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Carving LGBT Families Out of Immigration Protections: Wrong and Harmful

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Hayley Gorenberg

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and law professor David Strange made a wholly unfounded argument July 18, 2013, in The New York Times. Their attempt to carve LGBT families out of federal immigration protections is baseless and punitive.

Diana King, the First Jamaican Music Artist to Come Out Publicly, Proposes After the Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

Mona Elyafi | Posted 09.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Mona Elyafi

Since coming out, her other biggest accomplishment came last April, when she performed in Palm Springs at Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend. She mesmerized the crowd with an electrifying performance and delivered a memorable, emotionally charged speech about equality for all.

House Republicans Drop DOMA Defense

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

Lawyers for House Republicans have withdrawn their legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Citing the...

DOMA Ruling Expands FMLA Protections

Ellen Bravo | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Ellen Bravo

When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the justices opened a number of doors -- including extending the protection of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act to many same-sex married couples, so they are no longer forced to choose between caring for their spouse and keeping their job.

One Step Closer to Equality

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Winning the struggle for marriage equality will require time and energy spent on two separate fronts; discriminatory laws must be fought on both the federal and state levels.

No Honey, No Money: States That Hate Will Ultimately Lose Out

Udi Behr | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Udi Behr

We need to fight with our wallets and rethink where we want to spend our money. Should I go for vacation in a state that treats all people equally, or should I go to a state that discriminates? Do I want to spend my time there? Do I want to buy a winter house there?

DOMA's Fall, Legal Same-Sex Marriage: Formerly Forbidden Fruit Brings Unexpected Sweetness to Binational Couple

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

"I really did not care about gay marriage," said George. "It was just a piece of paper. We got married to get my partner a green card." But once it happened, he said, "I learned how wrong I was. It is more than a visa and tax benefits. You finally feel acceptance and connection at a deeper level."

Q-and-A for Same-Sex Couples About to Get Married: The Legal Ramifications

Fred Silberberg | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Fred Silberberg

Marriage equality is now the law in the most populous state, California, but there are considerations unique to our state's community property system of which people may not necessarily be aware. The following Q-and-A raises some of those issues.

Prop 8 Victory! Here's What's Next (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

So marriage equality finally won in California. Now what? There are 37 answers to that question, and they all entail a lot of work. Interestingly, the tactics in each state are pretty diverse.

Scalia's View on Gay Marriage Seeps Out in Vehement DOMA Dissent

Uloop | Posted 09.16.2013 | College
Uloop

While Scalia's point may be historically correct, it is in no way a justification for upholding DOMA. Indeed, even if DOMA's sole purpose was to remain true to history, its effect was to deprive gay couples of rights and privileges enjoyed by other legally married couples for no other reason than that they are gay.

Do I Have 'Post-DOMAtic Stress Disorder'?

Judy Rickard | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

My doctor has helped me with some symptoms. My massage therapist has been understanding too. Ditto for my acupuncturist and my chiropractor. Even my dentist sees what stress has done to my teeth and jaws. My lawyer knows better than most what this whole issue involves.

Behind DOMA Ruling, America Stands Divided on Gay Rights

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Mugambi Jouet

The Supreme Court's decision to strike the Defense of Marriage Act not only reflects progress towards equality, but also the great polarization of American society over gay rights.

'I Love You With All My Heart'

Marsha Aizumi | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Marsha Aizumi

Marriage equality has far-reaching effects, bigger than I ever imagined. The Supreme Court gave parents who love their children and want them to have a good life more reason to accept them and their partners. This decision is not weakening the family structure; it has the ability to strengthen it.

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Staff In Same-Sex Marriages Chalk Up Key Win Post-DOMA

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Things just got a little bit easier for Senate staffers in same-sex marriages. On Tuesday, a mass email went out to thousands of Sen...

Defining 'Traditional Marriage,' Not Redefining It

Sarah Prager | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Sarah Prager

How terms like "traditional marriage" and "redefining marriage" are so consistently misused is outrageous and an outrage, so it's time for a history lesson. What I'm going to say has been said before by others, but not nearly enough.

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.

Gay Marriage: The Struggle Is Far From Over

American Anthropological Association | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
American Anthropological Association

The argument goes that gay marriage has never existed in any society until recently, that heterosexual marriage has always existed for thousands of years unchanged, and that homosexuality itself is unnatural. But anthropological research disputes all of this.

Terminally Ill Gay Man Gets Lifelong Wish Of Marrying Partner

Posted 07.15.2013 | Gay Voices

A terminally-ill Ohio man got his lifelong wish over the weekend, tying the knot with his partner of two decades -- but it wasn't an easy journey. ...

Scalia's Gay Marriage Mystery

Salon | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

Antonin Scalia cast the deciding vote to bring same-sex marriage to California. And nobody noticed....

SCOTUS, DOMA and Prop 8: Where Do We Go From Here?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 09.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

However, there is nothing in that truth that diminishes the other truth. Prop 8 is gone. Section three of DOMA is gone. What does that mean to me? It means hope.

Gay v. Ex-Gay and the Ties That Divide

Brittney Bullock | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Brittney Bullock

There is arguably a great deal of hostility toward the ex-gay community, but upon a closer investigation, the cause is clear and comprehensible.

In Defense of Me

Zach Hunter | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Zach Hunter

Many of us (Christians) think we should voice our objections if we hear or see something we perceive to be immoral according to how we interpret the Bible. And we often do this without being asked, without having a relationship that gives our opinion context, without knowing where the other person is coming from.

Mormon Church Reaffirms Stance on Traditional Marriage

Derrick Shore | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Derrick Shore

The modern LDS Church has repeatedly stated that marriage is between "a man and a woman." This position is curious considering Mormons' infamous history of plural marriage and the struggles they faced because of it.

That Wednesday

Alexandra Billings | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Alexandra Billings

Since I began my transition, I have tried to figure out why everyone's so angry at me. And the anger I've been trying to find, the rage I've been trying to identify, culminated on that Wednesday morning when I woke up inexplicably at 7 a.m.

Lesbian 'Husbands' and Gay 'Wives': The Gendering of Gay Divorce

Katherine Franke | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Katherine Franke

It's not obvious that family law is equipped to adjudicate fair separations of same-sex couples when it encounters the ways we've busted out of gendered notions of relationship. Modern divorce law may end up gendering us into "wives" and "husbands" because that's all it is equipped to recognize.