As a result of today's decision in King v. Burwell, 19,000 people in my district, 232,000 people in Illinois and 6.4 million Americans in 34 states across the country can go to bed tonight knowing that they will wake up tomorrow insured and able to take care of their family's medical needs.
This is a final and wonderful culmination of so many efforts. It is hard to fathom that just 10 years ago, the president of the United States stood in the East Room and proposed legislation to write LGBT people out of the United States Constitution, but that is what President George Bush did on February 24, 2004. Ultimately six Republican Senators voted with us against President Bush's proposal for a final vote of 50-48. There will be lots of versions of history as to how the community was able to turn the tide on marriage equality. For me as a student of political history, the moment we got six Republican Senators to stand with us against their president to protect the Constitution in order to give the Court the freedom to ultimately conclude it contains our freedom, stands out at a key milestone.
The flag must come down. In fact, the confederate flag is banned for sale or on display at government agencies in California. The bill was introduced by African-American State Senator, Isadore Hall, while he was an assemblyman.
Despite the fact that things have gotten so much easier for LGBT people in this country, especially in N.Y.C., there still lingers a dark veil of internalized homophobia that keeps gay men apart and prevents them from experiencing rich, intimate, long-term connections.
The nine Supreme Court justices will soon decide how they want history books to remember them. On the civil rights issue of same-sex marriage, do they want to be on the side of equal rights, or do they want to force LGBT activists and allies to pursue equality on a state-by-state basis?
For those striving to change the world, it would be wise for them to not just be able to sing the words to every Taylor Swift song, but to be able to follow her astute actions in assembling to win in a contest of ideas.
In upholding the rights of the challengers in City of Los Angeles v. Patel, the Supreme Court sent an unmistakable message: You don't forfeit your Fourth Amendment rights when you go into business.
Not everyone can leave the door ajar. No victim of abuse, for example, should ever be criticized for closing the door on her abuser. Everyone needs a sphere of safety.
It was an outrageous abuse of government power, facilitated by what Justice Elena Kagan has called "the world's most outdated law."
I am happy that we have legalized same-sex marriage. But, as social activists have been touting for years, same-sex marriage does little to address the larger issues that affect the queer community.
Preventive services like mammograms and birth control are provided without deductibles or co-pays under Obamacare. If the system is dismantled, get ready to pay up or lose these benefits altogether.
The Confederate flag is seen by some as a symbol of Southern pride without reference to race, and is seen by others as a symbol of racism. In fact, it is both. If we are serious about equality, however, no state should be permitted to display that flag.
Why are people willing to pay for the right to put their message on a license plate, rather than just put it on a bumper sticker? Justice Breyer suggests that it is because they want the state's endorsement of their message. The problem, though, is that this is about the state discriminating among private speakers based on whether it approves or disapproves of the message. This, the First Amendment does not permit.
Eleanor Roosevelt deserves to be a gay icon -- even if she was 100 percent straight. Homosexuality may have been stigmatized, even criminalized, during her lifetime, but that didn't stop her from befriending gay women regardless of what people thought of them or her.
It's been a rollercoaster week in the political world, beginning with Hillary Clinton shifting the gears of her campaign by holding her first big rally, which was immediately followed by the man we're going to call "Jeb! Bush!" finally officially announcing his own candidacy.
Political and religious leaders opposed to marriage equality have been ramping up the intensity of their rhetoric in the weeks leading up to the Supreme Court's imminent decision on the constitutionality of state laws banning same-sex couples from getting legally married.