Posts Tagged ‘AIDS / HIV’

Court strikes down gag rule for HIV prevention groups

June 20, 2013

The Supreme Court ruled today in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society that a federal law violated the First Amendment by requiring that recipients of AIDS-related funding adopt explicit policies condemning prostitution. The decision focuses on the constitutional issues that arise when government funds certain programs and imposes limitations on the use of […]

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Where Lawrence fears to tread

April 13, 2013

Ten years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that a state could not criminalize consensual adult sexual conduct because of a belief that the conduct was immoral. It carefully limited the decision, however, noting that sex work, for example, did not fall within the scope of the liberty right being protected. Thus […]

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Sodomy laws that will not die

April 5, 2013

This year is the 10th anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court decision that found the Texas sodomy law unconstitutional. So – no more worries about sodomy laws, right? Wrong. There are still sodomy laws on the books in 18 states; most of these laws are felonies. You might think they would be dead […]

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Canadian Supreme Court modifies HIV exposure crime

October 5, 2012

The Canadian Supreme Court ruled today in R. v. Mabior [2012 SCC 47] that the law criminalizing failure to disclose HIV positive status to a sexual partner was constitutional only in situations where a realistic risk of transmission could be proved.  In a 1998 decision, the court had ruled that failure to disclose vitiated the […]

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Worse than you thought

July 20, 2012

The impact of AIDS on the African-American community is even worse than most people think it is. As the International AIDS Conference prepares to begin, new reports detail the statistics. A study from the Black AIDS Institute – Back of the Line: The State of AIDS Among Black Gay Men in America –  states that […]

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There’s Something About Iowa

July 15, 2012

Three LGBT-related cases are making their way through the Iowa state courts this month with Lambda Legal’s help… In Rhoades v. Iowa, the plaintiff, a gay man, was previously convicted of intentionally exposing another person to HIV. His attorney advised him to plead guilty; never mind that the sex was consensual, they used a condom, […]

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