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Marriage Equality

Hand-In-Hand: Marriage Equality and Gender Equality

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

We do have a long way to go, even if SCOTUS takes up the issue this fall. But our society is clearly moving in the direction of marriage equality for all. More than ever before, couples of all stripes are demanding equality, freedom and recognition in their marriages, and are refusing to abide by laws that lag behind.

Supreme Court Picks a Date for First Marriage Meeting of New Term (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-09-15-ScreenShot20140915at12small.jpgMark your calendar for Sept. 29: That's when the U.S. Supreme Court will meet in a closed session to decide which -- if any -- marriage cases it will consider in its upcoming term.

Marriage Equality, a Road to Freedom

James Peron | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Taking away the power to forbid same-sex marriage frees people from lots of government interference. In reality, what so many assume is perfectly backwards. Marriage reduces state interference in a person's life; it does not increase it.

Justice for George and Victory for Fred in Arizona

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

The news just broke in this AP story: "A judge has handed a victory to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benef...

The Same-Sex Marriage 'Debate' Is Based Upon Ignorance and Inaccurate Information

Mark Baer | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Mark Baer

It seems as though Judge Feldman allowed his own prejudices get in the way of his duties as a judicial officer. He showed his ignorance by making such comparisons and referring to homosexuality as a 'lifestyle choice.'

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Marry and the "Angry Itch" Takes Over Social Media

Steven Petrow | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Steven Petrow

Court victories aside, the newlyweds' detractors provided a focused snapshot that the road to marriage equality is not without its speed bumps -- and its opponents not without their loud voices.

LOOK: Iowa Lesbian Couple Weds After 72 Years Together

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices

Proving it's never too late for a white wedding, Vivian Boyack and Alice "Nonie" Dubes were married Sept. 6 after 72 years together. As The Quad C...

Marriage and Gender Equality Today: An Interview With Stephanie Coontz

Omega Institute | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Omega Institute

Most relationships work on an economy of gratitude -- recognizing and acknowledging the many ways in which your partner makes your life richer or easier. Demonstrating that sense of gratitude and appreciation every day, in whatever way works for your particular relationship, counts for far more than whether you follow some generic tip handed out by a relationship guru.

Louisiana Judge's Gay-Marriage Ruling Riddled With Errors (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-09-08-AFER982014small.jpgOn its face, the Louisiana marriage case seems straightforward enough: As in over 30 other states, the plaintiffs have sued for access to marriage on the grounds of due process and equal protection. What's unusual in the case is the bizarrely error-filled ruling delivered recently by Judge Martin Feldman.

Egypt Orders Arrest Of Men Over 'First Gay Marriage' Video

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices

CAIRO, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Egyptian authorities have ordered the arrest of nine men who appeared in a video purporting to show the country's first ga...

'Glee' Star Speaks Out For Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 09.05.2014 | Gay Voices

Kevin McHale joined fellow celebrities Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Hawk and Anthony Bourdain in speaking out for gay marriage as part of a new Human Right...

A Conversation on Lesbian Marriage

Kathryn Hamm | Posted 09.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Kathryn Hamm

After 28 years together Kim and Renate celebrated their legal marriage in the fall of 2013 and remain passionately thoughtful and engaged in questions of coming out, falling in love and helping couples move from the first blush, butterflies and excitement of a new relationship to the mutual respect, understanding and intimacy that grows after years of togetherness.

A School Fires Two Teachers for Being Gay, and It's as Pathetic as You Imagine

Joe Anthony | Posted 09.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Joe Anthony

They weren't fired for lewd sex acts, for using their position as a pulpit to advocate, or for pursuing their students with nefarious purpose; rather, these two women's relationship reportedly came to light after the school received a copy of a mortgage application signed by the couple.

Our Cold Civil War

Terry Curtis Fox | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Terry Curtis Fox

One can blame a press that treats Congressional malfunction as a bipartisan failure, but the overriding fact remains that while one side has been actively and knowledgeably waging a civil war, the other has been acting as if the war did not exist.

Want Marriage Equality? Don't Sit Out These Elections

Chris Cormier | Posted 09.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Cormier

As a gay man who has spent the last decade working to advance marriage equality, I cheer "yaaaas" with each new marriage victory. And yet, I know that our momentum will quickly be stunted if we sit out the November elections.

Republicans Grasping at Straws in Gay Marriage Debate

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.02.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

In a number of states across the country, including Michigan, Republicans are fighting progress and asking that their states be allowed to discriminate against people based on sexual preference by allowing gay marriage bans approved by voters and state legislatures to remain legal.

An Open Letter from a Gay Christian Pastor to My Non-Gay Colleagues in Ministry

Randy Eddy-McCain | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Randy Eddy-McCain

In 1995 I was fired from my position as Minister of Music and Assistant to the Pastor at a Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The reason for my dismissal? Being gay and in a loving committed relationship with my spouse.

The Other Marriage Discrimination

Nancy Leong | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Nancy Leong

The move toward equality for everyone who wishes to marry is cause for celebration. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on marital status more generally, and to look for ways to equalize those who wish to marry and those who don't.

More Fireworks Anticipated at Upcoming Marriage Argument (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 09.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-09-01-ScreenShot20140901at3.38.21PM.pngLast week judges at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals put on a spectacular show when they eviscerated the arguments of anti-gay attorneys from Wisconsin and Indiana. Next week we could see a repeat performance when lawyers present their cases to the Ninth Circuit.

Is the Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Marriage Really a Slap in the Face to Gay Couples?

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 08.29.2014 | Entertainment
Nikki Gloudeman

Brad and Angelina are married. It presumably made them happy. And proffering that happiness to everyone is something well worth fighting for. One broken promise by two actors doesn't diminish, sabotage or weaken anything activists have achieved--or foreshadow a bleak future of continued bigotry and silenced chapel bells.

Gay Marriage Is Taking A 'Sledgehammer' To Society And Traditional Values, Pundit Claims

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices

"Traditionalist" Matt Barber isn't back down when it comes to expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and tran...

The Real Superheroes of P'Town Carnival

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

While inarguably P'Town is known as the best LGBTQ summer resort on the East Coast, and this year marked the 36th anniversary of Carnival, our presence wasn't always as welcoming as it is today.

Reflections on Marriage (Part 2): Why Do the Unmarried Support Marriage?

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 08.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

When lesbians and gay men and young unmarried people support same-sex marriage, what exactly are they supporting? An image of marriage? An illusion about marriage? A belief that it has something important to offer them in a distant future?

Fight or Flight for Recognition

Michael LaMasa | Posted 08.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael LaMasa

Yes, here in New York or in Maine or in Massachusetts we see you. But you deserve to be seen where you live. Stay. Stand up. Provide those around you with the opportunity to see you and allow them the opportunity to change.

Judge's Scolding Puts Anti-Gay Indiana Governor in Tight Spot (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-08-26-ScreenShot20140826at11.03.49AMsmall.pngFor years Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has worked to undermine the lives to gay and lesbian families, but now a judge has ruled that he's finally gone too far.