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Posted 11 months ago in Gay and Lesbian issues Video by Ed Alpern  
N.J. Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy Faces Lawsuit [Video]

  “The therapists told my parents, at the time, that I was at risk of being pre-homsexual,” says Mordechai Levovitz, a gay social worker in New York. “And there are things that they can do to stop me from turning gay.” He founded an organization called Jewish Queer Youth or JQY. “I was hearing pain. I was hearing frustration, I was hearing shame. The conversion therapy was actually causing them the anxiety and the trauma.”    Every day, Levovitz hears horror …

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Posted 12 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Tackles Abortion, Affirmative Action, Guns

The U.S. Supreme Court has a busy slate of cases coming in front of it this term, with several that have the potential to have landmark precedential effects on the rights of everyday Americans. Through the fall and winter the justices will consider cases that touch on campaign finance, affirmative action, abortion, gun rights and public prayer, among other hot-button issues. “The big cases on the docket are all across the board,” says Vikram D. Amar, a professor at the …

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Posted 12 months ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Miss. Town Sued for Denying Gay Bar Business Permit

A Mississippi woman has launched a federal lawsuit against the town leaders of Shannon for denying her a business permit to open a gay bar. Pat Newton had previously operated the bar, called O’Hara’s, in the 1990s. In 1998 she sold it to owners who changed the name but continued to attract an LGBT clientele. The bar eventually shut down in 2010, and Newton said she responded to a community demand to reopen it — currently, she says there are …

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NYC Landlord Refuses to Add Same-Sex Spouse to Lease

Despite changes to state and city laws allowing gay marriage, some landlords in New York City are still illegally refusing to add same-sex spouses to leases.   Too Legit to Quit  The latest case involves a lawsuit filed on Oct. 2 by Lambda Legal on behalf of Dava Weinstein, 68, a licensed clinical social worker, and her partner of 37 years, Dorothy Calvani, 63, a geriatric nurse practitioner. They were married in 2011 in Iowa. When Weinstein asked her landlords …

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Posted 12 months ago in Crime Social Networks Your Personal Rights by Josh Crank  
Facebook Threats Made Abroad Can Still Land You in US Jail

A Colorado man faces up to five years in prison and half a million dollars in fines because he thought it was legal to make violent threats on the Internet as long as he did it from a foreign country. Kenneth Royal Wheeler, 31, has a beef with the police in Grand Junction, Colo. related to his 2011 arrest for drunk driving and his 2009 arrest for marijuana possession. And when Wheeler traveled abroad to Rome, he thought it was …

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