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

Matt Baume | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay 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 04.14.2015 | Gay 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 03.22.2015 | Gay 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 12.30.2014 | Gay 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 02.09.2015 | Gay 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 11.22.2014 | Gay 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 12.09.2014 | Gay 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 09.06.2014 | Gay 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 08.27.2014 | Gay 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 08.26.2014 | Gay 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...

Edie Windsor Was Shocked To Get A Personal Phone Call From Obama After DOMA Ruling

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the Defense of Marriage Act court case, recalled on HuffPost Live Thursday the moments after learning she had won her c...

Edie Windsor Reflects On Life Without Late Wife Thea Spyer

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 06.06.2014 | Weddings

Defense of Marriage Act plaintiff Edith Windsor and her late wife Thea Spyer's love story spanned more than 40 years. The pair was together up until S...

Edie Windsor Praises Pope Francis' Words On Gays: 'It Thrills Me'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion

Edie Windsor achieved a breakthrough victory for the LGBT community when the Supreme Court ruled in her favor and struck down the Defense of Marriage ...

DOMA Plaintiff Edie Windsor Speaks Out On HuffPost Live

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.05.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Edie Windsor and lawyer Roberta Kaplan, the duo who brought down the the Defense of Marriage Act, join HuffPost Live at 4:30 p.m. on June 5 to discuss...

Still Married in Pennsylvania: PA Constitutional Ban Struck Down and Marriage Is Re-Defined

Janet Mason | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

I gave my friend a high five, kissed my partner (now my legal partner/spouse), and as we drove home, we joked about putting a sign and a trail of tin cans on the back of our car.

Gay Monk's Open Letter to the Supreme Court of the United States

Soul Dancer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Soul Dancer

As we approach the Supreme Court of the Unites States (SCOTUS) one-year anniversary of Windsor v. United States ruling, do we celebrate or mourn thi...

Couples To Challenge Alaska Gay Marriage Ban

AP | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Five gay couples filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. The Alaska lawsuit...

9 Ways Women's Lives Have Changed For The Better Since 2005

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 05.09.2014 | Women

When it comes to women's equality, we tend to focus on historical victories and present-day battles. We search for answers in the past to solve riddle...

It's Time for Commonsense Law Enforcement When Dealing With Deportations

Janet Murguía | Posted 06.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Every once in a while a mainstream outlet will talk tough on immigration, apparently to prove that they are "balanced." It happened again this week wh...

Bill Clinton: New Voter Restrictions Are A Step Back

AP | By JIM VERTUNO | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton used the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act to criticize efforts in several states to restr...