States With Civil Unions Are Depriving Gay Couples Of Federal Marriage Benefits

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 12:07 am

With section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) invalidated, civil unions, once a cup half full, are now a cup half empty. On Wednesday the U. S. Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the section of DOMA that defined marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman for federal legal purposes.  This means [...]

Immigration Is an LGBT Issue: A Binational Couple Awaits The DOMA Ruling

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 12:13 am

“If you want to marry someone from another country, and you’re a US citizen, chances are your spouse could also gain citizenship through marriage. That is, if the marriage is between a man and a woman. This path to citizenship is not available to gay couples because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.” That [...]

Anti-Gay Group Posts Their DOMA & Prop 8 Reactions Before SCOTUS Has Ruled

By: Monday June 24, 2013 10:40 pm

The nation remains in suspense as another Monday has passed without the release of opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court on the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases.  The anti-gay group Family Policy Institute of Washington is done with waiting, apparently, because it has already posted three responses to the unreleased opinions. FPIW was one of [...]

DOMA and Prop 8 Decision Day Events

By: Tuesday June 18, 2013 10:02 pm

The US Supreme Court is due to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 by the end of June.  Decision Day events are being planned across the country so folks can learn about the rulings and celebrate (or commiserate?) together.  Check out the website to see if an event [...]

The dignity and wisdom of Julian Bond on religious liberty and inclusion

By: Thursday June 13, 2013 10:30 am

When it comes to discussing the place of religion and the expansion of basic civil rights to the LGBT community, legend Julian Bond delivers a passionate, common-sense view often missing from the debate. This civil rights hero and ally – the chairman emeritus of the NAACP – so effortlessly states the obvious:  discrimination is wrong. As we await [...]

Illinois Legislature Demonstrates How Politically Not-Powerful Gays Are

By: Friday May 31, 2013 8:16 pm

This evening the Illinois state House ended the year’s legislative session without calling the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) to a vote.  The next time that the marriage equality bill could be considered is this November. The Senate passed the bill on Valentines Day on a vote of 34 to 21. The [...]

Republican Senatorial Candidates From Massachusetts Debate DOMA

By: Thursday March 28, 2013 11:47 am

The three Massachusetts Republicans vying for the Bay State’s open U.S. Senate seat held their first debate on Wednesday night.  Candidates Mike Sullivan, Dan Winslow and Gabriel Gomez were asked to give their views on two marriage-related questions: Is the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) constitutional? Should states have the right to maintain discriminatory [...]

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Stands Strong For Marriage Equality

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 11:23 am

Facebook has gone Valentine’s Day red this week as Americans show their support for marriage equality while the U.S. Supreme Court hears the Proposition 8 and federal Defense of Marriage Act cases. The Congressional delegation from Massachusetts has not missed this opportunity to reiterate their unequivocal support for the right of loving, committed same-sex couples [...]

Let’s hope that the U.S. Supreme Court gets it right on DOMA and Prop 8

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 12:53 pm

UPDATE: Audio and transcript are up at the SCOTUS  web site. There are several ways this can go, but only one way to morally and legally handle the institutionalized discrimination that exists in this country today when it comes to the freedom to marry. Today the Prop 8 arguments were presented to the U.S. Supreme Court. [...]

Bill Clinton: It’s time to overturn DOMA

By: Friday March 8, 2013 6:53 am

Considering Big Dog was the guy who signed the horror known as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law, seeing this turn of events is welcome, it still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. But it’s a different world than it was 17 years ago and there was almost zero political courage to [...]

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