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Supreme Court Marriage Equality

WATCH: How AFER Fights For Marriage Equality

Matt Baume | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume


A Global Passover Story

Adam C. Levine | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Adam C. Levine

Passover is about more than just escape from bondage; it is about freedom, in all its many forms. We can tell the story of Passover, of the long march from slavery to freedom, as though we are witnessing it today because we are witnessing it today.

Lila Shapiro

Before The Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage, An American Change Of Heart | Lila Shapiro | Posted 03.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Before his son came out to him, Mike Neubecker had never thought about same-sex marriage. It was 1991; few Americans had. Sodomy was still a crime and...

Line Already Forming For Gay Marriage Cases At Supreme Court

AP | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A line has begun forming at the Supreme Court for people who want to attend next week's arguments in two gay marriage cases. Supreme Co...

Praying That The U.S. Supreme Court Feels The Love

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

Pray that the justices find their way to recognize the love among the people of our land and also embedded in our constitutional law, so that at the end of the day, we all can lift our hands in praise: Alleluia! Love, all love, prevails.

Adult Daughter Of Gay Dads Speaks Out On Why Marriage Equality Matters

Kate Perino | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Kate Perino

On March 26 and 27 the Supreme Court will address a common question: Should all Americans have the freedom to marry the person they love? The children being raised by LGBT parents are in an excellent position to answer that question -- and they are speaking out.

On The Path To Marriage Equality: Proposition 8 And The U.S. Supreme Court

John Lewis | Posted 05.21.2013 | Gay Voices
John Lewis

Never before has the U.S. Supreme Court heard two significant gay rights cases simultaneously, and its rulings in these cases (expected in late June 2013) could be a defining moment in our entire community's decades-long struggle for equality under the law.

Voices Of Children

Steve Majors | Posted 05.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Majors

In connection with the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases, Family Equality Council and our coalition partners have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court that reflects the voices of children with LGBT parents, because these children are in a unique position to speak to two questions.

Solicitor General Asks Supreme Court For Time To Participate In Prop 8 Argument

Scottie Thomaston | Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Scottie Thomaston

The motion notes that the special circumstances of this case, namely that the question of the level of judicial scrutiny that should be applied to laws targeting gays and lesbians as a class has not yet been decided by the court, warrant the federal government's participation in the case.

5 Reasons That A Supreme Court Marrige Equality Ruling Could Be The Best Thing For The GOP

Rob Watson | Posted 05.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

The GOP should be secretly praying for a comprehensive, no-holds-barred pro-marriage-equality ruling from the Supreme Court. The viability of their political future depends upon it. Here are five reasons why.

Gay Marriage: The Risks Of Winning In Court (Part 2)

Michael Goldstein | Posted 04.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Goldstein

A risk of taking Prop 8 to the Supreme Court is not only that a loss would be a legal and political setback, but that a victory would feed a backlash. Here I speak of the alternative to litigation: educating people through the media and in our workplaces, congregations and neighborhoods.

Separate But Equal Has Never Been Equal

Erik Newton | Posted 04.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Erik Newton

The Defense of Marriage Act forces employers to treat married same-sex couples differently from married straight couples. For example, because of DOMA, employers must withhold more from the paychecks of married gay employees than from those of married straight employees.

Gay Marriage Proponents Turn To Supreme Court

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Gay and lesbian couples who are challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage said Thursday that the Constitution prohibits dis...

The Time Is Now: Seize This Movement Moment!

Robin McGehee | Posted 04.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Robin McGehee

We've seen the repeal of DADT, Obama's "evolution" on marriage equality, and the emergence of two Supreme Court cases that will determine the next steps in the battle for marriage equality. But now isn't the time to just wait on our equality to come to us. Now is the time to seize it!

A Gay Dad's Invitation To A Supreme Court Justice: Come To Dinner With My Family

Rob Watson | Posted 04.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

The future of our family rests in your hands. You have the power to make it devastatingly difficult. You can make it confusing and convoluted. Or you can do the right thing. Please, Justice Kennedy, please, please, do the right thing.

Two Days In March (Part 2)

James Stack | Posted 03.31.2013 | Gay Voices
James Stack

I want the Supreme Court to rule that Ron and I have the constitutional -- that is, fundamental -- right to marriage and to be able to enjoy the same privileges and benefits of marriage that my siblings and friends enjoy.

Exploring The Legacies Of Roe And Lawrence

Douglas NeJaime | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Douglas NeJaime

This year marks the anniversary of two powerhouse decisions of the Supreme Court: Roe v. Wade, in which a woman's right to have an abortion was established 40 years ago, and Lawrence v. Texas, which held 10 years ago that laws prohibiting same-sex sexual conduct are unconstitutional.

What If SCOTUS Says 'No' To Same-Sex Marriage?

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 03.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Zelinsky

If the court rules for marriage equality this March, it will be a victory for advocates. But if the court rules against marriage equality, activists can take comfort in the fact that the result may contain silver linings for the LGBTQ cause.

Two Days In March

James Stack | Posted 03.12.2013 | Gay Voices
James Stack

For two days in March, nine people in black robes will get together to hear arguments as to whether or not my marriage should be protected. I feel disgusted, violated and angry. I'm also scared, and that is one emotion that I thought I had put behind me.

Same-Sex Marriage And Being 'Normal'

Glenda Corwin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Glenda Corwin

Thinking about why marriage equality matters leads to thoughts about why it's so important to be "normal." Yes, the cases before the Supreme Court are about equal rights under the law, about claiming the same rights as our heterosexual cohorts, but there's something about being normal.

The Language Of Marriage Equality

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 02.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Holly R. Cashman

I am not a big fan of either "gay marriage" or "same-sex marriage." I personally prefer "marriage equality," which puts the focus on equal rights and avoids reinforcing the idea that there are different kinds of marriage.

The Era Of Exclusion Is Over

Donna Red Wing | Posted 02.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Last Friday, as my staff and I sat hunched at our desks, refreshing the SCOTUS Blog for updates from the U.S. Supreme Court, the gravity of this moment in history hit me. The moment that we have been striving toward for decades was close. We were finally getting our day in court.

Married Twice, But Second-Class Status

Jason Howe | Posted 02.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Jason Howe

The words, "marriage" and "family" matter. It's easy to enumerate the 1,138 federal benefits we don't receive from the federal government. What's less tangible are the status and respect that marriage confers.

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenges To Prop 8, DOMA

Scottie Thomaston | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Scottie Thomaston

The Supreme Court announced today that it will take up the Prop 8 case and one of the several DOMA cases. The next step in the review process for both cases is a scheduling order, which should come soon, laying out the date for oral arguments at the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Steps Up On Marriage Equality Cases

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Today we rejoice in this opportunity for our Justices to affirm our Constitution's promises of liberty, equality and human dignity as we watch the arc of the moral universe continue to bend toward justice.