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Creating Change

Creating Change

BY GARY M. KRAMER | The fight for gay marriage was a long and hard-won battle (one, it’s hoped, won’t have to be engaged again under this new administration). Even though the outcome was almost taken for a given by the time it was achieved, how marriage equality came to be, step-by-step, is a story not […]

The Lift of a Driving Dream

The Lift of a Driving Dream

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Comforted by the insight that even a broken clock is right twice a day, I’ve chosen a quote from Richard Nixon to frame my thoughts about the contributions one member of the LGBT community made to the successful fight for marriage equality. Our 37th president was not known for inspiring the better […]

Savoring the Capstone of More than Half a Life of Work

Savoring the Capstone of More than Half a Life of Work

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | For Evan Wolfson, the US Supreme Court decision that required every state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize the marriage licenses issued to such couples from other states capped decades of work. “This is the culmination of more than four decades of our movement’s work, more than […]

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

Justice Kennedy Focuses on Fundamental Right to Marry, Protected Liberty

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court ruled today that “same-sex couples may exercise the right to marry” and that “there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.” Writing for the court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, […]

From Manhattan to DC, New Yorkers Ready for Marriage

From Manhattan to DC, New Yorkers Ready for Marriage

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The routes two Manhattan gay men took to their seat in the Supreme Court chambers on April 28 listening to the historic marriage equality arguments could not have been more different. Evan Wolfson first embraced the fight for gay marriage back in the early 1980s, when he wrote a Harvard Law School […]

BREAKING: Alabama Supreme Court Orders Halt to Same-Sex Marriages

BREAKING: Alabama Supreme Court Orders Halt to Same-Sex Marriages

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Alabama Supreme Court, in a 7-1 ruling that will likely sow the very confusion the court claims to be trying to counter, has ordered probate court judges in that state’s 67 counties to stop issuing what the majority combatively referred to as “purported ‘marriage licenses’” to same-sex couples, despite rulings […]

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

Alabama: Will Dixie Defiance Crumble?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With the Supreme Court’s refusal, since last October, to block marriage equality rulings from federal appeals courts as well as some US district courts, 18 new states have been added to the roster of places same-sex couples can legally wed. Officials in several states were outspoken about their unhappiness and creative — […]

Why ENDA is Not the Answer

Why ENDA is Not the Answer

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The argument for the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act is clear and catches the public’s attention because it is so stunning: in 29 states you can legally be fired for being gay and in 32 — including New York — you are at risk due to your gender identity and expression. That […]

Will ENDA Religious Exemptions Be Revisited After Arizona Furor?

Will ENDA Religious Exemptions Be Revisited After Arizona Furor?

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | When the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was proposed last year, leading LGBT legal groups said the religious exemption in that legislation was too broad and would allow discrimination by too many employers. Proponents of ENDA, which bans employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, were silent and refused to […]

Why Oregon Is 2014’s Marriage Crucible

Why Oregon Is 2014’s Marriage Crucible

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As of January 1, 2013 — nine years after Massachusetts legalized marriage equality — only nine states and the District of Columbia had approved the right of same-sex couples to wed. But in the 12 months that followed, another eight followed suit, with a ninth, Utah, under a federal court order to […]

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