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John Culhane
John Culhane, Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law Institute at Widener University School of Law; co-author of the Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies.

Entries by John Culhane

Casinos for Seniors: Full of Sound and Light, Signifying Emptiness

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 7:50 PM

How do we hope our aging parents will spend their time? How do we hope to spend our time once we retire from our jobs and have the free time many of us routinely whine about not having? Casino gambling, it turns out, is the answer for many millions of...

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5 Reasons You Should Care About the New Mexico Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling

(9) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 3:04 PM

Yesterday's unanimous ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court holding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry is already playing out in predictable ways. LGBTQ advocacy groups celebrate the result, opponents decry it, and (shockingly, if you think about it)...

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Marriage Equality at Hand in New Jersey

(7) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 11:55 PM

It's time for gay marriage advocates to declare victory in New Jersey. Today the New Jersey Supreme Court refused to stay the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples while it weighs whether the state can continue to offer civil unions rather than full marriage equality. The court's...

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Corbett's Corrosive Condescension

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 11:36 PM

My initial response to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's offensive comments about same-sex marriage was to ignore them. I thought they were better left to lie baking in the sun, picked at by media scavengers of every stripe. But a conversation with a friend changed my thinking and made...

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My Life Among the (Somewhat Gay-Friendly) Mormons

(42) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 9:48 AM

A recent article in Mother Jones offers an interesting take on the reason for the recent, heady success in the marriage equality movement. The Mormons, apparently, have given up the fight.

Well, some explanation is surely needed for the startling turnaround. It's hard to believe that things would...

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The Ennead Awards: Nine Justices, Nine Prizes

(5) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 11:23 AM

Well, folks, as we settle into the long lull between the arguments to the Supreme Court on Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act and the expected decision in late June, allow me to present the First-Ever Ennead Awards. There are -- conveniently -- nine categories, to wit:

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Coercion, not Consent

(9) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 3:34 PM

Whatever happened to a woman's right to make her own decisions about reproduction? Recent enactments raise the issue in sharp relief. The Arkansas legislature just passed a clearly unconstitutional law that prohibits abortions after 12 weeks. Not to be outdone, lawmakers in North Dakota just signed and...

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California Should Not Pass "Multiple Parents" Bill

(12) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 12:29 PM

California legislators should not support SB1476, which seeks to allow multiple legal parents for children.

When it comes to parenting, three's a crowd. SB 1476, the "Parent-Child Relationships" bill introduced by state senator Mark Leno, which seeks to clarify judges' ability to recognize more than two legal parents for a...

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