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Marriage Equality

Florida Threat: Arresting Officials Who Let Gays Get Married

Matt Baume | Posted 12.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Florida clerks can start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples in January -- but if they do, they could risk arrest and jail time.

Cutting Holes in the Law

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

"I'm sorry, but we don't serve your kind here." This overt discrimination is something that leading gay libertarians, who otherwise support marriage equality, think should be legal for wedding photographers, bakers, and other business owners to say to gay couples.

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Loath as we are to admit it, there was no single Biggest Winner Of 2014, because the award must be handed, collectively, to the Republican Party. A case could be made for Mitch McConnell, since he will win the biggest prize of any Republican next year: control of the United States Senate.

Top 10 Moments From a Blockbuster Year for the Freedom to Marry

Evan Wolfson | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Evan Wolfson

2014 was another blockbuster year for the freedom to marry. In January gay couples could marry in 19 states. By December that number had skyrocketed to 35 -- covering two thirds of the American people. The momentum for marriage is off the charts, and the joy and security marriage brings are now shared by millions of gay Americans.

Here's What The World's Queer Community Has Already Accomplished (Or Hasn't Yet) This Century

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices

For queer people, in many ways, there has never been a time in history like the present. Although oppression and inequality are still rampant, there h...

Gay Hero of Sydney Hostage Crisis Died a Second Class Citizen

James Peron | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

One man charged the terrorist. Tori Johnson was 34. He managed the Lindt Chocolate Café for two years. Employees and customers all said he was a good man, a kind man. He was also a gay man.

Good News If You're A Same-Sex Couple And Hoping To Tie The Knot

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices

Good news for same-sex couples who are planning to tie the knot: new research has found that those pairs divorced at a slightly lower rate than their ...

Is This The World's Craziest Anti-Gay Marriage Protest Yet?

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices

By Emily Le Coz (Reuters) - A Mississippi pastor brought a horse in a wedding dress to stand with him outside a federal courthouse on Fr...

Modern Marriage

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.11.2014 | Weddings
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Weddings are not the end, but a stop on your train. A significant, theatrical, moment during which you receive recognition for who and what you are. As you are, not as you should be.

I'm Still Bitter, Bill

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

I still remember the day you signed DOMA. The anger. The disappointment. The despair. I still remember watching states pass gay-marriage prohibitions quite easily. I cannot forget, and I cannot forgive until there is a proper apology.

Three New Books on the Theme of "It Isn't Easy Being Gay"

Janet Mason | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I have never been one to complain about my lot -- after all coming out as a lesbian was, for me, a kind of freedom (and I wouldn't trade my life for any other). But I was reminded of the fact that it is still hard to be gay by three new books that I recently read.

You Won't Believe This Conservative Pastor's Suggestion For Gay Marriage Supporters

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices

A pastor at a California-based evangelical church offered up a bizarre suggestion for same-sex marriage supporters in a recent broadcast. As Right...

Christians Do Not Need an Olive Branch From the LGBTQ Community

Sue Kerr | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Bruce Barron, a Pittsburgh resident and former staffer for Rick Santorum, penned a loathsome piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette requesting that the LGBTQ community offer Christians an olive branch. So let me break down the absurdity of this piece. Discrimination is discrimination.

Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Court Orders Florida to Start Letting Gay Couples Marry in One Month

Matt Baume | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Marriage could be coming to Florida sooner than we expected. Plus, after last week's big win, the Mississippi lawsuit is now on the fast track to an appeal. And Kansas just lost their latest attempt to hold back the start of marriage.

The Gift of Marriage

Dr. Anna Sher Simon | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Dr. Anna Sher Simon

My deepest gratitude is for the simple joy of being able to refer to my partner of twelve years as "wife" without feeling like a fraud. It has been a long road to get here.

What Marriage Equality Means for Mississippi

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara | Posted 12.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

An unjust law has been struck down, ensuring that elders will live out their final years knowing they are equal in their home state, ushering in an era in which a gay kid growing up in Mississippi will be able to envision a future in which she marries the love of her life in her hometown.

Black Influentials, Paradox Progress and LGBT Rights in Mississippi

Ravi K. Perry | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Ravi K. Perry

Last week's decision in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant could lift the ban on same-sex marriage in Mississippi forever. However, that decision is unique among other pro-marriage-equality rulings in that it came from the pen of a black U.S. district judge with a strong record of supporting civil rights.

Florida DMV: Married Gays Not Allowed to Drive (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 12.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-12-01-ScreenShot20141201at3.59.28PM.pngThe state of Florida cancelled the drivers' licenses of a gay couple after they married in New York and hyphenated their last name. Even though it's their new legal name, the state is refusing to recognize it, so they've sued.

A Fresh Take on Marriage: Excerpt from Modern Brides & Modern Grooms

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Books
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

The following is an excerpt from my book Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional, Weddings. The bo...

Finland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Reuters | Posted 11.28.2014 | Gay Voices

HELSINKI, Nov 28 (Reuters) - The Finnish Parliament on Friday narrowly approved a citizen's initiative to legalize same-sex marriage. ...

Gratitude and Grace

Ginny Gilder | Posted 11.26.2014 | Women
Ginny Gilder

My kids shrink from the annual dinner tradition of reciting three things they're grateful for, but they participate nonetheless. If nothing else, it makes them think for a moment about how they've been aided along the way to enjoy the lives they are now living.

Republicans Promised I'd Be Speaking Arabic by Now

Thom Senzee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Thom Senzee

And then there was 2012. Remember that one? Just two years ago, you said if Americans wanted to pay $5 per gallon for gasoline, we should just go ahead and reelect the president.

Some Kansas Clerks Refuse to Issue Marriage Licenses to Gay and Lesbian Couples (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 11.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-11-24-afervid2011424small.jpgWe've added two or maybe three states -- Montana, South Carolina, and sort of Kansas -- to the marriage-equality map this week. Some Kansas counties have started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but others haven't.

Faith and Marriage Equality: Welcome to the Party

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The recent appearance of pastors and churches declaring their willingness to perform marriages for same-sex couples has led to some of the most amazing imagery of the marriage equality struggle. Imagery the likes of which seemed all too impossible not long ago, especially in the deeply-red states of America.