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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
  A new year means a new budget, and not just for those of you trying to cut back on Seamless or new shoes, but the federal government as well. On Monday, President Obama revealed the 2016 fiscal year proposal to more than a few cheers and naysayers. Amidst the military-heavy tax increases, the $4 trillion deal includes significant changes to Social Security benefit regulations for same-sex couples. FINALLY. Under the current policy, if a same-sex couple moves from a state that recognizes their marriage to one where it is barred, they lose their social security spousal benefits. Read More
It’s a major victory for same-sex marriage supporters, believers in equality, and pretty much everyone in the human race. In a 5-4, ruling, the Supreme Court deemed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, as it was a “deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.” Here’s what you need to know about what went down: By striking down DOMA, the Supreme Court has declared that legally married, same-sex couples deserve the same equal rights that go to straight married couples under the law. Read More
There is some good and surprising news for gay marriage! A legal brief arguing that gays have a constitutional right to marry, signed by dozens of Republicans, is being submitted to the Supreme Court this week. Yes, you read that right. As of Monday, over 75 Republicans, many well-known and influential, have signed their name to a document that opposes Proposition 8 and, supports same-sex marriage. This is in preparation for next month's Supreme court cases dealing with Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Read More
Mississippi’s first same-sex wedding took place earlier this month in Jones County between Jessie Powell and Crystal Craven.  However, what should have been a momentous and celebratory occasion instead received backlash from the community after the local daily newspaper, The Laurel Leader-Call, published a story, titled “Historic Wedding: women wed in Laurel through smiles, tears. Read More
In “What Century is this Again?” news, a TIME.com article said today that Hong Kong tycoon has offered nearly $65 million to any man willing to marry his daughter. This is no simple (though outdated) case of a father offering a dowry for his daughter. Cecil Chao Sze-tsung’s daughter Gigi is already married...to her longtime girlfriend, Sean Yeung.   Hong Kong does not recognize same-sex unions, so Gigi married Yeung in Paris in April. Read More
In 1995 they gave us Pocahontas, in 1998 we got Mulan, and in 2009--for the first time in Walt Disney animation history--they finally created a black princess with The Princess and the Frog. While there are still questions and issues surrounding the film, and Princess Tiana has to spend half of her time on the screen as a frog, at least it’s a step in the right direction. Read More
The pint-sized Kameron Slade is probably one of the most adorable fifth-graders ever. And he’s also a frontrunner for most outspoken. A native of Queens, New York, the 10-year-old penned a powerful speech about the importance of marriage equality for same-sex couples. Not surprisingly, things got a little sticky for the opinionated elementary school student. Principal Beryl Bailey of P.S. 195 initially banned Slade from reading the speech at a schoolwide competition, calling it “inappropriate” according to a Huffington Post report. Read More