May 2, 2013 |
Obstacles to legal equality for gay and lesbian Americans are crumbling fast. Congress has repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prevented gay service members from being open about their sexuality. Nearly a dozen states have legalized same-sex marriage, and a stampede of U.S. senators - including two Republicans - has endorsed marriage equality. Activists are hopeful that the Supreme Court will overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.
June 27, 2013
Re the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decisions, June 26 The exhilaration we feel after the two U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday striking a blow for marriage equality overshadows all the anguish we felt that morning on Nov. 5, 2008, when it was clear that California voters had passed Proposition 8. Thankfully, today, California is a marriage equality state. To have heard this good news on the same day that DOMA was overruled is something we never foresaw 32 years ago when we committed our lives to each other.
July 25, 2012 |
One year after New York made same-sex marriage legal in the state, a report backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg found that the Marriage Equality Act boosted the economy by $259 million in NYC alone. At least 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses were issued in New York City in the last year, according to a statement from the mayor. That's more than 10% of the 75,000 total licenses issued by the city since July 24, 2011. The weddings helped bring the city $16 million in direct revenue, according to a report conducted by the City Clerk's Office and NYC & Co., the official marketing and tourism agency.
September 25, 2007
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders showed impressive courage last week when he embraced the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Republican ex-cop had long said he believed civil unions were sufficient for gays, and he planned to veto his City Council's resolution backing a constitutional challenge to California's 2000 voter initiative making marriage possible only between a man and a woman. But he had a crisis of the heart when the resolution came to his desk.
June 27, 2013 |
Wednesday was a big day for human rights. And it was a pretty good day for primate rights too. It was hard to miss news of the Supreme Court's twin rulings that furthered gay rights and marriage equality. Plenty of folks celebrated, including gay couples -- and wedding planners, caterers, florists and, sadly, probably divorce lawyers. Hey, love may be blind, but it's not always forever. Still, big as it was, that wasn't the only news out of Washington. As my colleague Julie Cart reported , “The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday it would retire the majority of the approximately 360 government-owned chimpanzees currently held in laboratories.” And I'm guessing that, nice as it is that gay folks are making progress on marriage equality, those chimps are equally thrilled that, from now on, they are going to get to be chimps and not medical guinea pigs.
November 18, 2012 |
Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays the red-haired lawyer half of a gay couple on the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family," and his real-life partner, Justin Mikita, are mixing fashion with political activism. The recently engaged pair are behind a limited-edition, 20-piece collection of neckwear called Tie the Knot that went on sale just a few days ago exclusively through online retailer the Tie Bar. Proceeds from sales of the jaunty, all-silk, self-tie bow ties are earmarked to benefit groups working for marriage equality.
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March 26, 2013 |
Facebook users are seeing red Tuesday, and it has nothing to do with a Taylor Swift album or a Target commercial. Instead, gay marriage supporters across the nation have changed their profile pictures to a stark red equal sign as they monitor the Supreme Court's hearing of California's Proposition 8. The red equal sign is an alteration of the Human Rights Campaign's standard blue and yellow logo. The advocacy group, which “seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans,” has called on its followers to show support for marriage equality by wearing red Tuesday.
April 4, 2013
Re "Justices ponder gay marriage," Editorial, April 2 Same-sex marriage has been overpoliticized and over-intellectualized. What we're really addressing is the question of whether there should be a law dictating what marriage is. Laws are generally made to keep bad things from happening to good people. In the case of gay marriage, the opponents say that legalizing same-sex unions will lead to heterosexual marriages being diminished. Those who oppose marriage equality deserve the benefit of the doubt; they should send letters to the Supreme Court documenting the thousands of traditional marriages that have been destroyed by gay marriage.
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February 26, 2013 |
When Meg Whitman ran for California governor as a Republican three years ago, she said marriage was "between a man and woman" and voiced her support for Proposition 8. But after what she called "a period of careful review and reflection," Whitman has joined the legal fight to overturn the gay marriage ban approved by California voters in 2008. She is one of dozens of Republicans who have signed a legal filing making a conservative case for Supreme Court justices to strike down the law. The court is scheduled to hear the case next month.
March 30, 2013
Re "Dan Quayle's wisdom," Opinion, March 26 Jonah Goldberg's defense of Dan Quayle, who suffered as much ridicule for his condemnation of TV character and single parent Murphy Brown as for his spelling of "potato," comes 20 years too late for the former vice president but right on time to point out the hypocrisy of the opposition to marriage equality. If there's any validity whatsoever to the notion that children must be raised by their married parents, why doesn't Proposition 8 ban divorce, single parenthood and out-of-wedlock childbirth?