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As many now know, CIA Director and retired four-star Army General David Petraeus has resigned his post at the CIA on account of newly emerging information that he had what the media calls an “extra-marital” affair with Paula Broadwell, who is also married.  Broadwell is the author of the flattering Petraeus biography All In: The […]

  The defenders of Proposition 8 have officially filed for en banc review in the 9th Circuit. This means that they’re pursuing a strategy of appealing to a larger panel of intermediate appellate judges in California before appealing to the Supreme Court. The consequence of this maneuver is that the U.S. Supreme Court will not […]

Rainbow flags and corsages were waving high in front of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village last night.  There’s much to celebrate about the 9th Circuit’s ruling issued yesterday confirming the lower court finding that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.  As I noted yesterday and Nan Hunter pointed out as well in her reading of the […]

The 9th Circuit just issued its decision in the Prop 8 case, upholding by a vote of 2-1 the lower court’s finding that Prop 8 was unconstitutional.  They did so, importantly, on very narrow grounds – resting the holding on the specific facts and circumstances surrounding the passage of Proposition 8.  They made clear that […]

It’s funny, when I was writing my dissertation many years ago, my adviser said to me: “Katherine, you’re really a libertarian when it comes to gender, aren’t you?”  At the time I resisted the moniker, but is “libertarian” worse than “liberationist”?  Who, on the 4th of July of all days, wouldn’t want to be called […]

From today’s New York Times (and the headline wasn’t my choice, I preferred Marriage: It’s Complicated).  It’s hysterical that the Times is running ads for diamond wedding rings right above the Op-ed. Marriage Is a Mixed Blessing WILL the New York State Legislature ultimately put itself on the right side of history by allowing same-sex […]

Big news today out of the Arkansas Supreme Court, but much of the media seems to be confused about what the news is.  The Huffington Post’s piece is typical: Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban On Gay Adoptions. In fact, the news is even better: the Arkansas Supreme Court struck down a statute that prohibited […]

A new policy in New York City that removes potential roadblocks for transgender individuals who apply for marriage licenses was spurred by the work of three former students at Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic. The new policy will ensure that transgender individuals who apply for marriage licenses will not be required to […]

Many progressives are enjoying a schadenfreude moment connected with tonite’s resignation of Congressperson Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) who got caught flirting through e-mail with a woman on Craigslist’s “women seeking men” list.  Congressman Lee, who stupidly used his real e-mail address in this venture, mis-represented in his marital status (he said he was divorced but in […]

The Governor of Illinois signed a Civil Unions law this week – this event gained much media attention.  But most of the coverage described the new law as offering same-sex couples the legal rights that married couples get by virtue of marriage.  Well, that’s only 1/2 the story.  In fact, unlike in most jurisdictions in […]

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