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Separate but Equal: Gen. Conway's Housing Project and the Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell

Ian Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Moss

General James Conway's comments last week are illustrative of a push to create a second-class status for gay troops once DADT is repealed.

Repeal, Redemption, and Ripple Effects

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Any talk of redeeming acts in public life tends to focus on individuals. Character and career are the arcs of this familiar story line, punched up by ...

President Obama, Evolve Already

Fred Karger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Karger

WASHINGTON, DC - Like millions of Americans, I was so happy to see the president's bill signing ceremony. Don't Ask, Don' Tell created nearly 18 year...

Pause for Celebration

Zachary J. Iscol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zachary J. Iscol

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law legislation that will end Don't Ask, Don't Tell and allow gay and lesbian citizens to serve openly in the A...

Obama Affirms Support For Repealing DOMA, Says His Stance On Gay Marriage Is 'Evolving'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday evening, with the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell headed for the president's desk, Barack Obama signaled that he will continue to push for ...

Give 'Em Hell, Barry!

Cody Gault | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cody Gault

This President is soft on progress. Yes, he inherited an economy driven to the brink by Republican irresponsibility and, yes, preventing a second G...

Obama Has Done More for Gays Than Any Other President, Yet It's Still Not Enough for Some Gays

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

President Obama is far and away the best friend that gay rights groups have ever had in the White House. He's appointed more openly gays to every imag...

Federal Employees Can Purchase Health Insurance For Their Pets, But Not Their Same-Sex Partners

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This morning, federal employees who are insured through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program received an email from Aetna advertising ...

Gay Rights Efforts See Progress, Look To Take Next Step Despite 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Setback

The New York Times | John Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Efforts that could lead to a reversal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prohibits openly gay soldiers from serving in the military may have s...

For Want of a Nail: Success of Proposition 8 Reveals Gay Marriage Strategy Flawed

Mario Almonte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mario Almonte

Could same-sex marriage proponents be fighting on the wrong front?

If Gay Marriage Wins...

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If the Perry v. Schwarzenegger decision stands, it means that "sexual orientation" will be a protected classes of people. Not only would the battle for gay marriage be over, but all the legal battles gays now face would be over.

Jason Linkins

Supreme 'Double Rainbow': Two Marriage Equality Rulings Head Toward High Court | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

We now have two landmark marriage equality cases wending their way forward through the legal process, with the Supreme Court looming as their potential final destination.

Deconstructing DOMA

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Until 1996, all federal programs providing marriage benefits left the definition of "marriage" entirely to the states. But that year, Congress suddenly attempted to interpose a new federal definition.

Why the Defense of Marriage Act Is a Legal Albatross

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

Fourteen years ago, Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, one of the worst pieces of federal legislation ever passed. And on Thursday, a federal court in Massachusetts ruled that it is also unconstitutional.

The DOMA Supreme Court Question: Do the Conservatives Really Care About States' Rights?

Kent Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kent Greenfield

A federal judge in Boston has ruled unconstitutional the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that limits federal benefits to straight couples even in states that recognize gay marriage.

National Day of Prayer: Copyrighted and Unconstitutional?

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

In today's Wilshire & Washington, we tackle the big issues: God, copyright, marriage, and crude oil -- in that order of importance -- with our guest host, Megan Carpentier.

Answer the Question

Chris Geidner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Geidner

Obama owes the LGBT community -- and the nation -- an answer about whether he believes DOMA unconstitutionally restricts the equal rights of same-sex couples.

Life, Liberty, and Ending Inequality

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Four years ago, Seattle designer Charlene Strong lost her wife of 10 years, Kate Fleming. A world-renowned narrator of audio books, Kate drowned in he...

Know Your 1,138 Marital Privileges, Courtesy of the Feds

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

The report also makes it clear that some of the 1,000+ laws identified "may not directly create benefits, rights, or privileges" for married people.

Is It Time For Gay Federal Judges?

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

The federal judiciary remains one of the last important institutions where gay people seem not be welcomed. And yet, the almost complete lack of gay federal judges receives little attention.

Obama and LGBT Rights

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

Now that almost a third of Obama's first term has gone by, there is growing despair among many of his LGBT supporters over how little the administration has accomplished on gay rights.

In Love and War, Honoring the Commitment of Gay Americans

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

As soon as Congress finalizes the bill authorizing repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, it should turn its attention to removing the equally repugnant 1996 law mandating federal discrimination in marriage.

The Other African Genocide - How the American Right Taught Africa to Hate Gays by Example

David Ambroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ambroz

GLBT people in Africa, with the rare exception of South Africa, do not enjoy the same deepening societal acceptance occurring in the West.

The San Francisco Marriage Case, Part One: Possible Outcomes

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

Several people have asked me questions recently about the marriage case in federal court in San Francisco (the case brought by Ted Olson and David Boi...

Gay Married Couples Suing The Government Over DOMA

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOSTON — Gay married couples suing the government over a federal law that doesn't recognize same-sex unions say there is "no legitimate or plaus...