Posts Tagged “LGBT Law”

By | October 13, 2014

On October 21st join Jonathan Grode and I as we discuss immigration as it relates to same-sex couples after the fall of DOMA. Far too many LGBTQ individuals have been blocked from re-entering their native countries for years upon years. As we come closer to receiving full rights under the law this no longer has to be […]

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Changing the State of Hate-Crime Laws in Pennsylvania

By | September 29, 2014

On Sept. 11, two gay men, ages 27 and 28, were brutally gay-bashed, allegedly by a group of young people who were dining earlier that evening at La Viola in Philadelphia. The two men went to the hospital with injuries, one with a broken jaw that needed to be wired shut, all of which police […]

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Charge the recent attackers of gay men with federal hate crimes

By | September 19, 2014

Last Thursday, two gay men, ages 27 and 28, were brutally gay-bashed allegedly by a group of young people who were dining earlier that evening at La Viola. Today, Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office asking the Department of Justice to partner with the city’s D.A. and police to […]

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What’s Going On? The Great Diaper Debate

By | September 15, 2014

Tune in to SpeakOUT, my LGBTQ radio show airing on Q102 Philly, Radio 104.5 and Mix 106.1 during the What’s going On show on Sunday mornings! Every week on SpeakOUT, I highlight LGBTQ topics ranging from cultural happenings and legal issues to poignant interviews with community leaders. SpeakOUT would not be possible but for the formidable Loraine Ballard Morrill who is […]

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PhillyGayNews: Marriage equality is spreading like wildfire

By | September 9, 2014

  Proponents of marriage equality have been kicking butt and taking names over the last year-and-a-half! These victories leave us with 19 states plus Washington, D.C., where LGBTQ individuals have the freedom to marry. In an additional 14 states, judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to marry, with many of these rulings […]

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Trans*itioning the gay-rights movement

By | August 4, 2014

We just marked the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which sparked the modern gay-rights movement, with Pride events in New York City and San Francisco. The events featured transgender celebrities Laverne Cox and Janet Mock as grand marshals; the symbolic inclusion was an attempt by Pride organizers to signal trans-inclusion. 

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PhillyGayLawyer featured on LGBTQ Radio Show SpeakOUT

By | July 28, 2014

Tune in to the FIRST official segment of my new LGBTQ specific radio show, SpeakOUT airing on Q102, 104.5 and Mix 106.1 during the What’s Going On show on Sunday morning! SpeakOUT will highlight varying LGBTQ topics in our community ranging from cultural happenings, legal issues and poignant interviews with leaders in our community. SpeakOUT […]

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PhillyGayLawyer on America Weekend: Gay Marriage Update

By | June 30, 2014

  Last week marked the one year anniversary since the Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriages were made from the Edie Windsor case. In just on year so much has already happened and yet, there is much more to come! Take a listen to my discussion on America Weekend for an update of the same-sex […]

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Legal Intelligencer: Would Appeal in Whitewood Have Helped Marriage Equality?

By | June 9, 2014

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The fight for marriage equality has entered into a new phase garnering a different perspective with respect to legal strategy. Pennsylvania joined the ranks (becoming the 19th state) on May 20 when U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania declared that Pennsylvania’s version of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in Whitewood v. Wolf, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68937 (May 20, 2014). The elation was palpable in Philadelphia, as hundreds of LGBT individuals and their allies gathered on the steps of City Hall to celebrate no longer being second-class citizens in Pennsylvania, alongside the American Civil Liberties Union, the Whitewood legal team of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller and several of the plaintiffs.

Of the same-sex marriage rulings that occurred in other states so far this year—Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, Michigan, Oregon, Arkansas and Idaho—seven (except for Oregon) had their rulings stayed pending appeal, and thus those cases have been kicked up to their respective circuit courts. Unlike most other marriage equality cases, Pennsylvania’s decision was not appealed.

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