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Defense of Marriage Act

My Government Recognizes My Marriage and Welcomes My Wife! Karin Got Her Green Card!

Judy Rickard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Rickard

Now she can be with me legally and safely in the U.S. She can travel on her own or with me and return safely through the U.S. residents' line at border-crossing customs desks. Our future is ours to plan; travel taken and time spent doing it are not at the whim of the U.S. government anymore.

LOOK: Supreme Court Receives 1138 Roses To Celebrate One-Month Anniversary Of DOMA's Demise

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

One month ago yesterday, June 24, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling it unconstitutional. In recognit...

Jennifer L. Levi, Director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project, Talks GLAD's Summer Party With Special Guest Edie Windsor and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Jennifer L. Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLAD, about the Supreme Court's marriage equality decisions, and about GLAD's Summer Party with special guest Edie Windsor, which takes place in Provincetown, Mass., on July 27.

History Is Made As East European Gay Man Is Permitted To Stay In U.S. After Wedding Partner

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In what's been hailed as one of the first cases of its kind, a Belarusian gay man tied the knot with his American partner in Washington, D.C. and will...

Celebrating Equality in Song and Prayer: A Personal Reflection on the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decisions

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard M. Weinberg

This was a day that I could never have imagined as an adolescent, when I struggled to reconcile my sexuality with religious teachings. This was a day to pause and appreciate how blessed I am now to be part of a church that affirms my full participation.

A Brighter Future for Gay Youth After DOMA

Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D.

Marriage equality would allow new generations of youth, as they recognize that they are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, to envision a life where intimate relationships and acceptance are the norm. Gay and heterosexual people will learn that gay people and their relationships are valued and honored.

Anti-Gay DOMA Defenders Finally Give Up (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

The anti-gay regulations that arose from 17 years of living with DOMA are swiftly crumbling. The loudest death knell so far: a decision by House Republicans to stop their legal defense of laws such as those preventing gay spouses from receiving veterans' benefits.

Carving LGBT Families Out of Immigration Protections: Wrong and Harmful

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Hayley Gorenberg

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and law professor David Strange made a wholly unfounded argument July 18, 2013, in The New York Times. Their attempt to carve LGBT families out of federal immigration protections is baseless and punitive.

Diana King, the First Jamaican Music Artist to Come Out Publicly, Proposes After the Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

Mona Elyafi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mona Elyafi

Since coming out, her other biggest accomplishment came last April, when she performed in Palm Springs at Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend. She mesmerized the crowd with an electrifying performance and delivered a memorable, emotionally charged speech about equality for all.

House Republicans Drop DOMA Defense

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

Lawyers for House Republicans have withdrawn their legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Citing the...

No Honey, No Money: States That Hate Will Ultimately Lose Out

Udi Behr | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Udi Behr

We need to fight with our wallets and rethink where we want to spend our money. Should I go for vacation in a state that treats all people equally, or should I go to a state that discriminates? Do I want to spend my time there? Do I want to buy a winter house there?

DOMA's Fall, Legal Same-Sex Marriage: Formerly Forbidden Fruit Brings Unexpected Sweetness to Binational Couple

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

"I really did not care about gay marriage," said George. "It was just a piece of paper. We got married to get my partner a green card." But once it happened, he said, "I learned how wrong I was. It is more than a visa and tax benefits. You finally feel acceptance and connection at a deeper level."

How The DOMA Decision Affects Divorcing LGBT Couples

Frederick Hertz | Posted 09.16.2013 | Divorce
Frederick Hertz

The recent rulings by the United States Supreme Court on same-sex marriage have generated a fair amount of comment, by lawyers, gay activists, and social commentators. Ironic as it may seem, some of the greatest impact of these decisions will emerge in the parallel universe of marriage, i.e. divorce.

Q-and-A for Same-Sex Couples About to Get Married: The Legal Ramifications

Fred Silberberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Fred Silberberg

Marriage equality is now the law in the most populous state, California, but there are considerations unique to our state's community property system of which people may not necessarily be aware. The following Q-and-A raises some of those issues.

Prop 8 Victory! Here's What's Next (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

So marriage equality finally won in California. Now what? There are 37 answers to that question, and they all entail a lot of work. Interestingly, the tactics in each state are pretty diverse.

Do I Have 'Post-DOMAtic Stress Disorder'?

Judy Rickard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Rickard

My doctor has helped me with some symptoms. My massage therapist has been understanding too. Ditto for my acupuncturist and my chiropractor. Even my dentist sees what stress has done to my teeth and jaws. My lawyer knows better than most what this whole issue involves.

'I Love You With All My Heart'

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marsha Aizumi

Marriage equality has far-reaching effects, bigger than I ever imagined. The Supreme Court gave parents who love their children and want them to have a good life more reason to accept them and their partners. This decision is not weakening the family structure; it has the ability to strengthen it.

Defining 'Traditional Marriage,' Not Redefining It

Sarah Prager | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Prager

How terms like "traditional marriage" and "redefining marriage" are so consistently misused is outrageous and an outrage, so it's time for a history lesson. What I'm going to say has been said before by others, but not nearly enough.

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.

Gay Marriage: The Struggle Is Far From Over

American Anthropological Association | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
American Anthropological Association

The argument goes that gay marriage has never existed in any society until recently, that heterosexual marriage has always existed for thousands of years unchanged, and that homosexuality itself is unnatural. But anthropological research disputes all of this.

Terminally Ill Gay Man Gets Lifelong Wish Of Marrying Partner

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A terminally-ill Ohio man got his lifelong wish over the weekend, tying the knot with his partner of two decades -- but it wasn't an easy journey. ...

Scalia's Gay Marriage Mystery

Salon | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

Antonin Scalia cast the deciding vote to bring same-sex marriage to California. And nobody noticed....

Mormon Church Reaffirms Stance on Traditional Marriage

Derrick Shore | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Derrick Shore

The modern LDS Church has repeatedly stated that marriage is between "a man and a woman." This position is curious considering Mormons' infamous history of plural marriage and the struggles they faced because of it.

That Wednesday

Alexandra Billings | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Billings

Since I began my transition, I have tried to figure out why everyone's so angry at me. And the anger I've been trying to find, the rage I've been trying to identify, culminated on that Wednesday morning when I woke up inexplicably at 7 a.m.

Equality for Some but Not for All

Judah Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judah Robinson

Not having the option to marry the person I love in my home state -- the place where I grew up, where I learned to walk and speak, live and love, the place where I learned what growing up in a loving, committed family felt like -- is proof that the fight for equality still must continue.