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WATCH: What We're Missing With Bill Clinton's "Awful Legacy Of The Last 8 Years" Comments

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

Watch as we break down former President Bill Clinton's eight awful years comments....

'Justice Scalia' Is an Oxymoron

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Scalia promoted anything but justice in his opposition to the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action, women's reproductive freedoms, and in particular, the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* people.

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.

Sorry, Hillary, Gay Rights Advocates Say Bernie Is Right On DOMA History

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Late last week, the two leading Democratic presidential candidates sparred over one of the darker chapters of the gay rights movement: t...

How Hillary Clinton's and Bernie Sanders' DOMA Revisionism Harms LGBT Rights

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

What Sanders exposed is a simple truth: Clinton, in an interview on Rachel Maddow last week, revised the history of her husband and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The New Equality Act: Every Great Company Should Step Up Now and Support this Legislation

Elizabeth Birch | Posted 08.13.2016 | Business
Elizabeth Birch

A recent LGBT victory in the US Supreme Court brought marriage equality to every state in our nation. But it still comes as news to many Americans that if you are gay, you can still be fired in many jurisdictions in this country.

Julian Brave NoiseCat

Fight For Marriage Equality Not Over On Navajo Nation

HuffingtonPost.com | Julian Brave NoiseCat | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

Alray Nelson grew up with his three sisters in a house with no running water or electricity in Beshbetoh, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. Nelson, who w...

Legalize Gay, Just Don't Be It!

Jeremy Markman | Posted 06.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeremy Markman

Despite the fact that things have gotten so much easier for LGBT people in this country, especially in N.Y.C., there still lingers a dark veil of internalized homophobia that keeps gay men apart and prevents them from experiencing rich, intimate, long-term connections.

Jennifer Bendery

A Day In The Life Of Waiting For The Supreme Court Decision On Marriage Equality

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Any day now, the Supreme Court is going to hand down a major decision on same-sex marriage. And when it does, and if it rules in favor o...

A Queer Movie That Doesn't Lead With Its Queer Foot

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Beauchamp

While the film doesn't revolve around sexuality, through the character of Shirin, Akhavan sheds light on an otherwise underrepresented group of people. "No one believes in bisexuality," Akhavan says.

Texas Brings DOMA Back From the Dead to Deny Gay Couples' Medical Leave

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

If you're straight and you need time off to care for a sick spouse, federal law requires that you get Family and Medical Leave. If you're gay, you could get denied that right, depending on what state you live in.

What the Supreme Court Can Learn From Ted Cruz

Scott Titshaw | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scott Titshaw

Sen. Cruz's "State Marriage Defense Act" is unlikely to become law anytime soon. Yet it is a good example of the kind of chaotic reaction the U.S. Supreme Court eventually could unleash if it upheld anti-gay state marriage laws in the case it will hear later this term. Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts, are you listening?

Jennifer Bendery

Bill To Repeal Defense Of Marriage Act Gains Another Republican Co-sponsor

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats picked up another GOP co-sponsor of legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that gives states...

State of Our Gay Military Unions

Tracey Hepner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tracey Hepner

We have so much to be grateful for in 2015, but we are not finished. Together we must break the barriers remaining that result in a second-class citizen status, and we must continue to fight until all military families are treated equally.

Jennifer Bendery

Democrats Reintroduce Bill To Repeal Defense Of Marriage Act

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats kicked off the new congressional session Tuesday by reintroducing legislation to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, w...

For Edie Windsor, 2014's Gay Marriage Victories Are Only The Beginning

USA Today/Religion News Service | Richard Wolf | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

NEW YORK (RNS) The subject is same-sex marriage, but the vivacious blonde who has come to personify the issue stops her interrogator with a scolding. ...

I'm Still Bitter, Bill

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Julie R. Enszer

I still remember the day you signed DOMA. The anger. The disappointment. The despair. I still remember watching states pass gay-marriage prohibitions quite easily. I cannot forget, and I cannot forgive until there is a proper apology.

Matthew Shepard's Mom: Clinton Got 'Bad Advice' On DOMA

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has endured significant criticism for signing the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996 -- and he has since had ...

SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Manners Matter

Soul Dancer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Soul Dancer

As an out gay monk, reverend and private-practice counselor/social worker, I daily witness the impact of Windsor v. United States.

Overcoming Desperation for Connection, Love and Marriage

Paul Katz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Paul Katz

The fact that I couldn't put aside my sense of loneliness in order to be or feel happy for others scared the crap out of me. That is not who I am or who I want to be.

Chris Christie Won't Comment On Supreme Court Cases -- But He Blasted One Last Year

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) had plenty of words about the Supreme Court case that limited access to birth control coverage on Tuesday, but none...

A Year After Windsor: Progress and Pitfalls for Gay Rights

Matt Foreman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Foreman

The good news of the past year has been accompanied by a number of disturbing developments. One is the fact that it is still perfectly legal in the majority of U.S. states to fire people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) or to deny them housing or a loan, simply because they are LGBT.

One Year After Supreme Court DOMA Ruling, Same-Sex Couples More Aware of Legal Options

Maria Cognetti | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maria Cognetti

Interestingly enough, even American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers members in the states that currently don't allow same-sex marriage have noted an increased number of consultations with same-sex couples to discuss cohabitation agreements and other legal strategies.

Prop 8 Plaintiffs: 'We Have A Lot Of Work To Do' On Equality In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

Proposition 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier discussed how the Supreme Court's repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and decision on Prop 8 hav...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Goes From DOMA Defender To Gay Rights Honoree

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On a warm evening four years ago this month, Attorney General Eric Holder stood at a podium before an auditorium of students from the Un...