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Marriage Equality

Behind the Marriage Controversy, a Massive Confusion About Love

John Backman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
John Backman

I've noticed a deep and disturbing trend: a massive confusion in U.S. culture over the word love. The truth is, we toss the word around in many different ways. Most of them are unhelpful. Some are downright destructive.

How A Kentucky Clerk Became An Ultimate Symbol Of Bigotry

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Davis is going down as a martyr to cause, having galvanized bigots and religious extremists across Kentucky and across the country, claiming that their religious freedom has been infringed upon by the Supreme Court's ruling.

Here's How Donald Trump Would Explain His Anti-Gay Marriage Stance To His Grandkids

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices

If Donald Trump had a gay grandchild, how would he explain his stance against same-sex marriage?  "Well, it's the way it is," Trump sai...

Appeals Court To Defiant Kentucky Clerk: Issue Marriage Licenses To Gays

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics

A federal appeals court has ordered a defiant Kentucky county clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples -- rejecting her bid to put an e...

This Kentucky Clerk Vows To Die For The Right To Oppose Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices

A Kentucky county clerk who has been outspoken in his opposition to marriage equality now says he'll "die" fighting to keep same-sex couples fro...

If We're Winning the Battle for Equality, Why Do People Keep Yelling "Faggot?"

Raina Bowe | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Raina Bowe

How is it, despite all our social progress, even with hundreds of people around, some people find it completely acceptable to spread such hate?

Will Gays Abandon Hillary Clinton if Joe Biden Jumps Into the Presidential Race?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Political strategists still debate whether Biden forced President Obama to move more quickly on marriage equality -- something Biden surely would like us to believe -- or if he was part of a trial balloon days before the president finally announced support in the spring of 2012 (most reports point to the former). But the bottom line is Biden was first, ahead of Obama and Hillary Clinton -- who was last out of the gate among the three.

How to Be a Groomsgal

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Weddings
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Unfortunately, like a bridesman, a groomsgal could also be the bridal party member who faces the most scrutiny and blame from guests who are afraid of change.

Couple Who Helped Win Marriage Equality Finally Ties The Knot

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.24.2015 | Gay Voices

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Model's $25 Million Estate In Limbo Since She Could Never Wed Her Partner

DNAInfo | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.20.2015 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK CITY — The $25 million estate of a late lesbian model and actress may languish in permanent limbo, collecting dust in an unclaimed fun...

The Dumbest Argument Supporting Chick-fil-A's Stance Against Marriage Equality

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Sometimes Conservative talking heads promote a story without taking any time to see if the moral of the story fits their narrative. An excellent example of this comes from Allen West website editor-in-chief, Michele Hickford, who recently penned an article titled "Liberals start screaming: Chick-fil-A restaurant owner does the unimaginable to his employees."

Wonder Woman Officiates Her First Gay Wedding

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.19.2015 | Gay Voices

The world's most iconic female superhero isn't just a supporter of same-sex marriages -- she officiates them, too. That's right, Wonder Woman pre...

Conservative Christians Are Still Fighting Gay Marriage, But It's An Uphill Battle Against The Courts

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 08.19.2015 | Gay Voices

For more than 20 years, conservative Christians have been building the case that laws protecting gay people and legalizing same-sex marriage place an...

An Open Letter to My Future Parents In-Law Who Won't Attend Our Wedding

James Y. | Posted 08.21.2015 | Gay Voices
James Y.

I learned that being gay is an inborn trait no different than height and hair color. After all, if it weren't, don't you think centuries of fervent efforts to rid humanity of it would have shown at least some modicum of success? Yet here we are.

Why A Kentucky Judge's Order Is Both A Win And A Loss For These Gay Couples

Associated Press | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.18.2015 | Gay Voices

MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Two same-sex couples in this small eastern Kentucky county got everything they wanted in a ruling from a federal judge Mon...

An LGBT Ally's Message to Would-Be Allies

Timothy Kurek | Posted 08.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Timothy Kurek

Practicing intentional empathy is at the core of not only my Christian beliefs, but also my beliefs of what every ally/activist must do in order to effectively assist and advocate for a marginalized group in today's world.

What It's Like To Come Out Later In Life As A Binational Couple

Caroline Hart | Posted 08.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Caroline Hart

My wife, Laurie Hart, and I both came out later in life. She was 34 and I was 42, so that was the first of many hurdles we had to get over. We had ...

"The Lucky Country"... Really?

Harry Cook | Posted 08.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Harry Cook

Australia used to hold the title of "The Lucky Country"... Yeah, lucky if you're a heterosexual, caucasian male. The rest of us are screwed.

Civil Servants, Civil Rights, Civil Duties

Ronit Y. Stahl | Posted 08.15.2015 | Politics
Ronit Y. Stahl

Religion does not exempt civil servants from civil duties--nor should it, because public officials, whether appointed, elected, or merely hired, do not act as individual believers but as representatives of the state.

Presidential Wannabes Call for Greater Citizen Equality - Except When It Comes to Our Youngest Citizens

Christopher Phillips | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Calls for greater equality are all the rage among many candidates for the highest office in the land. For Lawrence Lessig, a widely admired advocate for campaign finance reform who just threw his hat in the ring, "citizen equality" is what matters.

The New Equality Act: Every Great Company Should Step Up Now and Support this Legislation

Elizabeth Birch | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Elizabeth Birch

A recent LGBT victory in the US Supreme Court brought marriage equality to every state in our nation. But it still comes as news to many Americans that if you are gay, you can still be fired in many jurisdictions in this country.

Patrick Stewart: Marriage Equality Makes The World 'More Fair'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.13.2015 | Gay Voices

Sir Patrick Stewart couldn't be more thrilled to live in a world that's becoming a little more equal.  The actor got political in a con...

How Has the Marriage Equality Ruling Affected Queer Liberation?

Ed Coffin | Posted 08.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Ed Coffin

The marriage movement basically packaged things up in a way that was appealing to straight people, because the major gay groups working in the marriage movement attempted to make us appear as heteronormative as possible.

Australian Lawmaker Gives Emotional Pro-Gay Marriage Speech About Uncle Who Died From AIDS

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.12.2015 | Gay Voices

  An Australian lawmaker and member of Parliament addressed his colleagues this week about the ongoing debate surrounding same-sex...

Moving Los Angeles

Joel Epstein | Posted 08.12.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Changes in the way we think about mobility is continuing to happen in Los Angeles because the old models of moving people around the region are severely limited and are not doing the trick for a growing number of us.