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Family Values vs. Valuing Families

(10) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 5:12 PM

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Now, with the election behind us, it is time for us to stop focusing on the political rhetoric of family values and work towards laws and policies that truly value families -- especially those created through adoption.

In the U.S. there are more than...

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The Outspoken Generation

(6) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 4:01 PM

Almost six years ago, I witnessed one of the more touching moments between a father and daughter. It just happened to be between Ella Robinson and her gay father, who also happened to be Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. After presenting her father with...

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When Forms Discriminate

(8) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 3:42 PM

It happens every day. Families are treated unfairly or unequally because one or both parents are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

One of the most frustrating examples of this inequality is that families are asked to fill out forms that don't reflect them. All too often, forms only have...

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Celebrating the Past, Committing to the Future

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 7:04 PM

It's hard to remember and hard to imagine, frankly, a time when just the simple fact of being gay or lesbian meant that you could have no relationship with your children. The courts automatically presumed you were an unfit parent. Your ex-wives or ex-husbands would try to take your children...

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Celebrating 30 Years Together

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 5:08 AM

Celebrate. Commit. Connect.

Those are the new year's resolutions for the Family Equality Council, and I hope they will be yours in 2012.

This year, we will mark the 30th anniversary of our organization. Over the past 30 years we have worked tirelessly to strengthen our families by building our...

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Zach Wahls: Love Makes a Family

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 1:28 AM

"Love makes a family."

There is incredible truth to that simple statement, and at no other time of the year is it more apparent to me. More than anything, it is what brings families together, keeps them strong through difficult times, and is the common denominator that unites families all...

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Giving Thanks for Family

(7) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 2:50 PM

As a mother, I am grateful every day for the blessing of my family and committed to ensuring that my children are happy, health, loved and cared for. This week, as I prepare to celebrate this time of Thanksgiving, my heart goes out to children who have a very different...

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Kids Caught in Middle of Catholic School Politics

(27) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 6:22 PM

Word came down this week that a Boston Catholic school had rescinded its acceptance of an 8-year-old boy. It turns out the school didn't much care for his parents and administrators took it out on the child.

Schools are places of learning. They welcome children in, teach them...

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One Million LGBT Parents Raising Two Million Kids: What's the Problem?

(40) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 7:15 PM

Former Republican Governor Mike Huckabee might want to think twice before opening his mouth next time.

The FOX News host told a student newspaper earlier this month that the country shouldn't "experiment" by allowing gay couples to adopt children. "Children are not puppies," he said. "This is not a time...

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Stonewall 2.0: It's What We Make of It

(9) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 5:20 PM

Stonewall 2.0. It's a potent term combining the history and energy of Greenwich Village, 1969 and the social network horizons of the 21st century: activists in the streets, old-school placards in one hand, cell phones in the other, texting their counterparts in other cities, sharing enthusiasm, outrage, tactics and ideas...

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