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Defense of Marriage Act

A Gay Shotgun Wedding

J.J. Stranko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
J.J. Stranko

I never thought I'd be planning a shotgun wedding. Nobody's pregnant; in fact, we're two guys, so we couldn't if we tried. The problem is that after all this waiting and witnessing the triumphant march toward equality, we only have three days in late October to legally marry.

An Open Letter to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Cara McDonough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Cara McDonough

I cling to my Catholic faith with a dogged perseverance that, frankly, I'm beginning to question. Do I remain Catholic because it's easier than the alternative? Because I'm just apathetic enough that permanently abandoning the religion seems too much work? I'd like to think not.

Gay Marriage Is 'Contrary To Natural Created Order Of God Almighty,' Pundit Claims

Posted 10.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Over three months have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8, but that hasn't stopped a promi...

Anti-Gay Argle-Bargle

Ian Thompson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

For far too long, the dual discrimination of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" dishonored the service and sacrifice of gay and lesbian members of the Armed Forces. But that's all in the past now, right? Not if some governors have their way.

This Woman Wants A Divorce, But Her State Has To Recognize Her Gay Marriage First

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 11.27.2013 | Gay Voices

JACKSON, Miss. — A woman is asking the conservative state of Mississippi to recognize her out-of-state gay marriage so that she can get a divorc...

LOOK: Today Is The Anniversary Of 3 Big LGBT Milestones

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 09.20.2013 | Gay Voices

On September 20, in three separate decades, three significant events occurred that changed LGBT history: 1973: Out tennis player Billie Jean King s...

Post-DOMA 'Meet the Feds' Round 2: Social Security

Judy Rickard | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

Is Karin a U.S. resident since our domestic partnership in 2007? Since our marriage in 2011? Since she received her green card this past July? The woman who took our case told us that since we were the first such case in our region, a precedent-setting determination has to be made.

Gay Man's Removal From Jury May Result In Landmark Decision

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

A legal battle between two rival pharmaceutical companies may consequentially resolve another, bigger debate: whether gays and lesbians may be exclude...

Willie Nelson: A Highly Irreverent Deconstruction Of The Music Legend

Greg Archer | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

photo: WARNING: This article contains mood swings, deep, sometimes haunting personal confessions and occasional marijuana usage....

Texas National Guard Stalls Gay Benefits

AP | CHRIS TOMLINSON | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Gay Veterans' Spouses Still Can't Get Benefits | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gay spouses of military veterans are not able to obtain the benefits given to straight couples even despite the Supreme Court's ruling o...

How Some Conservative Churches Are Reacting To DOMA Rulings

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 10.24.2013 | Gay Voices

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows onl...

Married With Benefits in Montgomery County PA: Same-Sex Marriage As Real As It Gets

Janet Mason | Posted 10.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

Montgomery County began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples last month when a lesbian couple contacted the County through their lawyer and said they would like to get married.

County Official Sees State's Gay Marriage Law As 'Suspect'

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- A county clerk defended his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses in a legal brief Monday that calls Pennsylvania's marriage la...

The Republican War on Women: A Red Herring

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

We will be better off as a country the more equal we are and the more opportunity we provide for the best and brightest to rise to the top, regardless of the economic station people are born into. Unfortunately, we've gotten away from this conviction over the last few decades.

New Jersey Judge Presents Pointed Questions in Tangled Marriage Equality Case's Oral Arguments

Jacob Combs | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Jacob Combs

Judge Jacobson told the assistant attorney general that the recent decisions of several federal agencies not to consider couples in civil unions eligible for federal benefits pointed to the fact that those couples are not being treated equally, but she expressed concern about moving too quickly on the issue.

What 'Equality' Really Means After Windsor

Sarah R. Boonin | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Sarah R. Boonin

In some ways Windsor simply reversed the problem, trading in skim milk for half and half. No longer are state-sanctioned same-sex marriages invalid under federal law. Now, federally sanctioned same-sex marriages are invalid under some state laws!

Pentagon Now Out Front on Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Alexander Nicholson

The swift expansion of equal marriage recognition and benefits to all Americans -- especially to all who serve -- was the right thing for our country to do, and the Pentagon is now firmly out front in embracing this change.

The Defeat of DOMA Can Help Us Rethink Other Family Policies Too

Kimberly Dark | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Kimberly Dark

If we broaden our discussions about how American family policies support children, we will find ourselves in dialogue about family leave, sick leave and vacation time. We'll examine the adequacy of minimum wage. We'll have realistic discussions about public welfare programs.

Still Fighting For The Right To Marry...In Church

The Sacramento Bee | Anita Creamer | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices

The congregation cheered. When Barbara Brecher and Terry Allen married in June 2008, during the brief window that year when same-sex marriage was leg...

A Wedding: Lovely but Bittersweet

Amelia | Posted 10.12.2013 | Gay Voices

As is the case for many gay couples, equal marriage is merely a pipe dream in the Deep South state where Charles and Drew reside. Alabama is not known for its progressive stance on most issues. But they decided that they were not going to let that stop them.

The Downside of Marriage Equality

Joanne Sprague | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

Since the Supreme Court's historic rulings against DOMA and Proposition 8, I've heard lots of enthusiastic friends say, "So what's next now that we've achieved gay rights?" LGBT people know that marriage equality is just the tip of the iceberg. Most straight people like me don't.

Chief Justice John Roberts' 'Snippets' Dissent

Charles Francis | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Francis

"Snippets" of legislative history are not a reason to "tar the political branches with the brush of bigotry," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his dissent in Windsor, supporting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Roberts could have risen above "snippets" to look at congressional history itself.

National Marriage Equality Day 2013

Kirsten Palladino | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Kirsten Palladino

Today is National Marriage Equality Day. We created the day on Aug. 7, 2012, as a response to Mike Huckabee's Chick-fil-A Day, in which thousands showed up in the name of homophobia AKA marriage inequality -- or as they spun it, "free speech." Much has changed in 365 days.

Chris Christie's Gay Marriage Position Is Pure Nonsense

Slate | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration filed a brief last week defending the state’s 2006 Civil Union Act, which grants gay couples all t...