At approximately 10:15 this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court started hearing arguments on Proposition 8, the 2008 California initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state. It was the court's first major hearing of gay rights in 10 years, and will be followed by consideration of the Defense of ... More >>
Nothing like a Presidential push to get the ball rolling.
Yesterday was the deadline for parties to file amicus curae briefs -- or "Here's what we think you should do" memos -- to the Supreme Court before the Nine hears the arguments facing DOMA and Prop 8 at the end of March. And, in this past wee ... More >>
UPDATE: According to the New York Times, the Supreme Court agreed this afternoon to decide on the constitutionality of the Proposition 8 appeal and the Defense of Marriage Act.It is, arguably, the most significant social battle in America's courts since Roe v. Wade or even Brown v. the Board of Educ ... More >>
Yesterday, the Voice reported on several developments in the ongoing park artist controversy: namely, that the Department of Parks and Recreation doesn't seem to have a problem with street creatives in public spaces as long as they're picked by the City.
This is confusing, of course, because one o ... More >>
Another day, another report of legal drama between New York artists and City admins, it seems.
Here's what's going on today: as we reported just yesterday, there are currently two lawsuits -- one filed at the state level, the other filed at the federal level -- which will basically decide whether N ... More >>
Another Saturday, another national group of brown people proves Toure right by being homophobic passes a same-sex marriage equality resolution.
LULAC, the League of United Latino American Citizens, passed a resolution at their annual convention today in suport of equal marriage rights for same-sex ... More >>
It's fair to call it the Obama Effect: leaders in the black community, old and young, political and cultural, are coming out of the closet to back same-sex marriage. And they are a motley crew, from the legacy NAACP, to the rapper 50 Cent, who just a couple years ago suggested that if you're a man " ... More >>
In summer 2010, New York enacted rules limiting the location of artist vendors in city parks, a move which has since become the subject of a lawsuit.
The city then applied this same "expressive matter vending" rule to entertainers. Officials used the mandate to crack down on park performers, esp ... More >>
By a vote of two to one, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that California's Proposition is unconstitutional.
Simply put: even though more Californians voted for Prop 8 than not, that proposition was a violation of the constitution of the United States of America, according to the ... More >>
Jimmy McMillan, of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, has decided not only to campaign against growing housing costs, but also against New York's very own Board of Elections. McMillan, probably our fave meme-making pol with leather gloves and a handlebar mustache, is demanding a recount of the 41,000 ... More >>
Last week the Congressional fight over America's debt ceiling became a full-blown hostage situation, with Republicans demanding, in exchange for what has been during previous Administrations a pro-forma procedure, major budget concessions from Democrats -- and getting them.
At this writing, there s ... More >>
Joshua Long is a 30-something guy you may have seen around Times Square, carrying a large sign with green lettering bearing the words "HELP! I need money for WEED!" It is a sign that sort of demands to be noticed, even in the visual glut of Times Square. And it has been noticed, by groups of ... More >>