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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.

Equality for Some but Not for All

Judah Robinson | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Judah Robinson

Not having the option to marry the person I love in my home state -- the place where I grew up, where I learned to walk and speak, live and love, the place where I learned what growing up in a loving, committed family felt like -- is proof that the fight for equality still must continue.

Same-Sex Divorce: Gays Need Equal Rights Here Too

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2013 | Divorce
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

While my own anecdotal experience is that gay relationships are very stable, it's inevitable that some gay couples will be unhappy and will want to divorce. As that occurs, gays will need to have access to the same legal support that straight couples have had and will need equal consideration in court.

Gay Marriage Is Coming to a State Near You

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 09.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Joseph B. Kadane

The practical consequences of allowing states to refuse to honor marriages performed according to the laws of other states would be severe.

ACLU To Challenge State's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

Two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union is bringing th...

Conservatives Realize DOMA Fears Were Unsubstantiated... Revert to Islamophobia

Blake Page | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Blake Page

I consider myself a rather lucky person. While some of what life has shown me has not been the brightest, happy chance and the miracles of improbabil...

Gay Marriage: The Journey to a Promised Land of Inclusion

Rabbi Laura Geller | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Geller

When the Supreme Court declared that part of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, we came a little closer to seeing a promised land. It is a good moment to look back on the journey, and the role that Reform Judaism played along the way.

Military Chaplains Cry Wolf

Tom Carpenter | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Contrary to the allegations being made by some conservative groups and commentators, no military chaplain has been, or ever will be, required to perform a same gender wedding if to do so would be contrary to their faith tradition or religious beliefs.

Best Interns Go Monumental

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 09.07.2013 | DC
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

Washington, D.C. -- the land of dudes in suits, big black SUVs parked suspiciously around every corner and, incidentally, where we found ourselves last week amidst Supreme Court decisions galore.

Standing Up for LGBT Rights in Mississippi

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara | Posted 09.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

For far too long, the South has been dismissed as "unwinnable" when it comes to LGBT rights and, as a result, receives remarkably limited funding. LGBT people proudly call this region home, though, building their lives and families here.

Argle-Bargle: What Justice Scalia Still Doesn't Get About Marriage

Jay Michaelson | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

Really? Argle-bargle? The term doesn't appear in my dictionary, but I take it to mean an incoherent ramble, the equivalent of gibberish. And to apply it to the legal arguments that a generation of lawyers and legal scholars have debated for years is, itself, offensive.

10 Signs Displayed in the 2013 NYC Pride March That You Should Read and Remember

Murray Lipp | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

Despite the fact that full LGBT equality has not yet been achieved, the trend towards achievement of that goal is definitely clear.

Scalia Fails To Grasp True Democracy

Salon | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics

Recent events in Washington invite us to think about the meaning of democracy. On June 19, dignitaries gathered in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to ...

Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling Already Reaching Other Cases

AP | By MARK SHERMAN | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to...

The Big Challenge Posed By Marriage Equality

Reuters | Posted 09.04.2013 | Divorce

(The author is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.) By Geoff Williams July 5 (REUTERS) - Gay cou...