, and North … Continue reading

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“Lorraine Hansberry’s Gay Politics: Why the ‘Raisin in the Sun’ playwright’s homosexual ties have been straight-washed from black history.”

That’s the title of this essay at The Root. Via.

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John Yoo and Jesse Choper on Gay Marriage

I’ve long maintained the following:   as unwaveringly committed as I am to being pro-choice and anti-death penalty, I can understand the arguments on the other side.   I completely disagree with them, but I get the logic behind the … Continue reading

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LGBT Rights as Human Rights

With all of the focus on the AIG bonuses, an important bit of news might have escaped attention today. The Obama administration once again has broken with the Bush administration. This time, by signing on to the UN Statement on … Continue reading

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Interview With “Gay Conversion” Pastor

I thought this was hilarious, your mileage may vary… –Ann Bartow

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Report on Global Arc of Justice Conference

Last week the Williams Institute and the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association convened the Global Arc of Justice Conference in Los Angeles.   With participants from forty countries, the conference seems to be the most nationally-diverse gathering of LGBT … Continue reading

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Billie Jean King, “No person should be discounted by their sexuality”

Tennis.com features this interview with Billie Jean King, who was “outed” in 1981 by a former lover.  Here are some highlights/soundbites from the interview: “No person should be discounted by their sexuality or any other reason. You just don’t do … Continue reading

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Prop 8 Justice: Will/Should the California Supreme Court Abolish Marriage?

The arguments before the California Supreme Court raised many hard questions, but one that particularly intrigued me was one to which the Justices frequently returned: What did Proposition 8 really do, after all?   Did it overturn the Marriage Cases … Continue reading

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Polikoff Nominated for Judy Grahn Award

Feminist Law Prof Nancy Polikoff (American) has been nominated for The Publishing Triangle’s Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction for her excellent book Beyond Straight and Gay Marriage.  The Judy Grahn Award honors the American writer, cultural theorist and activist … Continue reading

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A Farewell to the L-Word

Here, at Feminist Spectator.

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“Corrective Rape” of Lesbians in South Africa

The Guardian had a chilling story yesterday about what is horribly being called “corrective rape” in South Africa.   The details are very tough to read, but the story is important to know about: The partially clothed body of Eudy … Continue reading

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Prop. 8 Oral Argument

The oral argument for the Prop. 8 lawsuit before the California Supreme Court is set for tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. (Pacific Time). For those interested in watching the arguments, they will be webcast live here. They are apparently expecting … Continue reading

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LGBT Nondiscrimination Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania

Today, House Bill 300 was introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature. It would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. I have reproduced below the press release from the Value All Families Coalition about the bill: … Continue reading

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Challenging the Constitutionality of DOMA

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) filed a lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The suit challenges only the provision in DOMA that denies recognition to same-sex marriages for … Continue reading

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The Global Arc of Justice Conference, March 11 – 14th in Los Angeles

The International Lesbian and Gay Law Association is working with the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy to put on The Global Arc of Justice: Sexual Orientation Law Around the World March 11-14, and it is bringing … Continue reading

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Columbia Journal of Gender & Law Symposium: Gender on the Frontiers: Confronting Intersectionalities

April 10, 2009       9:30 am – 5 pm Room 107 Jerome Greene Hall Columbia Law School Women Crossing Borders, 9:30 am Soraya Fata, Staff Attorney, Legal Momentum Sharmila Lodhia, Post-doctoral Fellow, Santa Clara University Jenni Milbank, Professor … Continue reading

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“In 2007, women only made up 14 percent of the Army. However, during the same year, women accounted for 46 percent of all Army discharges under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

So notes the ACS Blog, which reports: Under the Clinton-era Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, military recruiters and authorities are banned from asking about a soldier’s sexual identify. However, soldiers are required to hide their sexual orientation from public view … Continue reading

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CFP: National LGBT Bar Association Conference

  This year’s National LGBT Bar Association (formerly NLGLA) Conference (“Lavender Law”) takes place on September 10-12, 2009, in Brooklyn, New York. Lavender Law offers academics the unique opportunity to come together with other law and sexuality scholars, as well … Continue reading

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Symposium Program at University of Arkansas Little Rock: Lawyering for Social Justice: Exploring the Roles of Immigration and GLBT Cause Lawyers

On Friday, March 13, 2009, the  UALR William H. Bowen School of Law will present the 2009 Ben J. Altheimer Symposium.  This year’s topics is  ”Lawyering for Social Justice: Exploring the Roles of Immigration and GLBT Cause Lawyers.”   CLE … Continue reading

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Presidential Authority and “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

President has authority to change “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” now In her article Let the Small Changes Begin: President Obama, Executive Power, and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Professor Jackie Gardina of Vermont Law School  writes: President Obama should not wait … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Set for Prop. 8 Suit

The California Supreme Court has now set the date for oral arguments in Strauss v. Horton, which is the suit concerning the validity of Prop. 8. Argument will be held on the morning of March 5. The court further indicated … Continue reading

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Who is allowed to have children, anyway?

(Cross posted from Related Topics) These thoughts are generated by a confluence of things I’ve been reading/writing about.     Put them all together and I’m troubled. –If you look back. you’ll see a recent post here about the movement … Continue reading

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License to Discriminate

In a “narrow” ruling that is really quite expansive in scope, the California Court of Appeal for the 4th District ruled last week that a private religious high school was not covered by the state’s public accommodation law. As a … Continue reading

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