Archive for the ‘Queer vs. Gay Rights’ category

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 […]

At the same time that same-sex couples push for recognition of their relationships under marriage laws, demanding the right to legally solidify commitments that are monogamous and life-long (at least in their aspirations), a growing body of social science research is demonstrating greater plasticity in many different-sex relationships (otherwise known as “heterosexual relationships”).  That research […]

Last week a court in Uganda issued a decision permanently enjoining a daily Kampala newspaper from printing the names and addresses of persons alleged to be gay or lesbian, and awarded damages to those whose identities the paper had already been published.  On the front page of the paper, above the pictures of the supposed […]

For students of the legal regulation of sex/work, this forthcoming issue of the Journal of Law and Society looks great.

Like many people, I’ve taken hard the suicide of Tyler Clementi.  I got choked up this afternoon in front of the University of Connecticut Law School faculty when I mentioned his death as part of a talk I was giving on lgbt rights more generally.  But I’d like to avoid using this post as either […]

Many people regard marriage rights for same-sex couples as the civil rights issue of this generation. Indeed, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have strong feelings one way or the other on this issue: Should courts recognize the marriage rights of lesbian and gay couples as a matter of dignity and equality, or […]

Today’s NYT Styles section ran a story reflecting on the fact that the last two Supreme Court nominees were unmarried, childless women in their 50s, Then Comes the Marriage Question.  The writer, Laura Holson, quotes Stanford Law Professor Deborah Rhode as being annoyed at the assumption that you have to be married to be considered […]

In May 2002, the New York Post printed on Page Six (the gossip page): “There is a persistent rumor around town that one Mets star who spends a lot of time with pretty models in clubs is actually gay and has started to think about declaring his sexual orientation.” Everyone who knew anything about New […]

Seems that a full-fledged gender-panic may be breaking out.  As if the whole mishigas with Constance McMillen being told she couldn’t wear a tux to her senior prom weren’t enough, now a mom in Maple Shade, New Jersey has had a fit that has gone viral on Facebook about the humiliation her son would face […]

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