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
BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 07, 2012
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
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 11, 2012
Listen to awesome music and support everyone's freedom to marry at the same time-sounds like a pretty great combination! The Freedom to Love Now! concert, taking place on October 30th in NYC, will benefit Freedom to Marry, an organization that strives for marriage equality in more states across the country (yes, please!).
The fantastic bill of performers includes Rufus Wainwright, fun., Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), They Might Be Giants, The National, ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Sep 17, 2012
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
BY Intern Kerishma
on May 09, 2012
Just a few days after Vice President and lovable uncle Joe Biden announced his support of same-sex marriage, and a day after the North Carolina amendment banning same-sex marriage was passed, the POTUS himself declared that his views on the issues have "evolved."
In an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, he described his opinions and how they have changed over the years, and the conversations with his wife, daughters, openly gay service members, and staffers that ... Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on May 09, 2012
Yesterday, the state of North Carolina voted in favor of Amendment 1, a constitutional civil rights violation of a bill that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state. The amendment formally defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but the rest of the language of the bill is notably vague, leading to concerns that the rights of unmarried straight couples would also be in danger.
The concerns stem from the line stating, "Marriage between one ... Read More
BY Intern Caroline
on Mar 30, 2012
Between their massive environmental footprint and sketchy Fair Trade purchasing track record, Starbucks has its share of questionable business practices. Not to mention the fact that with 16,000 stores worldwide, they're edging out local businesses at a Walmart-level rate. Sometimes "evil" corporations can do good though, and that's just what Starbucks did this week.
During a Q&A session following the annual shareholders meeting last week, Jonathan ... Read More