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The Downside of Marriage Equality

Joanne Sprague | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

Since the Supreme Court's historic rulings against DOMA and Proposition 8, I've heard lots of enthusiastic friends say, "So what's next now that we've achieved gay rights?" LGBT people know that marriage equality is just the tip of the iceberg. Most straight people like me don't.

Chief Justice John Roberts' 'Snippets' Dissent

Charles Francis | Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Charles Francis

"Snippets" of legislative history are not a reason to "tar the political branches with the brush of bigotry," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his dissent in Windsor, supporting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Roberts could have risen above "snippets" to look at congressional history itself.

Will This Divorce Make History?

Posted 08.07.2013 | Divorce

As gay couples in Minnesota counted down the days until August 1 so they could tie the knot, one couple was looking forward to the legalization of sam...

National Marriage Equality Day 2013

Kirsten Palladino | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Kirsten Palladino

Today is National Marriage Equality Day. We created the day on Aug. 7, 2012, as a response to Mike Huckabee's Chick-fil-A Day, in which thousands showed up in the name of homophobia AKA marriage inequality -- or as they spun it, "free speech." Much has changed in 365 days.

Volunteer, Find Love, Support a Good Cause

Frank Mastronuzzi | Posted 10.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Frank Mastronuzzi

Recently, our company, OneGoodLove, the only online dating site for relationship-minded LGBT singles, partnered with three other LGBT companies -- Wolfe Video, Lesbian.com, and Sweet.com -- to raise money for Freedom to Marry's latest campaign.

Chris Christie's Gay Marriage Position Is Pure Nonsense

Slate | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration filed a brief last week defending the state’s 2006 Civil Union Act, which grants gay couples all t...

The Glass Wall That Divides Us

Judy Rickard | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Judy Rickard

I think we live with a more insidious glass wall today -- one that divides our people and keeps our country from being ok. This glass affects men and children as well as women. Unlike yesterday's clear ceiling, it's vertical, blocking interaction while allowing a view.

Raven-Symone Comes Out Via Twitter

Posted 08.03.2013 | Celebrity

Raven-Symonè appears to have put long-held rumors about her sexual orientation to rest when she tweeted that she can "finally get married" and thanke...

Millennials Are Key to Making America Stronger

Neera Tanden | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Neera Tanden

Our country's future demands that we embrace our next generation of leaders -- the often-underestimated Millennials -- who are the largest, most diverse, and most progressive generation the country has ever seen.

'No Longer Can Employers Hide Behind DOMA'

Robin Wilkey | Posted 07.30.2013 | Gay Voices

The historic Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act showed its colors Monday when a federal judge ruled that a lesbian widow is enti...

Why Are Gay Parents Still Struggling For Acceptance, Post-DOMA?

Posted 07.27.2013 | Gay Voices

By Samantha Escobar for YourTango.com Last month, we reached two big milestones in the gay rights movement: the overturning of DOMA and Prop 8. Wh...

Immigration for Same-Sex Spouses in a Post-DOMA World

Scott Titshaw | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Titshaw

Without DOMA, the federal validity of same-sex marriages will depend on state law, but it is not always clear which state law applies after married couples cross state lines: What happens when a couple is married in Massachusetts but lives in Georgia?

My Government Recognizes My Marriage and Welcomes My Wife! Karin Got Her Green Card!

Judy Rickard | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

Now she can be with me legally and safely in the U.S. She can travel on her own or with me and return safely through the U.S. residents' line at border-crossing customs desks. Our future is ours to plan; travel taken and time spent doing it are not at the whim of the U.S. government anymore.

Gay Couple Files Groundbreaking Suit Against Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.26.2013 | Gay Voices

In wake of the Defense of Marriage Act's (DOMA) demise exactly one month ago, a gay couple in Kentucky has become the first to file a federal lawsuit ...

Trayvon Martin, the Voting Rights Act, the Repeal of DOMA and The Sin Warriors: We Are All Connected

Janet Mason | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
Janet Mason

Unfortunately, it is safe to assume that had the U.S. Supreme Court not reached its verdict in 1967, many states would have kept their laws against interracial marriage for as long as they could.

Florida: Sunshine and Low Taxes (But Not for Everyone)

David Seiden | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
David Seiden

While the Supreme Court's ruling was viewed as a victory for same-sex marriages, it notably does not require states to recognize same-sex marriage. In other words, only married same-sex couples living in a state that recognizes such unions are considered married under federal law.

LOOK: Supreme Court Receives 1138 Roses To Celebrate One-Month Anniversary Of DOMA's Demise

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.28.2013 | Gay Voices

One month ago yesterday, June 24, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling it unconstitutional. In recognit...

Jennifer L. Levi, Director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project, Talks GLAD's Summer Party With Special Guest Edie Windsor and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Jennifer L. Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLAD, about the Supreme Court's marriage equality decisions, and about GLAD's Summer Party with special guest Edie Windsor, which takes place in Provincetown, Mass., on July 27.

The Cost of Prejudice

Carol J. Yee | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business
Carol J. Yee

American companies, regardless of whether or not they support gay rights, are facing very complicated and contradictory challenges as they adhere to the laws existing in many U.S. states that discriminate against gays, while providing federal benefits to their same-sex employees.

County Official Defies State's Contentious Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

A Pennsylvania county official is standing up in the face of state's same-sex marriage ban. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that D. Bruc...

History Is Made As East European Gay Man Is Permitted To Stay In U.S. After Wedding Partner

Posted 07.23.2013 | Gay Voices

In what's been hailed as one of the first cases of its kind, a Belarusian gay man tied the knot with his American partner in Washington, D.C. and will...

Celebrating Equality in Song and Prayer: A Personal Reflection on the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decisions

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard M. Weinberg

This was a day that I could never have imagined as an adolescent, when I struggled to reconcile my sexuality with religious teachings. This was a day to pause and appreciate how blessed I am now to be part of a church that affirms my full participation.

A Brighter Future for Gay Youth After DOMA

Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D.

Marriage equality would allow new generations of youth, as they recognize that they are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, to envision a life where intimate relationships and acceptance are the norm. Gay and heterosexual people will learn that gay people and their relationships are valued and honored.

Anti-Gay DOMA Defenders Finally Give Up (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

The anti-gay regulations that arose from 17 years of living with DOMA are swiftly crumbling. The loudest death knell so far: a decision by House Republicans to stop their legal defense of laws such as those preventing gay spouses from receiving veterans' benefits.

Carving LGBT Families Out of Immigration Protections: Wrong and Harmful

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayley Gorenberg

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and law professor David Strange made a wholly unfounded argument July 18, 2013, in The New York Times. Their attempt to carve LGBT families out of federal immigration protections is baseless and punitive.