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Hollywood UMC's Marriage Equality Banner Vandalized AGAIN

Hollywood, CA Patch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Vandals have defaced a banner supporting same-sex marriage for the second time in recent weeks at the Hollywood United Methodist Church, this time it ...

California Attorney General Asks Court To Lift Gay Marriage Ban

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — California's attorney general on Tuesday joined lawyers for two same-sex couples and the city of San Francisco in asking a feder...

Imperial County Joins Defense Of Prop 8

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — California's Imperial County renewed its effort to defend the state's gay marriage ban by asking Friday to join an attempt to ov...

Conservative Christian Lawyers Willing To Take Up Fight For DOMA

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- If President Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice no longer want to defend the Defense of ...

Elise Foley

Fighting Prop 8: Lawyers Ask Courts To Lift Order Stopping Gay Marriage

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the Obama administration's decision Wednesday to cease its legal defense of a federal ban on gay marriage, gay-rights adv...

Federal Court Hints At Decision That May Overturn California Gay Marriage Ban

AP | PAUL ELIAS and LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — A line of questioning at an appeals court hearing over California's gay marriage ban suggested the three judges could issue a de...

Prop 8 Case Goes Back To Court Today, Hearing To Be Televised

AP | PAUL ELIAS and LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — The legal fight over California's gay marriage ban went before a federal appeals court Monday in a hearing that reached a nation...

PHOTOS: Hollywood Church's Marriage Equality Sign Vandalized

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Reverend Kathy Cooper-Ledesma was greeted with an ugly sight when she arrived at the Hollywood United Methodist Church on Monday morning. One of the c...

Appeals Judge With ACLU Tie Refuses To Quit Gay Marriage Case

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — An attempt to oust a liberal judge from hearing a landmark gay marriage case in California ended Thursday almost as quickly as i...

2 Of 3 Judges In Prop 8 Case Appointed By Democrats

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — A liberal jurist is among three judges randomly selected by a federal appeals court to decide if a lower court improperly struck...

To Sir With Love: Elton John Still Standing Tall Against Proposition 8

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Thank you Sir Elton and the American Foundation for Equal Rights -- as Elton sang so beautifully last night, "how wonderful life is when you're in the world."

Same-Sex Marriage Case Will Be Broadcast On C-Span

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — An upcoming appeals court hearing on the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban will be televised. The 9th U.S. ...

The LDS Church's Unequal Treatment Of Gay And Feminist Activists

Holly Welker | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Holly Welker

While it's remarkable and encouraging that the LDS church is reaching out to the gay community, it's distressing and depressing that it has not made similar overtures to the feminist community.

Top 10 Religion And Politics Research Findings Of 2010

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Nearly 6-in-10 Americans affirm American exceptionalism that God has granted America a special role in human history. Those affirming this view are more likely to support military interventions and to say torture is sometimes justified.

The Truth Will Make Us Free: A Queer Year in Review

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

As the groundbreaking events of 2010 have demonstrated, it is the truth of the fundamental goodness of LGBT people and our lives that will make us free.

Why Equality Matters

Richard Socarides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Socarides

A DADT victory not only means that gays and lesbians will be allowed to serve with the dignity they deserve, but that America is beginning to recognize that gay rights are human rights.

Lawyers Urge Court To Rely On Prop 8 Trial Facts

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court should rely on the same evidence a trial judge considered when he overturned California's same-sex marri...

My 2010 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My apologies to anyone tuning in who was expecting to see the 150th "Friday Talking Points" column, since it will be pre-empted for two weeks here. B...

Proposition 8: Who Will Be Left Standing?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

This week, the Ninth Circuit heard arguments about Proposition 8. Do proponents of the ballot measure have something called "standing" to appeal the decision of the trial court?

Don't Ask, Don't Dream

Sandip Roy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sandip Roy

Some lessons are learned better in defeat. The debate in the Senate hammers one point home -- times might change, even majorities might change their minds but the rights of minorities in this country never came easy.

The Demise of California's Prop. 8? Marriage Equality Fares Well in Appeals Court

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

After a marathon argument lasting more than two hours on Monday, at least one thing seems clear: Prop. 8 will likely not survive its journey through the federal courts in California.

First Nighter: Tim Miller's Fiery Anti-Prop 8 "Lay of the Land"

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

It looks as if Tim Miller has chosen -- for better or worse (not worse, you hope) -- a long career for himself. Miller is one of the quartet of pe...

The Right to Marry Conveys a Right to Divorce

Frederick Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Frederick Hertz

Monday's hearing at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco focused on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the initiative that prohibite...

What's Marriage got to do with it? (VIDEO)

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

Until Proposition 8 and all the other laws that limit marriage to opposite-sex couples are repealed, LGBT people will not be full people in the eyes of the law or of society.

Battle Over Judge Retention In Iowa

TylerKingkade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
TylerKingkade

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats is hoping Iowans will vote today to sack three Iowa Supreme Court judges who took part in ...