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Marriage Equality

The March for Marriage Equality

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Elysabeth Alfano

When I see kindness, love and giving to animals, I say, " Yes, and thank you" to those caring for part of life on earth. When I experience my family supporting each other I say, "Yes, and thank you" for making the ties that bind stronger and for building generations to come.

Mormon Leader: Gay Marriage 'Contrary To God's Decrees'

AP | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY -- SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More states and nations may legalize same-sex marriage, but human laws cannot "make moral what God has decla...

Marriage Equality: Still Complicated

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Up until last Friday, the question was whether to wait for Ohio to recognize marriage equality or go to New York to get married. Now there is another option: Do I go to New Jersey to get married?

Author Joel Derfner Talks Gay Marriage and LGBT Issues in New Memoir (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with author Joel Derfner about his new memoir, Lawfully Wedded Husband: How My Gay Marriage Will Save the American Family, and his spin on LGBT issues.

Ex-Marine Sergeant Launches PAC To Rally Support For Gay Marriage

Posted 10.04.2013 | Chicago

Story by Matt Simonette, courtesy Windy City Times: A former marine sergeant who was kicked out of the military for being gay has formed his own po...

Those Who Changed History but Won't Be in the History Books

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

As a historian and straight educator who sees the struggles of his gay students on a daily basis, I know that there are individuals who performed acts that may not seem historic or monumental but have indirectly improved the lives of so many.

Illinois Marriage Vote: Courage, Not Delay

Tracy Baim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Tracy Baim

On an emotional social justice issue, sometimes people will not commit until they are forced to choose which side of history they want to be on. So until the vote, we may not know who is for us, against us, or who will simply never commit either way.

Illinois Marriage: Why We March

Tracy Baim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tracy Baim

There has never been an LGBT March on Springfield for our rights. It is about time that we show up and show our unity across all our differences, including with our partners in equality from labor unions, racial and gender justice groups, businesses, nonprofits, culture groups and more.

Modern Family Love

Brent Almond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

My partner and I have been compared to TV's quintessential gay dads quite a few times over the years. (My trainer at the gym once told me, "You're like the big guy, because you're so, um, funny!") And their milestones have mirrored ours on many occasions.

Want To Share Your Story Of Marriage Equality?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 10.01.2013 | Gay Voices

Cowbird, is one of the newest places on the Internet to share your stories with others, or as Cowbird refers to itself, "a library of human experience...

The Numbers Are in: Democrats Are on the Right Side of Voters

Michael Sargeant | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

Americans have had enough of the GOP's ideological agenda. Republicans are simply out of sync with where America is today, and the polling proves it.

Who Is In a Gay Family?

Amelia | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices

"Are you a gay parent?" asked the stranger. Without a second's thought, I responded, "Yes! My 8-year-old son is gay." It wasn't until later that I realized that that wasn't what he was asking. He was asking whether I am a gay person who has kids. But that experience made me think about another.

Major Marriage Announcement by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 11.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-09-30-AFERVirginiasmall.pngAFER is joining a preexisting lawsuit brought by two couples in Virginia. Ted Olson and David Boies will assume the role of lead co-counsel and will put forth the same constitutional arguments that were successful in the Prop 8 case.

Judge: Illinois Gay Marriage Lawsuit May Proceed

Posted 09.27.2013 | Chicago

Story by Matt Simonette, courtesy Windy City Times: A judge ruled Sept. 27 that a lawsuit filed on behalf of several Cook County same-sex couples w...

Why I Now Support Marriage Equality

John David Hawkins | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices
John David Hawkins

As a state senator I was active in working for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. With time and much consideration, not to mention a dose of enlightenment and empathy, I realize my past positions in this regard were wrong.

Pastor Fired By His Own Congregation For Officiating Gay Wedding: Report

Posted 09.26.2013 | Gay Voices

A Pennsylvania pastor has reportedly been fired by his own congregation after officiating a same-sex wedding against his church's wishes last month. ...

An Open Letter to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin

Dillon Peña | Posted 11.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Dillon Peña

When you recently ordered that same-sex partners of servicemembers in the Oklahoma National Guard not receive the spousal benefits that their partners earned and that their heterosexual counterparts enjoy, you boldly declared that people like me are not equal in your eyes.

The New Mexican Revolution: Getting Unstuck in Time, Laws

Blake Driver | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Blake Driver

Last Thursday my dad sat down for his first cup of coffee and opened the paper, as he has done every day of his life as long as I've known him, and eventually found himself reading the wedding announcements in the back. The first happy couple his eye fell on caused him a moment of pause.

New Federal Rules for Recognizing Marriages (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-09-24-afernewrulesstill.pngThe guideline essentially boils down to "just because someone crossed a state line doesn't mean you can pretend they're legal strangers." That's good news for gay and lesbian couples in every state, but it really only applies to couples who have access to marriage.

Still No Movement on Gun Regulation

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It is not likely that there will be any meaningful changes to gun laws in the near future, but in the longer term, the prospects look good. The struggle will not be easy, as almost no progressive struggles are, but the curve is already in the right direction.

Mormons Take New Approach To Gay Marriage In Hawaii

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 09.20.2013 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) After keeping quiet while Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and others approved gay marriage, Mormon leaders are once again speaking up ...

Power of Two

Amanda Magee | Posted 11.19.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

"If it's possible, Jeannie and I would like to talk to you and Sean about something tonight. Nothing bad. Happy news."

Pope Francis Comes Out of the Closet: 'I Have Never Been a Right-Winger'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

In saying "I have never been a right-winger" in the same interview in which he's criticizing the church for being too "obsessed" with gay marriage and abortion, Francis is hitting at those Catholic leaders who use gay rights and abortion to wield political power, putting them on notice.

Seeking My Anonymous Sperm-Donor Father

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 12.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

I did once seek out my biological father. A front-page article had hit The New York Times, and I was suddenly spammed by 6,000 well-meaning friends emailing me about

'Illinois Can't Wait' Video Makes A Powerful Case For Marriage Equality

Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago

A new video released Tuesday by the coalition pushing for legal same-sex marriage in Illinois makes an emotional case for state lawmakers to bring mar...