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What Ping the Duck, Duck Dynasty, Same-Sex Marriage in Utah, and Most of the Rest of Us Have in Common

Janet Mason | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

What the Duck Dynasty controversy illustrates most strongly is that we are more alike than different. Racism and homophobia and sexism all have things in common.

13 Ways We Made Serious Progress On Issues That Matter In 2013

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois and Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Sometimes, it's easy to focus on the fact that society may, in fact, be regressing. var _giphy = _giphy || []; _giphy.push({id: 'mhH8d0sBkMczS',w...

A Look Back at a Monumental Year for Equality and Hope for an Even Better Tomorrow

Shane Bitney Crone | Posted 03.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Bitney Crone

Personally, 2013 has been a landmark year, but more importantly, it has been been a year that hosted some of the most ground-breaking LGBTQ events in American and world history. Before we charge into 2014, we should reflect on these significant occurrences.

Pope Francis, Man of the Year? Not Yet

Michele Somerville | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Pope Francis may well be what he seems but it can not be denied that this pope is made-to-order. It is only by cutting through the 'spin' that we can know how genuine Francis and the change with which he being credited actually are.

Why 2013 Was A Really, Really Queer Year

Posted 12.20.2013 | Gay Voices

From the U.S. Supreme Court's DOMA and Prop 8 rulings to a series of transgender student victories, 2013 was truly an incredible year for the lesbian,...

5 Reasons You Should Care About the New Mexico Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling

John Culhane | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
John Culhane

Yesterday's decision was just the latest in a heady string of wins for the marriage equality movement. But the court's decision is worth pausing to note for a few reasons

Feds Ease Rules On Same-Sex Health Care Tax Breaks

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is letting legally married same-sex couples claim some health care tax benefits for this year. A notice ...

What the DOMA Ruling Means for Same-Sex Couples 2013 and Amended Taxes

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 02.12.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

As a part of this ruling, couples have the option to go back and amend their last three years tax returns, if they would have received larger tax refunds by filing a joint tax return.

This Same-Sex Love Story Is One For The Ages

Posted 01.23.2014 | Weddings

Edith Windsor -- the Defense of Marriage Act plaintiff -- has had a big year. In June 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in her favor, declaring DOMA u...

Judge Sets Hearing For Texas Same-Sex Marriage Case

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A federal judge has agreed to hear a case filed by two same-sex couples in Texas seekin...

Edie Windsor: The Gay Community Is My 'Person Of The Year'

Posted 12.11.2013 | Gay Voices

It's been quite a year for Edie Windsor, and now, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) plantiff is capping off her many accomplishments by coming in thi...

Why Conservatives Should Learn to Love Gay Marriage

Scott Titshaw | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Titshaw

By refusing marriage to same-sex couples, social conservatives are undermining traditional marriage more than lesbian brides and gay grooms ever could.

What's It Like To Be Queer, In Love -- And Living In Mississippi?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.09.2013 | Gay Voices

With Mississippi expected to become one of the last states to legalize gay marriage, the realities of what it means to be a queer person living in the...

We Have a Lot to Be Thankful For: Reflections by LGBTQ Friends, Community Leaders and Allies

Jodi Savitz | Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

This post is about sharing the voices of some amazing LGBTQ community leaders, allies, and friends -- and they are thankful for a lot. I hope this assemblage of thanks is as awe-inspiring to you as it is to me.

Court Could Hear State's Challenge On Gay Marriage Ban

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

By Daniel Kelley HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov 22 (Reuters) - One of the first trials to challenge a state ban on gay marriage since the U.S. S...

Landmark DOMA Ruling Reveals A Pleasant Surprise

The Huffington Post | Lydia OConnor | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices

Investors from the LGBT community are more optimistic than others about the economy and their personal finances, a report by financial services firm U...

8 Things LGBT People Couldn't Do In 1985 -- And 7 Things They Still Can't Do

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.07.2013 | Gay Voices

From the days of the Stonewall Riots to the current battle for marriage equality across the United States, the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

GOP-Led States Accuse Pentagon Of Using Military As Gay Marriage Pawn

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

* Defense chief says action furthers prejudice in military * Officials say Pentagon demand violates state constitutions ...

Moving Beyond Marriage Equality

Erwin de Leon | Posted 12.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Erwin de Leon

The Williams Institute estimates that about 7,000 gay couples are both non-citizens, and that approximately 267,000 undocumented immigrants identify as LGBT. These individuals do not benefit from the Supreme Court's June ruling, but they will benefit from comprehensive immigration reform.

A Gay Shotgun Wedding

J.J. Stranko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
J.J. Stranko

I never thought I'd be planning a shotgun wedding. Nobody's pregnant; in fact, we're two guys, so we couldn't if we tried. The problem is that after all this waiting and witnessing the triumphant march toward equality, we only have three days in late October to legally marry.

Love Is Love

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Denham

The best reason to attend a wedding is the celebration of the union of the bride and groom... or the groom and groom... or the bride and bride. By and large, people believe that gay weddings are basically the same as straight weddings.

Being Gay in Tel Aviv, the Manhattan of the Middle East

Justine Borer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Borer

Tel Aviv is vaunted as a bastion of liberalism, and that liberalism ostensibly extends to acceptance of gay people. The anecdotal evidence I have collected in my conversations with Israeli friends has given me the impression that, in the aggregate, "macho" Israeli guys tend to be more accepting of gay men than are "macho" American guys.

Lila Shapiro

State Denying Same-Sex Couple's Name Change Could Be Just 'Tip Of The Iceberg'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.17.2013 | Gay Voices

When Danielle McCollum and Shakira Tucker decided to get married in Boston this summer, the women had low expectations of how their home state of Geor...

Supreme Justice: How to Address Judicial Activism in our Courts

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The place for activism is in politics, in the streets, and on the Internet, but not in the courts. That brings us to the question of how to mitigate judicial activism.

Gay Marriage Is 'Contrary To Natural Created Order Of God Almighty,' Pundit Claims

Posted 10.10.2013 | Gay Voices

Over three months have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8, but that hasn't stopped a promi...