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John Culhane

DOMA

The Ennead Awards: Nine Justices, Nine Prizes

by John Culhane ● 3:06 PM April 2, 2013
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Before the arguments to the Supreme Court on Prop 8 and DOMA are erased from your memory tapes to make room for “Thrift Shop” (clean version only, please!), we present the First-Ever Ennead Awards.

DOMA

Previewing Prop 8 And DOMA: Part II — Listening To The Oral Argument

by John Culhane ● 12:02 PM March 24, 2013

It’s obvious by now that the arguments this coming Tuesday and Wednesday morning in the two marriage equality cases — on the Defense of Marriage Act (Tues.) and Prop 8 (Wed.) — have cosmic significance. Let’s take a look.

DOMA

Previewing Prop 8 And DOMA: Part I — The Amicus Briefs

by John Culhane ● 2:17 PM March 5, 2013
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The Supreme Court will soon hear oral arguments on two cases of monumental importance to the LGBT rights movement. A look at the amicus briefs, and if they matter.

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Law, Unwrapped: What The Supreme Court’s Decision To Hear DOMA And Prop 8 Means

by John Culhane ● 1:18 PM December 8, 2012
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The Supreme Court has just agreed to hear appeals on two marriage cases — DOMA and Prop 8. Should we be getting ready for a blockbuster decision, either way? Maybe.

Civil Rights

Equality Forum: Legal Panel (Part I): Chewing Over Prop 8

by John Culhane ● 6:13 PM May 9, 2012
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John Culhane is the official blogger for Equality Forum, Philadelphia’s internationally known cavalcade of events that celebrates, informs and provokes on all (or many, anyway) things LGBT.

Discrimination

Equality Forum: Transgender Panel Members ‘Still Have To Do These 101s’

by John Culhane ● 7:34 PM May 4, 2012
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Equality Forum’s transgender panel asked, Are gay and lesbian advocates the natural advocates of the trans-community?, and What is the teaching role of transpeople?

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Equality Forum: ‘Pink Wash’ Of Human Rights Abuses Decried By Protesters At Israel Panel

by John Culhane ● 2:43 PM May 4, 2012
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Protesters at Equality Forum’s “Featured Nation: Israel” panel barged into the room and began shouting about Israel’s inhumane treatment of the Palestinians.

Civil Rights

Law, Unwrapped: Philadelphia LGBT Seniors Set To Get Community Housing

by John Culhane ● 8:29 AM April 19, 2012
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Philadelphia city officials this week announced the approval of plans to build a 56-unit, affordable housing complex dedicated to LGBT seniors.

Civil Rights

Law, Unwrapped: Gay Marriage – Why Chris Christie Is Wrong On All Counts

by John Culhane ● 11:10 AM February 20, 2012
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NJ Governor Chris Christie’s desire to put marriage equality to a vote of the people is wrong. Civil unions are not equality. Only marriage can offer equality.

Civil Rights

Law, Unwrapped: Analysis Of Today’s Prop 8 Decision That Is True Genius

by John Culhane ● 5:37 PM February 7, 2012
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An understandable analysis of the Ninth Circuit’s thoughtful – but narrow – ruling upholding the decision of Judge Walker that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

Bigotry Watch

The Australian Open’s Homophobe Arena

by John Culhane ● 4:52 PM January 15, 2012
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Just in time for the Australian Open, former tennis player Margaret Court has seen fit to unleash a series of starkly homophobic comments.

Bigotry Watch

Law, Unwrapped: Rick Santorum’s Cramped Family Values, Meet The Gallaghers

by John Culhane ● 4:12 PM January 3, 2012
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Rick Santorum claims to be the purest “family values” culture warrior. So what does Santorum think of the Gallaghers, featured in the Showtime series “Shameless”?

Bigotry Watch

Law, Unwrapped: Ordinary Americans, Sentinel Confrontations

by John Culhane ● 4:54 PM December 21, 2011
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Confrontations by ordinary Americans against anti-gay politicians have become sentinel events. It’s no longer possible to ignore us. We are everywhere.

John Culhane

Law, Unwrapped: Prop 8 Hearing — A Telling Concession

by John Culhane ● 10:00 AM December 11, 2011
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There’s one telling concession by the Prop 8 proponents — one that shows, yet again, that they have no good arguments against equality.