Eve Conant

Stories by Eve Conant

  • Will the California Gay-Marriage Trial Ever Wrap Up?

    Ted Olson and David Boies’s  landmark trial to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage began in January with much fanfare. Perry v. Schwarzenegger was expected to last a few weeks, but here we are closing in on May. Perhaps one person just as frustrated with the slow progress as anyone is the judge himself, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, who on Sunday issued a warning to Equality California and the ACLU to turn over documents requested by supporters of Proposition 8 (which banned gay marriage) or face a fine of $2,000 per day and be held in contempt of court. According to Lisa Keen of Keen News Service, who has loyally covered the trial long after national reporters left the scene: The order is a side issue in the landmark trial to challenge the constitutionality of California’s same-sex marriage ban. But that side issue has turned into a monumental struggle by pro-gay groups who opposed Proposition 8. The groups said they do not believe they should have to turn...
  • A New Twist in Politics: Bisexual Candidate Accused of Being Straight

    Last week State Rep. Babette Josephs of Philadelphia's 182nd Legislative District accused her leading political opponent, Gregg Kravitz, of faking his bisexuality. Why? Because Philadelphia's gay, lesbian, and transgender voters constitute a powerful voting bloc in the district, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Thomas Fitzgerald.According to Fitzgerald, Josephs told a crowd, "'I outed him as a straight person,' during a fund-raiser at the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, as some in the audience gasped or laughed, 'and now he goes around telling people, quote, "I swing both ways." That's quite a respectful way to talk about sexuality. This guy's a gem.'" Kravitz, 29, has called Josephs's comments offensive. "That kind of taunting is going to make it more difficult for closeted members of the LGBT community to be comfortable with themselves," Kravitz said. "It's damaging."In an int...
  • Conservatives Accept Hospital Rights for Gays

    Why most conservatives are lukewarm about Obama's decision to allow partners hospital visitation rights, and why the president's critics in the gay rights community are underwhelmed.
  • Gay Veteran Defends HRC's Approach on DADT

    Jarrod Chlapowski, an openly gay U.S. Army veteran, addresses complaints that the Human Rights Campaign isn't doing enough to repeal "don't ask, don't tell."
  • Exclusive: Lt. Dan Choi on His Arrest Over DADT

    Following his stint in jail for chaining himself to the White House gates, Lt. Dan Choi speaks about civil disobedience, gay rights, and how the Army made him a better activist.
  • UPDATED: Lt. Dan Choi to See Judge Today, One Day After Handcuffing Himself to the White House Gate

    UPDATE 2:40 P.M.: Choi told the judge, "Your honor, I plead not guilty, am not ashamed and am not finished." The cuffs and chains around his waist have been removed. While walking out, Choi said, "I feel dignified . . . to wear the chain others have been wearing but can't see." UPDATE 2:35 P.M.: Pietrangelo told the judge he won't pay the fine and let this go. Instead, he will plead not guilty and take his case to trial. Choi walked into the courthouse with handcuffs on and a chain around his waist, wearing camouflage.  Lt. Dan Choi is expected to appear in D.C. Superior Court today, one day after handcuffing himself along with Capt. Jim Pietrangelo to the White House gate to draw attention to the fight to repeal "don’t ask, don’t tell." Both men are openly gay and are involved in legal fights with the Department of Defense over efforts to discharge them for homosexuality. ...
  • Gay-Rights Protesters Stage Sit-In at Nancy Pelosi's Office: Leaders Stand Ready to Bail Out Activists

    Activists are arrested after protesting outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on March 18. (Photo: Joel Silberman via getEqual)According to gay-rights advocate Paul Yandura, activists have staged a sit-in at Nancy Pelosi's district and Capitol Hill offices. The groups are fighting for her to take the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the floor for a vote, Yandura told NEWSWEEK as he drove toward his home in D.C. to meet with other activists. Yandura says he has collected enough bail through GetEqual, a new LGBTQ activism group, for everyone who may need it. "We have plenty, and we have sources ready to provide more if necessary."The proposed bill would prohibit discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity for civilian nonreligious employers with more than 15 employees. Yandura claims that "both offices were swarmed, and the demand was made that she bring it to a vote." Pelosi’s offices, according to gay...
  • Lt. Dan Choi Arrested at the White House, More Civil Disobedience Expected in Protest of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo handcuffed to the White House gates moments before they were arrested. (Photo: John Aravosis)  Gay activists in D.C. say they are planning acts of civil disobedience today to show politicians they have lost patience with President Obama and lawmakers when it comes to gay rights legislation. Earlier today, Lt. Dan Choi chained himself to a White House fence in part of protest over the slow response to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. According to Ahmir Rashid, a political consultant wearing a T shirt reading “Straight Folks for Marriage Equality” and a “Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” button, Choi and another lieutenant who had been discharged under DODT finished up a scheduled talk at a conference downtown, then walked up to the White House, gave a short speech and then chained themselves to the fence. “That’s when the Secret Service pushed us back, taped off the area where Choi was, and a huge onslaught of police arrived. They used megaphon...
  • Global Warming Heats Up at the Smithsonian

    I thought I was just dropping my kid off at school this lovely St. Patrick’s Day morning, but instead we stumbled onto an environmental scuffle. My son attends kindergarten inside the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, but this morning it was the scene outside that grabbed our attention. ...