WHEN I was growing up in rural Florida in the 1970s and ’80s, gay life was secreted behind closed doors. Gay bars had names like “Secrets” and were hidden in nondescript strip malls where you could get bashed in the parking lot. It was a disgrace to one’s family to be gay — a fate worthy […]
IN A NATIONAL REFERENDUM on May 22, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, not by judicial or legislative action, but by a popular vote. How did a country long assumed to be a conservative Catholic stronghold, which only decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, become the first to take this course […]
Two Italian acrobats, both of them male, got engaged on national TV in a moment that stunned the nation. It happened on the show Italy’s Got Talent after Les Farfadais, a troupe of acrobatic dancers, finished a routine to the song “The Power of Love.” Once the daring young men on the flying trapeze had […]
Antonin Scalia is often cited by circuit judges when they’re striking down state bans on same-sex marriage—a huge irony in that Scalia is a staunch opponent of marriage equality. It was in his dissenting opinion to 2003’s Lawrence v. Texas case, which struck down all anti-sodomy laws, that Scalia couldn’t resist issuing a dire warning […]
How many erogenous zones can you find in play in this photo? A previous BTW reported on a movement in France devoted to resisting the legalization of same-sex marriage, now a fait accompli, and it quoted an article that asked, “Is this the most homoerotic anti-gay protest ever?” Well, they’re back!
IN THE NOW largely forgotten 1950 case Sweatt v. Painter, the Supreme Court struck down a scheme that the state of Texas had concocted to continue to keep black applicants out of the University of Texas-Austin law school despite their merits—by creating a separate law school just for black applicants. The case got lost in […]
U.S. v. Windsor recognized a proposition with potentially far-reaching effects: the idea that bans on same-sex marriage, which exist in most states, embody constitutionally impermissible prejudice against gays and lesbians. The Supreme Court’s decision is, to be precise, directed at Congress: the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA—that pre-emptive 1996 law that denied federal benefits […]
Tea and Calumny The so-called “Tea Party” (or has it gone beyond the “so-called” stage?) has accomplished a number of things, such as exposing the fault lines within the Republican Party, not to be mistaken for your father’s club for button-down suburbanites. No, this new breed of shut-ins and early retirees is mad as hell, […]