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United States v Windsor

Dear Supreme Court Justices

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 09.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Paula K. Garrett

I'm writing today on behalf of my 6-year-old son. He has two moms. He doesn't know that his parents are somehow less than in the eyes of many including, apparently, some of you.

Want Marriage Equality? Don't Sit Out These Elections

Chris Cormier | Posted 09.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Chris Cormier

As a gay man who has spent the last decade working to advance marriage equality, I cheer "yaaaas" with each new marriage victory. And yet, I know that our momentum will quickly be stunted if we sit out the November elections.

Same Sex Marriage, Taxes and Winning the Lottery

Don McNay | Posted 10.10.2014 | Business
Don McNay

The first step that all seriously committed couples, same sex or heterosexual, should do is find a competent financial planner to help them plot out a well thought out strategy.

What a Difference a Year Makes

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

On the morning of June 26, 2013 my partner and I sat in our living room in our PJs -- simultaneously glued to MSNBC, Twitter and SCOTUSblog -- awaiting the rulings on the "marriage equality cases:" Perry v. Schwarzenegger and United States v. Windsor.

Edie Windsor Thinks We Can Expect Marriage Equality Across The 50 States By 2024

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

Edie Windsor, plaintiff in the historic Supreme Court Defense of Marriage Act case, discussed her hopes for the legalization of gay marriage across al...

Edie Windsor Was Shocked To Get A Personal Phone Call From Obama After DOMA Ruling

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics

Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the Defense of Marriage Act court case, recalled on HuffPost Live Thursday the moments after learning she had won her c...

Gay Couples Redefine 'Golden Years'

Wm. Scott Page | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Wm. Scott Page

Paying for retirement isn't typically on the gay couple's radar. Gays approaching their "Golden Years" represent a unique segment of the financial marketplace.

Utah Ruling May Foreshadow Supreme Court Defeat for Gay Marriage

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

The larger issue here, which most people are completely missing, is that the Utah case will likely climb its way up to the Supreme Court no matter the outcome in the 10th Circuit, and the Supreme Court's stay is a clue into how the highest court may rule on the broader question: Is it constitutional for states to ban gay marriage?

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.

A More Perfect Union: Being Gay in America

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.23.2014 | OWN
Arianna Huffington

In the preamble of the Constitution, we are told that we are constantly moving toward a more perfect union. And while people in every age think they're living in a time of transition, ours truly is an age of transition when it comes to the rights of gay Americans. It's in the zeitgeist -- in the courts, in pop culture, in the business world and in people's voices online and offline. On Sunday, the Oprah Winfrey Network is featuring a lineup of programs about being gay in America. It begins with Oprah's Next Chapter -- with conversations between Oprah and gay celebrities including Wanda Sykes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Dan Bucatinsky -- and continues with the premiere of Bridegroom, a documentary from Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.

Being Gay in Tel Aviv, the Manhattan of the Middle East

Justine Borer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Borer

Tel Aviv is vaunted as a bastion of liberalism, and that liberalism ostensibly extends to acceptance of gay people. The anecdotal evidence I have collected in my conversations with Israeli friends has given me the impression that, in the aggregate, "macho" Israeli guys tend to be more accepting of gay men than are "macho" American guys.

Gay Man's Removal From Jury May Result In Landmark Decision

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

A legal battle between two rival pharmaceutical companies may consequentially resolve another, bigger debate: whether gays and lesbians may be exclude...

The New Jersey Litigants Are Both Right

Jackie Gardina | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Jackie Gardina

If a state is willing to provide marital benefits to a couple, shouldn't the federal government be prepared to do the same? It's not a bad question.

What 'Equality' Really Means After Windsor

Sarah R. Boonin | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Sarah R. Boonin

In some ways Windsor simply reversed the problem, trading in skim milk for half and half. No longer are state-sanctioned same-sex marriages invalid under federal law. Now, federally sanctioned same-sex marriages are invalid under some state laws!

Immigration for Same-Sex Spouses in a Post-DOMA World

Scott Titshaw | Posted 09.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Titshaw

Without DOMA, the federal validity of same-sex marriages will depend on state law, but it is not always clear which state law applies after married couples cross state lines: What happens when a couple is married in Massachusetts but lives in Georgia?

Jennifer L. Levi, Director of GLAD's Transgender Rights Project, Talks GLAD's Summer Party With Special Guest Edie Windsor and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Jennifer L. Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLAD, about the Supreme Court's marriage equality decisions, and about GLAD's Summer Party with special guest Edie Windsor, which takes place in Provincetown, Mass., on July 27.

One Step Closer to Equality

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Winning the struggle for marriage equality will require time and energy spent on two separate fronts; discriminatory laws must be fought on both the federal and state levels.

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.

The Irony of It All: When Adversaries Unintentionally Reveal the Truth

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

In his dissenting opinion in the DOMA case, Justice Scalia states with profound disgust that as a result of the decision, "the view that this court will take of state prohibition of same-sex marriage is indicated beyond mistaking." Justice Scalia, you are a veritable divining rod of the truth.

Argle-Bargle: What Justice Scalia Still Doesn't Get About Marriage

Jay Michaelson | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

Really? Argle-bargle? The term doesn't appear in my dictionary, but I take it to mean an incoherent ramble, the equivalent of gibberish. And to apply it to the legal arguments that a generation of lawyers and legal scholars have debated for years is, itself, offensive.

Civil Rights Whiplash at the U.S. Supreme Court

Suzanne B. Goldberg | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Suzanne B. Goldberg

Last week's Supreme Court rulings will enable more discrimination against women and racial minorities. Yet because none of these cases presented discrimination as blatantly as DOMA did, the justices could more easily disclaim responsibility for the anti-equality consequences of their rulings.

With Liberty and Justice for ... Some

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Chief Justice Roberts has cultivated a public image as a less-than-right-wing zealot, while actually amassing a record certain to excite members of the Chamber of Commerce and Tea Party alike.

The Flag Waves On: How I Unexpectedly Became the Face of the Marriage Equality Movement Last Week

Vin Testa | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Vin Testa

The feeling was exhilarating; the moment I was handed the DOMA decision by one of the interns and was pushed on to deliver the news is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life. Looking into the crowd of hundreds who had gathered, I became overwhelmed with emotions.

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.

What the Same Sex Marriage Cases Mean for Gay Shame

Shaun Sperling | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Shaun Sperling

The realization of being different and the fear of rejections plague us and follow us in every area of our life -- no matter how hard we fight it. It is a rare occasion that takes some of the shame away. June 26, 2013 was one of those occasions.