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Elizabeth Birch
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Elizabeth Birch is the President of Elizabeth Birch Company/Global Out.

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Why I Find Andrew Sullivan to Be Insufferable

(13) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 9:37 AM

Andrew Sullivan is getting a lot of play from his latest rant against an author's (in this case Jo Becker's) failure to bow down to Sullivan's runaway case of "GGS" (Gay Grandiosity Syndrome). This is a term I coined to describe particularly annoying self-righteous behavior. While it is true that...

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Falling Rocks: 33 Years and Finally IRS Justice for Gay Couples

(27) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 8:41 AM

When I was a kid lawyer working at a big San Francisco law firm, and then as the head of litigation for Apple Computer, Inc., a small group of us in a few industries worked in between the cracks and crevasses of our regular jobs to bring equitable gay and...

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A Review of This Town by Mark Leibovich Or a Better Title: 'Mark Knows Best!'

(12) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 2:43 PM

Why is Mark Leibovich so nasty? I just finished reading This Town by Mark Leibovich or what should have been called: Mark Knows Best!

Many years in the making, the book This Town is largely devoted to skewering his journalism colleagues of 20 years or so, and also features other...

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Leaning In and Coming Out: A Historic Week for LGBT People

(14) Comments | Posted March 31, 2013 | 10:20 AM

The confluence of the call to "lean in" (Sheryl Sandberg's admonition to women to not opt out of any opportunity prematurely) and the Supreme Court's historic review this week of the Prop 8 and DOMA cases (originally passed in 1996 during my tenure as head of the Human Rights Campaign)...

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Note to SCOTUS on Marriage: Do Not Let Injustice Percolate

(10) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 4:06 PM

I have just come from the United States Supreme Court arguments in the California Proposition 8 marriage equality case. Technical issues aside, what was before the court is whether it is constitutional for the voters of California to strip or deny some of its citizens of a fundamental right --...

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Note to SCOTUS on Marriage: Do Not Let Injustice Percolate

(7) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 2:41 PM

I have just come from the Supreme Court arguments in the California Proposition 8 marriage equality case. Technical issues aside, what was before the court is whether it is constitutional for the voters of California to strip or deny some of its citizens of a fundamental right -- that is,...

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President Clinton Says DOMA Is Unconstitutional (So Why Don't I Feel Grateful?)

(46) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 5:43 PM

In the past day, President Clinton has shared his perspective that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. I headed the largest LGBT advocacy organization, the Human Rights Campaign, when DOMA was signed into law in 1996. So why don't I feel grateful?

I guess it is because DOMA...

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A More Perfect Union: SCOTUS Must Lead Us to Higher Constitutional Ground

(10) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 4:29 PM

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases as well as the California Prop 8 case, it is helpful to understand the political context of these cases.

The notion of extending civil marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples did...

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One Year Anniversary of the End of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Aboard the USS Intrepid

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 10:00 AM

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, September 18), we will celebrate the one year anniversary of the end of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy by honoring Admiral Mike Mullen, the former Chair of the Joint Chiefs, aboard the USS Intrepid. (See: Celebrating Our Heroes) Admiral Mullen changed the course...

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My Children's Other Mom, Hilary Rosen

(218) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 4:10 PM

There is something just wrong with people twisting concerns for women and jobs into mom-on-mom conflict.

Here is the thing: Hilary Rosen is an amazing, loving and dedicated mother to our twins. I have absolutely no doubt Ann Romney and Hilary spend most of their waking hours worrying about...

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Of Mice and Me: A Tribute to Steve Jobs

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 1:28 PM

2011-10-09-Screenshot20111009at11.48.52AM.pngAs soon as I heard about Apple Computer, I wanted to work there. Early on, I fell in love with the sleek elegant design, the beauty of the engineering and its brash young cofounder, Steve Jobs. And, as a...

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Semi-Automatic Insanity

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 1:57 PM

Another young boy has been shot by police for carrying a realistic looking weapon. Thank goodness he was not killed and is listed in stable condition. Many more have died in these encounters.

In this case, it was a 15-year-old playing cops and robbers when real police showed up...

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Of Barbies, Bratz and Bimbos

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 5:48 PM

I don't know about you, but I am done with the celebration of Barbie's 50th birthday. To be honest, I wasn't that wild about her 5th birthday in 1964. That was the year my mother dutifully handed me this micro-waisted, ample-busted, curvy doll with a blonde bob, and feet that...

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Burger Tween

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2009 | 3:01 PM

Ok. I have had it. I am completely sick of advertisers sexing up young girls to sell -- well, in this case, it is whoppers. Burger King has a new commercial featuring the lyric "I love square butts and I cannot lie" -- along with Sponge Bob, and the Burger...
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Log Cabin Republicans Demonstrate Their Commitment to Putting Party First

(19) Comments | Posted September 3, 2008 | 4:33 PM

In a move as mind-numbing as it is bizarre, the Log Cabin Republicans (LCRs) today endorsed Senator John McCain for president. It happened at their "Big Tent" event in Minnesota. By doing so, they have put the GOP well ahead of their mission. By its tortured analysis only, the LCRs...

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No Sore Winners

(131) Comments | Posted June 6, 2008 | 2:07 PM

Let the Clinton Supporters let Go of One Dream, as We Embrace Another

I supported Senator Hillary Clinton from day one. She is a friend, and I admire her experience, strength and her genuine concern for the nation's well-being. Supporting her was easy. First, I shared her dream (along...

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