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Westboro Baptist “Church” and the Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

March 10th, 2011 No comments

I take the case apart, and look more deeply at the tort aspects, here:

Already the comments are coming in over at I didn’t expect this to be an easy one….

Facebook Face-Off

March 3rd, 2011 No comments

In today’s column, I look at the new relationship statuses that Facebook allows, and wonder about the divide between our legal, social, and political selves.

“It’s complicated.”

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Bullying: From the Personal to the Policy

October 7th, 2010 2 comments

In today’s article over at, I discuss the recent suicides caused by bullying. I have a few suggestions, and also share my own story — which was harder to do than I thought it would be.

The End of the Gay Adoption Ban in Florida?

September 24th, 2010 No comments

Very likely. In an “extra” piece just published over at 365gay, I analyze and comment on a ruling Wednesday by the Florida appellate court that struck down the state’s absurd ban on adoption by gay and lesbian parents. I even offer a brief comment  on my personal experience with the adoption bureaucracy in Philly.

Now word comes  in that the state is unlikely to appeal. If it doesn’t  this is over unless another state appellate court some day comes to a contrary conclusion — not likely. And in any event, the adoptive parents in this case can now know the peace they deserve.

After this week’s DADT debacle  in DC, I needed a happy ending.

Gay Rights and False Choices

September 24th, 2010 No comments

In this week’s column over at, I have a serious mad going on over a question asked at a dinner party: “Which would you rather have, gay rights or health care?”

I mean, really.

The Law and the Closet

August 10th, 2010 No comments

This is the most recent column. It ran as scheduled, but under the wrong by-line and apparently not on the front page. (That’s what happens when the Ed in Chief is away. The image they picked for the “closet” isn’t even, er, a closet.) But I really enjoyed writing this one; it’s much more personal than most.

I’m back from vacation and will start to rev up the blog again — as soon as I can actually move my muscles for more than a few minutes at a time. Yesterday’s tubing expedition down the Delaware River almost finished me off….

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Reliably Controversial: Religion and Equality Clashes

July 22nd, 2010 No comments

Today’s column over at has elicited a mountain of response. No surprise there — it’s about how far to accommodate religion in anti-discrimination laws (including the marriage equality laws and public accommodation statutes). People are never shy about expressing opinions; the tougher thing is to maintain civility.

The Obama Administration Must Appeal the DOMA Decisions

July 15th, 2010 1 comment

In today’s column over at (not gay on Feb. 29?), I argue that the government needs to appeal the decision by a Massachusetts federal district judge that ruled section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional.

I even think that the case might come out favorably even when it reaches the  Supreme Court.

Some Thoughts on CLS v. Martinez

July 1st, 2010 No comments

Today’s column over at discusses this week’s Supreme Court ruling in Christian Legal Services v. Martinez, where the Court took a narrow path to its holding that Hastings Law School’s “all comers” policy was constitutional. Under that policy, only those student organizations that allow any student to become a member, regardless of belief or conduct (which the Court equated), were eligible for funding and other accommodations.

As the column and the many thoughtful comments I’ve received demonstrate, the case raises more questions than it answers.


June 24th, 2010 2 comments

In today’s 365gay column, I answer a few of the questions that have come in since I started this weekly gig:

  • Is DOMA constitutional?
  • Should we just ask Justice Kennedy what he thinks about marriage equality?
  • How can Obama be so good and so bad on LGBT issues at the same time?