January 31, 2012

Gay Seniors Fear Housing Discrimination

There is no denying the population is aging. Recent studies show that many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors fear discrimination, disrespect or worse by health care workers and residents of elder housing facilities.
July 13, 2011

N.Y. Becomes Sixth And Largest State To Legalize Gay Marriage

New York becomes the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. After contentious negotiations, New York legislatures passed a bill to legalize gay marriage and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law late Friday evening, June 24, 2011.
March 18, 2011

Hawaii Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill legalizing same-sex civil unions, making the state the seventh in the U.S. to enable gay couples to be joined in a legally-recognized union, if not actually married.  The debate over civil unions has been a very contentious issues in Hawaii.  Last year, Republican Governor vetoed the measure.  Outraged ensued, including some talk of boycotts on state tourism from gay rights groups.  Despite the State’s first failed attempt at passing the […]
October 21, 2010

Paladino Laces Speech With Anti-Gay Remarks

Carl P. Paladino, the Republican candidate for New York Governor, has not held back his opinion on homosexuality.  The New York Daily News has taken to referring to the Republican nominee as “Crazy Carl,” and his latest series of outbursts demonstrated why.  Appearing before a group of orthodox rabbis in Brooklyn, Paladino declared that he did not want children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.”  Then, […]
August 12, 2010

Judge Strikes Down California’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

On August 4, 2010, a federal judge in California knocked down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that voter-approved Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.  Proposition 8 restricts the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples, and overturns the California Supreme Court’s ruling of In re Marriage Cases that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.  The next big issue in the case is whether the temporary stay that Judge Walker granted, which stops […]
July 28, 2010

Argentina Legalizes Same Sex Marriage

On June 15, 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same sex marriage.  The movement toward the legalization of same-sex marriage began last year when a judge in Buenos Aires ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage was illegal, paving the way for such marriages in the capital of Argentina.  After much debate, including 14 hours on the Senate floor on June 14th, the country has taken the plunge toward a pro-gay […]
July 22, 2010

Federal Judge Finds DOMA Unconstitutional

U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro declared that gay men and women recognized as married by their individual states should have access to the same federal benefits as heterosexual married couples. In doing so, he declared Article III of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, unconstitutional.  Tauro wrote that DOMA, enacted by Congress in 1996, “violated the 10th Amendment of the Constitution […]