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The Shocking Steps One Same-Sex Couple Took To Marry

OWN | Posted 07.15.2014 | OWN

In 2006, "Oprah Show" viewers met Christine, a mother of two who made a surprising confession to her husband, Joe, after seven years of marriage: She ...

Dear PA: Keep Domestic Partner Benefits Until We Have Statewide Non-Discrimination Protection

Sue Kerr | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Don't punish us because the Commonwealth hasn't done the work of creating an equal playing ground. Don't force us to get married. That's not why these families went to court and it is not what marriage equality is supposed to create.

Obama Expands Government Benefits For Gay Couples

AP | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Supreme Court struck down a law barring federal recognition of gay marriages, the Obama administration granted an...

Sarah McLachlan On Her Sexuality: 'Never Say Never'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices

In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Monday about her new album "Shine On," songstress Sarah McLachlan commented on her sexuality. "I don't bel...

Lawyer Files Brief Against State's Gay Marriage Ruling

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge who struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban usurped the state's authority to decide whether same-sex unions sho...

Your "Right" Not to Serve Them? An Arizona Veto

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Your religious "right" to refuse service to gays and lesbians? Actually, no. ...

Same-Sex Parents Defended At Michigan's Gay Marriage Trial

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 02.26.2014 | Gay Voices

DETROIT (AP) — A sociologist testifying Wednesday at Michigan's gay-marriage trial said children raised by same-sex parents suffer no handicap when ...

Weddings: Why Ceremony? Why Ritual? (Part Two)

Cornelia Powell | Posted 04.21.2014 | Weddings
Cornelia Powell

Now as more states and countries legalize same-sex marriage, the nature of weddings expands --but no one is immune to having a wedding ceremony that leaves people cold.

Justice Department To Give Same-Sex Couples More Federal Privileges

Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics

By PETE YOST, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a land...

Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Privileges

New York Times | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The federal government will soon treat married same-sex couples the same as heterosexual couples when they file for bankruptcy, testify...

What the DOMA Ruling Means for Same-Sex Couples 2013 and Amended Taxes

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 02.12.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

As a part of this ruling, couples have the option to go back and amend their last three years tax returns, if they would have received larger tax refunds by filing a joint tax return.

Hagel: All States Complying With Same-Sex Benefits

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says that all states are now complying with new rules allowing the same-sex spouses of military members to get ID car...

Why Conservatives Should Learn to Love Gay Marriage

Scott Titshaw | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Titshaw

By refusing marriage to same-sex couples, social conservatives are undermining traditional marriage more than lesbian brides and gay grooms ever could.

Same-Sex Couples Are Ready to Get Married, but Maybe Not Divorced

Colleen Logan, Ph.D. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

I'd like to think that gay and lesbian marriages are different, held together just a little more tightly by an extra dose of fairy dust and pink unicorn karma, but, alas, I don't think that's true.

Same-Sex Couples in the South

James Mahon | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
James Mahon

Three Tennessee towns now recognize same-sex couples. In a landmark decision for the so-called "buckle" of the Bible Belt, Chattanooga joined Knoxville and Collegedale with a city council vote recognizing same-sex spouses of city employees for benefits.

Minnesota's Same-Sex Couples Achieve Marriage Equality, Inherit Complications That Go Along With It

Andrea Jackley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrea Jackley

How does estate planning differ for same-sex couples versus heterosexual couples? Well, there are both state and federal issues influencing the financial implications of same-sex couples legalizing their unions -- and many, many unknowns.

My Family Doesn't Accept My Sexuality. Should I Cut Them Out?

OWN | Posted 10.02.2013 | OWN

Ravneet is a 26-year-old college student who has been in a same-sex relationship for three years. Originally from Punjab, India, she says her traditio...

Surprisingly, The American City With The Highest Concentration Of Gay Couples Is...

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.05.2014 | Gay Voices

Did San Francisco just get out-gayed? Recently released data from the 2012 U.S. Census revealed which cities have the highest concentration of sam...

Corrupting the Concept of Religious Freedom

Charles Negy, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Charles Negy, Ph.D.

Imagine if employees in all settings were given such license to discriminate against others who do not conform to employees' religious values. Society would become chaotic.

Judge Rules State Must Recognize Same-Sex Couple

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND, Sept 3 (Reuters) - For the second time in two months, a Cincinnati federal judge granted an order allowing th...

All Aboard The Rainbow Railroad!

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.27.2013 | Gay Voices

On Aug. 14, the Department of Defense took a fundamental step forward when it announced it would extend spousal and family benefits to legally married...

A Unanimous Decision for Equality

Louise Melling | Posted 10.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Louise Melling

When a business opens its doors to the public it must comply with anti-discrimination laws, even if doing so offends a business owner's religious beli...

'Til There Was Us: Broadway's Best Gay Showmances (PHOTOS)

Kevin Burrows | Posted 10.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Kevin Burrows

Last Friday I came across a feature entitled "''Til There Was You': Broadway's Best Showmances," a collection of stories of 18 Broadway couples who fell in love while performing in or working on the same show. Of the couples depicted, not one of them was a same-sex couple. How could this be?

Kerry Has Big News For Same-Sex Couples

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

Aug 2 (Reuters) - The United States will immediately begin considering visa applications of gay and lesbian spouses in the same manner as heterosexu...

DOMA Ruling Expands FMLA Protections

Ellen Bravo | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Ellen Bravo

When the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the justices opened a number of doors -- including extending the protection of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act to many same-sex married couples, so they are no longer forced to choose between caring for their spouse and keeping their job.