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DOMA Attorney Calls For National 'Anthony Kennedy Day' Holiday

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices

June 26 has officially become a milestone date in LGBT history, and attorney Roberta Kaplan, who represented Edith Windsor in the landmark case that o...

How Will the Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Impact Employers?

Julie Stich | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Julie Stich

The case, Obergefell v. Hodges, a composite of four lower-court cases involving four states--Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky--has ramifications for employers and employees in all states.

On LGBT Rights, Bernie Leads and Hillary Follows

Scott Novak | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Scott Novak

Have you seen Hillary Clinton's new video supporting LGBT marriage equality? The de facto campaign ad is quite touching, and it's refreshing to see candidates so openly promoting LGBT rights.

The Supreme Court Has Just Destroyed Marriage

James Heffernan | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

Today, June 26, 2015, a day that will live in infamy, the Supreme Court has just destroyed the great battleship of marriage. Sent a kamizake pilot right through its bridge. Blown it to smithereens.

Where Have All the Good Ones Gone?

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Paula K. Garrett

I grew up thinking Billy Graham was a hero. My family was Baptist; my dad, a Baptist preacher. I was an adult before I realized Graham wasn't exclusively Baptist though by then he might as well have been because conservative Christians seemed, largely, to have let go of doctrinal differences in favor of ideological absolutes.

A Queer Movie That Doesn't Lead With Its Queer Foot

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 06.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Beauchamp

While the film doesn't revolve around sexuality, through the character of Shirin, Akhavan sheds light on an otherwise underrepresented group of people. "No one believes in bisexuality," Akhavan says.

Social Security Continues Discriminating Against Same Sex Married Couples By Making Them Pay Thousands of Dollars for Agency Mistake

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Prindiville

It's really pretty simple: "The victims of that discrimination should not be the ones to pay for the agency's mistake," said Gerald McIntyre, one of the Justice in Aging attorneys on the case.

The Four Financial Plans Every Gay Couple Should Make Before They Get Married

Michael Most | Posted 06.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Most

One day soon, same sex couples won't have to play hopscotch with financial equality and inequality, but until then, good financial planning can help ensure you come out a winner.

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

Matt Baume | Posted 05.31.2015 | 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.

Celebrate FMLA Justice

Nora T. Akins | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Nora T. Akins

All legally married couples, whether opposite-sex or same-sex, or married under common law have consistent access to family leave rights under the FMLA. The Department of Labor estimates this change will result in more than 8,000 additional instances of FMLA leave.

When Did Biblical Marriage Get to Be a Thing?

Ellin Jimmerson | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Ellin Jimmerson

I found myself asking, "When did 'biblical marriage' get to be a thing?" And when did "biblical marriage" come to mean opposition to same-sex marriage?

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...

The Supreme Court and the Power of Windsor

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Stuart Gaffney

With the Supreme Court's announcing it will review marriage discrimination laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, we look to the Court to apply United States v. Windsor, its powerful 2013 decision striking down Section 3 of DOMA, to establish marriage equality nationwide.

Doing the Right Thing on Marriage in the Supreme Court

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Even if the country would eventually get to national recognition of marriage equality through the democratic process -- and that is a big "if" -- the Court is doing its duty by stepping in now.

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.

The Future of Marriage

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Divorce
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

Right now, about 40% of Americans think marriage is obsolete as a concept. They are not sure it is even necessary. As a result, less couples than ever before are married, and marriage rates will continue to decline into the future.

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.

Attorney General Predicts Gay Marriage Support (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is heading for the exit, but before he goes, he has some good news for gay and lesbian couples.

Dear Supreme Court Justices

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Paula K. Garrett

I'm writing today on behalf of my 6-year-old son. He has two moms. He doesn't know that his parents are somehow less than in the eyes of many including, apparently, some of you.

Same Sex Marriage, Taxes and Winning the Lottery

Don McNay | Posted 10.10.2014 | Business
Don McNay

The first step that all seriously committed couples, same sex or heterosexual, should do is find a competent financial planner to help them plot out a well thought out strategy.

The Colorado Attorney General's Ugly and Wasteful Crusade Against Marriage Equality

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

The backwards ideas of one person should not hold up the freedom to marry for an entire state.