Is Marriage Equality Almost Here? Six Possible Outcomes of the DOMA and Prop 8 Cases

By: Wednesday June 12, 2013 6:00 pm

In 2007 Edie Windsor married Thea Spyer after already being together for 40 years. When Spyer died, in 2009, their home state of New York recognized marriage equality, but because of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, the federal government did not. As a result, Windsor was faced with paying more than $363,000 in federal estate taxes because Spyer had left her estate to Windsor.

Had the federal government recognized their marriage and given it the same status as opposite-sex married couples in the state, Windsor would not have to pay any estate taxes.

 

Late Night: Marriage Rights Rally in DC

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 8:00 pm

Washington is awash in pride as proud families and couples, gay and straight, march and rally outside the Supreme Court. Meanwhile inside Scalia says he has a “Longstanding and profound fear of homosexuals”, so should he just recuse himself? I have friends who are afraid of clowns, cats, dogs, spiders, avocados…but teh gays? Like, why?

TV Recognizes the “Modern Family” — Why Not Governments?

By: Saturday February 23, 2013 6:41 pm

I’m struck by how fast family realities change and how slowly laws and societal perceptions about what’s “right” reflect those changes. The couples depicted in Modern Family, the prime-time sitcom depicting “non-traditional” — e.g., same-sex, interracial, and inter-generational — couples, were surely seen by society at large as more unusual in 2009, when the show first aired, than even just five years later.

68% of Registered Republicans, 49% of Registered Democrats Believe in Demonic Possession

By: Saturday November 3, 2012 8:00 pm

Why wasn’t demonic possession addressed in the Presidential debates?! Demons are obviously as important an issue as low/no taxes, denying reproductive and LGBT rights, and keeping semi-automatic rifles in the hands of God (and demon) fearing Americans, since according to a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, 68% of registered Republican voters believe in demonic possession. And it’s not just the GOP– 49% of Democratic voters also believe that demons can possess us.

Video surfaces of Romney’s Vicious Anti-LGBT Family Remarks While Governor

By: Monday October 29, 2012 2:10 pm

I guess roughly half of American voters will cast a ballot for a cruel homophobe, who will have, if elected, the opportunity to pack the Supreme Court with justices that share his “vision” or American society. As I blogged last week (“The real, nasty, anti-gay Romney: as governor he rejected new birth certificates for gay parents”), Murray Waas reported in Boston Globe that while as governor, Mitt Romney had no problem denigrating LGBT families with a discriminatory policy. Now, for the first time, as Michelangelo Signorile reports, the video of his cruelty surfaces for the first time in this presidential campaign.

Tommy v Tammy: The Gay-Bashing Begins in Wisconsin

By: Monday September 10, 2012 7:23 pm

The Senate race in Wisconsin took an ugly turn last week. A GOP staffer to Tommy Thompson’s Senate campaign dredged up a more-than-two-year-old video of Tammy Baldwin dancing on an outdoor stage at a Pride performance at the University campaign in Madison, and link/tweeted, just before the Congresswoman spoke at the DNC last week.

2012 DNC: Gayest Ever

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 5:00 pm

This year’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, beginning September 3rd, will be the gayest ever. The sheer number of LGBT delegates is at its highest yet.

Open Letter to Mitt Romney on the Rights of Sexual Minoritie

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 11:25 am

As a scholar of the Holocaust, and together with all decent human beings, I demand that you reflect on the deeper meanings of your having signed the malicious pledge handed to you by the gang of bigots of the so-called “National Organization for Marriage.” — open letter to Mitt Romney from Scott Rose

FDL Movie Night: “Legalize Gay: The Civil Rights Movement of a Generation”

By: Monday May 21, 2012 5:00 pm

Tonight our guests are Matt Comer, Karl Abad and Mark Rivera who will be discussing how we can help further and secure LGBT equality, the focus of the documentary Legalize Gay, which just aired on LogoTV. Legalize Gay shows LGBT young people and their allies making a difference through activism, social media, and marketing. Rugby player Ben Cohen, an ally, started Stand Up, a globally branded anti-bullying foundation and has joined with openly gay football player Brian Sims to bring the message of inclusiveness to sports teams. Controversial clothing manufacturer American Apparel created Legalize Gay tees which have become a steady seller and have helped create and broaden awareness.

After Starbucks Stands Up for LGBT Rights, Vegans Go Bughouse Looney Over Frappuccino Color

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 8:10 am

First the National Organization for Marriage gets all sandy-panties, and now the vegans are going nuts over a natural food coloring, passing the scarlet panic onwards to omnivores. Starbucks just can’t stay out of hot water. Now vegans are upset about natural pink bug juice. Splat!

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