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Boies, Olson: ‘We’re trying to bring marriage equality to every state in the Union’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- David Boies and Ted Olson, the legal team who helped take down California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, were on hand for the the kick-off Tuesday of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas. [ Read more → ]
Bill Russell

NBA Hall of Famer says gay athletes face same question black athletes once faced

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell says the fight for equality for gay athletes reminds him of the civil rights movement of African-Americans in the 1960s. [ Read more → ]

LBJ daughters talk gay marriage: Bigotry is ‘just one more expression of hate’

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
In a new interview to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the daughters of former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson discuss marriage equality for same-sex couples, and reflect on what their father might think of same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter speaking at Civil Rights Summit in Texas

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -- Former President Jimmy Carter will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. [ Read more → ]
Matt Dunham, APPresident Barack Obama speaks to crowds attending the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.

Obama eulogizes Mandela: ‘You can make his life’s work your own’

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination. [ Read more → ]
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APPresident Barack Obama gestures while speaking during a "Civil Society Roundtable" with LGBT and human rights activists on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Obama says LGBT and human rights activists are strengthening Russia

Friday, September 6, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- President Barack Obama is telling gay rights activists and other Russian civil leaders that they are strengthening their country. [ Read more → ]

MLK’s dream inspires a new march, and a president

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama led civil rights pioneers Wednesday in a ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech roused the 250,000 people who rallied there decades ago for racial equality. [ Read more → ]
Carolyn Kaster, APParticipants gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington.

Marching for King’s dream: ‘The task is not done, the journey is not complete’

Saturday, August 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled. [ Read more → ]
Eddie Adams, APIn this Aug. 1, 1963 photo, Bayard Rustin, leader of the "March on Washington" speaks at the National Headquarters. Months before Martin Luther King Jr. declared “I Have a Dream” to galvanize a crowd of thousands, Rustin was planning all the essential details to make the 1963 March on Washington a success. Rustin, who died in 1987, is sometimes forgotten in civil rights history.

Civil rights evolution expands to LGBTs in the 50 years since MLK’s march

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
WASHINGTON — Months before Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" declaration galvanized a quarter-million people at the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was planning all the essential details to keep the crowd orderly and engaged. [ Read more → ]

Californians, gay rights advocates worldwide remember Harvey Milk

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Today is “Harvey Milk Day,” a day of honor for the slain gay rights activist, which is officially recognized by the State of California and celebrated worldwide. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Majority of Americans believe marriage equality is a civil rights issue

Thursday, March 14, 2013
A new poll finds that the majority of Americans believe that marriage equality is a civil rights issue, and that it will inevitably become legal – whether they support it or not. [ Read more → ]

Civil rights groups urge Ky. governor to veto religious freedoms bill

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- LGBT advocates and civil rights groups have joined with the American Civil Liberities Union (ACLU) in calling on Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to veto a religious freedom bill approved in the state Senate last week. [ Read more → ]

Eric Holder: Marriage equality ‘really the latest civil rights issue’

Thursday, February 28, 2013
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that marriage equality for gays and lesbians is the next big civil rights issue. [ Read more → ]
Lynn Hutchings

Black lawmaker to gays: ‘Stop carpet-bagging on our civil rights movement’

Monday, January 28, 2013
A Wyoming lawmaker on Monday testified that she is tired of hearing gays and lesbians equate their struggle for civil rights to the efforts of mixed-race couples to secure the legal right to marry in the late 1960s. [ Read more → ]
President Barack Obama waves to crowd after his Inaugural speech at the ceremonial swearing-in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Andrews, Pool)

‘Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall:’ LGBT rights are civil rights

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Presidential inauguration days are often filled with pomp, circumstance, cheering crowds, and moments to remember, but rarely do they so perfectly illustrate a dramatic shift in our country’s understanding and acceptance of cultural changes. The second inauguration of President Barack Obama did just that. ... To be sure, having our President call for full equality for gay Americans in what is one of the biggest and most viewed speeches of his Presidency is monumental. [ Read more → ]

Biden: LGBT discrimination the ‘civil rights issue of our time’

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Vice President Joseph Biden apparently called LGBT discrimination the “civil rights issue of our time” before an Obama campaign office in Florida, according to a pool report. [ Read more → ]

Be the change; volunteer for marriage equality today

Sunday, October 7, 2012
Democracy is about participation — it’s about caring about an issue so much that you’ll go door-to-door in your neighborhood talking to voters about marriage equality. Heck, you might not even be in your neighborhood. We’re so quick to judge when we lose an amendment or a referendum, but how quick are we to be out knocking on doors and making calls for equality? [ Read more → ]

Is the ‘black vs. gay’ meme finally coming to an end?

Sunday, August 26, 2012
Since the national ascendancy of Barack Obama, many commentators have tried to make hay out of an alleged rift between gay and black communities in the United States – from conservative groups or commentators hoping to drive a wedge between two typically-Democratic voting blocs, to well-intentioned activists across the spectrum citing racism in gay culture or homophobia in black communities. [ Read more → ]

RNC Chairman: Gays deserve ‘dignity and respect,’ but not marriage

Sunday, May 13, 2012
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday said that he supports “dignity and respect” for all Americans, including gays and lesbians, but doesn't agree that applies to same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

What if there was a ‘Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March’ and nobody came?

Friday, March 2, 2012
Perhaps you’ve already heard about the “2012 Worldwide LGBT Civil Rights March,” slated for Saturday, April 21, and are eagerly making plans to attend. Odds are, though, that you haven’t. [ Read more → ]

Why voting on rights is a lousy idea…

Monday, January 30, 2012
Maine, Washington, and Maryland are all closer than ever to marriage equality, but the Governor of New Jersey thinks that civil rights should be put to a popular vote -- whether it's marriage today, or school desegregation in the 1950s. This week's Marriage News Watch report is here... [ Read more → ]

Against all logic: What LGBT’s and allies do now

Sunday, January 15, 2012
I have always believed that once you recognize a wrong you become an accessory to injustice if you continue to live in a way that accommodates that wrong ... Yet, many of us -- gay, transgender and allies -- are choosing silence when our voices and actions could be a part of a movement forward. [ Read more → ]
Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum: Marriage equality is equal to slavery (when it’s not like a napkin)

Saturday, August 13, 2011
Not only has Rick Snatorum used the lackluster comparison of napkins and paper towels as a justification to denying gay couples marriage rights, he is now comparing the 10th amendments guarantee that a state can enact marriage equality if it wants too, to states having the authority to legalize slavery. [ Read more → ]

The American values of exclusion and discrimination

Thursday, August 11, 2011
The former Secretary of State of Ohio, Ken Blackwell, (now a research fellow at the certified hate group the Family Research Council) wrote at on Monday regarding marriage equality and the diverse nature of those who are supposedly protecting traditional marriage. [ Read more → ]
Lou Engle

Lou Engle: America has become like Nazi Germany because of gay rights

Monday, July 25, 2011
Lou Engle, a prominent preacher at the Kansas City-based International House of Prayer, recently said that homosexuals “might” have civil rights in America, but that “it is not their right given by God.” [ Read more → ]
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