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Judge Vaughn Walker Gets Smeared By the Media

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelangelo Signorile

Judge Walker has not ever confirmed to anyone in the media what sexual orientation he may be. And yet most major media organizations have reported on him as gay or had commentators saying it.

Upshot of California Gay Marriage Case: When the Right-Wing Is Forced to Make its Case, It Has None

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

It's to be savored when in a venue in which facts cannot be twisted or eschewed altogether and reason cannot be cavalierly dismissed, we get to witness an outcome based in facts, reason and reality.

Is There Really a "Fight" for Gay Marriage?

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

Before we question whether Democrats and Obama are doing enough for the rights of gays and lesbians, we must first ask if gays and lesbians are doing enough for the rights of gays and lesbians.

Courting the Voters on Prop 8

David Fleischer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
David Fleischer

Prop 8 and other same-sex marriage ballots suggest that we get nowhere when we give voters nothing to help them reject anti-gay prejudice, and when we let the opposition unilaterally and very unflatteringly define what gay people are like.

Will Prop 8 and Gay Marriage Derail the GOP This November?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Voters are much more focused on economic issues this year, and any attempt to divert them away from their pocketbooks will be a disaster for the GOP, even if it's gay marriage -- the Republicans' crack.

From a Mormon Gay Couple: Thank You Judge Walker

Spencer Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Spencer Jones

We in the LGBT community must all commit to telling our stories and to showing our neighbors, co-workers, and faith groups who we are and why marriage and equal rights is important to us.

Landmark Ruling Declares Prop 8 Unconstitutional

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

In a stunning, carefully crafted 136-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker held in Perry v. Schwarzenegger that California's Propositi...

Ted Olson Defends California Gay Marriage Ruling On Fox News: 'Would You Like Fox's Right To Free Press Put Up To A Vote?'

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This morning, Ted Olson -- the conservative lawyer who represented President Bush in Bush v. Gore -- appeared on Fox News Sunday to discuss his recent...

Flag Raising Robester

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

When Chief U.S. District Justice Vaughan Walker overturned California's Proposition 8, he loosed the bonds. Broke the chains. Raised a rainbow flag. And reopened a can of worms the size of the Louisiana Purchase.

Prop 8: What must Fox News' LGBT employees think?

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Back in April, I wrote about News Corp and Fox News' love/hate relationship with the LGBT community: It's no secret that Fox News doesn't live up to ...

Why Jews Should Rejoice at the Overturning of Prop 8

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Lerner

The rights of homosexuals are supported by an overwhelming majority of the American Jewish community. That support is not only based on a memory of shared victimhood, but also on the core values of our own Jewish tradition.

Fox News Online Poll Shows 71% View Anti-Gay Marriage Prop 8 as Unconstitutional

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Is it possible that even the center-right tilting viewing audience of Fox news programs is also open to significant upgrades of gay civil rights? That is what a surprising new, unscientific survey of a Fox web audience seems to be showing.

Regarding Miss California, At Least Anita Bryant Could Sing

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rowe

Carrie Prejean has become a sort of anti-Susan Boyle. It isn't just that she's a bigot, per se. There is no shortage of bigots. They just usually don't wear tiaras.

Friday Talking Points [133] -- The Silly Season Begins

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

August in Washington means the beginning of the official "silly season" of politics. This is because Congress takes the whole month off, and politica...

Marcus Baram

Obama's Opposition To Gay Marriage: Genuine Or Political Calculation? | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This story has been updated Yesterday's ruling overturning California's ban on gay marriage and the White House's mixed response revived a question t...

Peter King, Republican Congressman, Says Prop 8 Ruling Will Actually Help GOP

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Thursday that the recent overturning of California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 would benefit the GOP in November b...

David Arquette: Anyone Who Thinks Gays Shouldn't Marry Is A F*cking Moron

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Hollywood celebrated when Proposition 8 was overturned this week, and David Arquette had this to say when asked, after what looks like a long night ou...

Gay Marriage: The Tide is Turning And There's No Going Back

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

All trends regarding public sentiment and views towards the LGBT community indicate that the time when conservatives can use same-sex marriage as a "wedge" issue is coming to an end.

Boies Predicts Supremes Will Take Up Prop 8

J.D. Lasica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J.D. Lasica

David Boies said last night that it's a "dead certainty" that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue of same-sex marriage if a federal appeals court sustains the trial court's landmark decision overturning California's Proposition 8.

An Open Letter to Frightened Married Heterosexuals

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Think about how unfathomable it would be for interracial marriage to still be illegal today. Well, this narrow-minded, infuriating, fear-based effort to keep gays from marrying is just as unfathomable.

Marriage and the Constitution

Ken Klukowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Klukowski

As same-sex marriage cases approach the Supreme Court, we wonder where President Obama's justice department will stand. Will he hold to his official statement that he believes in traditional marriage?

Prop 8: Let's Get Rid of Marriage Instead!

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

For millions of Americans like me -- gay, straight and in the vast hinterlands in between -- the little box of traditional marriage is too constricting for our evolving notions of love and partnership.

Does the Prop 8 Ruling Make the Case for Ending Marital Privilege?

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

My question is this: Why should coupled people, but not single people, have greater access to health insurance, employment benefits, or anything else simply because they are coupled?

The F Word: What Good Is the 14th Amendment?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The 14th amendment has done it again! No wonder right wing radicals want to repeal it.

Dramatic Victory for Same-Sex Marriage in California ... But What's Next?

Edward Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Stein

Walker's decision is remarkable in many ways and LGBT rights advocates have much cause for celebration. But the long-term consequences of this decision remain allusive.