According to 2004 testimony from then Coordinator for Center For Judicial Accountability Elena Sassower before the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee, Smith made inappropriate contributions to Governor George Pataki. Contributions close to $500,000. The contributions came from Smith and his wife over a period of years.
|By: DSWright Tuesday March 11, 2014 1:20 pm|
|By: Alvin McEwen Thursday March 6, 2014 10:57 am|
To say that things don’t look good for discredited University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus would be an understatement. Apparently the paradox of your own university denouncing your work while at the same time you are testifying in a trial as an “expert witness” seems to be an angle which has the media humming.
|By: DSWright Monday March 3, 2014 11:28 am|
Over the weekend one of the Christian right’s most public defenders, Ross Douthat, essentially threw in the towel in opposing gay rights. In one of his regular columns for the paper of record titled The Terms of Our Surrender Douthat not only conceded that the “religious liberty” argument put forth by other pundits was doomed, [...]
|By: Peterr Saturday February 15, 2014 9:05 am|
The push toward full marriage equality took another big step forward in Virginia on Thursday evening, just in time to make Valentine’s Day that much more happy for LGBTs and their allies. In a very readable, very well-written 41 page opinion, US District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen (Eastern District of Virginia) struck down Virginia’s prohibition on same sex couples getting married in Virginia and those who were married elsewhere having their marriages recognized within the state.
The whole thing is great, but the very best parts of her opinion were in the footnotes . . .
|By: Peterr Saturday February 8, 2014 9:06 am|
After the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in US v Windsor, same sex couples in states like Missouri that discriminate against them are treading through a maze of conflicting state and federal laws and regulations. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon has issued an executive order to cut through this mess with respect to filing state taxes, and the Missouri GOP has reacted in very predictable ways.
Can you say “articles of impeachment”? Sure you can.
|By: Elliott Sunday January 12, 2014 2:34 pm|
A notable and particularly heartwarming speech was given by Riley Hackford-Peer in support of his two parents.
|By: Alvin McEwen Thursday January 9, 2014 5:59 pm|
Exploiting the now old Duck Dynasty controversy, NOM is officially pushing for an anti-gay marriage equality constitutional amendment.
|By: Peterr Saturday January 4, 2014 9:00 am|
Chris Kluwe, the former Minnesota Vikings punter who publicly spoke out in favor of marriage equality while it was being hotly debated in Minnesota, dropped a PR bomb on his former coaches this past Thursday, summed up nicely in the headline he put on his piece at Deadspin: “I Was an NFL Player Until I Was Fired by Two Cowards and a Bigot.” The cowards in question are General Manager Rick Spielman and (now former) head coach Leslie Frazier, and the bigot would be special-teams coach Mike Priefer, and the reason Kluwe puts forward is their homophobic reactions to his public comments on marriage equality.
But lost in the story is another character who plays at least as big — and at least as troubling — a role: Vikings PR chief Bob Hagen.
|By: Alvin McEwen Thursday November 21, 2013 2:33 pm|
There are times when you must admit that you have lost and fade away with a smidgen of dignity.