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Marriage Equality

New Plays Join the Fight for Equal Rights

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 08.06.2012 | San Francisco
Lauren Gunderson

"The phrase Marriage Equality has become a political talking point for liberals and conservatives alike. The goal with the Marriage Equality Plays is to share a human side of a polarizing political issue."

LA's Rolling Out The Rainbow Carpet For President Obama

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.06.2012 | Los Angeles

President Barack Obama's historic display of support for gay marriage equality is paying off handsomely for him in California. Los Angeles is roll...

My First Gay Wedding

Udi Behr | Posted 08.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Udi Behr

I have to admit -- I was confused about what I should expect from their wedding. Would it be "It's Raining Men" or "Hava Nagila" -- oy vey or oy gay?

Sister Act

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

I am hopeful that the Sisters going to Rome will let the Vatican know that it is way past time for the male hierarchy to cease seeking to control Roman Catholic women, either lay or religious.

Will Obama Walk the Talk?

Wayne Anderson | Posted 08.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Anderson

Adoration from the gay community (and much of the media) has never been a problem for President Obama, but it is proving to be problematic in the ques...

PHOTOS: Meet The Same-Sex Couples Suing Illinois For Marriage Rights

Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 06.02.2012 | Chicago

Nine Illinois couples filed a lawsuit this week, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and New York-based Lambda Legal, to challenge the consti...

I Do: How I, A Gay Black Man, Came Around On Same-Sex Marriage

Aundaray Guess | Posted 08.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Aundaray Guess

Maybe by seeing a gay black man in a relationship, other gay black men will see long-term relationships as something they can do, too, and perhaps, just perhaps, this can be the catalyst for driving down HIV rates among gay black men.

On The 'Public' Role Of Love

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 08.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

If Porgy and Bess' history has functioned as a reflection of race relations in America, then we might also think of this show as one of those cultural spaces that invite us to reflect on marriage, as well. The songs powerfully record that desire for freedom to marry in our cultural ear.

Constitution Check: If DOMA Falls, Must States Opposing Gay Marriages Accept Them?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

For as long as the issue of same-sex marriage has been debated, a seldom-interpreted provision of the Constitution has been a part of the debate. That presumably is what some have in mind in voicing concern about the potential spread of gay marriage -- and plural marriage.

9 Things Spouses MUST Do To Protect Their Privacy During A Split

Brendan Lyle | Posted 08.01.2012 | Divorce
Brendan Lyle

A lawyer friend remembers a divorcing couple who jealously guarded every bit of personal information from the other spouse

Do All Evangelical Leaders Believe Gays Should Be Put To Death?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It may be true that the "death to gays" pastors and their followers represent a tiny portion of evangelicals. But a much larger group of white evangelicals is not speaking out against the people making claims in the name of their religious faith.

The Role Marriage Inequality Plays In Anti-Gay Bullying

Robyn Harper | Posted 07.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Robyn Harper

We need to look at the wider picture. We need to consider the fact that the law treats citizens differently. The law perceives some of us differently. The bullies aren't blind. Whose lead are they following?

Defense Of Marriage Act Struck Down By U.S. Appeals Court

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

(Adds comments, background) By Terry Baynes May 31 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday found a law that den...

Same-Sex Marriage and Judicial Responsibility

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Courts have no legal authority to deprive individual citizens of their fundamental constitutional rights until "the voters" decide to grant those rights on their own. Such an approach is incompatible with the very idea of constitutional freedoms.

Mitt Romney Is the Inequality Candidate

Brian J. Siebel | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Brian J. Siebel

On every front Mitt Romney and the Republican Party support policies that would exacerbate our inequality. Consider the following ten areas.  Mitt Romney's policies would increase inequality in every case.

A Conservative Case for Marriage Equality

The Crimson White | Posted 07.30.2012 | College
The Crimson White

Public support for the matter makes it inevitable that the Republican Party will eventually have to drop its exorbitant crusade against same-sex marriage if they want a fighting shot at winning seats in Congress or the White House.

Why Ban Bachelorette Parties When We Can Donate the Proceeds to Activist Organizations Fighting for Marriage Equality?

Mona Elyafi | Posted 07.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Mona Elyafi

West Hollywood's iconic social hub, The Abbey Food and Bar has been making headlines with its recent decision to put a (temporary) ban on bachelorette...

Until We All Can Say 'I Do'

Ken O'Neill | Posted 07.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Ken O'Neill

I know it's a lot to ask of those who already have the right, but just imagine how much more joyous all of our weddings will eventually be if, for now, we all cancel the parties. Let's reschedule them on the day when we can all celebrate.

President Obama's Stance On Same-Sex Marriage Boosts Mental Health

Mary Barber, M.D. | Posted 07.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Mary Barber, M.D.

For young people who are beginning to realize that they are gay or lesbian, the president's statement carries a hopeful message for the future: You can expect to be able to share a life with someone, to marry and raise a family, if you so choose.

Sam Stein

Openly Gay Republican Wins Round 1 Against Conservative Group | Sam Stein | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fred Karger, an openly gay Republican presidential candidate, has won the first round of the discrimination complaint he brought against...

Illinois Gay Marriage Battle Heading To Court

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 07.30.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Building on the momentum of President Barack Obama's recent support of gay marriage, two major civil rights groups in his home state filed ...

You Say Marriage, I Say Jobs

Jessica Arevalo | Posted 07.30.2012 | Latino Voices
Jessica Arevalo

Marriage equality is important, but I challenge the LGBTQ community to work together to prioritize legislation that encompasses a wider range of our community. Not everyone wants to get married. But everyone needs a job.

The Arc of the Moral Universe Bends Toward Marriage Equality: The Conference of Moral Citizenship

Sylvia Rhue, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Sylvia Rhue, Ph.D.

This is why our founding documents protect both freedom of religion and freedom from religion -- otherwise, those who do not comply with the designated denominations doctrines would be determined to be heretics.

Black Pastor Challenges Church To Support Marriage Equality

Posted 06.01.2012 | Religion

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III is the Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. During an address to his church on May 13th, Pasto...

This Evolution Won't Be Televised

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.25.2012 | Gay Voices
Jason Stanford

The arc of history is long and bends toward progress, but it usually starts in a bad place. Former congressman Chris Bell knows this, because he went through his own reevaluation on gay marriage.