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Waiting One More Day (on DOMA)

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 08.25.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Harvey

Our children take in messages about who they are at ages so young it's terrifying. So, what will she learn this week about who she is as a child born of two moms, an involved dad (whose role the law can't recognize) and his deeply supportive partner?

Judge Vaughn R. Walker, the Man Who Kicked Proposition 8 Toward the Supreme Court (AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

I was honored to be in attendance at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast on May 23, 2013, in Palm Springs, Calif., at which retired Ninth Circuit Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker gave the keynote address. I bring you the speech in its entirety.

Last Week for a Prop 8 Ruling (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

There are a lot of different ways that the court could rule, but nearly all of them involve the resumption of marriage in California. It's the most populous state in the country and would add about 34 million people to the total population living in states with marriage equality.

Justices Have Range Of Options On Key Supreme Court Cases

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The waiting is almost over. Sometime in the next week or so, the Supreme Court will announce the outcomes in cases on California's...

Should the Supreme Court's Ruling on Gay Marriage Be the Same as Their Ruling on Interracial Marriage?

Matthew Johnson Harris | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Matthew Johnson Harris

Although Mark and I are not planning a wedding anytime soon, it is important that our government support and recognize that our love is as powerful and valuable as that of any heterosexual couple, just as it was for Mr. and Mrs. Loving despite their races.

Children of Same-Sex Parents Share Their Story With the World

Curtis Shaw Child | Posted 08.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Curtis Shaw Child

Whether you've got a mother and a father, are a single parent, have two moms or two dads, are adopted or are a family of mixed race or are a blended family -- love is the guider to truth and Love makes a family.

How to Get Ready for the Supreme Court Ruling on Prop 8 (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

With no word from the Supreme Court on Prop 8 today, we now know that the ruling will come sometime next week. And then that's it: the final word, once and for all, on the constitutionality of California's marriage ban.

Court Passes On Major Decisions Again

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court did not make major rulings on voting rights, affirmative action or gay marriage Thursday. The court has two days left in June to ...

Court Decision Coming

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court could decide major cases Thursday on affirmative action, voting rights and gay marriage. The court has three decision days left a...

The Out List

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Posted 08.19.2013 | Entertainment
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

It was California Proposition 8 that pushed us to make -- perhaps angered us to make -- The Out List in the first place. It airs on HBO, June 27th, the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

We Are Better Than DOMA

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

As a country that counts equality among our basic values, we should never single out one group for harsher treatment. We're better than that.

Study: How Marriage Equality Affects Straight Couples (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 08.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Opponents of marriage equality claim that there are "negative consequences" to letting gay and lesbian couples marry. Marriage will deteriorate, they claim; fewer straight people will want to be a part of the institution. Well, that's a fine thing to claim, but the evidence just isn't there.

Proudly Advocating for Love and Freedom

Rea Carey | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Rea Carey

The LGBTQ equality and reproductive justice movements are so closely aligned in values but too frequently siloed off as unrelated. Reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality are not only rooted in the same principles, but many of our core issues overlap.

AFER's Journey to the Day of Decision (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

How did we get here? It's been a long, winding road, starting with the passage of Prop 8 in 2008, and then the stunning announcement that David Boies and Ted Olson were teaming up to fight it, and then one victory after another, but still no resumption of marriage.

Making Flag Day 'Liberty and Justice for All' Day

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Happy Flag Day, everybody. And -- with one eye on the Supreme Court -- let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream!

Jaweed Kaleem

Survey Sheds Light On LGBT Views Of Religion | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion

Surveys have repeatedly shown that religious objections are the most popular reason people cite when they say being gay is immoral or that they don't ...

California Couples Hope For Gay Marriage Return: 'Everything Feels Like A Placeholder'

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 06.12.2013 | Gay Voices

SAN FRANCISCO -- Planning a party for thousands of people would be a challenge under the best of circumstances. Now imagine trying to pull off such a ...

A Family Like Any Other -- Sort Of

Jason Howe | Posted 08.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Jason Howe

Two toddlers anxious to hop in their parents' bed. Two parents trying not to start the day any earlier than necessary. It's a struggle repeated every day across the country, except that the two parents in question are both men, the babies born via an egg donor and surrogate mother.

A Young Face in the Fight Against Prop 8: An Interview With Spencer Perry

Justin Maffett | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Justin Maffett

Spencer Perry, son of the Hollingsworth v. Perry plaintiffs, has proven himself to be a member of the next generation of young civil rights activists. Though he was only in eighth grade when California passed Prop 8, he sought to play whatever role he could in the fight for marriage equality.

Cautiously Optimistic on Gay Marriage

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In both the Proposition 8 case and the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) case, many are hoping for sweeping rulings that put the subject to rest for all time. Personally, I don't think that's what's going to happen.

Prop 8 Ruling Is Just Days Away (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

The Supreme Court has identified just three remaining days when they might issue their ruling. The deadline for the end of their term is at the end of June, so one way or another, we'll have that decision in a matter of days. And then what? Well, there are a variety of ways the court could rule.

Why OutServe-SLDN Represents the Future of the LGBT Movement -- and What They Are Doing About It

Joe Kapp | Posted 08.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Kapp

By exposing its challenges, OutServe-SLDN, the association of LGBT military personnel, veterans, and their families, figured out a way to reinvigorate its mission -- and thus may have revealed the way forward for the larger LGBT movement as more and more of our legal objectives are achieved.

Obama To Visit Homophobic Culture During Prop 8, DOMA Rulings

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 05.31.2013 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trip to Africa next month may result in a stark juxtaposition between the growing power of the gay rights movem...

WATCH: Changes Ahead For Marriage Equality Fight

Matt Baume | Posted 07.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

With victories in Delaware, Rhode Island and Minnesota, the number of states with marriage equality has increased by three in just the last few weeks. Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon and even Nevada are on the horizon, but that's when our momentum may start slowing down.

Another Loving v. Virginia Moment: Calling On The Supreme Court To Stand Unanimously On The Right Side Of History

Steve Warren | Posted 07.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Warren

May we look back 20 years from now and have the joy of remembering that the Supreme Court, instead of leaving us to live in 50 different Americas while the justices themselves lived in one America, found in its wisdom and strength that equal protection of the law is more than just words.