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How SCOTUS Made It Legal For Cops To Pull You Over For Just About Anything

The Marshall Project | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

Legal principles can be complicated, but in most courts, until eight months ago, there was a pretty simple one: Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Th...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects On A Polarizing Term One Month Out

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflected on a polarizing term that featured major decisions on marriage equality, ...

The Supreme Court Is Less Popular Than It Has Been In Decades

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

Don't let the cheering crowds outside the Supreme Court fool you. The largest share of Americans in 30 years has a negative view of the Supreme Court,...

Dear Pat Robertson... Again

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

You're a fearmonger, spreading fable's into an already vulnerable society that fears what they don't understand. And many won't take the time to try to understand because people like you are telling them that people like me are pedophiles and they just listen.

If I Must Accept The Hobby Lobby Decision, You Must Accept Marriage Equality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

According to Senator Cruz, if you like a decision, the court is terrific and doing our country a great favor. But if you disagree with a decision, the court is an imperialist body of out-of-touch, snooty elitists.

Just as the U.S. Legalized Gay Marriage, I'm Getting a Divorce

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 07.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

Standing in the shadows next to happy couples celebrating their love and marriage benefits is something no one wants to talk about: in establishing a legal foundation for marriages that last, the marriage equality movement also has laid a safe, clear, and legal path for those people like Tracie and me, who have decided to divorce.

American Women Deserve Clarity

Richard Fowler | Posted 07.23.2015 | Media
Richard Fowler

All moral debate aside, women have a strict legal right to abortion that states have been using their regulatory power to encroach upon. Perhaps the Supreme Court should take up this Mississippi case and set clear protections for women once and for all.

Why We've Been Duped by Presidential Fundraising Numbers

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Linsey Pecikonis

Just last week, the political establishment was a flurry with news over which 2016 presidential candidate raked in the most money. Ever since the Ci...

You Don't Own Marriage: An Open Letter to Bishop Thomas

Shannon Deep | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Shannon Deep

I got an email from a cousin of mine last week. "Shannon, Your dad wanted me to send you this horrible letter from our church- also sending you wha...

Queer No Longer Queer - Nor Is Privacy

Gary North | Posted 07.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Gary North

So, if inherent in the ruling is the underlying acceptance that everyone is equal under the law and that our relationships are legit, therefore there is no reason to hide our relationships or enable others to hide: This is the "new" gay-positive/post-bigoted America: The court has basically said so.

SCOTUS, The Incredible Disappearing Student And The Case For Affirmative Action In Higher Ed

Ashley Brown | Posted 07.16.2015 | Impact
Ashley Brown

For many of us, as the sole black person in class, we are called upon to represent our race's view on the atrocities that occurred in the past, cringing as we try to articulate a water-downed version from a chapter of a history book. Yet, we are expected to be grateful for that seat and not fight for others.

Will Domestic Partner Benefits Stay or Go After the Supreme Court Decision?

Julie Stich | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Julie Stich

Despite the Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal, many employers are deciding to continue offering benefits to unmarried domestic partners. They see providing benefits--to both same- and opposite-sex domestic partners--as a way to ensure employees and their loved ones are happy and healthy.

WATCH: Same-Sex Couple Denied Marriage License In Kentucky

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.09.2015 | Gay Voices

On June 26, the Supreme Court made the landmark decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide. At the time, the court said it was granting same-sex cou...

A Thank You Note to Straight People

Brent Almond | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Brent Almond

A recent article in the Washington Post repeatedly downplays the significance of 26 million Facebook users changing their profile photos to the colors of the rainbow flag. I disagree. The victory of same-sex marriage can (and should) be shared by the entire country.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Same-Sex Marriage and Evangelical Fear

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

By accepting this alternate reality in which there is a Big Bad Wolf, a Voldemort on the loose, my own tribe is failing miserably at seeing the very real opportunities that a legal decision like this presents.

Too Gay to Not Function: It's More Than a Title

Andrew Isaac Burrill | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Isaac Burrill

With SCOTUS's recent decision to make gay marriage a constitutional right in all states, it obviously became a landmark victory for the gay rights movement for people around the world.

Dignity Declared, Yet Still Denied

Janson Wu | Posted 07.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Janson Wu

The reality is that while dignity may now be declared by the highest court in our land, it is still denied for too many.

Why Would Anyone Diss Gay Rights Allies?

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Lev Raphael

A young gay writer just published an opinion piece telling people to stop displaying the rainbow flag colors on their profile photos. Why? Because "[g]ay pride is not something you can claim by waving a flag." Because "[t]he rainbow symbol is easy to co-opt, but the experience it represents is not." Because these people "were celebrating a victory they had no part in winning."

Polyamorous Attorney Agrees SCOTUS Decision Could Lead To Group Marriage

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.05.2015 | Gay Voices

One of the conservative right's favorite arguments against legalized same-sex marriage nationwide is that it's a slippery slope that could lead to pol...

Friday Talking Points -- Always Twirling for Freedom!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When it comes down to the freakiest of the freaky in the whole Republican field, Donald Trump is very hard to top. Trump not only is running for president, he's apparently on a mission to singlehandedly destroy his own Trump brand, forevermore.

George Takei Apologizes For Calling Clarence Thomas A 'Clown In Blackface'

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 07.04.2015 | Gay Voices

George Takei has apologized for referring to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as "a clown in blackface." In a Facebook update posted on Frida...

What Was It Like to Be at the Supreme Court When the Marriage Equality Judgement Was Announced?

Quora | Posted 07.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Quora

I arrived at the Supreme Court building at about 9:25 and waded directly into the crowd. It was a big crowd. We're talking hundreds and hundreds of people. The mood was very festive. Many people had brought their kids and even their little dogs.

George Takei: Clarence Thomas Is A 'Clown In Blackface'

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.03.2015 | Gay Voices

George Takei has come under fire this week for calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas a “clown in blackface” over the judge's stance on mar...

The Dignity of Dissent

Lori Rifkin | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Lori Rifkin

As many all over the United States jubilantly post pictures on social media of the White House bathed in rainbow light, we should not ignore the shadow that the President's response to  Gutiérrez -- and the policies she was protesting  --  cast over that same house. It is our house.

The Impact of Marriage Equality We're Not Discussing, But Should

John Duffy, Psy.D. | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
John Duffy, Psy.D.

For the majority of us, our loves and attractions are actually celebrated, from crushes to dates to proms to weddings. And we don't really need to give it a thought. There is a wild emotional divide between private shame and public celebration, and it is critical.