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The Flag Waves On: How I Unexpectedly Became the Face of the Marriage Equality Movement Last Week

Vin Testa | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Vin Testa

The feeling was exhilarating; the moment I was handed the DOMA decision by one of the interns and was pushed on to deliver the news is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life. Looking into the crowd of hundreds who had gathered, I became overwhelmed with emotions.

After a Court Victory, New York's LGBT Community Reflects

Jacob Combs | Posted 09.01.2013 | New York
Jacob Combs

Edie Windsor, the newly-turned 84-year-old who today won a huge LGBT rights victory in her suit against the U.S. government, was the star -- a heroic figure in the eyes of the crowd, albeit one for whom the mic had to be lowered when she stepped up to speak.

What the Same Sex Marriage Cases Mean for Gay Shame

Shaun Sperling | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shaun Sperling

The realization of being different and the fear of rejections plague us and follow us in every area of our life -- no matter how hard we fight it. It is a rare occasion that takes some of the shame away. June 26, 2013 was one of those occasions.

A Law Professor's Perspective on the Supreme Court's DOMA Case

Sarah R. Boonin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah R. Boonin

I read a lot of court cases, from the technical and obscure to the epic and revolutionary. Rarely do I sit down to read a case that I know will, upon its publication, change my life dramatically. Wednesday, I had that experience.

A One-Two Punch to the Nation's Most Prominent Anti-Gay Laws

Suzanne B. Goldberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Suzanne B. Goldberg

What is striking about the Windsor opinion is the way the court seems to understand why DOMA is an egregious violation of the constitution's equality guarantee. Words like "demean," "degrade," and "humiliation" do not appear often in Supreme Court opinions in reference to unconstitutional laws.

The Supreme Court Takes With One Hand, Gives With the Other

Nan Aron | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

By simultaneously moving in opposite directions on fundamental principles of civil rights, this Court has torn a hole in our political fabric, and once again left the nation part equal and part unequal.

Some Justice for the Second Sexuality

Ariel Chesler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ariel Chesler

As the old legal maxim reminds us, justice delayed is justice denied. For each day that DOMA was permitted to remain in existence and to codify blatant discrimination against same-sex couples, justice was denied.

Brand New Day

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

So much bile has been spewed for so long by those who predicted society's total collapse if gay folk were granted equality under the law -- our simple right to the pursuit of happiness.

Analysis: Supreme Court Invalidates Section 3 of DOMA, Paving the Way for Federal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

Scottie Thomaston | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scottie Thomaston

In the end, the Supreme Court today struck down a 1996 federal law that is considered one of the most odious, discriminatory federal laws in existence. It's rare for the court to invalidate a federal law, and even rarer when the law was passed by wide majorities.

Diane Sawyer's Big Get

Posted 06.26.2013 | Media

Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, sat down with ABC News' Diane Sawyer ...

Today's Supreme Court Victories: From Convincing to Significant Movement Forward

John Mattras | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Mattras

The fight for equality in 37 other states continues. But we now have clear direction that the Constitution, in addition to the political process and changing attitudes of the general public, are coalescing in favor of marriage equality across the entire country.

Jaweed Kaleem

What Do Gay Marriage Rulings Mean For Churches?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion

Though the Supreme Court has declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and invalidated California's gay marriage ban, marriage remains a c...

And the Arc of History Bends Closer to Marriage Equality

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

As an activist committed to the audacious goal of full equality for LGBT Americans, I am celebrating today's rulings as incremental victories toward that not-yet "mission accomplished" goal. We did not get the whole enchilada -- but there is enough guacamole for me.

The Death of DOMA and the Transformation of America on Gay Marriage

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

With the overturning of DOMA, it will simply be easier for states to embrace marriage equality and move past intolerance. It now becomes harder to push anti-gay policies, because there is no incentive to do so under federal law. Today is a dark day for the forces of anti-gay bigotry.

Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court: Case Highlights and Outcome Analysis (VIDEO)

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

The latest episode of Gay TV on the Go's LGBT politics show Critical Thinking Hosted by Waymon Hudson breaks down the arguments and possible outcomes of the two historic marriage equality cases being heard by the Supreme Court.

Jaweed Kaleem

Survey Sheds Light On LGBT Views Of Religion

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Out and About: LGBT Legal -- While We Wait, Musings on Marriage

Lisa A. Linsky | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lisa A. Linsky

When we deprive our fellow citizens of the legal privileges of marriage, we are acting ungenerously, and for no good reason other than to feel entitled, better than a historically disfavored group of people.

Tale of Two Marriages

Lorraine Kenny | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lorraine Kenny

This is the story of two couples; two couples who come out of the same post-war generation, and who built their lives around the same emotional core of love, commitment, and devotion to one another. And yet, their relationships were marked very differently by history and by the laws that governed their lives.

No Taxation With Discrimination: Ending DOMA, And Beyond Equality

John Lewis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Lewis

Last week, as we were preparing to hit "send" on our income tax returns, we thought that maybe, just maybe, this year will be the last that legally married lesbian and gay couples will have to lie to the federal government about the nature of their relationships and file their taxes as single people.

WATCH: Louis Virtel's Advice For The Supreme Court Justices

Louis Virtel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Louis Virtel

Following Tuesday and Wednesday's hearings, I'm approaching all nine Supreme Court justices (yep, one at a time) like a bossy, side-ponytail-sporting 5-year-old offering advice, cynicism, support and even some actual ideas. (Hey, Scalia! I saved an extra minute for you!)

Ryan J. Reilly

Gay-Rights Group To John Roberts: Everyone's Not 'Falling Over Themselves' To Back Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The way Chief Justice John Roberts sees it, gay rights advocates have it pretty easy. Referring to the "sea change" in public opinion...

Two Days In March (Part 3)

James Stack | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Stack

My 61st birthday was on the Sunday before the two days of oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases, which will determine whether or not my life as an American citizen qualifies for equal rights under the law.

Supreme Court Likely To Strike Down DOMA -- Here's Why

Jacob Combs | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jacob Combs

Because of the justices' skepticism regarding BLAG lawyer Paul Clement's arguments in favor of DOMA, it seems quite likely that there are at least five votes on the court to invalidate it, especially if such a decision were based on issues of federalism rather than on an equal protection question.

Eleazar David Melendez

DOMA Repeal Is Just The First Step For Gay Couples Seeking Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- Among those fighting for the recognition of gay marriage, the prospect of the Supreme Court striking down the federal Defense of Marriage ...

Howard Fineman

Supreme Court Must Decide Its Own Role In The Revolution

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- We are watching a social revolution hit the Supreme Court. The only question is whether the justices slow it down a bit or accelerate it...