Marriage Equality: March 2013

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The Right Time vs the Right Thing

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 31, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

The Supreme Court has an opportunity to deliver a ruling that will effectively bestow full and equal citizenship on millions of Americans, and our families. And there's some indication that a few of the justices are too afraid to pick a side.Read More


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The Emergence & Danger of the 'Acceptable Trans* Narrative'

Filed by Drew Cordes | March 31, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

At the many queer and trans* community events I attend, I'm often encouraged to tell "my story." I've stopped because mine is too familiar. We all know it because this is the narrative our media and our political movements have chosen to portray.Read More


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Immigration Reform: A Constellation of Challenges

Filed by Jason Tseng | March 31, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

As the talks on immigration reform in Washington heat up, it's vital that we continue to inject our LGBT stories into the debate. It's also important to expand the discourse of LGBT immigration issues beyond the rights of bi-national couples.Read More


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Thanks for Changing Your Facebook Avatar: Got Two More Minutes?

Filed by Sue Kerr | March 30, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Here's a simple way to demonstrate that your support for our families goes beyond a fun Facebook moment.Read More


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Harry Potter, Rick Santorum, & the Trans Flag [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 30, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every weekend I round up the best Bilerico posts from the past seven days to help you stay up to date on the latest queer news and analysis.Read More


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My View: HRC & the Trans Flag Incident

Filed by Jerame Davis | March 29, 2013 | 6:00 PM | comments

Mistakes were made, but it's most important to me that we clear the air so there's space to move on and get back to the important work of winning our equality.Read More


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Welfare Reform Can't Save Marriage

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 29, 2013 | 3:00 PM | comments

Everyone's talking about marriage this week. So it's hard to blame speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives T. W. Shannon for wanting to get in on the action.Read More


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Can You Spot the Homophobes?

Filed by Bil Browning | March 29, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Can you predict which of these people support marriage equality and which ones oppose it? (Hint: The Dude does not abide.)Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/29/13

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 29, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

The layer who got marriage equality going, MI Republicans get angry over an anti-gay Facebook posting, an anti-LGBT musical in Malaysia, the Irish government treats foreign-born trans* folk better than natives, and more. Read More


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Harry Potter Fan Club Issues Statement of Support for Marriage Equality

Filed by Bil Browning | March 28, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

Following in the footsteps of US Senators of both stripes, the Harry Potter Alliance has issued a statement of support for marriage equality. It is, of course, magical.Read More


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SCOTUS Seems Poised to Strike Down DOMA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 28, 2013 | 2:30 PM | comments

The Supreme Court hearing suggests that there may be five votes to declare Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional based on the question of whether the federal government overstepped its bounds.Read More


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Will the Supreme Court Repeal the Gay Tax?

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 28, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

If the court overturns DOMA, it will effectively repeal one of the most expensive and least discussed taxes in America: The Gay Tax.Read More


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NC Dem Senator Hagan Adds to Growing Support for Marriage Equality

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 28, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

In the past several days, as the challenges to Prop 8 and DOMA go before the Supreme Court, more Democratic senators have come out in support of marriage equality.Read More


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Santorum: The Republican Party's Dinosaur?

Filed by Mark Segal | March 27, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Almost every Republican is now in a head-on sprint to catch up with public acceptance of LGBT marriage, but Santorum, with his stagnant views, he has become the party's official dinosaur.Read More


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Thoughts on the Supreme Court & Gay Marriage

Filed by Caitlin Breedlove | March 27, 2013 | 3:30 PM | comments

How do we move from the push for a US-based civil right for some, to the struggle for liberation for all? That question cannot be answered with political opinions alone; it must be answered with the kind of leadership in our movement that moves as spirit moves.Read More


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For Passover: Liberation from Prop 8 & DOMA

Filed by Davina Kotulski | March 27, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Like the Jews who were enslaved for hundreds of years in Egypt, for hundreds of years, LGBT people have been enslaved by injustice and discrimination. We've been told we are inferior.Read More


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Confirm the Heritage of Equal Protection of the Laws

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 27, 2013 | 12:30 PM | comments

Should the civil and human rights of minoritized people be placed up for a vote or left to the discretion of state legislatures? In other words, should the majority determine the rights of minorities?Read More


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Bill O'Reilly Supports Marriage Equality

Filed by Ed Team | March 27, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

"I support civil unions, I always have. Alright. The gay marriage thing, I don't feel that strongly about it one way or the other. I think the states should do it. Right. New York has it now. I live in...Read More


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The Weight of History: Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court

Filed by John M. Becker | March 27, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

No one knows for certain how the Supreme Court will rule in June. But we do know that the day will soon come when LGBT individuals, couples, and families are equally protected under the law. And we know that we will win this fight.Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/27/13

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 27, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

The audio of Tuesday's SCOTUS oral arguments is available for download, an Arizona GOP representative takes another run at anti-trans* legislation, asking what marriage equality means for sexual freedom, and more. Read More


The DC Marriage Rally: The Music Video

Filed by Mark S. King | March 27, 2013 | 9:00 AM | comments

The whole morning, while I watched people gather in front of the Supreme Court building and videotaped the sights and sounds and costumes (and the opponent's marching band, complete with bagpipes), the song Classical Gas kept playing in my...Read More


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Supreme Court to Hear Prop. 8 Arguments: What You Need to Know

Filed by Sarah Blazucki | March 26, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Today, Prop. 8; tomorrow DOMA. If you haven't been following along (or read up), here are some resources.Read More


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Wolfson: Gay People Won't Use All the Marriage Licenses

Filed by Sarah Blazucki | March 26, 2013 | 9:30 AM | comments

"Fortunately, in America we don't put everything up to a vote. We don't force families to put their freedom of speech or freedom of religion or freedom to marry up to a vote ... the reality in the country is...Read More


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Thousands Protest Marriage Equality in Paris, London

Filed by Sarah Blazucki | March 25, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Anti-gay protesters clashed with police in Paris ahead of "marriage for all" vote next month.Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/25/13

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 25, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

NYC's Health Dept warns of meningitis risk, Karl Rove vacillates, NOM gets more brazenly hateful, GLAAD gets a new(ish) name, new books convey the gay experience in parts of Africa, problems with a paperless future, and more. Read More


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McCaskill Backs Marriage Equality

Filed by Sarah Blazucki | March 25, 2013 | 9:30 AM | comments

"I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell...Read More


Rove Sees Marriage Support in GOP 2016

Filed by Sarah Blazucki | March 25, 2013 | 9:00 AM | comments

GOP strategist Karl Rove said he "could" see a GOP presidential candidate backing marriage equality in 2016, then discusses potential Supreme Court decisions in DOMA and Prop. 8 cases. Political evolution is alive and well....Read More


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Our 7th Anniversary - How Far We've Come

Filed by John M. Becker | March 24, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

It's hard for me to believe that Michael and I have already been married for seven years. But it really has been that long, and we really have come a long way in our lives, in our marriage, and in the struggle for marriage equality.Read More


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Pro-Marriage GOP Senator, Rape Culture, Supreme Court Rally [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Ed Team | March 23, 2013 | 11:00 AM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every weekend I round up the best Bilerico posts from the past seven days to help you stay up to date on the latest queer news and analysis.Read More


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Marriage Equality Supporters to Rally at Supreme Court, 50 States for Prop. 8 and DOMA

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 22, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Thousands are expected to turn out in ahead of the Prop. 8 and DOMA Supreme Court arguments March 26 in Washington, D.C.Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/22/13

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 22, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Smith College excludes trans* women, CO gets civil unions, youth who oppose marriage equality vow to keep fighting, supporting Kate Bornstein, Chris Christie could veto a ban on ex-gay therapy, and more. Plus: Tina Fay revisits Sarah PalinRead More


GetEqual Tells Supreme Court: History is Watching!

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 21, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

Major civil-rights decisions are the most famous in the history of the court. The justices that make the inevitable ruling of national marriage equality will secure their legacies forever. Will it be the current Supreme Court?Read More


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President Obama: Still Turning a Deaf Ear to Equality for LGBT Working Families

Filed by Rebecca Juro | March 21, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

With the U.S. economy being what it is, you'd think signing an executive order to protect the rights of working class LGBT Americans would be a no-brainer for a president who campaigned for office on LGBT inclusion and equality as...Read More


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FRC's Perkins on GOP Report

Filed by Sarah Blazucki | March 21, 2013 | 9:00 AM | comments

"If the RNC abandons marriage, evangelicals will either sit the elections out completely - or move to create a third party. Either option puts Republicans on the path to a permanent minority ... Obviously, this RNC report was designed to...Read More


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Habemus Papam, No Homo

Filed by Guest Blogger | March 20, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Does Pope Francis have it out for the gays? It is far more complicated than just a yes or no.Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/20/13

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 20, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

A rainbow-painted LGBT center with a view of the Westboro Baptist Church, marriage equality a possibility in NM, Arizona wants to tie bathroom use to birth certificate, Clinton evolves, a humorous take on bisexuality, and more. Read More


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Hillary Clinton Puts Marriage Equality in Context of Human Rights

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 19, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Marriage equality should be "embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and all Americans."Read More


Hillary Clinton for marriage equality

Filed by Sarah Blazucki | March 19, 2013 | 9:00 AM | comments

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her first policy statement since she left office, came out in full support of marriage equality, "personally and as a matter of policy and law." In a video for the Americans for...Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/18/13

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 18, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

CPAC attendees don't appreciate Robert Portman's change of heart, LGBT hate in Russia, a possible "functional cure" for some HIV cases, the impact of the Ryan budget proposal on trans* people, and more. Read More


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Pope Francis & the Sissies

Filed by Terrance Heath | March 17, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

I have one thing I want to say to Pope Francis before I go right back to not caring anymore. Read More


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GOP Ohio Senator Rob Portman's Marriage Equality Interview [Video]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 17, 2013 | 2:00 PM | comments

Republicans and other politicos are talking about Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman's surprise reversal on marriage equality.Read More


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Bill Would End CA Tax Loophole for Anti-Gay Groups Like Boy Scouts

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 15, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

On Wednesday, March 13, Equality California announced its legislative package for the 2013-14 legislative session.Read More


Let's Go to the Dictionary

Filed by Bil Browning | March 15, 2013 | 11:50 AM | comments

During his speech yesterday at CPAC, Senator Marco Rubio got the crowd worked up when he announced how "tolerant" he is: "I respect people who disagree with me on certain things, but that means they have to respect me...Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/15/13

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 15, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

GLAAD bans the NYPost from their red carpet, a majority of Americans support marriage equality, the new Pope's anti-gay record, NARTH looses their tax exemption, the trans* rights bill in MD fails, and more. Read More


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Papal White Smoke Poisonous For Gay Catholics

Filed by Father Tony | March 14, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

If he thinks his home girl Evita's 'Rainbow Tour' was an embarrassing flop, I hope he's got his white watered silk seatbelt tightly fastened because he is in for a bumpy ride.Read More


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Some Thoughts on the Politics of the New Pope

Filed by Bil Browning | March 13, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

The College of Cardinals has chosen a new Pope and the big winner is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina. He has chosen the name Pope Francis.Read More


AIDS Policy That Doesn't Make Sense

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | March 13, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

The world didn't come to an end on December 21st, as predicted by some. Meanwhile we're clicking into a new twelve-month round on the white man's calendar, not to mention the fourth decade of the AIDS epidemic.Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/13/13

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 13, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

The Vatican now owns a big gay spa, Colorado's legislature passes civil unions, The Queen doesn't come out strong for LGBT rights after all, trans* youth video blogging, and more. Read More


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Gay Rep Mark Takano Talks About Prop 8, DOMA & Sequestration

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 11, 2013 | 4:00 PM | comments

California Representative Mark Takano, the nation's first openly gay person of color to serve in the US House, took to the floor to introduce himself, saying his constituents wanted a teacher to be their voice in Washington.Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/11/13

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 11, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Rev Louis Farrakhan advocates for bigotry in South America, Jeremy Hooper gives the NYTimes a piece of his mind, bee venom helps fight HIV, Valerie Harper on saying "gay" first, and much more. Read More


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Floridians: Why Aren't You in Tallahassee?

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | March 10, 2013 | 7:15 PM | comments

On March 11 and 12, 2013, Equality Florida will be hosting their 2013 Lobby Days.Read More


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Yes, Some People Are Actually Against Divorce

Filed by Alex Blaze | March 10, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

It's something to think about the next time someone trots out the "straight people are already ruining marriage with divorce!" argument. No, dear, they're celebrating marriage by freeing themselves up for another one.Read More


Florida's Tin Man: Charlie Crist's Heart

Filed by Michael Emanuel Rajner | March 09, 2013 | 5:00 PM | comments

Since last September's Democratic National Convention, I've been eagerly awaiting for Charlie Crist to prove he has a compassionate heart and clearly argue his position on marriage equality.Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/8/13

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 08, 2013 | 10:30 AM | comments

Here's what you need to know for Friday, March 8th 2013Read More


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Straight Catholics & 7th Day Adventists Out for Equality

Filed by Davina Kotulski | March 06, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

Daneen Acker and Stephen Eyer are third and fourth generation 7th Day Adventists, who wanted their daughter to grow up in a religious community that was accepting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/6/13

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 06, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

LGBT murders in Brazil increased dramatically in 2012, NOM owes Tyler Clementi's parents an apology, the BSA Jamboree's headline acts pull out over their anti-gay policy, cute kids are cute, and more. Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/4/13 [Holy Crap: 2013 Edition]

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 04, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

The 21st Century enters its teenage years, a child born with HIV is declared "cured," the Obama Administration files an anti-Prop 8 brief with SCOTUS, a democratic hero turns anti-gay in Poland, and more. Read More


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Supreme Court Swamped with Briefs in Prop 8 Case [Overview]

Filed by Karen Ocamb | March 03, 2013 | 1:00 PM | comments

Such an overwhelming flurry of amicus briefs supporting the constitutional challenge to Prop 8 swamped the Supreme Court before the Feb. 28 filing deadline - including one from the Obama Administration - many LGBT political observers had little time to stop gasping and rejoice.Read More


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The Oscars, the Sequester, & Conservative Marriage [Weekly Reader]

Filed by Bil Browning | March 02, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

You weren't able to read every post on Bilerico Project last week? Don't worry! Every weekend I round up the best Bilerico posts from the past seven days to help you stay up to date on the latest queer news and analysis.Read More


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Debunking the 'Save the Children' Argument [VIDEO]

Filed by Waymon Hudson | March 01, 2013 | 1:30 PM | comments

Let's focus on the anti-gay myth that has been blocking LGBT equality progress for decades: the dangerous and debunked "Save Our Children" argument that gays are somehow dangerous to children.Read More


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Gay Marriage Is a Conservative Cause

Filed by Yasmin Nair | March 01, 2013 | 11:30 AM | comments

There has never been a left case for gay marriage. Gay marriage is a conservative cause. Read More


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What You Need To Know for 3/1/12

Filed by E. Winter Tashlin | March 01, 2013 | 10:00 AM | comments

Winter starts out the WYNTK with a PSA on not being an asshole, the Times runs a tearjerker, the X-Men feel the sting of DOMA, VAWA passes with LGBT provisions intact, and much more. Read More