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Marriage Equality

Deconstructing DOMA

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Until 1996, all federal programs providing marriage benefits left the definition of "marriage" entirely to the states. But that year, Congress suddenly attempted to interpose a new federal definition.

Should Gays Boycott Hawaii Over Civil Unions Veto? Or Is Hawaii the Next Marriage Battleground State?

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Ocamb

LGBTs await word from Hawaii as to what they propose for the next steps. But Angelenos might want to consider saving the money they'd spend on a long weekend get-away for the impending fight with the Religious Right.

Gender Equality and the Decline of Marriage

Juliette Fretté | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Juliette Fretté

So is marriage difficult? Definitely. More difficult than before? Probably. Will it consequently fade into the abyss of failed human experiments?

Hawaii: The Final Chapter on Civil Unions

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

The case for marriage and civil unions is simple -- couples who want to make a loving, legal commitment to each other should be acknowledged and not discriminated against by their government.

While States Wrestle With Recognition of Same-Sex Partnerships, Corporations Continue to "Get it"

Todd A. Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Todd A. Solomon

Corporations across America have embraced the notion that LGBT diversity and LGBT-friendly employment policies such as domestic partner benefits are not only the right thing to do, but are also good for business.

ReThink Review: 8: the Mormon Proposition -- How Gay Marriage Got SLC Punk'd

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Mormon Church's (often illegal) involvement in the Prop. 8 campaign has been revealed in 8: the Mormon Proposition. After seeing the film, I had the opportunity to interview two of its major participants.

Democracy Not for the "Touchy, Feely"

Chris Cassidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Cassidy

Governance is a contact sport that shouldn't allow for having your ideas voted on while you cower from public scrutiny. Voters who passed the Public Records Act understood that; the Supreme Court's respect for that judgment should be applauded.

Protesting at Senator Barbara Boxer's Event Was a Step Backwards for Equality

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

As much as we dislike Obama's wishy washy approach to gay rights advocacy, Sen. Boxer is a staunch supporter of equality. If the protesters are serious perhaps they should spend time raising money for Boxer and her progressive agenda.

Losing the Argument Over Marriage, Anti-Gay Forces Pound the Table

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

The anti-gay diversion strategy should not obscure the truth of the matter: The reason smart lawyers like Charles Cooper don't give a better answer to why marriage discrimination should continue is that there isn't one.

Why Charlene Strong's Visit With the President Could Change Everything for the LGBT Community

Joe Mirabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Mirabella

Some question whether Obama understands how important his roll in this movement is. That could change very soon. Charlene Strong is scheduled to meet with him on June 22.

Second-Class Citizens Get Their Day in Court

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

Closing arguments have been scheduled for Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the landmark case challenging California's same-sex marriage ban.

As Prop 8 Trial Concludes, Study Shows Risk of Rushing to Ballot

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

Today, the Proposition 8 trial in San Francisco Federal Court will hear its long-awaited closing arguments -- as gay marriage advocates prepare to return to the ballot.

Olson & Boies Exorcise the Ghosts of Homophobia Past

Rick Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

Tomorrow, the legendary team of Ted Olson and David Boies present their final arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal trial on the constitutionality of Prop. 8, which outlaws gay marriage.

Poll: Voter Support Surges for Marriage Equality in Washington State

Joe Mirabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Mirabella

The poll was unique. It did not ask a binary question "Should gay couple's be allowed to marry or not?" Rather four options were given to respondents with varying degrees of civil recognition.

In California Primaries, LGBT Friends and Foes Advance; Now We Must Prepare for November

Geoff Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoff Kors

Pro-equity candidates need our help. Their opponents are strong, and we know that they will try to stir up fear and hatred to get a part of their base to show up and vote.

Germany's First Jewish Cantor Since the Holocaust Finds a New Home in Los Angeles

Sylvia Sukop | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Sylvia Sukop

The diversity of Jewish life in America is unrivaled anywhere in the world, and Los Angeles has been a hospitable home for Jews across the spectrum. Here, LGBT Jews find a warm reception.

Americans Choose Reality Television Over Patriotism on Dancing With The Stars

Megan Carpentier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Carpentier

Niecy & Louis were safe, and we were finally able to breathe a sigh of relief that their political dance and pro-marriage equality statements didn't lose them votes in the Midwest.

Politics Takes the Stage Alongside Kate Gosselin in "Dancing With The Stars"

Megan Carpentier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Megan Carpentier

Len called it the night of the "Greatest Stories Ever Danced," but between Kate Gosselin's new hair, Pam's white corset, Chelsie's Cleopatra wig, and Edyta's outlandish outfit, it looked more like Slut-o-ween came early this year.

Intermarriage, Gender, and Nativity

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

A new report from the Pew Research Center gives the latest numbers on race/ethnic intermarriage. Two things jump out: gender and nativity patterns.

In Love and War, Honoring the Commitment of Gay Americans

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

As soon as Congress finalizes the bill authorizing repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, it should turn its attention to removing the equally repugnant 1996 law mandating federal discrimination in marriage.

Refuting the Naysayers: First Anniversary of Marriage in Iowa and Other "Unlikely" Victories

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

As we celebrate the anniversary of marriage in Iowa, all of us committed to the freedom to marry in America have come a long way and confounded the naysayers, but there are still more "unlikely" wins to achieve.

A Way Forward on Marriage Equality

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rinku Sen

The gay rights movement needs to strengthen its ties with the black community. To do so, it should be wary of claiming that marriage equality is the civil rights issue of the 21st century.

I Do, Unfortunately, He Doesn't: Name Changing and Egalitarian Marriage

Anat Shenker-Osorio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anat Shenker-Osorio

As we question and alter the roles (and even actors) in what we call marriage, this name changing custom remains largely in place. It's worth asking, then, just how far have we come, baby?

Ending the Failed Experiment: A High Court Marriage Challenge to Civil Unions in New Jersey

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

It is now clear that civil unions do not work, and fall far short of the equality commanded by the constitution and ordered by the Supreme Court.

"My Name Is Gay"

Jamie Frevele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Frevele

Tracy Fletcher, a Portland, Maine resident who works as a caregiver for mentally disabled adults was hoping to marry her girlfriend, but was denied after voters rejected what the state's governor had made law.