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The Evolution Of Leadership: Hillary Clinton And DOMA

Elizabeth Birch | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth Birch

Today, regardless of lessons learned over the years, it is important that every young person understand that Hillary Clinton is one of the most important global voices on LGBT human rights in our time.

Sorry, Hillary, Gay Rights Advocates Say Bernie Is Right On DOMA History

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Late last week, the two leading Democratic presidential candidates sparred over one of the darker chapters of the gay rights movement: ...

How Hillary Clinton's and Bernie Sanders' DOMA Revisionism Harms LGBT Rights

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

What Sanders exposed is a simple truth: Clinton, in an interview on Rachel Maddow last week, revised the history of her husband and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

It's All So Calculated: Kim Davis and The Pope

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Non-Catholics need to recognize that the "breath of fresh air" pope presides over a misogynist and homophobic hierarchy and is doing little to change that. Catholics need to know that there is one way to make change in the leadership of the church: cash.

How Many Jewish New York Lesbians Did It Take to Bring Down DOMA?

Jeffrey S. Trachtman | Posted 10.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey S. Trachtman

There were many milestones in the march to marriage equality, but Kaplan has the right to crow about this one: she picked the right client, litigated the hell out of the case and established the precedent on which dozens of courts relied over the next two years in striking down marriage discrimination.

Marriage Equality Opponents Need to Admit Actual Reason for Their Loss

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

It is well beyond time that the lgbt community recognize and call out this ridiculous Kim Davis drama for what it is - merely a sideshow to cover up the fact that the overall case against marriage equality was nothing more than a pitiful delusion.

Edie Windsor, a Sports Bet and Exactly One Hundred Masturbating Gay Men

Sean O'Toole | Posted 09.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean O'Toole

"I lost a bet on a Cubs game and I have to watch 100 gay guys jerk off on this site as my forfeit. You are number 13. Will you click next please?" Suddenly, I felt incredibly protective of all the other masturbating gay guys.

Hungry for Rights

Judge Kemp | Posted 08.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Judge Kemp

The justices serve up a healthy portion of civil equality for everyone to digest. Some people will complain about having been forcibly fed this meal, while others will swallow and move on with their lives knowing that their well being matters.

Capturing the Untold Personal Stories from Four Decades of Fighting for Marriage

Matt Baume | Posted 07.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

It's almost too incredible to believe: it took under 50 years for us to go from the Stonewall Riots, the foundation of the modern LGBT equality movement, to national marriage equality. How did that happen -- and who's responsible?

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 | 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 | 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...