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Defense of Marriage Act

Argle-Bargle: What Justice Scalia Still Doesn't Get About Marriage

Jay Michaelson | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

Really? Argle-bargle? The term doesn't appear in my dictionary, but I take it to mean an incoherent ramble, the equivalent of gibberish. And to apply it to the legal arguments that a generation of lawyers and legal scholars have debated for years is, itself, offensive.

Scalia Fails To Grasp True Democracy

Salon | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics

Recent events in Washington invite us to think about the meaning of democracy. On June 19, dignitaries gathered in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to ...

Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling Already Reaching Other Cases

AP | By MARK SHERMAN | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to...

The Big Challenge Posed By Marriage Equality

Reuters | Posted 09.04.2013 | Divorce

(The author is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.) By Geoff Williams July 5 (REUTERS) - Gay cou...

The Very Public, Very Desperate Crumbling of the Anti-gay Right

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 09.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Maybe despite their screams to the press that they would win, they knew what was coming, what was inevitable. What followed that amazing day when my husband and I woke up without equality and went to bed with 1,100 more rights, was truly dumbfounding.

The Day I Got Gay Married: Trading in Skepticism for Matrimony

Jasmin Singer | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Jasmin Singer

We had intended to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek about our marriage. In the hours leading up to the "I do," we kept trying the word "wife" on for size, and then guffawing at the absurdity of how it sounded. But before we knew it, romance had crept in.

Scalia Plagued By Jekyll-And-Hyde Moment

The Daily Beast | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics

“Will the real Justice Scalia please stand up, please stand up.” These slightly altered lyrics from Eminem’s 2000 hit "The Real Slim Shady” ke...

What Will the Future of Heterosexism Look Like?

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

Do the increasing acceptance of homosexuality and the recent Supreme Court rulings mean that anti-LGBT prejudice is on the way out? Not exactly. Just like racism and sexism are alive and well in 2013, I suspect the same will be true for heterosexism several decades from now.

A Gay Man's Moment of Patriotism

Brent Almond | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

On the steps of the Supreme Court, we began to sing the national anthem. I'm amazed by how incredible it feels to sing this. It's a powerful thing to hear a host of men's voices blending together, marginalized citizens showing pride in and passion for a country slow to embrace them fully.

'Who Would Choose Such a Difficult Life If They Were Normal?'

Cindy Zelman | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Cindy Zelman

At 18, I stuffed my natural attraction to women down into my soul and chose to date men, all because a shrink had said that anyone who was homosexual couldn't possibly be normal, because who would "choose" such a difficult life?

Civil Rights Whiplash at the U.S. Supreme Court

Suzanne B. Goldberg | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Suzanne B. Goldberg

Last week's Supreme Court rulings will enable more discrimination against women and racial minorities. Yet because none of these cases presented discrimination as blatantly as DOMA did, the justices could more easily disclaim responsibility for the anti-equality consequences of their rulings.

And Marriage Makes Three: A Gay Rights Trilogy Secures a Legacy

Julie A. Nice | Posted 09.02.2013 | San Francisco
Julie A. Nice

The Supreme Court's landmark ruling this week in U.S. v. Windsor invalidating Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act follows a path carefully forged by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The Flag Waves On: How I Unexpectedly Became the Face of the Marriage Equality Movement Last Week

Vin Testa | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Vin Testa

The feeling was exhilarating; the moment I was handed the DOMA decision by one of the interns and was pushed on to deliver the news is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life. Looking into the crowd of hundreds who had gathered, I became overwhelmed with emotions.

As DOMA Collapses, I Remember Libertarian Gay Activist Roy Childs

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Mariotti

As someone who believes unconditionally in personal and economic liberty, the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act warmed my heart. It also brought back memories of one of the warmest people I've ever known.

A Moment in Time

Donna Red Wing | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Last year, my partner Sumitra and I moved to Iowa to get married. After 26 years, we will finally tie the knot this fall in Des Moines. And it occurred to me the night of the Supreme Court rulings that my marriage would mean so much more now.

WATCH: Queer Artist's Beautiful Song About Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices

With the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8 being struck down last month, many queer people are planning on heading to the ...

Why Gay Marriage May Not Be the Best Thing for Queer Families

Kimberly Dark | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Kimberly Dark

I want the children of queer families to have all the rights and privileges that other kids have, but we need to be careful how we get there. Largely, it's been by arguing that we're "normal," just gay. I think we should model higher aspirations for our children than being seen as "just like everyone else."

Breaking Down Immigration Rules for Same-Sex Binational Couples

Mike Spradley | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Mike Spradley

Immigration is very complicated, so I contacted Bryan K. Randolph, an attorney practicing in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area who is preparing to face an influx of cases of binational same-sex couples seeking recognition of their relationships for the purpose of immigration.

The Love Party: Celebrating the Downfall of DOMA

Mia Norton | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Mia Norton

How does one explain to her young child the significance of a day like this? How do I teach her about the pain and the anguish that so many have suffered leading up to this day? How can I show her that now our dear friends and family can solidify their commitments to one another?

Jennifer Bendery

House Republican Introduces Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As promised, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) introduced legislation late Friday to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage. The b...

After Wedding Bliss, What's Next? The Jokes

Ted Johnson | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Ted Johnson

When I got married, less than two weeks before the November 2008 election, more than a few straight male friends said, in a tone of irreverence, "What's wrong with gay marriage? If you want to be as miserable as the rest of us, fine." Nearly five years in, I've succumbed to the same schtick.

The Moral Arc of the Universe and Marriage Equality in the United Methodist Church

Christopher H. Evans | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Christopher H. Evans

The question facing the United Methodist Church as it wrestles with its stance on GLBT issues is not to discard a reliance on scripture, but to recognize that scripture can only take us so far.

Born to See Equality for All LGBTs?

Thom Senzee | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Thom Senzee

Let's celebrate our #DoubleRainbow victories today, tomorrow and all through the summer. This is our Summer of Love. But let's also remember the "T" in "LGBT." The fight for their rights has only begun.

Justice Is Justice

Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt | Posted 08.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

One of us, a straight African American woman, is a parish minister in New York City. The other is a lesbian white woman who ministers from Minneapolis. Both of us are allies in the larger struggle for justice in a profoundly unjust world. Today, we find ourselves needing to speak with one voice.

How Does It Feel to Be Southern and LGBTQ After the SCOTUS Decisions? Let's 'Marry the Movement' (VIDEO)

Caitlin Breedlove | Posted 06.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Caitlin Breedlove

We made this video because we believe that the real victory in DOMA and Prop 8 being struck down is the victory of thousands of LGBTQ people and our allies who have changed the culture of this country, not just its policies and laws.