In the News

Controversial Indiana Law Puts Pressure on N.C.A.A. and Other Leagues
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/26/15
A new law in Indiana allowing businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples in the name of religious freedom has put sports officials under pressure to evaluate whether to hold major events in Indianapolis.

The law’s passing comes as the N.C.A.A., the Indianapolis-based governing body of college sports, prepares to hold one of the most visible events on the college sports calendar, the Final Four, next week in the Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium.

Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, signed the bill


An Update: A Voice for Gay Marriage, Now Wed
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/26/15
In 2012, I wrote a column about Bob Page, a lonely voice against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in North Carolina. Mr. Page’s company, Replacements Ltd., a used china and tableware retailer, was the only one in the state to take a public stand against the ban.

Despite his efforts, the amendment easily passed. Mr. Page, who is gay, fielded angry letters from customers saying they’d never return. A Baptist minister in a nearby town called for gays and lesbians to be quarantined


California Seeks to Head Off Initiative to Execute Gays
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/25/15
The California attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, moved Wednesday to block a proposed voter initiative that would mandate the execution of sexually active gay men and women, calling it “patently unconstitutional” and a threat to public safety.

Ms. Harris said she would ask the state Superior Court in Sacramento to relieve her of having to write the title and summary for the Sodomite Suppression Act.

That action would clear the way for the author, Matthew G. McLaughlin, a lawyer in Hunting


Same-Sex Benefits Survive a Vote
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/24/15
An attempt by Russia to annul an expansion of benefits to United Nations employees who are spouses in same-sex marriages failed Tuesday in an 80-to-43 vote of the General Assembly committee responsible for the budget. The United States joined the effort to defeat a Russian proposal that would have invalidated the benefits expansion, which Secretary General Ban Ki-moon approved last July. Under the expansion, gay and lesbian employees are entitled to the same marriage benefits as heterosexual emp

Gays Targeted in a California Initiative
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/24/15
Even in a state known for its far-reaching and sometimes outlandish voter initiatives, the one proposed by a Huntington Beach lawyer seems stunning: the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” mandating, among other things, that any person who has sexual relations with someone of the same gender be “put to death by bullets to the head.”

It appears highly unlikely that the lawyer, Matthew G. McLaughlin, can collect the 365,880 signatures of registered voters — 5 percent of the total who voted for governo


Indiana: Exemption for Service to Gays Advances
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/23/15
The House passed a bill Monday to protect business owners who do not want to provide services for same-sex couples. A version was previously passed by the Republican-controlled Senate, and Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, has indicated support for it. Supporters say it will prevent people such as bakers and florists from being forced to act contrary to their religious beliers. Opponents called it a “religious discrimination bill” that would allow discrimination against gay people and others on rel

Dolce & Gabbana Comments Trigger Public Outrage ... and Uncomfortable Silence
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/18/15
Over the last 30 years, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have dressed Madonna, designed costumes for Baz Luhrmann movies and fended off one of the most convoluted tax evasion cases in recent business history.

Well before same-sex marriage became widely recognized around the world (though not in Italy), the two were openly living together as lovers, unapologetic as they showed up in their tight white T-shirts at gay clubs like the Sound Factory. A recent ad campaign for their fashion line, D


Largest Presbyterian Denomination Gives Final Approval for Same-Sex Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/17/15
After three decades of debate over its stance on homosexuality, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted on Tuesday to change the definition of marriage in the church’s constitution to include same-sex marriage.

The final approval by a majority of the church’s 171 regional bodies, known as presbyteries, enshrines a change recommended last year by the church’s General Assembly. The vote amends the church’s constitution to broaden marriage from being between “a man and a woman” to “two


St. Patrick’s Day Parade Includes First Gay Group, but Dismay Remains
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/17/15
As the St. Patrick’s Day Parade wound down Tuesday afternoon, gray clouds gathered above and most spectators straggled away. But that did not diminish the enthusiasm of one group that proudly marched up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, spangled with green sashes, to make history in the emerald tide: It was the first gay organization allowed in the parade.

The group, Out@NBCUniversal, a delegation of about 100 employees from NBCUniversal, which televised the parade, seemed excited to march, often br


Boston Celebrates End of Ban as Gays March in St. Patrick’s Parade
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/15/15
Despite a gray chill and spits of rain that gave way to a downpour and later snow, hundreds of thousands of people celebrated a new chapter in this city’s history on Sunday as the storied South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade opened its ranks for the first time to gays and lesbians.

“To be included in this parade and be part of this parade is just really special for us,” said David Story, 65, a finance manager and a veteran of the Air Force. A member of OutVets, which honors lesbian, gay, bis