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My Son Didn't Live to See Gay Marriage Legalized, But He'd Be Dancing in the Streets

Sheila K. Collins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sheila K. Collins

Change towards what I believe to be inevitable is happening quickly now. But things have not moved swiftly enough for this mother who, in the mid-1990s, wanted for her gay son what he wanted for himself -- that it be okay that the love of his life was a man, and that he be allowed to marry and raise children.

A "Crisis" Engineered to Subvert Good Order and Discipline

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Because I recognize the important Constitutional role chaplains play, not only in the lives of service members and their families, but also as key members of a commander's special staff, I oppose the latest proposed "solution."

State's Gay Marriage Battle Is Far From Finished

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics

-- A judge's ruling Friday that New Jersey must allow gay couples to marry will not be the last word on the issue after Gov. Chris Christie's adminis...

Still No Movement on Gun Regulation

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It is not likely that there will be any meaningful changes to gun laws in the near future, but in the longer term, the prospects look good. The struggle will not be easy, as almost no progressive struggles are, but the curve is already in the right direction.

Post-DOMA 'Meet the Feds' Round 2: Social Security

Judy Rickard | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

Is Karin a U.S. resident since our domestic partnership in 2007? Since our marriage in 2011? Since she received her green card this past July? The woman who took our case told us that since we were the first such case in our region, a precedent-setting determination has to be made.

Gay Man's Removal From Jury May Result In Landmark Decision

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

A legal battle between two rival pharmaceutical companies may consequentially resolve another, bigger debate: whether gays and lesbians may be exclude...

GOP Gov. Tells National Guard To Halt Gay Benefits

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples, her ...

Supreme Court Judge Brought 'Shame On America' By Officiating Gay Wedding, Group Claims

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices

Ruth Bader Ginsburg made history last week when she became the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice to officiate a same-sex wedding, just two months after...

How Can Southern Baptist Military Chaplains Continue to Serve 'God and Country'?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

No longer can most Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve with integrity as military officers because their endorser, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, has placed them in an unethical position.

Gay Rights Vs. Religious Rights?

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The rights of religious groups or individuals that object to same-sex marriage continue to clash with those pursued by gay rights advoc...

These Military Chaplains Will Be Fired If They Support Marriage Equality

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The agency that commissions Southern Baptist military chaplains says no Baptist chaplain will be allowed to perform, attend or support ...

Melissa Manchester's Bold New Beginning -- With a Little Help From Her 'Fanchesters'

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.02.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Her first album debuted in 1973, and exactly 40 years later Melissa Manchester is still going strong, thanks in part to her fans, lovingly dubbed "Fanchesters" by the singer's daughter.

Texas National Guard Stalls Gay Benefits

AP | CHRIS TOMLINSON | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits on Tuesday despite a Pentagon directive ...

A False Choice: Religious Liberty or Marriage Equality

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Anthony Michael Kreis

Religious liberty and equality are fundamental constitutional values that are both worthy of respect and protection from the law. The peaceful coexistence of religious liberty and sexual minorities' equality is not an elusive pipe dream.

Same-Sex Marriages Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes

Mark Steber | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business
Mark Steber

Beginning with the 2013 tax return, all couples legally married as of January 1, 2014 must file as either married filing jointly or married filing separately and are subject to all federal income tax laws governing marriage including, exemptions, credit and deduction limits, and income tax rates.

Sam Stein

Treasury Announces Same-Sex Married Couples Get Federal Tax Recognition Regardless Of State

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Thursday that when it comes to taxes, it will recognize same-sex couples' marriages even i...

Yes to All of Those Things

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Baudouin

In 2008, we marched for marriage equality. Now, here I was five years later, putting my finger on the moment Prop 8 ended, and dancing to ding-dong-DOMA's-dead.

Ryan J. Reilly

Gay Veterans' Spouses Still Can't Get Benefits

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gay spouses of military veterans are not able to obtain the benefits given to straight couples even despite the Supreme Court's ruling o...

Post-DOMA Decision Thoughts for Our Green Card-seeking Community

Judy Rickard | Posted 10.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

We got thrown under the bus by the Senate in its early process. The House hasn't even moved a bill to discussion. There's lots of work to do in immigration reform. We got our piece of the pie. But remember, it's sweeter to win together.

FLASHBACK: Colbert's Best DOMA Jokes

Posted 08.27.2013 | Comedy

The downfall of the Defense Of Marriage Act provided more than enough fodder for "The Colbert Report" this summer. Watch the compilation video abo...

A Psalm For Robbie

Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion

Roberta Kaplan has become one of America's most famous lawyers thanks to her role as counsel for Edie Windsor in the Supreme Court case that overturne...

How Some Conservative Churches Are Reacting To DOMA Rulings

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 10.24.2013 | Gay Voices

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Worried they could be sued by gay couples, some churches are changing their bylaws to reflect their view that the Bible allows onl...

Married With Benefits in Montgomery County PA: Same-Sex Marriage As Real As It Gets

Janet Mason | Posted 10.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

Montgomery County began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples last month when a lesbian couple contacted the County through their lawyer and said they would like to get married.

Comedian Paula Poundstone Talks On The Road & LGBT Issues (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

Since Paula is a regular panelist on the hit NPR news quiz show, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, I talked to her about our LGBT issues, including the U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage decisions, Russia's anti-gay laws and how this may impact the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and more.

County Official Sees State's Gay Marriage Law As 'Suspect'

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- A county clerk defended his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses in a legal brief Monday that calls Pennsylvania's marriage la...