Huelskamp is going to continue to try and block same-sex marriages by amending the U.S. Constitution and introducing the Federal Marriage Amendment. Here's the most laughable part: Congressman Huelskamp's home state of Kansas isn't even backing him.
Edie Windsor represents our modern day daughters of Zelophehad. Before the highest court in the United States, the place of justice and authority, this ruling now enables legally married same-sex couples to receive the same rights as married heterosexual couples.
Deen's mistake is not that she once said and did things that most people of her generation and culture have said and done, and which she now regrets. It's that she seems to remain relatively clueless about why there's so much fuss in the first place.
I want to help personalize what it's been like for me to be legally married in a state without the U.S. government recognizing my marriage. I'll start with a concrete example, taxes, since that seems to be the most relatable issue regardless of which political party one belongs to.
No, I was not as happy as many others in my community with the ruling from the Supreme Court on Prop 8; but not just because I'm a hater. I understand it's a victory, a battle won while the war rages. And that's what I'm most angry at: the way we are fighting the war.
The logical conclusion of this reasoning is that if the government could have enforced arranged marriage with a federal law, it should have, since no one could predict the outcome of these newfangled romantic-love marriages, which altered the institution of marriage forever.
DOMA placed a dark cloud over same-sex binational couples, forcing them to live in fear of separation. U.S. citizens, in order to stay together with a foreign same-sex spouse or partner, were often forced to choose between the person they love or the country they love.
This week is a reminder that, while our country has made incredible progress since 1996 -- when Congress passed DOMA, we must also safeguard those gains we have made since 1965 -- when Congress passed the Voting Rights Act.
My client's concerns included finding a "gay-friendly" proposal venue and making sure that the crowds would be accepting of her and her partner showing affection. I was suddenly aware of the fact that I take my ability to just be with my husband in the open for granted.
Trans people are often married when they transition, so these rulings add comfort to knowing that the complicated politics of gendered identity will have less impact on their relationships, particularly when they dissolve or inheritance issues arise.
By simultaneously moving in opposite directions on fundamental principles of civil rights, this Court has torn a hole in our political fabric, and once again left the nation part equal and part unequal.
While it is important to support my own communities when they are discriminated against, it is important for all of us to address oppression itself. Violence and sexism in our culture are not just issues for women, and the experiences of racism are not just issues for people of color.
As I read and listened to the hateful commentary from those against gay marriage, I thought about Mandela and how he fought for equality and led and loved by example. How can any of us deny two consenting adults that love each other deeply the right to marry?
I cried in the office. That has never happened before. I was on a conference call when I clicked the refresh button on my screen, and the reaction was involuntary. I pressed the mute button on my phone, closed the door and cried an ugly, snotty, guttural type of cry that is never not unattractive.
As same sex couples start to register at Crate & Barrel, shouldn't they wonder: Of all the institutions to be committed to, is marriage really the sanest choice? If Hollywood is any guide, it probably isn't.