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Texas Brings DOMA Back From the Dead to Deny Gay Couples' Medical Leave

Matt Baume | Posted 03.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

If you're straight and you need time off to care for a sick spouse, federal law requires that you get Family and Medical Leave. If you're gay, you could get denied that right, depending on what state you live in.

Fine And Legal Fees For Discriminating Against Gay Couple Will Allegedly 'Financially Devastate' Florist

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.30.2015 | Gay Voices

The Washington florist who turned away a pair of gay grooms-to-be who sought flowers for their wedding has been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, plus $1 ...

Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Al Sharpton

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life.

Christian Paranoia Makes for Awful Legislation

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Christians across the country are paranoid. In their minds, there is an unmitigated war on Christianity, where Christians are becoming the most ostrac...

Pat Robertson: Gay Couples 'Have Tried To Destroy Marriage'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.30.2015 | Gay Voices

Responding to a "700 Club" viewer whose married gay son hopes to adopt a child, right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson argued that same-sex couples "h...

Ghosts in the Courtroom

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The Mattachine brief, and the archival rescue that went into it, is in partial payment of an historic debt. But victory in the marriage cases will not complete that debt.

Upon The Adoption Of "Marriage Between Two People"

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

It has been a good while since the PCUSA has led our country by our witness to justice, love in action.

Must Sadism Be Cleared to Gather Signatures?

Hans Johnson | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Hans Johnson

The wrestling match now unfolding in California over a proposed ballot measure aimed at exterminating gay people is actually a teachable moment, and not only about religious extremism and violent hate. It calls attention to the value of a simple screen test for the subjects of initiatives and constitutional amendments. In this area, California might take a lesson from New Mexico.

Congressman Compares Gays To Slave Owners After His Website Gets A Surprise Pro-Queer Makeover

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices

Idaho Rep. Paul Shepherd (R-Riggins) got a big surprise this week when a college student reportedly purchased his former website and turned it into a ...

What Fundamentalists Are Missing About Religious Freedom Bills

Kevin Thornton | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

I grew up in southern Indiana right where the Ohio River makes a curly seam against Kentucky. I was a Southern Baptist boy, at first by tradition and then by choice. That's what we Southern Hoosiers did in those days.

Entrepreneurs: Tessa Kahoun, AZ's Foremost Wedding Planner

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 03.25.2015 | Weddings
Johnathan Cardillo

Well, one day, I was telling a co-worker how I was helping a friend plan her wedding and she said, "Tessa, why don't you just do that full-time? Didn't you work in events before?"

Texas Sues to Stop Gays From Taking Family Leave

Matt Baume | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Texas just filed a lawsuit to prevent gays and lesbians from taking family medical leave. And it's going to take at least five different bills to overturn Michigan's marriage ban.

Great News For Puerto Rico's LGBT Community

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2015 | Gay Voices

SAN JUAN, March 20 (Reuters) - The Puerto Rican government will no longer defend a law that bans same-sex couples from marrying and does not recogni...

When It Comes To Gay Marriage, This Adorable 5-Year-Old Knows Exactly What's Up

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.20.2015 | Gay Voices

Video footage of an adorable 5-year-old's outspoken support for same-sex marriage is making the blogosphere rounds. As she twirls in a "Frozen" dr...

WATCH: TV Game Show + Marriage Proposal = Absolutely Wonderful Melt Down

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 03.19.2015 | Gay Voices

We literally can't believe how absurdly perfect this gay marriage proposal is. On a recent episode of "Let's Make A Deal," one gay men turned a led...

A Step Forward For Costa Rica's LGBT Community

Reuters | Posted 03.19.2015 | Gay Voices

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, March 18 (Reuters) - Costa Rica will this week put forward a plan to allow same-sex civil unions based on previous initiatives...

Audacious Goals and Incremental Victories

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

As an American and as an Episcopalian, I was raised to pledge to and pray for two audacious goals: "liberty and justice for all" and "thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven," respectively. Yesterday's historic step by the Presbyterian Church USA brought us a little closer to both.

The Animus Amicus: Archive Activism and Marriage Equality

Peter Montgomery | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter Montgomery

The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., is using the Freedom of Information Act to unearth a "culture of animus" that permeated the U.S. Civil Service Commission -- now known as the Office of Personnel Management -- and demonstrate that anti-equality laws and regulations have long been grounded in hostility, which is not a permissible justification for discrimination.

Homophobia Hiding in Plain Sight

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Anyone who didn't see the homophobia at CPAC -- and the organizing around it that still animates much of the conservative movement, and is bowed to by the GOP -- must have been wearing blinders.

Presbyterian Church Redefines Marriage To Include Same-Sex Couples

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion

The tide has turned for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to be married in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Following years of...

Laws to Stop Marriage Equality Grow Increasingly Weird

Matt Baume | Posted 03.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Texas is pushing a proposed law that would let the state overrule the Supreme Court. There's just one problem: they can't actually do that.

Are The US Territories Still Too Conservative For Same-Sex Marriage?

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 03.14.2015 | Gay Voices

While more than 70 percent of U.S. states now allow same-sex marriage, the waves of change have yet to reach America's far-flung and socially conserva...

How Christianity Really Started

Douglas Boin | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Douglas Boin

"The Christians" weren't the standoffish clique historians frequently make them out to be. Many Christians, in fact, were perfectly good Roman citizens. Shockingly, though, very few people have ever gone back to listen to the stories of the quieter ones who lived their lives without any hint of drama.

Oklahoma Bill Would Give Clergy Power Over Marriage Licenses

Religion News Service | Greg Horton | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) -- In an effort to block the state’s involvement with gay marriage, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday ...

Who Tells the History

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

We must be bold enough to tell our own histories, even as we strive to listen more faithfully. The president reminds us, "America is not some fragile thing."