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The Gay Rights Election

(68) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 1:58 PM

Probably the best thing about the election, for me, was how many "how far we've come" moments it provided. We won our first marriage equality ballot initiatives -- in fact, we won all four of them (in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington). We elected our first openly gay or lesbian...

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Obama: Gay Dogs Don't Bark

(32) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 3:25 PM

Late last week at a fundraiser in Chicago, President Obama was recorded making some remarks that he thought were off the record, but which were captured by an open mike. Most of the press reports about the incident focused on the president's comments bemoaning the lack of high tech gadgets...

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Gay Power: Strength In Numbers -- The Importance Of Counting The LGBT Community

(37) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 4:31 PM

It's axiomatic that there is power in numbers. And more power in bigger numbers.

When I was White House Special Assistant to President Clinton in charge of gay rights from 1997 to 1999, I asked officials at the U.S. Census Bureau if they could count the number of gay...

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Why Equality Matters

(21) Comments | Posted December 19, 2010 | 9:03 PM

As we prepare to launch, Congress has just approved a bill repealing "don't ask, don't tell." This highly significant victory is an important milestone in our effort to secure full equality. No one said it better than our president, who deserves substantial credit for helping to bring...

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A Summer for Gay Rights

(540) Comments | Posted July 18, 2010 | 1:43 PM

This is shaping up as the summer of gay rights in the courts. The twin victories last week from the US District Court in Massachusetts striking down as unconstitutional key portions of the anti-gay "Defense of Marriage Act" and the eagerly anticipated decision in the federal Proposition 8 case in...

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"Exactly Why We Have Courts, Why We Have the Constitution and Why We Have the 14th Amendment"

(758) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 8:54 PM

Today, in a courtroom in California, a historic trial is beginning, one which may eventually decide the direction of civil liberties and constitutional rights in the United States into the foreseeable future.

That trial is Perry v. Schwarzenegger, and the battle for that most basic of...

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