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  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Grading Anthony Weiner's Audition As A TV Pundit

    Anthony Weiner went on NY1's Road To City Hall Tuesday night, where the former mayoral candidate sat alongside Mark Green, former public advocate, and Alfonse D'Amato, former senator, for the show's political analysis segment, "WiseGuys." We'll say this: it went a lot better than his appearance on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Supreme Court Hears Arguments Against California's Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Punts

    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 >>

  • Film

    October 17, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Congressman Charlie Rangel's No H8-er

    Manhattan Congressman Charlie Rangel may be (but definitely is) a tax cheat. But he's no hater.The congressman yesterday announced that he's joining 25 other members of Congress in their support for the NoH8 campaign, a "global art protest project" in opposition to California's Proposition 8, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg Gives North Carolina A Tutorial In How Same-Sex Marriage Won't Lead To The Apocalypse

    New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg gave the commencement address at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill yesterday, during which he explained to the audience how same-sex marriage won't instantly lead to the end of moral society as we know it.Last week, as you may recall, North Carolina vote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Gay Marriage Just Got Crabs! Maryland Senate Passes Marriage Equality

    The Maryland Senate just passed a marriage equality bill, 25-22, putting the Chesapeake Bay State en route to becoming the seventh in the nation (plus the District of Columbia) to allow same-sex couples the right to marry. Maryland is the third state in as many weeks where both houses of its legis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Despite Fears Of People Marrying Bacon, Washington State Legislature Passes Marriage Equality Bill

    ​It's turning out to be a very, very gay week for marriage. After the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California's Prop 8 is unconstitutional, the House of Representatives of the State of Washington just passed a bill allowing same-sex marriage equality, 55 yay to 43 nay. Governor C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Rules California's Prop 8 Unconstitutional

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Christine Quinn, Activists Address The Stonewall Inn After Prop 8 Ruling

    Marriage equality supporters gather outside of the Stonewall Inn tonight to hail the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. There were many of the same people present who were at a rally the first time a federal court ruled the California voter ref ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Washington State on the Road to Same-Sex Marriage Equality, Perhaps Within a Week

    The Washington State Senate passed a bill paving the way for same-sex marriages last night. Before the vote was taken, same-sex marriage watchers believed that it could be a very tight vote. However, it ultimately passed comfortably 28 to 21. It will now move on the Washington's House, where it is e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Everybody Is Mad at Chris Christie

    Ah, New Jersey. The land where fake orange tans and affable, clueless Republicans come together to make magic. New Yorkers should consider themselves lucky to live so close to New Jersey, particularly right now. New Jersey governor Chris Christie, one-time potential Republican presidential candidat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    California Supreme Court Grants Standing in Prop 8 Case to Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage

    ​The California Supreme Court ruled today that opponents who sued to appeal U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 ruling, which found Prop 8 to be unconstitutional, have "standing" to do so. Walker's ruling in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger would have, effectively, allowed same-sex marri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Midtown Mayhem As Anti-SSM Groups Send Mixed Messages

    Esther Zuckerman​Same-sex Sunday was anything but a day of celebration for the groups that remain adamantly opposed to gay marriage, and whose protests collided in midtown in the afternoon. A rally organized in part by the National Organization for Marriage, but where the main draw seemed to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    10 Reasons Why Same-Sex Couples Want to Wed on the Very First Day

    Forget the fear of laws changing - people lined up to see him the first day he came out! So why not their spouse?​Some people have asked us: If same-sex marriage is here to stay, just why exactly do couples have to get married the first day, anyway? Isn't it a waste of money for the cash-strap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Prop 8 Defenders Go After Judge for Being in Longtime Gay Relationship

    ​A group in California filed a brief yesterday saying that only white judges should be able to rule on cases of racial discrimination, because black judges would be compromised in their desire for their own equal rights. Actually, they didn't. We made that up. But they might as well have. Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Scientology and Proposition 8: Debunking the Church Myth That It Stays Out of Politics

    Kirstie Alley, ballot neutral.​One of the most interesting things about Lawrence Wright's recent article about Scientology in the New Yorker was the way he exposed the hypocrisies and outright lies of the wacky organization's top members and spokespeople. But there's a key assertion peddled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Prop 8 Case Sent Back to California Supreme Court

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent the Proposition 8 case, Perry v. Schwarzeneger, back to the California Supreme Court. In something that could potentially aid the marriage-equality side, the federal court said the state high court needs to decide if those against gay marriage equality have st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    The 10 Gayest Political Stories of 2010

    Ring ceremony: Reid and Choi2010 was one of the gayest political years ever. Here's our take on the 10 gayest stories we reported on — throughout the five boroughs, the nation, and the world.

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Dear California: Please Legalize Marijuana. For America.

    ​Dear California - Tomorrow, you vote on Proposition 19, which is an opportunity to legalize Marijuana in California. Right now, the referendum's prospects don't look great, as it's currently polling seven points under being voted into law. You've got to pass this thing (to the left). Not jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Carl Paladino: The Dirty Details in His Campaign Filings

    ​The Times and the Daily News ran stories yesterday exposing the shady conspiracy that is the Paladino For The People campaign. The $53,000 tax lien against campaign spokesman Michael Caputo unearthed by the Times got a taunting "so what" from Caputo himself. Stiffing the IRS just proved agai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Gay Marriage in California Put on Hold by Appeals Court

    Well, that didn't last long. After his strongly worded decision rendering California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker lifted his stay last week, effective this Wednesday. Gay marriages were set to start again at 5 PM PDT tomorrow, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    NYC's Proposition 8 Rally in Foley Square: Video

    ​The Village Voice's Steven Thrasher was in attendance at a rally in New York's Foley Square last night where some 200 folks gathered to celebrate yesterday's ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. There, civil rights attorneys Yetta Kurland and Todd Fernandez read key sec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    California's Proposition 8 Ruled Unconstitutional

    U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled today that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. The long awaited decision was just released from the U.S. District Courthouse for Northern California in San Francisco. The case, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, was a lawsuit in which two gay couples sued that Propo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    If Gay Marriage Passes, Won't the NY Masses Just Overturn It?

    ​Our e-mail box was flooded this morning with desperate pleas to call our state senator and demand that gay marriage come up for a vote during the special session of the New York state legislature called his week by Governor Paterson. But we wondered, just days after a legislative victory wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Gay Marriage Revoked in Maine

    ​Yahoos displeased by the results in NY-23 may take comfort that Maine appears to have rejected the marriage equality bill that was passed by its state legislature in May. For example, National Review's Thomas Peters: "My favorite part of last night's election coverage was watching Rachel Mad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2009

    'Crash' Director Paul Haggis Ditches Scientology

    "I am only ashamed that I waited this many months to act. I hereby resign my membership in the Church of Scientology." ​Over the past few days, a remarkable letter was published in four parts at the blog of Marty Rathbun, a former high-level Scientology official who has left the church and no ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 29, 2009

    Bloomberg's Term Limits Scheme

    How Mayor Mike gamed the system

  • Columns

    September 22, 2009

    City Council Representative Yassky's Zigzag Path to the Runoff

    A credibility gap for Comptroller wannabes

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    3rd Time's The Charm? Siegel and Mastro Ask the Feds to Restore Term Limits

    After losing their federal lawsuit challenging the City Council's right to overturn term limits for Mayor Bloomberg, advocates are turning to the federal government. Last month veteran civil rights attorney (and current candidate for public advocate) Norman Siegel, along with the corporate law fir ... More >>

  • News

    November 19, 2008

    The Transformation of Mike Bloomberg

    How the benevolent billionaire with no political debts ended up owning us all

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    Thousands Protest Prop 8 at Mormon Temple

    photos by Julie Bolcer Thousands demonstrated in front of the Manhattan Mormon Temple Wednesday evening to denounce the church's anti-gay stances, then marched toward Columbus Circle to spotlight efforts to legalize gay marriage in New York. NYPD officers on the scene placed Wednesday's crowd betw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Cheer Up, GOP: America Still Hates Gay People

    The one bright spot for conservatives in last night's election was the victory of three anti-gay referenda and the probable victory of a fourth. Arizona's and Florida's definition of marriage as between one man and one woman passed, and Arkansas prohibited gay (and unmarried straight) couples from a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    The Demographics of the Proposition 8 Vote

    Proposition 8--which aimed to ban gay marriage in California--was headed towards a "narrow defeat" according to CNN's website. One reason for the close vote, the L.A. Times reported, is that exit polls showed most blacks interviewed supported the measure! So on a historic night when we all rallied t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Rightbloggers Not Enjoying Election Day

    Watchman, what of the Right? The current mood: dour and retributive! At National Review the rightbloggers trade optimistic emails. One correspondent says there were fewer black people at her polling place than in 2004, so "there's still hope!!" Kathryn J. Lopez is so in need of affirmation that sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Downticket: Mixed Results, But Loony Refs Are Fading

    Our local results are starting to come in. Looks like Councilman Anthony Como, a Republican who voted to keep term limits, may be getting them for himself. As usual, the Assembly and State Senate races are showing a lot of 90-percent-plus victories. Joe Addabbo just beat Serphin Maltese in an almost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    Partial-Blogging The Term Limits Bill Signing

    Mayor Bloomberg is signing the term limits bill this morning, but first he has to pretend to listen to people. A parade of witnesses is being leaked into the tiny City Hall hearing room. Several dozen have already spoken to the issue, and others are still speaking at this writing, in an orderly and ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 29, 2008

    Ask a Mexican! Voting Is Gay

    And everyone should be doing it—particularly in California

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Liveblogging the Term Limits Vote Part II (Referendumania! Amendment Defeated)

    2:30: They're getting through the preliminary business fast. Well, at least we get to see what a vote on a land use motion looks like. Everyone votes aye except one joker who says, "No -- I'm just kidding, I'm practicing for later." Joel Rivera follows, saying, "I'm practicing for later -- yes!" 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Liveblogging the Term Limits Vote Part III -- (UPDATE: Bill Passes)

    Barron continues: "Years ago 76 percent of this council was white," and after term limits it was 50 percent, which shows that term limits works. Another guy (sorry) says his constituents want potholes fixed, term limits is "the last thing on their minds." Vincent Gentile regrets that there hadn't be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Former Senator Gravel Backs NYC 9/11 Commission

    Photos by Betsy Kelleher After two presidential runs in one year, former Senator Mike Gravel is setting his sites on New York City politics, specifically a grassroots effort to have New York City citizens vote to establish a new September 11th investigation commission. The petition drive needs at ... More >>

  • News

    November 22, 2005

    Council Orgy

    Erasing term limits and contribution caps amid a speaker battle

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2005

    Lunch with Pataki

    It was fitting, really, that at yesterday's lunch sponsored by the fiscally conservative Citizens Budget Commission, there wasn't an excess of dressing on the salad. It was also fitting that the guest of honor, Gov. George Pataki, could say the following two sentences virtually in the same breath: " ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2005

    Marriage of Two Minds

    Gay nups may have become inevitable, but for now it's a world of pain

  • News

    October 19, 2004

    Unpopular Vote

    A compilation of electoral college crash courses

  • News

    November 11, 2003

    Bloomberg's Mixed Report Card

    Better Than His Poll Figures, but Needs to Take Off the Gloves

  • News

    July 24, 2001

    War of the Roses

    Garden Vote Could Settle Perennial Problem

  • News

    October 26, 1999

    The Five Percent Solution

    Fraction of Voters to Decide on Rudy's Referendum

  • News

    October 26, 1999

    How Not to Revise a City Charter

    A Guide to Subverting the Process of Democracy

  • News

    October 27, 1998
  • News

    October 20, 1998

    The Losers' Circle

    Tired of Watching Pols Playing Hardball

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