Marriage Equality Keeps on Winning

Six months ago, when Marc Solomon went to press with his new book, Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won, there were 17 states with marriage equality and the movement was gaining ground at an unprecedented pace. In recounting the struggles that led to that point, Solomon, a long-time fighter for lesbian and gay marriage rights, expressed amazement at how far the country had come and how much progress had been achieved.

The Case Against 8: Love Conquers All

This time last year, the nation held its breath waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on two major marriage equality cases—and on June 26, 2013, SCOTUS declared both the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. In the months since that decision came down, support for marriage rights for lesbians and gay men has continued to grow, as ban after ban gets struck down, and couple after couple says, “I do.”

Utah Marriage Equality on Hold: What’s Next?

The news yesterday that the U.S. Supreme Court has put same-sex marriages in Utah on hold was disappointing to all supporters of marriage equality. For Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the case struck home even more than usual. A Utah native, Kendell and the NCLR had been supporting the Kitchen v. Herbert federal challenge to the state’s marriage ban, Amendment 3, and so she was overjoyed when, on December 20, U.S District Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled that lesbians and gay men should be allowed the right to marry.

The Marriage Equality Victories of 2013

This year will long be remembered as a watershed for marriage equality in the United States. With big wins at the Supreme Court, and the number of states approving marriage rights for same-sex couples rising to 17, this major civil rights struggle is on the path to its logical and democratic conclusion. If you’re having trouble keeping track of all the good news, here’s our year-end wrap-up to help make your holiday season merry and bright.

We’re Glad That Marriage Equality Makes Alito and Scalia Mad

Today’s Supreme Court marriage decisions are big news for all U.S. citizens who care about equality. Not only do the rulings affirm the democratic principle of equal rights for all, they also signal a victory for the idea of equality within marriage—whether you’re gay or straight. The battle lines in these cases have to do with competing models of marriage, as Justice Samuel Alito made clear in his dissent against the overturning of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

What Scalia Says About Gay People

As we wait for the Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality to come down in June, commentators have been dissecting the oral arguments and making predictions about the possible outcomes. But there’s one SCOTUS judge who leaves no doubt about how he will rule: Justice Antonin Scalia will undoubtedly vote against gay rights. He disapproves of homosexuality and believes that gay people are immoral. He has made his views emphatically clear, not just from the bench but also in various public forums.

Marriage Equality Wins Friends–Will They Influence the Court?

If all the supporters of marriage equality who sent briefs to the Supreme Court attended a wedding, the seating plan would be a challenge. Could Clint Eastwood sit in an actual chair next to President Barack Obama without hurling insults? Would footballers Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo bring their NFL teams? And how do you make room for entire companies such as Apple, Walt Disney and Xerox—and the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Baltimore and Boston?

Marriage Equality is Here to Stay!

What if the federal government decided to require fertility tests for married couples and declared that only couples capable of having children could marry and receive the marriage benefits? Or, what if a powerful coalition of Christian or Jewish or Buddhist (why not?) congresspeople decided that the government would only recognize marriages between people of that faith, and then pushed through legislation to define marriage accordingly?

NEWSFLASH: Another Marriage Equality Win in California!

Today, the marriage equality cause got another boost: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a February decision finding California’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. Proponents of the same-sex marriage ban wanted the Ninth Circuit to invalidate the earlier ruling and to rehear the case en banc—that is, with an 11-judge panel (here‘s an explanation of what this would have meant). But the court judged that unnecessary.
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