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What’s Next in the Marriage Equality Fight? The States, Then SCOTUS Once More

A month since the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, the limits of the decision are already being tested in federal courts across the country.

A month since the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, the limits of the decision are already being tested in federal courts across the country.

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Same-Sex Marriage Bans Violate the Equal Protection Clause. End of Story

While New Jersey's governor is still fighting same-sex marriage in court, ceremonies are set to begin on Monday and the state's newly elected senator says he will be conducting some of them.

There is no legitimate overriding purpose for subjecting gays and lesbians to invidious discrimination based on sexual orientation, because, ultimately, once you chip away at arguments against same-sex marriage, you’re left with nothing but “because it’s gross.” And “Ewww” is not a reason to deny an entire class of citizens a fundamental right.

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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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They Are Coming for Your Birth Control: Contraception ‘Poisons Love Between a Husband and Wife’

bottle of poison

Opponents of birth control and same-sex marriage share a common argument: “It ain’t true love unless you can get pregnant.”

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Could Same-Sex Spouse Benefits Be on the Way for Missouri Citizens?

Major Alan G. Rogers holding hands with his partner on the left at a same-sex wedding ceremony on June 28, 2006.

The Missouri Supreme Court could follow Kansas’ lead in recognizing legal protections for same-sex partnerships.

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Violence Still Prevalent Despite Progress on LGBTI Rights in Latin America

A lesbian couple kiss in Mexico City after beginning the legal process towards marriage. (Gregory Bull/AP)

After notable progress on protecting equal rights one might be excused for thinking that Latin America is an accepting and safe place to live for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people. That would be the wrong conclusion.

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Iowa Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Listing of Same-Sex Parents on Daughter’s Birth Certificate

photo courtesy of subewl via Flickr

Heather and Melissa Gartner were legally married in Iowa and had a daughter together, yet the state refuses to list them both as parents on their daughter’s birth certificate

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Mexico’s Supreme Court Strikes Same-Sex Marriage Ban

photo courtesy of Guillaume Paumier via Flickr

The Supreme Court in Mexico takes a giant step forward in the name of equality.

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Giving Thanks For Times the United States Has Fought Back Against Discrimination

For those of us living in the United States, this is a time of year for giving thanks. It is in that spirit that I have gathered a list of some of my favorite pieces of U.S. news on overcoming discrimination over the past couple of months.

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Affirmative Action, Marriage Equality, and Voting Rights: A Look at the New Supreme Court Term

United States Supreme Court

Last year’s Supreme Court term may have been historic, but in many ways it was just a warm-up.

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