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Ban me from my partner’s bedside? You’d have to arrest me too!

Thursday, April 11, 2013
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Marriage Equality is about being able to hold the hand of the person you love when they are sick and need your love and compassion the most. It’s about making decisions that all people will eventually have to make about life and death, and who you want with you at [...]

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Did you hear the one about the homophobes who wanted to adopt out their lesbian daughter?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Jokes are supposed to be funny. They always start with a set up and then build to a crescendo where the plot twists and the listener bursts out laughing. Last week a “joke” went viral, but no one was left laughing. The “joke” was an article titled, “Parents put 16-year-old [...]

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Rick Santorum is a dead end for the Republican party

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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Although we just had an election, Rick Santorum, as tireless as he is tiresome, is already stumping in Iowa to prepare for his next defeat. His willful ignorance and woeful arrogance personifies why the GOP is losing the next generation of voters. Santorum, for instance, attacked marriage equality and foolishly [...]

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Fifty shades of red: The fight for equality marches on

Saturday, April 6, 2013
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There are just some people who will go to their graves believing what they believe. That is their journey – that is their little bit of racism, hatred and discrimination they will have to answer for. I believe at this moment in time, the red on the equality map [...]

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Former S.C. Governor Mark Sanford: No gays on the Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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Mark Sanford perfectly encapsulates the particular sanctimony the Right reserves for homosexuality. Republican politicians perfected this selective intolerance back when gay people were a convenient political punching bag – an unfamiliar other with whom the majority could not immediately identify. Since then, gay people have come out of the closet [...]

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A gay dad sounds off about the anti-gay Easter dad and his ‘preacher’ son

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Nolan Cranford screams at churchgoers on Easter Sunday that they are going to hell.
My 10-year-old son Jesse had big plans Easter morning. His desire to rise early was not to go searching for the Easter basket the mystical bunny was likely to have left him, it was to make French toast as a surprise for me, his dad. That special pleasing Dad [...]

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DOMA is doomed

Friday, March 29, 2013
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So it's over. Two days that are now part of LGBT history. Two back-to-back arguments at the United States Supreme Court, with most of the country paying attention—hearing about our lives, our relationships, and how discriminatory government policies and voter initiatives mark us as inferior, unequal, and vulnerable. In Wednesday's [...]

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Witness to history: ‘I am struck by the changed world in which we now live’

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
People hold up their tickets that had been issued to the general public for entrance Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, for the court's hearing on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. Some people waited in line _ even through light snow _ since Thursday for the coveted seats for the argument over California's Proposition 8.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Sitting in the Supreme Court this morning for the Prop 8 argument alongside my Lambda Legal colleagues Jenny Pizer and Camilla Taylor, I was struck by the changed world in which we now live. Exactly 10 years ago today, the Supreme Court heard Lambda Legal’s historic Lawrence v. Texas case. [...]

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Ideological differences appear to divide Supreme Court justices on Prop 8

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Artist rendering shows Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., center, addressing the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday. Image: Dana Verkouteren, AP
Much will be written about the Proposition 8 oral argument. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that the Court probably will not have the five votes necessary to get to any result at all, and almost certainly will not have five votes to decide the merits of whether [...]

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Why the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage

Monday, March 25, 2013
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We are on the threshold of a historic decision on individual rights by the Supreme Court of the United States as it considers two cases involving same-sex marriage. The cases about “who you love” could change the laws in 41 states and more than 1,000 federal statutes. Regardless of what [...]

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