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Marriage Equality

The Fight for Marriage: Lessons From Inside the Opposition

Joe Fox | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Joe Fox

It is understanding where specifically people are coming from and how vehement they are. Not generalizing and stereotyping them. It's basically taking people seriously that should infuse our strength to fight with even more vigor and zeal.

'Ducks Could Take Over The World' If Gay Marriage Is Approved, Teen Claims

Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices

A homeschooled, New Zealand-based teen offered up a bizarre anti-gay rant in a local newspaper, claiming that "ducks could take over the world" if sam...

As A Child Of Divorce, I Think I Get Gay People

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I don't know what it feels like to be gay and grow up in a culture that tells you that you're fundamentally wrong, but I know what it is to have a secret, to pretend that you're OK when you're not, to try to be who you think other people want you to be.

Redefine Marriage? Well, Certainly!

Eliot Daley | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Eliot Daley

We should be enormously proud of the fact that we as a nation have refused to let ourselves or our neighbors be perpetually hamstrung by the inadequate definitions of earlier generations. But it's a never-ending challenge.

Two Men Of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Marry Each Other... Get Over It

Alvin Lopez Woods | Posted 12.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Alvin Lopez Woods

Twitter exploded with retweets of and rants about a video of two men, both members of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, getting married -- to each other. I was taken by surprise by all the negative tweets. You see, I, too, am a member of Kappa Alpha Psi.

25 Days Till Minnesota Votes On My Family

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 12.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Meg Riley

Teen Intern says it's still worth making these calls, because every now and then, maybe every 20th conversation, a "yes" vote turns into a "no" vote. The universe is a mysterious place, and anything might yet happen here in this wonderful state I call home.

French Mayors Say If Gay Marriage Is Passed In The Country They Will Refuse To Perform Weddings

Le Huff Post | Par Geoffroy Clavel | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices

"Marriage is contracted by two people of different sexes or the same sex." This is the wording of the key article in the draft law to legalize civil m...

Most Important VP Debate Question: What Kind of Country Will We Be?

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Rev. Susan Russell

The stakes are too high, the challenges are too great and the work of rebuilding this country on the other side of the Bush Administration debacle is too important to leave it to "trust us -- the details are behind the curtain in Box #2."

The Latest High-Profile Supporter Of Gay Marriage Is...

Posted 10.11.2012 | Gay Voices

Nordstorm has joined the ever-growing list of companies coming out in favor of same-sex marriage in Washington state. Representatives for the Seat...

Why We Want Marriage

John Corvino | Posted 12.11.2012 | Gay Voices
John Corvino

Happy National Coming Out Day! People often ask me whether we really need NCOD anymore -- after all, virtually everyone knows someone openly gay in their family, neighborhood, workplace, or (at least) favorite talk show or sitcom.

Archbishops, And Nazis And Gays! Oh, My!

James Peron | Posted 12.10.2012 | Gay Voices
James Peron

The debate on marriage equality has often been stymied with shrill statements and hysterical hyperbole. One of the more extreme statements came from the former Archbishop of Canterbury, who likened the present status of gay-marriage opponents to that of Jews at the beginning of the Third Reich.

Of Maine and Two Marriages: Lessons from a Grandmother I Never Met

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Religious institutions have every right to make their own decisions about whom they will marry. But I don't believe religious institutions have the right to impose them on others.

Together But Unequal: Living Under The Indignity Of DOMA

Brandon Melchior | Posted 12.10.2012 | Gay Voices
Brandon Melchior

After 16 years it's clear that the only thing the Defense of Marriage Act defends is institutionalized bigotry. The letter we received from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, solidifies that fact. It was all there in black and white.

Here Come the Lies

Thalia Zepatos | Posted 12.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Thalia Zepatos

What do you do when you're frantically swimming against the tide of history? When you know that a solid majority of Americans don't share your views? You turn to the politics of fear.

Same-Sex Marriage Backed By Surprising Group In Washington State

Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices

A surprising new group will reportedly announce their support of same-sex marriage in Washington state this week. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer no...

Human Rights and the Human Need for Love

Colin Schumacher | Posted 12.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Colin Schumacher

While my students are grappling with questions of rights and responsibilities, the state of Minnesota is preparing to vote on an amendment to their state constitution that is a commentary both on human rights and the human need for love

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Insult to Injury Tour

Michael Keegan | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

When Schwarzenegger says that he wanted his chief-of-staff to have "the kind of wedding and the kind of ceremony that I had when I got married with Maria," I have no doubt that he's telling the truth. He just hasn't seemed to realize that people he doesn't know personally might want the same thing.

The ABCs Of Who Should Marry: H Is For Human

Anya Cordell | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Anya Cordell

Don't religion, the law, and society have to open the door for individuals to marry someone, even if they cannot pinpoint their precise place on the gender continuum? This answer must be yes, and it must lead to marriage equality.

The Effects Of Marriage Referendums, And What To Do About Them

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

We often think of the effects of these elections in terms of whether or not marriage equality will expand to another state. What we don't consider (but we ought to) is the toll that these referendums can take on LGB people during the election season itself.

Hijacking the Courts

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Anthony Michael Kreis

This is a crisis that has long murmurings in our political culture, but one that the LGBT rights movement has brought to a nasty and shameful head. The crisis: a threat to judicial independence.

Faith in Marriage, Faith for Marriage

Christine Organ | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Christine Organ

It is time to stand by our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and coworkers, and say loudly and proudly: "I am a person of faith and I support you. I support your life. I support marriage equality." Won't you join me?

In Europe, Same-Sex Couples Face High Barriers to Parenthood

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

There was big news this week for same-sex couples who want to have kids, especially if they are trying to figure out where to have them. Europe, it seems, is not the place, despite a reputation as the world's most gay-friendly continent.

An Open Letter From the Heart on Marriage Equality

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 12.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

It is our divine mandate to pave the way for all human beings to be treated with the same dignity, respect, opportunities, and benefits regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Luck Be A Lady Tonight

Randy Neece | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Randy Neece

Where is this place where two strangers can meet in the night and instantly receive more than 1,000 rights as husband and wife, while those very same rights are denied to another couple who have been together for 30 years? Where else could this place be but the Twilight Zone?

The Gay Soccer Dad and Lesbian Costco Mom Vote

Karl Frisch | Posted 12.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Karl Frisch

With so much at stake for LGBT people and numerous historic electoral wins on the horizon this fall, shouldn't President Obama and Mitt Romney have a frank discussion about issues important to LGBT Americans and their families?