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WATCH: What Homophobic Politicians' Recent Rhetoric Has in Common With the Ku Klux Klan's

Matt Baume | Posted 03.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Creating rules that hold people down is bigotry no matter how friendly you are about it.

Amanda Terkel

Civil Rights Groups Push To Get Marriage Equality Restarted In Alabama | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of civil rights organizations fired the latest shot in Alabama's battle over same-sex marriage Friday, asking a federal judge to...

Amanda Terkel

Alabama Counties Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Overnight, Alabama has largely gone from a marriage equality state to one where most same-sex couples can no longer get married. All...

Let Me Answer Your Questions, Justice Roy Moore

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Maybe it is futile to try to explain this to Justice Moore. Would he ever be able to understand that someone who is bisexual is capable of monogamy? Or that gender identity is not linked to sexual orientation? Or that incest is not the same thing as homosexuality? Trying to explain these concepts to Roy Moore is like explaining string theory to a clam.

GOP Senator Sympathizes With Alabama Officials Who Blocked Same-Sex Marriage

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Monday he understands why Alabama's probate judges refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even afte...

Texas Wants to Un-Marry Lesbian With Cancer

Matt Baume | Posted 02.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

There is one married lesbian couple in Texas right now. Probably. Last week a judge allowed Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant to obtain a marriage license, citing urgency after Sarah was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The ruling applies only to this one couple. And according to state officials, that's still one couple too many.

... And Justice for All

Paula Gordon | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

I'm a little emotional about same-sex couples accepting Alabama Probate Judges' time-honored offer to newlyweds "You may kiss". These marriages are all the sweeter because when we were married by an Alabama Probate Judge three decades ago, it was a very different world. Sorta.

More Moore

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Alabama is back, represented by Roy Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, and by the W.F. Burns Middle School in Valley, Alabama. Roy comes first.

In Alabama, It's The 1960s All Over Again

Brian Joyce | Posted 04.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Brian Joyce

For the state of Alabama, or any other state, to deny gay couples the equal protection of its laws simply because they're gay is not only wrong and immoral, it's arbitrary, illegal and unconstitutional. It's as simple as that.

The Struggle for Equal Rights Continues

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

The tide is shifting both in the judiciary and in the court of public opinion. Civil rights based on race took some time beyond court rulings, but was eventually achieved. Civil rights based on sexual orientation will inevitably follow the same path.

How Alabama Marriage Equality Got So Messy

Matt Baume | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Things are finally settling down in Alabama. We'll take a look at just how messy it got last week, and what happens now. Plus, Justice Ginsburg makes some pretty candid predictions for the Supreme Court's upcoming marriage decision.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Judge Challenging Alabama Chief Justice On Gay Marriage: 'We're On The Right Side Of History' | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) doubled down Sunday on his decision to ignore a federal ruling allowing same-sex marriage in the sta...

Amanda Terkel

Majority Of Alabama Counties Now Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At least 43 of Alabama's 67 counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following a federal judge's order Thursday r...

Mississippi KKK Chapter Backs Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore In Anti-Gay Marriage Fight

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

Imperial Wizard Brent Waller of the United Dixie White Knights, a Mississippi branch of the Ku Klux Klan located near the border of Alabama, shared th...

Opposition to Same-sex Marriage Not the Same as Racial Segregation

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Same-sex persons seeking a license to marry neither historically have been nor currently are subjected to mass, gender-based, state-enforced oppression equivalent to the brutality of chattel slavery or wholesale lynchings carried out solely on the basis of the victim's skin color.

Alabama Marriage Mess Shows Dangers of Distorted 'Religious Liberty' Claims

Paul Gordon | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Across Alabama, local judges are openly defying a federal judicial order to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The New York Times reported yesterday that 44 of the state's 67 counties were not granting licenses. The state is a checkerboard where gay and lesbian Alabamans are locked out of full citizenship across vast swaths of the state based on the whims of local officials.

Minister Arrested For Marrying Same-Sex Couple In Alabama

AP | Kim Chandler & Jay Reeves | Posted 02.11.2015 | Gay Voices

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Same-sex marriage spread farther across Alabama on Tuesday as more courthouses issued licenses to gays and lesbians, yet some co...

Standing in the Courthouse Door

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The chief justice of Alabama's supreme court is making a stand in the courthouse door. This is not literally happening, the way it did in 1963 when Alabama Gov. George Wallace made a similar stand in the schoolhouse door. But in both cases, high Alabama officials are trying to preserve the state's ability to discriminate against a segment of its population.

Amanda Terkel

Alabama Chief Justice Channels George Wallace In Stand Against Marriage Equality | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- By 1963, much of the United States was on its way to desegregation. It had been nine years since the Supreme Court issued its Brown v. B...

Challenges to My Self-Esteem

Domenick Scudera | Posted 04.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

I have a strong, healthy dose of self-esteem. This is fortunate because recently there has been a steady stream of damaging messages coming from the media, politicians and religious leaders. There are plenty of voices proclaiming that there is something wrong with me.

Who's Trying to Stop Alabama Marriage Now

Matt Baume | Posted 04.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

A federal court ruled that marriage should be starting now in Alabama, but late Sunday night, Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore ordered state judges to disobey that federal ruling and block marriages. Now Moore has created a constitutional crisis.

Alabama Chief Justice Makes 11th Hour Attempt To Halt Gay Marriage

AP | KIM CHANDLER | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tori Sisson and Shante Wolfe camped in a blue and white tent outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during the early hours...

Friday Talking Points -- Live, From the Moon

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama is the second Honorable Mention recipient this week, for his impressive public opinion polling on job approval in January. He had his best month (measured by month-to-month improvement) of his entire second term, and the fourth-best month he's ever had as president.

It's Time for Justice Roy Moore to Go

Chad Griffin | Posted 04.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Chad Griffin

If Roy Moore isn't prepared to uphold the law, than perhaps the role of Chief Justice isn't right for him. And if he doesn't recognize that, then perhaps others should recognize it for him and remove him from office. The Court has lots of room for different legal thinkers, but it has no place for those who refuse to think about the law.

Lila Shapiro

Alabama Lawyers Face Off Against Chief Justice In Gay Marriage Fight | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.04.2015 | Gay Voices

In Alabama, which is set to begin allowing same-sex marriages on Monday, two old foes are facing off over the future of gay rights in the state. A...