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Marriage Equality

When Gay Marriage Was Radical

Michael Boucai | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Boucai

Marriage litigation played an important political role in gay liberation's heady early years. Between 1970 and 1972, among the dozen or so American same-sex couples who sought civil marriage licenses, three pursued lawsuits to the bitter end.

State Attorney General Calls For End To Gay Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King (D) on Monday officially filed documents urging the state Supreme Court to begin allowing same-sex marriage. ...

Celebrating Equality in Song and Prayer: A Personal Reflection on the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decisions

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard M. Weinberg

This was a day that I could never have imagined as an adolescent, when I struggled to reconcile my sexuality with religious teachings. This was a day to pause and appreciate how blessed I am now to be part of a church that affirms my full participation.

Ted Cruz Pushing Religious Right Lies About Marriage Equality

Peter Montgomery | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Right-wing media and elected officials play a crucial role in moving fictional manufactured "crises" and false "threats" to liberty from the imaginations of Religious Right leaders into the media and public airwaves. Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz has just given us a great example.

Ken Cuccinelli's War on Oral Sex

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Is this really where the GOP is going in 2013, taking on straight sex too? And that raises yet another question: Is it time for a reporter to ask Cuccinelli, currently the Virginia attorney general, if he's ever engaged in cunnilingus or had anyone go down on him?

Bray Away the Gay

Mike Diamond | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Mike Diamond

I've reached a conclusion: I'm not gay. Oh, don't misunderstand me. I am definitely homosexual, 100-percent. Honey, I loves me some big, juicy mens. I just don't have the trappings to be a 21st-century gay. I am what I think of as "post-gay."

A Brighter Future for Gay Youth After DOMA

Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D.

Marriage equality would allow new generations of youth, as they recognize that they are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, to envision a life where intimate relationships and acceptance are the norm. Gay and heterosexual people will learn that gay people and their relationships are valued and honored.

Christianity and Gay Marriage: The Right Has It Wrong

Brad Kennington | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Brad Kennington

Instead of trying to determine the indeterminable, like Christ's emotional reaction to marriage equality, it would behoove all of us to look at what he actually said about same-sex relationships. Christ is silent on the subject. And where he is silent, we have no right to speak for him.

Anti-Gay DOMA Defenders Finally Give Up (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

The anti-gay regulations that arose from 17 years of living with DOMA are swiftly crumbling. The loudest death knell so far: a decision by House Republicans to stop their legal defense of laws such as those preventing gay spouses from receiving veterans' benefits.

Diana King, the First Jamaican Music Artist to Come Out Publicly, Proposes After the Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

Mona Elyafi | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Mona Elyafi

Since coming out, her other biggest accomplishment came last April, when she performed in Palm Springs at Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend. She mesmerized the crowd with an electrifying performance and delivered a memorable, emotionally charged speech about equality for all.

Terminally Ill Gay Man Fights For State Recognition Of His Marriage

Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices

UPDATE: Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner is reporting that a federal judge in Ohio has since ordered state officials to recognize the marriage of Arthur and O...

Legislative Democrats in Strong Position Heading Into 2014

Michael Sargeant | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

From fighting for working families to ensuring that Americans have access to equal rights, Democrats are on the right side of voters and the right side of history, and we are in a solid position moving into the elections later this year, in 2014, and for elections to come.

A National Gay Marriage Push From A New York Official

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices

ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state's $160 billion pension system to urge President Barack Obam...

Civil Unions in Tucson

A.J. Walkley | Posted 09.18.2013 | Gay Voices
A.J. Walkley

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the City Council of Tucson, Ariz., approved an ordinance allowing same-sex couples to register for civil unions in a unanimous 6-0 vote, making the city the second in the state to pass this historic decision.

God Save the Gracious Queen!

Jim David | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Jim David

The UK has gone from a place where the reigning monarchs made homosexuality punishable by death or imprisonment to one where the reining monarch has just made it an equal right. The Queen of England has subtly said to the anti-gay religious fanatics of the world, "We are not amused."

DOMA Ruling Expands FMLA Protections

Ellen Bravo | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Ellen Bravo

When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the justices opened a number of doors -- including extending the protection of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act to many same-sex married couples, so they are no longer forced to choose between caring for their spouse and keeping their job.

One Step Closer to Equality

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Winning the struggle for marriage equality will require time and energy spent on two separate fronts; discriminatory laws must be fought on both the federal and state levels.

Why The British Attitudes Toward Gay Marriage Differ So Much From The French

AP | GREGORY KATZ and ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices

LONDON -- The French like to make fun of the British, joking about their repressed ways in matters of the heart. But when it came time to debate same-...

No Honey, No Money: States That Hate Will Ultimately Lose Out

Udi Behr | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Udi Behr

We need to fight with our wallets and rethink where we want to spend our money. Should I go for vacation in a state that treats all people equally, or should I go to a state that discriminates? Do I want to spend my time there? Do I want to buy a winter house there?

DOMA's Fall, Legal Same-Sex Marriage: Formerly Forbidden Fruit Brings Unexpected Sweetness to Binational Couple

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

"I really did not care about gay marriage," said George. "It was just a piece of paper. We got married to get my partner a green card." But once it happened, he said, "I learned how wrong I was. It is more than a visa and tax benefits. You finally feel acceptance and connection at a deeper level."

Q-and-A for Same-Sex Couples About to Get Married: The Legal Ramifications

Fred Silberberg | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Fred Silberberg

Marriage equality is now the law in the most populous state, California, but there are considerations unique to our state's community property system of which people may not necessarily be aware. The following Q-and-A raises some of those issues.

Prop 8 Victory! Here's What's Next (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

So marriage equality finally won in California. Now what? There are 37 answers to that question, and they all entail a lot of work. Interestingly, the tactics in each state are pretty diverse.

Dignity and Indignity: Why Justice for All Needs to Be the Focus of Marriage Rights Advocates

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

The proximity of the differently decided Voting Rights Act and gay marriage Supreme Court cases and the Zimmerman trial should serve as a reminder to LGBT people that it is immensely important to have a broader sense of justice than our own drive for marriage equality.

Gay Marriage Is Legal In Britain As Queen Gives Royal Stamp Of Approval

AP | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices

LONDON — Britain has legalized gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal stamp of approval. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow tol...

Two Grooms

Robert Levithan | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

Remarkably, as of June 26, 2013, at the age of 62, I can now marry another man with full federal benefits. For the moment I'm celebrating this new era. I hadn't expected it so soon. Sometimes it's a delight to be blindsided!