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As DOMA Collapses, I Remember Libertarian Gay Activist Roy Childs

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Mariotti

As someone who believes unconditionally in personal and economic liberty, the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act warmed my heart. It also brought back memories of one of the warmest people I've ever known.

A Moment in Time

Donna Red Wing | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Donna Red Wing

Last year, my partner Sumitra and I moved to Iowa to get married. After 26 years, we will finally tie the knot this fall in Des Moines. And it occurred to me the night of the Supreme Court rulings that my marriage would mean so much more now.

WATCH: Queer Artist's Beautiful Song About Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices

With the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8 being struck down last month, many queer people are planning on heading to the ...

Why Gay Marriage May Not Be the Best Thing for Queer Families

Kimberly Dark | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Kimberly Dark

I want the children of queer families to have all the rights and privileges that other kids have, but we need to be careful how we get there. Largely, it's been by arguing that we're "normal," just gay. I think we should model higher aspirations for our children than being seen as "just like everyone else."

Breaking Down Immigration Rules for Same-Sex Binational Couples

Mike Spradley | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Mike Spradley

Immigration is very complicated, so I contacted Bryan K. Randolph, an attorney practicing in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area who is preparing to face an influx of cases of binational same-sex couples seeking recognition of their relationships for the purpose of immigration.

The Love Party: Celebrating the Downfall of DOMA

Mia Norton | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Mia Norton

How does one explain to her young child the significance of a day like this? How do I teach her about the pain and the anguish that so many have suffered leading up to this day? How can I show her that now our dear friends and family can solidify their commitments to one another?

Jennifer Bendery

House Republican Introduces Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As promised, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) introduced legislation late Friday to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage. The b...

After Wedding Bliss, What's Next? The Jokes

Ted Johnson | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Ted Johnson

When I got married, less than two weeks before the November 2008 election, more than a few straight male friends said, in a tone of irreverence, "What's wrong with gay marriage? If you want to be as miserable as the rest of us, fine." Nearly five years in, I've succumbed to the same schtick.

The Moral Arc of the Universe and Marriage Equality in the United Methodist Church

Christopher H. Evans | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Christopher H. Evans

The question facing the United Methodist Church as it wrestles with its stance on GLBT issues is not to discard a reliance on scripture, but to recognize that scripture can only take us so far.

Born to See Equality for All LGBTs?

Thom Senzee | Posted 08.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Thom Senzee

Let's celebrate our #DoubleRainbow victories today, tomorrow and all through the summer. This is our Summer of Love. But let's also remember the "T" in "LGBT." The fight for their rights has only begun.

Justice Is Justice

Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt | Posted 08.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

One of us, a straight African American woman, is a parish minister in New York City. The other is a lesbian white woman who ministers from Minneapolis. Both of us are allies in the larger struggle for justice in a profoundly unjust world. Today, we find ourselves needing to speak with one voice.

Friday Talking Points -- Professional Edition

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

All Americans who love this country very much deserve a commonsense immigration process, one that includes a roadmap for people who aspire to be citizens.

My Big Fat Gay Wedding

Allison Hope | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

On the heels of the biggest gain in LGBT history with the striking down of DOMA, I'm proud to be ushered in as one of the many happy married couples to receive the best wedding gift ever: Federal recognition of my recent nuptials. Sure beats a gravy boat.

WATCH: Prop 8 Lawsuit Sponsor Slams Chris Christie Over DOMA Reaction

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.28.2013 | Gay Voices

On June 26 the United States Supreme Court struck down California's Proposition 8. Fresh off his victory at the Supreme Court, Adam Umhoefer of th...

The Supreme Court Rulings and Same-Sex Marriage

Alton Abramowitz | Posted 08.28.2013 | Weddings
Alton Abramowitz

While same-sex married couples celebrate the Supreme Court's rulings this week, they should also make an effort to always stay informed of any additional legal developments that could directly impact their union.

Michael McAuliff

Congressman: Polygamy Laws No Longer Justifiable

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's decision finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional opens the door to legalized bigamy and polygamy, conse...

Stonewall x 2

Alice Carey | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Alice Carey

They say if you stay in the same place long enough, you get to see everything. So by staying on the same block in Greenwich Village longer than I ever expected, I've seen history being made in front of the Stonewall Inn, not once but twice.

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

Suzanne B. Goldberg | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay 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.

Alito's Dissent: The Problem Began With 'The Idea That Romantic Love Is a Prerequisite to Marriage'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The logical conclusion of this reasoning is that if the government could have enforced arranged marriage with a federal law, it should have, since no one could predict the outcome of these newfangled romantic-love marriages, which altered the institution of marriage forever.

DOMA's Defeat a Clear Victory for Same-Sex Binational Couples

Ian Thompson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

DOMA placed a dark cloud over same-sex binational couples, forcing them to live in fear of separation. U.S. citizens, in order to stay together with a foreign same-sex spouse or partner, were often forced to choose between the person they love or the country they love.

Defense of Marriage Act Defeated, Thank God

Kelly James Clark | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

The rights that permit the free expression of religion are the rights that likewise permit one to freely choose one's life partner. Rights and freedoms should not be held captive to the will of the religious majority.

Cher Thanks Gay Fans And Shares Response To DOMA Being Struck Down

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Three days before legendary gay icon Cher is set to perform at NYC Pride's annual Dance on the Pier, she made an appearance at Marquee's Thursday Q pa...

'God's Law' Cited To Silence Openly Gay Lawmaker

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

An openly gay lawmaker was silenced by colleagues on the Pennsylvania House floor Thursday when he attempted to speak about the Supreme Court's decisi...

Breaking the Man Rule

William Dameron | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

I cried in the office. That has never happened before. I was on a conference call when I clicked the refresh button on my screen, and the reaction was involuntary. I pressed the mute button on my phone, closed the door and cried an ugly, snotty, guttural type of cry that is never not unattractive.

When Enough Is Not Enough

Anthony Romeo | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Anthony Romeo

It's time to finish this for all of us who are stuck under the oppressive thumb of civil unions, domestic partnerships, and constitutional amendments that keep us apart from those who are married.