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Dear Pat Robertson... Again

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

You're a fearmonger, spreading fable's into an already vulnerable society that fears what they don't understand. And many won't take the time to try to understand because people like you are telling them that people like me are pedophiles and they just listen.

Huckabee's Hitler Hysteria: A New Low

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Lev Raphael

For a man who claims to have visited Auschwitz and Birkenau three times, he doesn't seem to have learned anything there.

The Equality Act, Part One -- Introduction

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Last Thursday Senate and House Democrats, 205 in all, introduced the Equality Act (S.1858/H.R.3185). Like ENDA since 2009, it is fully inclusive, covering gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. That is today's reality, and will not be a bargaining chip.

A Failure to Listen

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

This past week I was at the Netroots Nation 2015 conference. In the past, this has been one of my favorite progressive events, full of both energy and positivity. This year the theme was intersectionality within the LGBT movement. I am forced to report that we are failing at it. Horribly.

How This Jewish Couple Balances Their Queer Identity With Faith

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices

Above all, Emet and Jessica Ozar say their marriage has been an invaluable lesson in balancing their queer identities with their deep religious faith...

Just as the U.S. Legalized Gay Marriage, I'm Getting a Divorce

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 07.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

Standing in the shadows next to happy couples celebrating their love and marriage benefits is something no one wants to talk about: in establishing a legal foundation for marriages that last, the marriage equality movement also has laid a safe, clear, and legal path for those people like Tracie and me, who have decided to divorce.

The Gay Marriage Ruling And A Fight To Make Ohio and America Whole

Hans Johnson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Anti-LGBT bullying and job and housing bias persist in America's heartland, as do misguided drives by some extremists to give bigotry justified by religion the force of law. But even they see the writing on the wall. The days of the gay exception are numbered.

The GOP Plan to Stoke Anti-Gay Bigotry in 2016

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

While it may be accurate to say that a majority of the American public has "moved on" with regard to marriage equality, that's not true among the base of the GOP. And, more critically, the majority of Americans in general hasn't "moved on" when it comes to "religious liberty" vs. "gay rights," not by a long shot.

Ted Cruz Calls Gay Marriage Ruling The 'Very Definition Of Tyranny'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) claims the recent Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage and Obamacare are the "very definition of tyrann...

Pat Robertson Claims Gay Marriage Will Lead To 'Love Affairs Between Men And Animals'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.22.2015 | Gay Voices

You didn't expect Pat Robertson to let the Supreme Court's June 26 ruling on same-sex marriage happen without one of his signature anti-gay ...

Kentucky Clerk Says She 'Prayed And Fasted' Before Deciding To Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 07.22.2015 | Gay Voices

A Kentucky county clerk says she "prayed and fasted" before ultimately deciding to stop issuing marriage licenses altogether in the wak...

As a Gay Widower, What the Word Marriage Means to Me

Keith Henry | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Keith Henry

Marriage is not just the giddy beginning of a life together, but also what happens throughout and at the end.

Actually, Justice Alito, Liberty Is Nothing to Be Afraid Of

Evan Bernick | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

While "liberty" is indeed an abstract concept, the Constitution is full of such concepts, and concerns about abuse do not excuse judges from conscientiously interpreting and applying those concepts.

Ted Cruz Applauds Iowa Couple Who Refused To Host A Same-Sex Wedding

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came out with a new video on Tuesday, highlighting a straight Iowa couple w...

You Don't Own Marriage: An Open Letter to Bishop Thomas

Shannon Deep | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Shannon Deep

I got an email from a cousin of mine last week. "Shannon, Your dad wanted me to send you this horrible letter from our church- also sending you wha...

Celebrating Freedom Of -- And Freedom From -- Religion

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Your personal opinions and beliefs about who should or should not be getting married has absolutely no bearing on who you issue marriage licenses to as a county clerk. Period.

Bill Clinton Is Sorry For A Lot Of Things

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

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Boy Scouts of America Deserves Condemnation -- Not Praise

Peter McGraith | Posted 07.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter McGraith

Robert Gates is not to blame that the ban on homosexual adult leaders was not addressed years sooner, but he must answer for the current plan that seeks to devolve anti-LGBT discrimination to all of those faith-based chartered organizations that might prefer to exclude LGBT parents. This is wrong and divisive.

The Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality

Adam Phillips | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

Billy Graham's son is terrified that President Obama and a whole host of us have chucked out our Bibles in order to support marriage equality. This is laughable if it weren't so powerfully sad. Here's the thing, Franklin: You need to read your Bible better.

Homosexuality: It's Time We Reconcile Our Beliefs with Scientific Evidence and 21st Century Values

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Fathima Imra Nazeer

It's time we reconcile our beliefs and practices with scientific evidence and 21st century values such as individual freedom and equality, and let go of the beliefs and practices from the 7th century that don't make sense anymore.

How Scott Walker's Gay-Bashing Blew Up In His Face

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Scott Walker thought he was playing a deft game. But this week it blew up in spectacular fashion as Walker stepped on the Ben Carson third rail and blatantly implied gay men are predators who can't be trusted around children. You'd think in 2015 this kind of blatant defamation would be banished from politics.

What's Your Purpose? Taking a "Stance" on Gay Marriage

Randi Evans | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion
Randi Evans

GOD-IS-LOVE! His love is accepting, without prejudice, without condition, all encompassing, and the only stance you will ever need to take. And it's guaranteed that if you spread his love, then you will not only accomplish all you could ever dream of; you will also help someone else do the same.

Jesus Is Gay

RJ Martin | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
RJ Martin

Our Jesus is gay. Theirs is not. Really he's the same man, woman or transgender (that might make the most sense) but always the same God. We all must clasp hands and venerate the cross he carried (Protestant) or carries (Catholic) for all our salvation.

Homosexuality: It's Time We Reconcile Our Beliefs with Scientific Evidence and 21st Century Values

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Fathima Imra Nazeer

It's time we reconcile our beliefs and practices with scientific evidence and 21st century values such as individual freedom and equality, and let go of the beliefs and practices from the 7th century that don't make sense anymore.

What Every Activist Can Learn From Scrappy Gay Marriage Advocates

The Atlantic | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact

The movement for gay marriage is one of the most successful issue campaigns of the last several decades, having convinced the American public—an...