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Obergefell v. Hodges: The 'Silent Judge' Respectfully Dissents

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whom I refer to as the "Silent Judge" because his silence during Supreme Court proceedings is now legendary, is not "silent" this time -- at least not in the written form.

Mike Huckabee's Blasphemy?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Isn't Mike Huckabee, someone who considers himself a man of faith, taking his Lord's name in vain?

America Becomes More 'American'

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 06.26.2015 | Good News
Robert S. McElvaine

Today, America became more American, in the best sense of that word. When we celebrate Independence Day a week from Saturday, we can rejoice that our nation has moved closer to the ideals upon which it was founded than it has been on any previous Fourth of July.

Save The Date: I Am Now Able to Marry Justin Timberlake

Andrew Gelwicks | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Gelwicks

There is officially marriage equality in America. And all l I can think about is how I can now finally get married to Justin Timberlake (sorry, Jessica).

History Has Been Made! Thank you, America!

Brandon Wallace | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandon Wallace

This decision has refreshed within me a sense of patriotism. In the last few years, we've faced so many negatives in this country that it has made people feel like freedom was something this country was losing.

Oregon State Senator Wants To Improve Quality Of Life For Domestic Workers

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

When Oregon State Sen. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) learned that domestic workers were often not afforded the labor protections enjoyed by workers in oth...

Can Evangelicals and Christians Coexist in America?

Derek Penwell | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I just read an article entitled, "Can Gays and Christians Coexist in America?" Once again, I find myself annoyed by the presumption--the enduring arrogance present in unself-critically asserting that the "Christian position" with respect to LGBTQ people is by definition condemnatory.

Now Is the Time to Start Talking About Racism in the LGBT Community

Ernest Owens | Posted 05.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

As the Supreme Court gets ready to hopefully legitimize a belief that many of us in the LGBT community already consider an inalienable right -- marriage equality for all -- it's high time we start preparing ourselves for the next major issue to address: intersectionality.

Louisiana, It's Time for Change!

Brent Tippen | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Brent Tippen

Mr. Jindal is telling corporations and small businesses "don't waste your breath," when the economy in Louisiana under his watch is failing. His economic development strategy combined with his backward worldview on social issues does not show that Louisiana is open for business.

Getting to Same-Sex Marriage

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Gays and lesbians have been subjected to a long history of invidious discrimination, sexual orientation is not a matter of choice, gays and lesbians have consistently had their interests dismissed and overridden in the political process, and sexual orientation has nothing to do with an individual's ability to perform in society.

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.

This Teacher Is Using Fairy Tales To Show Students What Gender Equality Looks Like

HuffPost Brazil | Andrea Martinelli | Posted 04.17.2015 | Parents

Who said every princess needs a prince? Who said a princess can be kissed in her sleep? Who said true love only exists between a prince and a prince...

Gay Marriage Is Coming To Guam

AP | GRACE GARCES BORDALLO | Posted 06.14.2015 | Gay Voices

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's attorney general directed officials to immediately begin processing same-sex marriage applications Wednesday, putting th...

Deaf Women History Is Something to Celebrate

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women
Lydia L. Callis

Many brave and dedicated deaf women have made invaluable contributions to modern society, despite the odds against them. This powerful minority group has fought against a culture that seeks to silence them-- constantly challenging people's assumptions of who deaf women are, and what they are supposed to be.

Silicon Valley: Where Men Are Wrong and Women Are Wronged

Robin Raskin | Posted 05.31.2015 | Technology
Robin Raskin

What I do doubt is that, with a few exceptions, women will beat men at their own game. They should be hell-bent on changing the playground, not worried about competing on the same over-trodden ground.

Immigrants and Minorities of America, Unite!

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Instead of sitting on different fences, immigrant and minority organizations need to coordinate/unite their efforts with one strategic goal in mind: converting people's perceptions and gaining merited recognition. One commonsense tactical goal may be advancing children's education.

Tennesee Church Posts Awful Message About Equal Rights

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion

A Tennessee church posted a controversial message on its billboard over the weekend that said, "Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights." ...

A Recommitment to Praying With Our Legs

Rabbi Jonah Pesner | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Let the anniversary of Selma inspire all of us to rededicate ourselves to the sacred conversations and actions needed for the pursuit of justice.

Closing the Gender Gap: Time to End Inequality in the Law

Neal Baer, M.D. | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Neal Baer, M.D.

Making equal rights a reality is essential to all our economies, to the health of our friends and families and our communities.

Feminism: It's Not About Blaming Men, It's About Equality

Unwritten | Posted 04.25.2015 | Women
Unwritten

If girls that exhibit masculine tendencies are praised for their strength while boys that display more feminine interests are rejected, what are we teaching children about gender? At a young age, we are already showing children that traditionally feminine characteristics aren't valuable.

Feminism: The New F Word?

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 04.25.2015 | Women
Beth Cone Kramer

Identifying as a feminist doesn't mean we need to cancel our waxing appointments and trade in our stilettos for sensible shoes; nor does it mean we need to bash men and question gender differences.

The Struggle for Equal Rights Continues

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

The tide is shifting both in the judiciary and in the court of public opinion. Civil rights based on race took some time beyond court rulings, but was eventually achieved. Civil rights based on sexual orientation will inevitably follow the same path.

Adventures in Raising an Asian Feminist Daughter

Anushay Hossain | Posted 04.15.2015 | Women
Anushay Hossain

Although I cannot banish princess-glitter junk from her life, I take the opportunity to tell her to be a "princess" who has her own money, a career, and is not just waiting around to be saved by a man. I want her to know the most important thing about her is not her looks.

My Fellow Christians, What Do We Do When Your Religious Beliefs Violate My Religious Beliefs?

Lorie Burch | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Lorie Burch

I'm not saying my religious beliefs are the way for everyone to live or believe. But neither are yours. In fact, they are not truly universal religious beliefs but your personal beliefs. And that's OK. But you don't get to impose those on everyone else to prevent them from living, working, and loving with the same freedom that you are afforded by virtue of who you are.

Modern Marriage

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 02.10.2015 | Weddings
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Weddings are not the end, but a stop on your train. A significant, theatrical, moment during which you receive recognition for who and what you are. As you are, not as you should be.