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It's been an uphill battle for gays and lesbians to get marriage equality laws passed. Even once they get the license, elements of a traditional wedding, like getting a cake, might not be easy either. Recently, Sweet Cakes Bakery, based in Oregon, is facing legal action for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. In the filing, the couple had no problem buying other cakes from Sweet Cakes but when it came to their wedding cake owner Aaron Klein said ... Read More
The Washington National Cathedral, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly, will become one of the first Episcopal congregations to perform rites for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members. As the nation’s most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral hopes that by performing same-sex marriages and demonstrating acceptance there will be an opportunity to break down barriers and build a more ... Read More
In the past couple of years, the number of Americans who support same-sex marriage finally surpassed the number of those who oppose it.  Data was compiled by Pew Research Center. The numbers show that in 1996, 65% opposed it, while only 26% endorsed it.   New data collected this past October shows that 49% are actually in favor of it, and 40% oppose it (which is down 4 % from this past July). Still, those numbers widely vary in different regions of ... Read More
The British Government is planning to legalize same-sex marriage by the time next summer rolls around. This means that marriage ceremonies between same-sex couples could be performed as early as 2014. Maria Miller, the Equalities Minister, presented this plan to the House of Commons today. This new legislation includes several particular exceptions, added to pacify opponents of the bill—including a ban on gay marriage within the Church of England and the ... Read More
The election is over, and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate! Besides the re-election of President Barack Obama and “America’s happy warrior” Vice President Joe Biden, this election saw the legalization of gay marriage in Maine and Maryland, the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado, and more women elected to the Senate than ever before.  I hope you spent last night cheering and hugging random strangers in a bar, but ... Read More
Today (well, today in Australia), Australian Labor Senator Louise Pratt delivered one of the most eloquent arguments for marriage equality that I’ve ever seen. Senator Pratt, whose partner is transgender, gave an emotionally charged speech dissecting the logic of discriminatory marriage laws and their effect upon the nation—and truly, it doesn’t get much plainer than this: “I think it is one of the bitterest, bitterest ironies of this ... Read More
  When I first started watching this anti-Obama video, I thought it was satire. Given the hideous acting and low production values, it was a pretty safe assumption. I expected the familiar face of a comedian (maybe someone from the Daily Show) to come on screen and say something that would make it clear that the people behind the video knew how idiotic and ignorant it was. But no, this is a real thing. I'd try to explain how absurd it is, but it’s only ... Read More
  In the past, extremists had a penchant for setting things on fire (three words: Salem Witch Hunt). But for 65-year-old Michael Leisner, there’s nothing quite like setting a box of cereal ablaze to protest General Mills’ support of same-sex marriage. Deeming his Honey Nut Cheerios a “homosexual treat”, the Minnesota resident took a blowtorch to his box. Unfortunately for Leisner, he ended up getting more than he bargained for. While ... Read More
  Being gay is hard. But being a young gay person is even harder. Not only must you face homework-filled nights and awkward stages, but you're also forced to grapple with a difference that could cost you everything: your family, your friends, your education, your job. Oh, and let’s not forget about those good Christian pastors who want to watch you perish behind an electric fence. The many issues affecting these teens have garnered national attention in ... Read More
Today is a victory for equal rights in Massachusetts, where a federal appeals court just declared that  the federal Defense of Marriage act is unconstitutional on the grounds that it unfairly denies equal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.   The ruling is also a victory for the Obama administration, which had refused to defend that part of the 1996 law. Although the decision does not establish a national right to gay marriage, hopefully the ... Read More
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