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Marriage Equality

The Very Public, Very Desperate Crumbling of the Anti-gay Right

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 09.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Maybe despite their screams to the press that they would win, they knew what was coming, what was inevitable. What followed that amazing day when my husband and I woke up without equality and went to bed with 1,100 more rights, was truly dumbfounding.

The Day I Got Gay Married: Trading in Skepticism for Matrimony

Jasmin Singer | Posted 09.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Jasmin Singer

We had intended to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek about our marriage. In the hours leading up to the "I do," we kept trying the word "wife" on for size, and then guffawing at the absurdity of how it sounded. But before we knew it, romance had crept in.

Gay Marriage Will Lead Children To Lives Of Crime And Violence, Right-Wing Bishop Claims

Posted 07.04.2013 | Gay Voices

The Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Prop 8 have been enthusiastically received by lesbian, gay, bisexua...

Justice Scalia's Son Doesn't Think Homosexuality Really Exists

Posted 07.05.2013 | Gay Voices

Almost a month after the Supreme Court's landmark decisions in favor of marriage equality were handed down, one son of dissenting Justice Antonin Scal...

Gay Marriage? Whoa, Pardner!

Robert Julian | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert Julian

I know you're in love. DOMA is dead. And in California, the nation's most populous state, they no longer spit on you when you show up at the registrar's office to claim your marriage license. But hold on a second. Are you sure you want to do this?

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?

Going West: Looking Forward to Realizing the Promise of California

James Gilliam | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
James Gilliam

The past five years have been long. They have been painful. But now, with the Supreme Court's decision to restore the right to marry here, California is the state we hoped it would be when we first arrived. It is a state full of possibility.

Thank You, Mr. Black

Reed Abplanalp-Cowan | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Reed Abplanalp-Cowan

In the years after our Sundance whirlwind, I've watched Dustin Lance Black quietly stand behind other herculean equality fights, never taking credit, never revealing his considerable influence in the AFER court action that bore the fruit of equality last week.

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...

Fear Upon Fear for the Fourth of July

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

What is there to win? No woman wants to "win" by having to have an abortion. Do the primarily white male legislators fear losing control? Losing political contributions? Do men fear losing out to women who really do need freedom for health care of their own bodies?

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.

Our Best Friend's Wedding: An Intimate Look at One of Delaware's First Legal Same-Sex Marriages (VIDEO)

Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Gabrielle Dunkley

Dan, whose career centered on giving other people the happiest day of their lives at the Peace office in New Castle County, had to endure watching others benefit from rights that were seemingly pedestrian but ultimately extraordinary to those who were deprived of basic human rights.

Exclusive: AFER Prop 8 Players Talk About U.S. Supreme Court Ruling (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I participated in a conference call with the American Foundation for Equal Rights moments after their Supreme Court victory. Speaking on the call are AFER Executive Director Adam Umhoefer; lead co-counsel David Boies; plaintiffs Kris Perry, Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo; and others.

Fear of 'Bigot' Label a Cynical Dodge by Marriage Equality Opponents

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

They have expressed in supposedly sad tones that they merely believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that it is unfair that their "simple and innocent" belief would have them labeled "bigots." It's a game many of them play to distract us from a real issue.

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.

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."

Wedding Vendors and Gay Money

Sasha Lotrian | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Sasha Lotrian

Maybe some of you saw my last HuffPost blog post, in which I lamented about the difficulties that arise when you're trying to plan a wedding around Pr...

And Now It's Time to Rebrand ENDA: The Freedom to Work Act

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The marriage equality movement has been a success for a lot of reasons. One of them, no doubt, is branding and framing. And it's time to learn from that and apply it to other battles, like the battle against employment discrimination, which has been a dismal failure.

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.

The Love Party: Celebrating the Downfall of DOMA

Mia Norton | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Mia Norton

How does one explain to her young child the significance of a day like this? How do I teach her about the pain and the anguish that so many have suffered leading up to this day? How can I show her that now our dear friends and family can solidify their commitments to one another?

The Unsung Heroes of the Marriage Equality Movement

Patrick Murphy | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Patrick Murphy

As we bask in these historic decisions, it's worth acknowledging some of the unsung patriots who carried the torch for the freedom to marry. No list is exhaustive, but each of these great Americans helped pave the way for marriage equality to become law.