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Discrimination

Watch: Joe Biden Says ‘It’s Close To Barbaric’ LGBT People Can Be Fired For Being LGBT

by David Badash ● 9:19 AM March 24, 2014
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Joe Biden on Saturday told a Human Rights Campaign audience that “it’s close to barbaric” LGBT people can be fired “for who you love.”

Marriage

Breaking: Eric Holder Tells State AGs They Don’t Have To Defend Marriage Bans

by David Badash ● 7:58 PM February 24, 2014
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Attorney General Eric Holder today issued guidance to state attorneys general on same-sex marriage bans, announcing they are under no obligation to defend a ban they believe to be unconstitutional.

Discrimination

Now You’re Married, Now You’re Not

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:52 PM February 14, 2014
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Tea Party Senators have introduced a bill that would strip marriage benefits from any couple living in a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage.

Celebrities

On Our Radar – An Overdue Thank You To Pamela Karlan

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:44 AM December 29, 2013
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A genuine hero of the fight for marriage equality is leaving to champion voter rights. Let’s take a moment to say thank you and wish her well. Today, Pamela Karlan is On Our Radar.

DOMA

Watch: Edie Windsor, Time’s #3 Person Of The Year Talks About Living With And Loving Her Wife

by David Badash ● 5:21 PM December 11, 2013
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For their Person of the Year feature, Time’s deputy photo editor Paul Moakley created this beautiful, heart-warming video from photos Edie and Thea took of their lives together.

DOMA

Bills To Repeal State’s ‘DOMA’ Amendment Introduced In Virginia House And Senate

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:49 AM November 20, 2013
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Nearly identical bills aimed at repealing the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage have been introduced into the Virginia House and Senate.

Civil Rights

Freedom Of Religion? Baptists Ban Chaplains From Even Attending Weddings Of Same-Sex Couples

by David Badash ● 1:58 PM September 6, 2013
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The Southern Baptist Convention — America’s second-largest Christian sect next to Roman Catholics — has now banned Baptist chaplains from not only performing same-sex marriages, but even from attending the weddings of any same-sex couples.

Civil Rights

Scalia: Supreme Court Shouldn’t ‘Invent New Minorities’ For ‘Special Protections’

by David Badash ● 11:49 AM August 20, 2013
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Conservative jurist Antonin Scalia says the Supreme Court shouldn’t be in the business of inventing new minorities so they can get “special protections.”

DOMA

North Carolina Has Its First Same-Sex Bi-National Couple With A Green Card

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:21 PM August 19, 2013
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Dutch artist Sanne Schijven, and her U.S. born spouse Becky Boisvert, are the first same-sex married couple to be awarded legal residency in North Carolina since the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling.

Analysis

Transgender Military Equality: The Time Is Now

by Guest Author ● 7:02 PM August 12, 2013
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Brynn Tannehill argues that nearly three years following the repeal of DADT, why the time is right now for transgender military equality

News

Dan Savage Jokes With Bill Maher, ‘I’m Going To Keep Inseminating My Husband’ To Make A Baby

by David Badash ● 3:48 PM July 20, 2013
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Dan Savage tells Bill Maher, “I’m always telling people who say two men can’t make a baby, ‘Anything is possible for God.’ I’m going to keep inseminating my husband and keep my fingers crossed.”

Discrimination

New York State Comptroller Asks President Obama To Order a ‘Place of Celebration’ Standard For Recognizing Marriages

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 2:43 PM July 19, 2013
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NY Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has asked President Obama to direct all federal agencies to adopt a “place of celebration” standard, recognizing the place where a couple was married and not the couple’s state of residence, when determining if they are eligible for benefits.

Marriage

Breaking: Boehner Backs Down On DOMA — House GOP Agree To No Longer Defend Unconstitutional Law

by David Badash ● 4:59 PM July 18, 2013
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Today, just hours before deadline, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner broke and the BLAG announced they would no longer pursue legal action related to defending DOMA.

DOMA

Watch: America’s Most Ignorant Congressman Calls Supreme Court ‘Most Ignorant People In Washington’

by David Badash ● 3:27 PM July 17, 2013
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Tea Party Republican Louie Gohmert clearly is America’s most ignorant Congressman. Watch his upset over the DOMA ruling that brings him to call the Supreme Court liars or “the most ignorant people walking around in Washington.”