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Thanks, SCOTUS, But We're Already Married

Lisa Nuyens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lisa Nuyens

I "married" Chrissy Heyne on March 28, 2012, after almost three years together. We have two amazing children, Jonas and Ruby, who keep us busy, happy, and challenged. You may wonder why I put the word "married" in quotation marks.

On Same-Sex Marriage, the Supreme Court Chose States Rights Over Equal Rights

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

To put the current Supreme Court's rulings in perspective, ask yourself this question: Should the states decide whether black Americans can marry white Americans?

LISTEN: Christie Blasts Gay Marriage Rulings

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) blasted the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, calling it "wrong." "I don’t think the ruling...

Speak Up With Jimmy: Victory Rally for Supreme Court Gay Marriage Rulings (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Rally attendees, including incoming Los Angeles city controller Ron Galperin, discuss their joyous reactions to the rulings and the return of same-sex marriage rights in California.

Brand New Day

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

So much bile has been spewed for so long by those who predicted society's total collapse if gay folk were granted equality under the law -- our simple right to the pursuit of happiness.

Marriage Equality's Giant Leap Forward

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm going to stop using the term "gay marriage" ever again in my writing. There is no "same-sex" and "opposite-sex" marriage anymore. There is just marriage, period.

Edie Windsor, DOMA Plaintiff: 'Today, My Country Gave Dignity' To Us

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

Edie Windsor, plaintiff in the Supreme Court case against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, didn't try to contain her excitement and emotion Wednes...

Analysis: Supreme Court Invalidates Section 3 of DOMA, Paving the Way for Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

Scottie Thomaston | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scottie Thomaston

In the end, the Supreme Court today struck down a 1996 federal law that is considered one of the most odious, discriminatory federal laws in existence. It's rare for the court to invalidate a federal law, and even rarer when the law was passed by wide majorities.

What the DOMA Ruling Means for Gay Binational Couples

Erwin de Leon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Erwin de Leon

After wrestling with the immigration system for 23 years, just like that, I have a clear path to citizenship. My husband can finally petition for a green card for me. I am relieved, grateful, and more optimistic than ever about my family's future in the country we call home.

Now We Are Stealing American Spouses Too

Prerna Lal | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Prerna Lal

The Supreme Court's decision to strike down Section 3 of DOMA as unconstitutional comes as a boon for so many same-sex, bi-national couples similarly situated, who have been separated and borne the brunt of discriminatory immigration laws for far too long.

Lila Shapiro

At Stonewall Inn, After DOMA

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, the Stonewall Inn opened earlier than usual. At 10 a.m., the day the U.S. Supreme Court handed the gay rights movement a ...

Is It Hot in Here?: A Jewish Celebration of Love on the Day DOMA Dies

Rabbi Diana Fersko | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Diana Fersko

As a Reform Rabbi, I am proud to officiate same-sex marriages. To all those out there who are looking for a safe religious space to celebrate their simcha (joy), I say, bring it on.

In 2016, Remember This Week at the Supreme Court

Michael Keegan | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

It's been a week of mixed emotions for those of us who care about civil rights. But throughout the week, I have been reminded of one thing: how grateful I am that Mitt Romney will not be picking the next Supreme Court justice.

The End of 'Skim-Milk Marriage'? A Response to the Supreme Court's DOMA and Prop 8 Rulings

Tom Rastrelli | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Tom Rastrelli

The Supreme Court had a chance to end the cycle of injustice in the United States but chose not to. For those of us in the other 37 states, the battle continues. Achieving marriage equality in Oregon, not to mention throughout the South, is not going to be easy.

The Victory Is Not Yet Won

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The joy I feel on this day, June 26th, 2013, when the government of the United States recognized my legitimacy and dignity as a human being, is already short-lived.

It Works! DOMA Decision Stops Deportation Of Gay Immigrant

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Supreme Court's landmark decision to strike down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and essentially nullify California's gay marriage ban...

Jennifer Bendery

GOP Congressman Readies Constitutional Amendment To Ban Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional isn't stopping Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan...

WATCH: How The World Reacted To Landmark SCOTUS Rulings

Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued two landmark rulings on gay marriage, striking down the Defense of Marriage At and allowing same-sex marriages ...

How Many More Decades Before Gays in Mississippi Can Marry?

Andy Thayer | Posted 08.26.2013 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

By declining to give a 50-state equality ruling on Prop 8 today, the Court shows that it still doesn't "get it" with regards to treating LGBTs as equal human beings who should have the same rights as other adults.

WATCH: Pelosi DESTROYS Bachmann In The Best Possible Way

Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics

It took Nancy Pelosi just two words on Wednesday to take Michele Bachmann down a notch. The House minority leader was asked during a press conferen...

Today's Supreme Court Victories: From Convincing to Significant Movement Forward

John Mattras | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Mattras

The fight for equality in 37 other states continues. But we now have clear direction that the Constitution, in addition to the political process and changing attitudes of the general public, are coalescing in favor of marriage equality across the entire country.

Ding, Dong! The Witch Is Dead

Jason Howe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jason Howe

What does it feel like to be like everyone else? As I write this, I can hear my daughter Clara squealing from her high chair in the kitchen as Papá -- who can now become a citizen because I can sponsor him -- tells her not to plaster herself with yogurt.

Hope Will Never Be Silent

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shane Bitney Crone

I remain hopeful that further progressive change is not far beyond our reach. Let us celebrate today but continue to fight for a brighter tomorrow. Do not lose sight of the struggles for equality and justice that persist. We will bring light to places still living in fear, hate, and ignorance.

Elise Foley

Binational LGBT Couple On DOMA: 'We Have Our Lives Back'

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Judy Rickard rose early in California on Wednesday, opened SCOTUSblog and waited, with her wife, Karin Bogliolo, at her side. Rickard ha...

ENGAGED!

Posted 06.26.2013 | Celebrity

It's been more than three years since she started dating sitcom writer and producer Linda Wallem, and now Melissa Etheridge is looking forward to "exe...