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Marco Rubio Threatens To Leave Immigration Bill Over Gay Couples

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made another threat on Thursday to walk away from his own comprehensive immigration reform bill, this time ove...

The Importance of the Supreme Court Cases in Unexpected Places

Stuart Gaffney | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Stuart Gaffney

As we enter Pride month, the impact of the Supreme Court hearings on Jason Collins reminds us yet again of the importance of the literally millions of LGBTIQ people who have come out and spoken the truth of their lives to their friends and family and to our nation.

Thanks to David and Jason, From One Binational Same-Sex Couple to Another!

Megan Evans | Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Megan Evans

Thanks to you, the injustice and inequality that binational same-sex couples face as a result of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has finally come to light. The DOMA Project's video about their story, "Missing Husband," has gone viral, and people are starting to finally listen.

Supremely Equal Under the Law

Christine Pelosi | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Like a strong majority of Americans, I believe we are all equal under the law -- now I hope the Supreme Court agrees: any day now we will learn the fates of our voting rights and marriage rights.

A Family Like Any Other -- Sort Of

Jason Howe | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Howe

Two toddlers anxious to hop in their parents' bed. Two parents trying not to start the day any earlier than necessary. It's a struggle repeated every day across the country, except that the two parents in question are both men, the babies born via an egg donor and surrogate mother.

Waiting on the Supreme Court, and Obama's Pen, While Democrats Still Cower

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Even in this time when some pundits claim gays have arrived, our supposed friends are still throwing us overboard, subjecting us to ongoing discrimination. Here's hoping that, even if John Roberts isn't among them, five justices of the Supreme Court get that.

Cautiously Optimistic on Gay Marriage

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In both the Proposition 8 case and the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) case, many are hoping for sweeping rulings that put the subject to rest for all time. Personally, I don't think that's what's going to happen.

Dear SCOTUS: It's Time to Destroy DOMA, the Defense of (Heterosexual) Marriage Act

Murray Lipp | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

DOMA prevents legally married same-sex couples from accessing 1,138 federal rights and benefits associated with marriage. Here are five examples of how the lives of same-sex couples would be improved if the Supreme Court strikes down Section 3 of DOMA.

Out and About: LGBT Legal -- While We Wait, Musings on Marriage

Lisa A. Linsky | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Lisa A. Linsky

When we deprive our fellow citizens of the legal privileges of marriage, we are acting ungenerously, and for no good reason other than to feel entitled, better than a historically disfavored group of people.

Why OutServe-SLDN Represents the Future of the LGBT Movement -- and What They Are Doing About It

Joe Kapp | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Kapp

By exposing its challenges, OutServe-SLDN, the association of LGBT military personnel, veterans, and their families, figured out a way to reinvigorate its mission -- and thus may have revealed the way forward for the larger LGBT movement as more and more of our legal objectives are achieved.

The Civil Rights Success of Attorney General Holder

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

The path of a trailblazer always holds resistance. To pioneer meaningful change, one must be prepared to defend themself against the inevitable opposing force. One man who has come to know this all too well lately is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Emily Swanson

Poll: Americans Sharply Divided On Looming DOMA Decision | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

Americans are sharply divided over whether the Supreme Court should strike down the Defense of Marriage Act when it likely rules on the law later this...

Obama And Department Of Defense Release Statements Commemorating Pride Month

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices

The Office of the Press Secretary has released President Obama's proclamation for June to be observed as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT...

Springfield's Lesson for Chief Justice Roberts

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 08.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Anthony Michael Kreis

It is a matter of if and not when the freedom to marry will prevail in Illinois. However, this week Springfield reaffirmed that the country in which we live is a far cry from a place where politicians are "falling over themselves" to stand for same-sex couples' equality.

Stealing Lives (And Getting Away With It)

Brandon Perlberg | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Brandon Perlberg

More than a year ago, I was forced into exile because the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prevents me from sponsoring my same-sex British partner for a green card, so he had to return to the UK, and I went with him. There are 81 people in Washington who owe me my life back.

The Kennedy Kids

Chris Brady | Posted 07.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Chris Brady

It is noble of Justice Kennedy to show concern for children being raised by same-sex couples, but what about the voices of the millions of LGBT children across America? All children should grow up knowing that when they become adults, they too can have marriages and families.

Don't End the War on Terror

Harvey Fierstein | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Harvey Fierstein

When we excuse homophobia as a matter of opinion instead of treating it as a destructive social illness, we invite fear to explode into violence. How often are the perpetrators of hate crimes discovered to be self-loathing? Valued individuals do not strike out against strangers.

The Top 10 Arguments Against Gay Marriage: All Receive Failing Grades!

Murray Lipp | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

There is no logical or reasonable basis for denying same-sex couples access to secular marriage laws. Opposing the inevitable (marriage equality) is a waste of time, money and energy.

A Flag for a Fallen Soldier, but Not for Her Wife

Karen Morgan | Posted 07.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Karen Morgan

I have a flag that I'm technically not allowed to have: the flag that was draped over my wife's coffin at her funeral. It is military custom to present that flag to the spouse of a fallen soldier, but our marriage doesn't exist in the eyes of the government that she served for 17 years.

DOMA Plaintiff Gets Huge NYU Honor

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.24.2013 | Gay Voices

The spectacular Edith Windsor was present at the NYU commencement ceremonies, where she was awarded the Presidential Medal for her courageous work wit...

Immigration Reform Clears First Hurdle

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The politics of immigration reform are already messy, and they're just going to get messier. The hurdles are going to get a lot higher, and a lot harder to clear. Whether they can be cleared or not may depend on the final tally the bill gets in the Senate floor vote.

WATCH: New Movie Tackles DOMA's Effect On Both Gay And Straight Couples

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.17.2013 | Gay Voices

The new film "I Do" covers the timely topic of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and its effects on gay and straight couples alike. Directed by G...

For the Gay and Undocumented, Stakes Are High Ahead of Court Ruling (VIDEO)

Jens Erik Gould | Posted 07.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Jens Erik Gould

Eric Manriquez, a U.S. citizen, has been legally married to Juan Rivera, an undocumented immigrant, for five years in California, yet Rivera can't apply for a green card through marriage as heterosexual spouses can, because the federal government doesn't recognize their union.

Supporting LGBT Workers and Their Families in Times of Need

Jared Make | Posted 07.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Jared Make

When illness strikes or a child is born or adopted, workers should not have to worry about losing a job or critical income. The LGBT community must join the call for paid leave laws and ensure that all workers have the support and time to recover from illness and care for their loved ones.

Patience on ENDA Until the Supreme Court Rules

Stampp Corbin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Stampp Corbin

There are leaders within the LGBT community who are extremely frustrated that Obama has not issued an order eliminating discrimination in employment for our community. Those leaders are extremely shortsighted and do not fully understand the strategy of the Obama administration.