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Marriage Equality: Understanding What’s Happening


It seems as if every day we read another story about marriage equality. In November 2012, marriage equality was passing on the ballots, in June 2013, the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was ruled unconstitutional. Almost immediately, there was a case in Ohio where a court ruled a dying man could put his husband’s name on his death certificate, but the question of marriage recognition...

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The Supreme Court Ruling: DOMA

By: Jason Howe




Ding dong the witch is dead!

What does it feel like to be like everyone else?

Well, the crew from Telemundo just left.  My mother is happily tearing up in the living room as her beloved CNN devotes wall-to-wall coverage to the Supreme Court’s death blow – or rather, its refusal to grant a stay of execution – to Proposition 8.  Tony Perkins of the Family Research Councilis...

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The Pending Supreme Court Case That Could Change Lives

By: Jason Howe


Sometimes the question pounces from the most unexpected directions.

I was sitting in our daughters’ playpen, reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” for the third time that day. That’s when our nanny sprung it on me: “Are you the father and Adrián is the mother?” she asked. She’d worked for us for nearly a year and should have known better, but then again, we’re her first exposure to...

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Equality: Birthday, Role Models and the SCOTUS Blog

By-Trey Darnell

Over the past couple of weeks, our focus along with many other LGBTQ individuals has been at the Supreme Court of the United States. As a collective group, we are awaiting decisions on two different cases. One case involves California’s Proposition 8 and the second involves the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act known as DOMA. These two cases are front and center in the...

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Every child has the right to the protection, stability and respect that only marriage provides

By Jason Howe

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An exploratory brush at the tip of my nose.  Half-asleep, I’m barely aware and don’t respond.
Once again, more insistent, it makes its way into the opening of my nostril.  Still no response.
Then it comes: not just an I’m-stopped-at-a-signal-and-I-don’t- think- anyone-is-looking scrape of the septum; not just a I’m-driving-on the-101-and-no-one-is-near-up-to-the-cuticle foray into...
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GOP Ohio Senator Now Supports Gay Marriage

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Conservative Ohio Senator Rob Portman, who has voted against gay marriage in the past, has had a “change of heart” about the issue of marriage equality.

Why?  Because his own son Will, age 21, is gay.

Portman tells CNN, “I am announcing today a change of heart….for me personally, I think this is something that we should allow people to do…to get married, to have the joy and...

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DOMA Decision Derails Detroit Court Ruling



April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a lesbian couple seeking marriage equality, will have to wait a little longer as Judge Friedman decided not to issue an opinion in the DeBoer case until after the United States Supreme Court has decided both the California Prop 8 and Windsor (DOMA challenge) cases. Friedman felt those decisions may be instructive to him in deciding this case. This means no decision...

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Marriage Equality is Now About Me

By Kelly Rummelhart

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For years I have been an ally to the gay community. I can’t really even put a date on it but I remember always thinking that gay men and women should have the same rights as everyone else. I remember not understanding, back in 2000, why people would vote yes for Prop 22. Even back then, the year I was able to get legally married in the state of California, I remember thinking...

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Panetta Will Extend Military Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

panettaAre the federal Defense of Marriage (DOMA) days numbered in America? Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced Monday that same-sex spouses of active members of the military will begin receiving protections that were previously denied to them. Protections include the issuance of military identification cards, access to family support initiatives,    and joint duty assignments.

Panetta noted that...

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Marriage Equality Reaches the Supreme Court

By Judge Anne Levinson (Ret.) and David Ward

Edie-Windsor-and-Thea-SpyerIn the next few months, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on two major cases involving marriage for same-sex couples.  The Court will hear oral arguments on March 26 and 27, with decisions expected by late June.

Many have asked how these cases could affect LGBT couples in Washington and across the country.To help understand what’s at stake, we’ve...

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DOMA Causes Hardship for Gay and Lesbian Military Personnel

By Carol Rood


I usually stay away from political commentary, however, I have been reading more and more about the hypocrisy of the Federal Government, and the more I read the angrier I get.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am the kind of girl who does NOT believe everything I read, but the evidence is mounting and I am upset!

When I was in the military and in a same-gendered relationship, we had to...

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Slowly But Surely the Walls of Prejudice Are Beginning to Crumble

By: Tom Butts

A key part of the law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage (DOMA) was struck down as unconstitutional by a U.S. appeals court Thursday.

We’ve heard a few decisions regarding this matter; the reason this one stands out to me is that it’s the second court to make the same decision but what raises my eyebrow of hope is that this court is not a “liberal” West Coast court but...

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