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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage Equality

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

"Frank and Nikki sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G." Almost everyone knows the rest of this song: "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes th...

'Who Would Choose Such a Difficult Life If They Were Normal?'

Cindy Zelman | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Cindy Zelman

At 18, I stuffed my natural attraction to women down into my soul and chose to date men, all because a shrink had said that anyone who was homosexual couldn't possibly be normal, because who would "choose" such a difficult life?

Civil Rights Whiplash at the U.S. Supreme Court

Suzanne B. Goldberg | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Suzanne B. Goldberg

Last week's Supreme Court rulings will enable more discrimination against women and racial minorities. Yet because none of these cases presented discrimination as blatantly as DOMA did, the justices could more easily disclaim responsibility for the anti-equality consequences of their rulings.

And Marriage Makes Three: A Gay Rights Trilogy Secures a Legacy

Julie A. Nice | Posted 09.02.2013 | San Francisco
Julie A. Nice

The Supreme Court's landmark ruling this week in U.S. v. Windsor invalidating Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act follows a path carefully forged by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Church Pulls Funding For Museum Over Gay Marriage Support

Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion

As many across the country spent June 26 celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to strike down key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, one...

With Liberty and Justice for ... Some

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Chief Justice Roberts has cultivated a public image as a less-than-right-wing zealot, while actually amassing a record certain to excite members of the Chamber of Commerce and Tea Party alike.

In Conversation: On the Landmark SCOTUS Decisions, Single-Variable Politics, and Movement Forward

Darnell L. Moore | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Darnell L. Moore

"There is nothing -- nothing -- that roils me more than the fictional claim, ascendant in these times, that America has achieved some kind of 'post-racial' state, or that we have, as a nation, moved beyond having to worry too much about race matters or racist realities."

If the Entire Human Race Had a Facebook Page, The Relationship Status Would Read "It's Complicated"

American Anthropological Association | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

Marriage in the U.S. is as richly complicated as America is. It is to this complexity that I will lift a celebratory glass: to all those who boldly explore the unknown territories of happily-ever-after in a nation of dreamers, risk-takers, lovers and fighters of the good fight.

Evangelicals Are Too Political and Other Myths

Skye Jethani | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Skye Jethani

In the wake of the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings, evangelicals shouldn't only be investigating their view of marriage, sexuality, and politics, but also their perception of themselves and who is shaping it.

Supreme Court in 2013: Equal Justice Under Law?

Andrew Blotky | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Andrew Blotky

Equal Justice Under Law. Those are the words carved in white Vermont marble on the west front of the U.S. Supreme Court building. But last week, the Supreme Court dispensed a version of justice that's anything but equal for millions of Americans.

Is This The Beginning Of A New Era?

Lani Renaldo | Posted 09.02.2013 | Teen
Lani Renaldo

From Washington D.C., to California and now New York, this week has been full of exciting and long-awaited news for the LGBT community. It only felt right to have a celebration -- and that's what happened on Sunday, June 30.

Modern Day Jesus: Would They Crucify Him Again?

Rick Hendrix | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Rick Hendrix

Why does the religious community teach hate and prejudice to the homosexual and Muslim communities? I love the Jesus that hates religion. I love the Christian that loves Jesus and lives by his teachings. Religion has become manmade and has shoved God's purpose into the dark.

The Flag Waves On: How I Unexpectedly Became the Face of the Marriage Equality Movement Last Week

Vin Testa | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Vin Testa

The feeling was exhilarating; the moment I was handed the DOMA decision by one of the interns and was pushed on to deliver the news is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life. Looking into the crowd of hundreds who had gathered, I became overwhelmed with emotions.

A Look at How Marital Status Affects Your Tax Return in Light of the Recent DOMA Decision

Mark Steber | Posted 09.01.2013 | Business
Mark Steber

Who will the IRS consider married for federal tax purposes? What about State taxes? Can taxpayers go back and amend prior tax returns or only go forward?

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.

Jennifer Bendery

Senate Staffers In Same-Sex Marriages Can Now Extend Federal Benefits To Their Families

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than a week after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, Senate staffers in same-sex marriages have been told t...

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.

Let Freedom Ring

Sue Shanahan | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

Our freedom is sacred and worth defending. July 4th is a day to celebrate this gift and remember all who have fought and died for it.  As we watch fireworks light up the sky, with hands over our hearts, to our servicemen and women we stand in awe.

The Supreme Court's Libertarian Moment?

Ilya Shapiro | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Ilya Shapiro

If we're all equal, the machinery of democracy shouldn't be gummed up by outdated racial classifications. In other words, the Supreme Court is increasingly embracing the Constitution's structural and rights-based protections for individual freedom and self-governance.

A Historic Week in Which the Supreme Court Rose to the Heights and Descended to the Depths

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

This far-from-perfect bill creates a long, expensive and complicated legalization process that needs more clarity. And who knows what the House will come up with to further gum up the works?

After a Court Victory, New York's LGBT Community Reflects

Jacob Combs | Posted 09.01.2013 | New York
Jacob Combs

Edie Windsor, the newly-turned 84-year-old who today won a huge LGBT rights victory in her suit against the U.S. government, was the star -- a heroic figure in the eyes of the crowd, albeit one for whom the mic had to be lowered when she stepped up to speak.

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."

Demise of DOMA Brings Federal Benefits -- and Burdens -- to Same-Sex Married Couples

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

The benefits of DOMA's demise are both economic and psychological. But all marriages have burdens as well as benefits, and that is equally true of same-sex marriages because they will now be recognized by the federal government.

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.