July 23, 2009
Controversial prof cancels visiting appointment at NYU Law
Li-ann Thio, the "human rights" professor who sparked controversy with her disparaging remarks about homosexuality, apparently has canceled her plans to serve as a visiting professor at NYU Law School.
July 22, 2009
Is hate-crime law a potential tool for abuse?
Gail Heriot, a law professor at the University of San Diego and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer that federal hate crime legislation making its way through Congress "is an exercise in political grandstanding" and a potential tool for abuse by prosecutors. She adds:
July 21, 2009
WashPost calls for activism to end DADT
The Washington Post editorializes that an end to Don't Ask, Don't Tell will require voter activism:
Gay rights activists are right to hold Mr. Obama to his promise to overturn the ban. But they are wrong if they think he isn't trying. The president has met at least twice with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to tell them that he wanted the ban lifted. This month, the Pentagon announced that its general counsel was reviewing the "don't ask, don't tell policy," and Adm. Mullen acknowledged discussing with his staff how he might implement a change in policy. This is the necessary work to get military support for allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly, as they do in 24 countries, including Israel and Great Britain.
What is also necessary is that the activism aimed at Mr. Obama also be directed at Congress. Mr. Murphy has started http:/
Pew Forum issues new report on same-sex marriage
July 20, 2009
Navigating a sea of gay lawsuits over marriage
Until recently, the real litigation action over same-sex marriage was in state courts. Groups like Lambda Legal, GLAAD, and the ACLU were careful to bring suits articulating only state-law theories, not federal constitutional claims. But that has changed, and the newspaper Southern Voice has a guide for the bewildered through the multiple suits recently filed in federal courts challenging discrimination against same-sex couples in the ability to marry or to have their existing marriages recognized.
July 19, 2009
Visiting anti-gay human rights law prof causes stir at NYU
Brian Leiter reports on the controversy over Li-ann Thio, a Singapore professor who will be teaching human rights law at NYU this fall, who is captured on video arguing at length against the decriminalization of homosexuality. An update on her response to critics appears here.
Sotomayor mostly mum on gay marriage
She got one question on the topic in her hearing, and her answer, as on most things, was "evasive but prudent," a Brookings scholar tells the Des Moines Register.