Judge Excludes Conversion Therapy Experts in Consumer Fraud Case

Superior Court Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. ruled Feb. 5 that several prominent gay-to-straight conversion therapy proponents, including Joseph Nicolosi, will not be allowed to testify as defense experts in a consumer-fraud lawsuit against a conversion therapy organization.

The judge, who also excluded key conversion therapy supporters Christopher Doyle, Dr. James Phelan and Dr. John Diggs, held that their opinions are based on the false premise that homosexuality is a disorder. His opinion states that “the theory that homosexuality is a disorder is not novel but – like the notion that the earth is flat and the sun revolves around it – instead is outdated and refuted.” In New Jersey, scientific expert opinions must be based on premises and methodology generally accepted within the relevant professional field.

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Nurse Jackie Will See You Now

by Chris Narloch

The great Edie Falco is back on DVD, and her character in “Nurse Jackie” is back on drugs in the sixth season of this award-winning Showtime series, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Audiences are hooked on the very entertaining dark comedy starring Falco as Jackie Peyton, an ER nurse who thinks that sobriety just might be the ultimate cover for getting high.

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SCOTUS Sez: That’s All, Folks!

by HRC staff, February 9, 2015

Today the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by Alabama state officials to stay a recent ruling striking down the state’s ban on marriage equality.

This may seem like a simple, procedural move—one the Supreme Court has made in the past in cases ranging from Alaska to Florida. But, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) notes, all those denials took place before the Court had agreed to take a marriage case. The decision to allow marriages to begin in Alabama means something dramatically different now that the Supreme Court oral arguments in a marriage case are just weeks away.

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President's Budget Fact Sheet Highlights Investment in HIV/AIDS Activities

President Obama released his fiscal year 2016 budget proposal on February 2 and has issued this fact sheet to highlight the budget’s investment in domestic HIV/AIDS activities across federal departments and agencies.

The Budget advances the President’s commitment to reaching an AIDS-free generation in the U.S. and around the world by:

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Don’t Miss A Most Violent Year

by Frances Marlatt

Take some time this month to check out J.C. Chandor’s new character-driven film “A Most Violent Year.” Starring Oscar Isaac, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Jessica Chastain, this tense and powerful film is a perfect example of superb storytelling.

Written and directed by Chandor (“All is Lost,” “Margin Call”), “A Most Violent Year” focuses on Abel and Anna, a married couple trying to maintain their heating oil business in New York City during one of the most violent years in that city’s history.

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