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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints just strengthened its anti-gay marriage policies: the children of same-sex couples will be barred from inclusion in the church until they are 18, leave their homes and renounce same-sex partnerships. This new policy was enshrined in the LDS handbook and includes living with a parent who has ever lived in a same-sex household, regardless of the parent’s current cohabitation/marital status. Same-sex couples who are married are now officially considered apostates. Read More
Nonie Dubes, 90, and Vivian Boyack, 91, have spent most of their lives madly in love with each other… and they never told a single soul about it. They kept their relationship under wraps for more than half a century for fear that they would be judged. But after all that time, they’re finally legally married and out to the world. “It’s just one of those things. You know, those people who talk about falling in love with their wife or husband, or whatever, on first notice or first viewing. So, it happened with me I guess,” Nonie told The Des Moines Register. Read More
Just in time for NYC’s Pride Weekend, we’ve got some great news to share from the Supreme Court. As of Friday’s 5-4 ruling, same sex marriage is legal nationwide. That’s right BUSTies – thanks to Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, and so many activists before him, the states can no longer deny gay couples the right to marry. This watershed moment comes on the heels of many smaller victories, but reflects a sea of change in American governance and public attitudes alike. Read More
Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her optimism earlier in February that the court will eventually rule in favor of gay marriage. However, the Supreme Court was still deeply divided on Tuesday when they started to hear oral arguments to the historic Obergefell v. Hodges—even though anti-gay activists are also expecting gay marriage to ultimately win out. Accepting possible defeat (and being on the wrong side of history) didn’t stop anti-gay activists from making some bogus arguments during the Court's session. Read More
For the average bride-to-be, any mention of disruption can incite a wave of nightmares about botched seating charts and drunken groomsmen. Yet that is exactly the goal of Liz Susong and Carly Romeo, the two twenty-something founders of the new feminist publication, Catalyst Wedding Magazine. They want to disrupt and revamp the image of a modern wedding, an industry that has too long been marketed to the overwhelmingly white, heterosexual, affluent and thin. Read More
  Hello, beautiful galentines: Maybe you're still slogging away at the office, or you've already begun your Friday night. Either way, here's a recap of this week's top feminist news stories that you might have missed while you were out being the Leslie Knope of whatever you do.   Seven Sisters Women’s College Opens Up to Transwomen Earlier this week, Bryn Mwar College opened their admissions to transgender women. Read More
In the seemingly endless fight to end discrimination and promote marriage equality, a new bright spot has appeared on the horizon. Yesterday, Alabama became the 37th state in the nation where gay marriage is legally recognized. Cue rampant applause and a couple of fist pumps for good measure. Unfortunately, the ruling has already met resistance in the form of staunch Republican chief justice Roy Moore, who you might remember from his 2003 ejection from the bench for refusing to remove an enormous Ten Commandments statue from the state courthouse. Read More
It appears that everyone is now privy to the same rights and privileges as those of us willfully ensconced in hetero-normative life patterns. We’re talking about access to super unnecessary and expensive public symbols of romantic love—the kind featured in Tiffany’s new ad campaign. Two handsome gentlemen sit on the steps of what we're guessing is a fancy pants brownstone (who knows? maybe posing for engagement portraits?) in the ad. They don't have rings on YET, but we're pretty sure that's next on tap. Read More
As recently as 2012, Mary Lambert was working as a bartender in Seattle. But these days, the 25-year-old singer/songwriter is signed to Capitol Records, which released her EP Welcome to the Age of My Body in December and has slated her full-length debut (tentatively titled Burn Bright) for this summer. She’s been written up in The New York Times, appeared on Good Morning America, and sang at the Grammys with Madonna. “It happened so quickly,” Lambert says. “That’s a phrase you hear all the time—but it did. I was changing beer kegs when the song was released. Read More
      What a great Valentine's Day surprise! Yesterday evening, a federal court toppled Virginia's lingering ban on gay marriage. According to an NBC report, presiding Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen wrote in her opinion:    "Justice has often been forged from fires of indignities and prejudices suffered. Our triumphs that celebrate the freedom of choice are hallowed. We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect. Read More