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Gay Is Not the New Black: The Supreme Court and the Politics of Misrecognition

LGBTQ rights are not the single civil rights issue of our time. To think otherwise, as all too many do, is the same sort of misrecognition that shaped the Supreme Court’s VRA ruling: the notion that the work of the civil rights movement is done, and it’s time for LGBTQ people to take up their mantle. (Protest sign from Dyke March NYC.)

LGBTQ rights are not the single civil rights issue of our time. To think otherwise, as all too many do, is the same sort of misrecognition that shaped the Supreme Court’s VRA ruling: the notion that the work of the civil rights movement is done, and it’s time for LGBTQ people to take up their mantle.

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What Happens if Pride Parades Become Condom-Free?

What if they stop passing out condoms at Pride?

The organizers of Houston’s annual Pride parade, coming up this weekend, almost banned distributing condoms. And I have a lot of reasons to be skeptical about what a new “family-friendly” and “marriage-minded” LGBT community will mean for Pride.

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Dear Everyone Discussing Marriage Equality: ‘Gender’ and ‘Sexuality’ Are Not the Same Thing

Is the Prop 8 case really about gender, as I keep hearing? It seems to me that no one really cares if two women are raising a child together, unless those two women are lesbians.

Is the Prop 8 case really about gender, as I keep hearing? It seems to me that no one really cares if two women are raising a child together, unless those two women are lesbians.

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Potential SCOTUS Review of DOMA Presents Potential Pivotal Moment for Gay Rights in America

On Friday this week, the US Supreme Court judges are expected to announce which, if any, cases related to gay rights they will review. At stake are not only the right to marry and federal recognition of marriage-related financial benefits for same-sex couples who are already married.

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Second Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Defense of Marriage Act in Sweeping Decision

photo courtesy of Fibonnaci Blue via Flickr

A conservative judge issued a stunning rebuke of the Defense of Marriage Act, teeing the law up for Supreme Court review.

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Thrice-Married Newt Gingrich Pledges to Uphold Marriage While Billboard Applauds Him for Cheating

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The same week that Newt Gingrich agrees to “uphold the institution of marriage through fidelity in his own marriage,” an online dating site congratulates the thrice-married candidate for his own infidelity and suggests that Americans have finally realized that extramarital affairs are not political deal breakers.

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Senate Committee Holds Hearings on Repealing Defense of Marriage Act

The Defense of Marriage Act denies a host federal benefits to those gay and lesbian couples who have legally married in DC and the six states that recognize same-sex marriage. Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on a repeal of that discriminatory law.

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Why I’ll Be In Raleigh August 10

Under the incantation “One Man, One Woman,” the National Organization for Marriage exists to challenge not only LGBT rights, but the rights of all men, women, and everyone in between to choose their own way to express their commitments for one another and define our families on our own terms.

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Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: The First SOTU Promise Broken?

Will the Obama Administration follow through on promises to end “Dont Ask, Don’t Tell,” and lift the ban on gays in the military or are we facing same-old, same-old politics from the administration of “change?”

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