June 14, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The federal judge who struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage should have disqualified himself as having a conflict of interest because he's gay, proponents of the overturned law argued in court - running into a buzz saw of skepticism from the judge they argued before. Charles Cooper, an attorney representing supporters of California's Proposition 8 prohibition on gay marriage, said at a hearing Monday that U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, now retired, should have revealed his "substantial interest" in the outcome of a trial that weighed whether the law violated the rights of gay couples.
December 26, 1991 |
Science is rapidly converging on the conclusion that sexual orientation is innate. It has found that homosexuals often act differently from heterosexuals in early childhood, before they have even heard of sex. A recent study by Simon LeVay, a neurobiologist at the Salk Institute, reported a difference in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that develops at a young age, between homosexual and heterosexual men. If true, a biological explanation...
June 7, 1993 |
There must be something about males that I just don't get. Listening to servicemen spout a litany of fears of sharing showers and close quarters with homosexuals - even listening to my otherwise liberal husband - has me wondering: Just what are they afraid of? For many years I've played senior women's ice hockey, trudging off to practice every Tuesday and Thursday evening and spending many weekends each year on the road with my teammates. Like many women's sports teams, ours is probably about half gay and half straight.
October 26, 2011 |
Question: Do you have any short, clever responses for nosy relatives inquiring as to the sexual orientation of an adult child? The holidays are fast approaching and I have no doubt the question will be asked at least once, particularly because said child will not be in attendance. Answer: Why be witty when you can provide all the necessary information, and all necessary attitude, without deviating a millimeter from a straightforward response: "I'm sorry, you'll have to talk to Child about that.
September 5, 2005 |
It's been a rough 12 months for many in the gay community after last year's national elections, in which some politicians used same-sex marriage as a polarizing - and sometimes effective - campaign tactic. So Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Equality Forum, the Philadelphia-based advocacy group for sexual minorities, often takes his victories where he finds them. And this Labor Day, Lazin says, there are reasons for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers to celebrate.
September 10, 1993 |
Judge Buford Parsons of Virginia seems to be under the mistaken impression that homosexuality is contagious. Or maybe he thinks it's a matter of "monkey see, monkey do. " Certainly, he doesn't seem to have read the bulk of social science literature on the subject. How else can one explain Parsons' ruling this week that Sharon Bottoms' lesbian relationship rendered her an unfit mother to her son, Tyler Doustou. The judge appears to have based his decision largely on the testimony of Sharon's mother, Kay Bottoms, that Tyler would grow up unable to distinguish between men and women if raised by a lesbian couple.
May 11, 2001 |
Two new studies, each with an entirely different set of findings, have refueled public debate over whether or not gays can go straight. The resulting controversy reminds us that this conversation is not about science but about religion and politics. On one hand, research conducted by Robert L. Spitzer, a Columbia University psychiatrist, suggests that some "highly motivated" gay men and lesbians are able to change their sexual orientation through psychotherapy or religious counseling.
March 30, 2000 |
In a finding that will undoubtedly have people around the world comparing fingers and searching for rulers, a California researcher has concluded that there is a connection between finger length and sexual orientation. In women. Men are a lot more complicated. We'll get to them later. This new study is the latest in a relatively recent type of research examining finger length - actually the ratio of the lengths of the index and ring fingers - and behavior. Previous studies have looked at fertility, left-handedness, musical ability, and skill at English "footballing.
August 16, 1994 |
Auto mechanic John Gill swallowed the insults for two years. "Queer," they called him. And "faggot. " But after a co-worker slammed him against a wall, injuring his back, he says, it was time to leave his workplace of 17 years. Since 1975, Gill, 41, had worked without incident at Gabriel's Goodyear in Roxborough. But the mood changed, and the harassment began, he says, when a new man was hired in 1990. "I don't think I was called by my real name on more than one or two occasions," Gill says.
March 30, 1993 |
As the Senate Armed Services Committee began hearings yesterday on President Clinton's plan to end the ban on gays and lesbians in the military, committee Chairman Sam Nunn offered a compromise on the contentious issue. In a round of television appearances before the opening session, Nunn (D., Ga.) suggested that an interim policy of not asking recruits about their sexual orientation, put in place by Clinton, be made permanent. That policy "is rather a good place to be. . . . It may be a pretty good place to end up," Nunn said.