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Release The Tapes And Heal a Nation

Rick Jacobs | Posted 10.28.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

The evidence in Perry v. Schwarzenegger made clear that gays and lesbians are denied full equality because of historic prejudice and fear. There is no other reason, but the problem is only 0.000001 percent of Americans actually got to see it.

Prop 8 Ruling One Year Later: Pulling Back the Curtain on the Right's Dirty Tricks

Rick Jacobs | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

A year ago today, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Prop 8. I thought the war had finally been won. We were elated. It was truly justice done. But as with so much else, it was also justice unfinished.

Should Judge in Same-Sex Marriage Case Be Recused?

Adam Winkler | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Implicit in Prop. 8 supporters' effort to recuse Judge Walker is the notion that, unlike a gay judge who might benefit from marriage, a heterosexual judge would be impartial. The ironies abound.

All For One and One For Some?

Martin Maidenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Martin Maidenberg

Mayor Bloomberg now has an opportunity to stand up for the equality of all groups, including gays and lesbians, with regard to the separation of church and state.

Judging the Judge: A Matter of Rights and Wrongs

Judith S. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith S. Kaye

All judges have personal qualities, among them sex, age, race, background, experience and religious beliefs. But this does not mean they aren't able to look beyond personal factors and decide cases based on the facts and the law.

The Prehistory of Prop 8

Christopher Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Ryan

When defenders of "traditional marriage" make their appeals to some universally-accepted notion of what marriage is, they're talking through their hats. No such institution exists, or ever has.

Judge Vaughn Walker Gets Smeared By the Media

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelangelo Signorile

Judge Walker has not ever confirmed to anyone in the media what sexual orientation he may be. And yet most major media organizations have reported on him as gay or had commentators saying it.

Upshot of California Gay Marriage Case: When the Right-Wing Is Forced to Make its Case, It Has None

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

It's to be savored when in a venue in which facts cannot be twisted or eschewed altogether and reason cannot be cavalierly dismissed, we get to witness an outcome based in facts, reason and reality.

Is There Really a "Fight" for Gay Marriage?

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

Before we question whether Democrats and Obama are doing enough for the rights of gays and lesbians, we must first ask if gays and lesbians are doing enough for the rights of gays and lesbians.

Conservative Hypocrisy Is Alive and Well in Respect to Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

A reminder: Courts have the right and duty to declare a law invalid when it conflicts with the Constitution. There is no proviso stating "so long as the conservatives agree with the decision."

Finding Marriage Material at the Prop 8 Rally (VIDEO)

Bryan Safi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bryan Safi

When California's anti-gay Proposition 8 was declared unconstitutional, LA gays headed to West Hollywood to celebrate. I did too! What a thrilling day! But I also decided to go with a slightly different goal: to try to land a husband.

Republican-Appointed Judge Delivers Prop 8 Decision

Richard Grenell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Grenell

Why do gay leaders continue to support the Democrats with reckless abandonment? While Republicans have a mixed record of support for gay issues, recent trends show dramatic improvement.

Prop 8: Let's Get Rid of Marriage Instead!

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

For millions of Americans like me -- gay, straight and in the vast hinterlands in between -- the little box of traditional marriage is too constricting for our evolving notions of love and partnership.

Equality on Trial: Judge Walker's Amazing Questions for Closing Argument

Rick Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

2010-06-10-walkersquestions.jpg On Tuesday, Judge Vaughn Walker issued a series of questions -- stunning in their breadth, complexity and essence -- for the parties to the federal Prop. 8 trial. Never in American history has homosexuality been on trial in this way.