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GOP-Led States Accuse Pentagon Of Using Military As Gay Marriage Pawn

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

* Defense chief says action furthers prejudice in military * Officials say Pentagon demand violates state constitutions ...

Moving Beyond Marriage Equality

Erwin de Leon | Posted 12.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

The Williams Institute estimates that about 7,000 gay couples are both non-citizens, and that approximately 267,000 undocumented immigrants identify as LGBT. These individuals do not benefit from the Supreme Court's June ruling, but they will benefit from comprehensive immigration reform.

A Gay Shotgun Wedding

J.J. Stranko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
J.J. Stranko

I never thought I'd be planning a shotgun wedding. Nobody's pregnant; in fact, we're two guys, so we couldn't if we tried. The problem is that after all this waiting and witnessing the triumphant march toward equality, we only have three days in late October to legally marry.

Love Is Love

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Denham

The best reason to attend a wedding is the celebration of the union of the bride and groom... or the groom and groom... or the bride and bride. By and large, people believe that gay weddings are basically the same as straight weddings.

Being Gay in Tel Aviv, the Manhattan of the Middle East

Justine Borer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Borer

Tel Aviv is vaunted as a bastion of liberalism, and that liberalism ostensibly extends to acceptance of gay people. The anecdotal evidence I have collected in my conversations with Israeli friends has given me the impression that, in the aggregate, "macho" Israeli guys tend to be more accepting of gay men than are "macho" American guys.

Lila Shapiro

State Denying Same-Sex Couple's Name Change Could Be Just 'Tip Of The Iceberg'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.17.2013 | Gay Voices

When Danielle McCollum and Shakira Tucker decided to get married in Boston this summer, the women had low expectations of how their home state of Geor...

Supreme Justice: How to Address Judicial Activism in our Courts

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The place for activism is in politics, in the streets, and on the Internet, but not in the courts. That brings us to the question of how to mitigate judicial activism.

Gay Marriage Is 'Contrary To Natural Created Order Of God Almighty,' Pundit Claims

Posted 10.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Over three months have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8, but that hasn't stopped a promi...

John Celock

Some States Requiring Some Married Couples To Be Treated As Singles

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

While the Internal Revenue Service plans to allow same-sex married couples to file joint federal tax returns, not every state will be following suit. ...

Anti-Gay Argle-Bargle

Ian Thompson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

For far too long, the dual discrimination of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" dishonored the service and sacrifice of gay and lesbian members of the Armed Forces. But that's all in the past now, right? Not if some governors have their way.

My Son Didn't Live to See Gay Marriage Legalized, But He'd Be Dancing in the Streets

Sheila K. Collins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sheila K. Collins

Change towards what I believe to be inevitable is happening quickly now. But things have not moved swiftly enough for this mother who, in the mid-1990s, wanted for her gay son what he wanted for himself -- that it be okay that the love of his life was a man, and that he be allowed to marry and raise children.

A "Crisis" Engineered to Subvert Good Order and Discipline

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Because I recognize the important Constitutional role chaplains play, not only in the lives of service members and their families, but also as key members of a commander's special staff, I oppose the latest proposed "solution."

State's Gay Marriage Battle Is Far From Finished

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics

-- A judge's ruling Friday that New Jersey must allow gay couples to marry will not be the last word on the issue after Gov. Chris Christie's adminis...

Still No Movement on Gun Regulation

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It is not likely that there will be any meaningful changes to gun laws in the near future, but in the longer term, the prospects look good. The struggle will not be easy, as almost no progressive struggles are, but the curve is already in the right direction.

Post-DOMA 'Meet the Feds' Round 2: Social Security

Judy Rickard | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

Is Karin a U.S. resident since our domestic partnership in 2007? Since our marriage in 2011? Since she received her green card this past July? The woman who took our case told us that since we were the first such case in our region, a precedent-setting determination has to be made.

Gay Man's Removal From Jury May Result In Landmark Decision

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

A legal battle between two rival pharmaceutical companies may consequentially resolve another, bigger debate: whether gays and lesbians may be exclude...

GOP Gov. Tells National Guard To Halt Gay Benefits

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples, her ...

Supreme Court Judge Brought 'Shame On America' By Officiating Gay Wedding, Group Claims

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Ruth Bader Ginsburg made history last week when she became the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice to officiate a same-sex wedding, just two months after...

How Can Southern Baptist Military Chaplains Continue to Serve 'God and Country'?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

No longer can most Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve with integrity as military officers because their endorser, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, has placed them in an unethical position.

Gay Rights Vs. Religious Rights?

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The rights of religious groups or individuals that object to same-sex marriage continue to clash with those pursued by gay rights advoc...

These Military Chaplains Will Be Fired If They Support Marriage Equality

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The agency that commissions Southern Baptist military chaplains says no Baptist chaplain will be allowed to perform, attend or support ...

Melissa Manchester's Bold New Beginning -- With a Little Help From Her 'Fanchesters'

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.02.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Her first album debuted in 1973, and exactly 40 years later Melissa Manchester is still going strong, thanks in part to her fans, lovingly dubbed "Fanchesters" by the singer's daughter.

Texas National Guard Stalls Gay Benefits

AP | CHRIS TOMLINSON | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive ...

A False Choice: Religious Liberty or Marriage Equality

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Anthony Michael Kreis

Religious liberty and equality are fundamental constitutional values that are both worthy of respect and protection from the law. The peaceful coexistence of religious liberty and sexual minorities' equality is not an elusive pipe dream.

Same-Sex Marriages Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes

Mark Steber | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business
Mark Steber

Beginning with the 2013 tax return, all couples legally married as of January 1, 2014 must file as either married filing jointly or married filing separately and are subject to all federal income tax laws governing marriage including, exemptions, credit and deduction limits, and income tax rates.