Compassion in New Jersey
source: The New York Times
posted: 1/12/10
It was a rare piece of good news for those suffering from such diseases as cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease and muscular dystrophy. The New Jersey Legislature on Monday legalized medically prescribed marijuana, and Gov. Jon Corzine has promised to sign the bill before leaving office next week.
As one woman suffering from multiple sclerosis cheered after the vote, 'I'm in heaven. It means I am no longer a criminal in the State of New Jersey.'
This show of compassion for the chronically ill co

Less Than Two Weeks
source: The New York Times
posted: 1/6/10
After weeks of maneuvering and delay, the New Jersey State Senate will finally vote on Thursday on whether to legalize same-sex marriage. The Senate needs to approve the bill, and the General Assembly needs to follow quickly. Gov. Jon Corzine has pledged to sign the legislation into law; his soon-to-be-successor, Gov.-elect Christopher Christie, has vowed to veto it. The transfer of power takes place in less than two weeks on Jan. 19.

Polls show that a majority of New Jersey's citizens acce

Hate Begets Hate
source: The New York Times
posted: 1/4/10
Uganda's government, which has a shameful record of discrimination against gay men and lesbians, is now considering legislation that would impose the death sentence for homosexual behavior. The United States and others need to make clear to the Ugandan government that such barbarism is intolerable and will make it an international pariah.

Corruption and repression including violence against women and children and abuse of prisoners are rife in Uganda. According to The Times's Jeffrey Gett

Letters in Response to the 12.20.09 Issue
source: The New York Times
posted: 12/30/09
It is clear to me on reading David D. Kirkpatrick's article that Robert P. George has hijacked the word 'reason' to suit the beliefs and purposes of the group of Catholic bishops who espouse his philosophical dogma. Recognizing reality is a better guide toward truth. As Louis Pasteur once said, 'The greatest derangement of the mind is to believe in something because one wishes it to be so.'
Bloomfield, N.J.

As a Catholic who has spent his life serving the poor, I am dis

Uphill Toward Equality
source: The New York Times
posted: 12/9/09
The fight in New Jersey to legalize same-sex marriage cleared a crucial hurdle on Monday night, and it is now time for the rest of the state's lawmakers to end a grievous violation of this nation's promise of equal rights. The same-sex marriage bill was approved by the Judiciary Committee of the State Senate on Monday night following a day of emotionally charged testimony.

The fate of the bill was in doubt late Wednesday when the Senate postponed a vote set for Thursday and sent it back to th

The Battle Over Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 12/3/09
Re 'New York Senate Turns Back Bill on Gay Marriage' (front page, Dec. 3):

Dispiriting, depressing, infuriating and deeply saddening all these reactions are appropriate given the failure of New York State to protect my rights.

Anyone who mentions 'sacred unions' in this debate is surely not talking about the same marriage I am. When I say marriage I mean the civil contract two adults enter into, sanctioned by their state government, agreeing to take on each other's obligations in return

The Church and the Capital
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/22/09
Gay people will eventually win full civil rights including the right to marry throughout the United States. Between now and then, there will be many more disputes like the one unfolding between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and the District of Columbia City Council over a bill recognizing same-sex marriages that could be voted on as soon as next week.
City lawmakers who are negotiating with the archdiocese over the language of the bill should try to settle it without acrimony

Gay Marriage in New York
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/16/09
State Senator Rub'n D'az Sr. raises many points as to his preferences and religious beliefs in expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. The State Senate has put off the same-sex marriage vote indefinitely. The New York State Bar Association remains an advocate in favor of same-sex marriage as a matter of equal rights.

The association's position continues to respect people's religious beliefs, and the legislation it supports would not compel a member of any clergy to perform a marriage

Equality?s Ragged March
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/7/09
Last Tuesday's Election Day results showed how far the nation has traveled in the struggle for gay equality and the distance still to go. The returns also added fresh urgency to promising efforts in New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.
Voters in Washington State approved a ballot measure endorsing a new law granting gay and lesbian couples the same state-provided benefits that heterosexual couples have.

In other good news, voters in

Six Tests for Equality and Fairness
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/1/09
Political battles this fall in six different parts of the country could have a profound impact on whether the United States will extend the promise of equal rights to those who are not allowed to marry simply because they are the same sex as their partner.
Three jurisdictions New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia seem tantalizingly close to securing legislative approval for measures ending the hurtful and unjustifiable exclusion of same-sex couples from civil marriage. But in Ma