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Tag: Gay Marriage

Edie Windsor’s Day in Court

Edie and Thea met in the early 1960s, in New York’s Greenwich Village. They hit it off.

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Everybody Must Get Stoned

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Asinine Scalia

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Presidential Con Artist

George W. Bush’s paintings do not reveal anything about the Iraq War, despite our wishing that they did; absurdly, the main argument against gay marriage is the state’s supposed need to regulate procreation; meanwhile, the entire Senate voted against Social Security cuts and the media said nothing. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Gay Marriage

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AP/Pablo Martinez

Post-Argument Recap: Prop. 8 and DOMA Are Going Down

Nevertheless, the Supreme Court’s likely rulings on the issue of gay marriage will not be complete victories for those who support allowing same-sex couples to wed. 

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Watch: Gay Marriage Opponents Undercut One of Their Major Talking Points

One of the top arguments that those who oppose allowing gay couples to wed routinely give is that it would be a “threat” to the marriage of straight couples. What happens when attendees at an anti-marriage equality rally Tuesday were asked about it, however, paints a different picture.

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Listen: Supreme Court Prop. 8 Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in the case concerning Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that bars same-sex couples from marrying in the state.

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Emily Mills (CC-BY-ND)

The Stakes Before the Court

Don’t take anything for granted. The conservative activists on the Supreme Court may not be able to halt the inexorable shift toward acceptance of gay marriage, but we probably should expect them to try.

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The Tide

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The Morality Brigade

We’re still legislating and regulating private morality, while ignoring the much larger crisis of public morality in America.

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Argentine Tango

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Chief Justice John Roberts Has Personal Connection to Prop. 8 Case

Roberts’ cousin is a lesbian who wishes to wed her partner. She currently can’t, however, because of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that bars same-sex couples from marrying in the state. The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to Proposition 8 this week.

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Rand Paul Weighs In on Drug Punishments, LaPierre Blasts ‘Insane’ Bloomberg, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Ted Cruz’s attempt to repeal Obamacare and why the debate on gay marriage may be over even before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a pair of cases on the issue this week.

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Bachmann Says Obamacare Will Kill You, Fey Revives Palin Impression, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Rand Paul’s “news flash” for Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, and Sen. Saxby Chambliss tells a reporter that “I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one.”

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N.C. Church Won’t Perform Straight Weddings Until Gay Marriage Is Legal

“We ... see people in same-sex relationships as completely worthy of the Sacrament of Marriage,” the church said in a statement. “We reject any notion that they are second class citizens in the Kingdom of God.” 

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Same-Sex Marriage

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How We Were Scammed by the Iraq War

A military action that was sold to Americans as short and inexpensive may come to cost us $3.7 trillion; Sen. Rob Portman has come out in support of same-sex marriage thanks to his gay son, but doesn’t seem interested in women’s rights despite having a daughter; meanwhile, the hacker who brought you the Bush family’s emails has exposed communications between a White House adviser and the Clintons. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Rand Paul’s CPAC Victory, Karl Rove’s Feud With Sarah Palin, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Boehner’s explanation of why he’ll never support gay marriage and a CPAC participant’s shocking comments on slavery.

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AP/Oded Balilty

Pope Francis: A New Center of Gravity

In winning election as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio defied the papal pundits, even though they should have seen him coming. His rise marks the decisive shift within Roman Catholicism toward Latin America and the developing world.

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Pope Francis: A Social Conservative Who Loves the Poor?

The first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years was connected to the abduction of two Jesuit priests and has called the Argentine government’s legalization of gay marriage “an attempt to destroy God’s plan.”

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AP/Rogelio V. Solis

Why the Supreme Court Will Uphold Gay Marriage

There is good reason to be optimistic that the Roberts court will bow to the growing public acceptance of same-sex marriage.

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"American Gothic" by Grant Wood.

I’ll Take Romance

The opponents of same-sex marriage are certainly an unromantic bunch. That grim vision hit me as I read the arguments submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court for and against Proposition 8.

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Next Stop, Pedophilia

According to Rush Limbaugh, since the left has normalized gay marriage, now it will do the same with pedophilia; the U.K. government has found a way to take British citizenship away from certain people who were then mysteriously killed by drones; meanwhile, a computer programmer in India may make teachers redundant as he shows how children can and should teach themselves. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Miserlou Behind The Aperture (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Make My Day: Legalize Gay Marriage, Eastwood Says

The man who has played the good, the bad and the ugly both in Hollywood and American politics has come out in favor of same-sex marriage as he added his name to a legal brief calling on the Supreme Court to strike down a ban on such unions.

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Just Married

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AP/Ben Margot

Additional Prominent Republicans Backing Gay Marriage

This week, dozens of influential conservatives will submit a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative passed in 2008 that outlawed same-sex marriage in the state, and all other similar bans.

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Rand Paul Gives Money to Treasury, McCain Gets Heckled at Town Hall, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a prominent Republican’s endorsement of same-sex marriage and the fight over the looming sequester heats up on Twitter.

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AP/Nick Wass

Brendon Ayanbadejo and ‘The Other Team’

The Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens linebacker holds rank as LGBT hero-of the-moment. His postgame interview with CNN’s Don Lemon showcased his well-informed, well-spoken worldliness, as he declared equality for all, regardless of sexuality or gender expression. 

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British Lawmakers Say Aye to Gay Marriage in Parliamentary Vote

Members of Britain’s Parliament ruled in favor of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on Tuesday, and in case the name of this particular piece of legislation doesn’t make it clear, the vote brings gay marriage ever closer to a state-sanctioned reality in the U.K.

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Military to Extend Some Benefits to Gay Couples

It’s unclear which benefits the spouses of gay and lesbian armed services members will receive, but legal experts say there are at least 100 that the Pentagon cannot extend while the Defense of Marriage Act is still being enforced.

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Wikimedia Commons/Beavis

Gay Marriage Gets a Boost in French Parliament

Gay marriage is close to getting the government’s official nod in France, as Saturday a majority of the country’s National Assembly members approved a key article in a bill aiming to allow same-sex couples to wed.

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Drama Over Including Gays in Immigration Reform

Though President Obama is trying to find a place for gay binational couples in his immigration reform plan, Republicans such as Sen. Lindsey Graham just won’t have it; as a tribute to the late Aaron Swartz, MIT should make academic articles free to the public; meanwhile, new studies show that urbanites have developed neural responses that keep them constantly on the lookout for danger. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Flickr/Keith Allison

Ravens Player to Use Super Bowl to Advocate for Gay Marriage

Brendon Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken proponent of the cause, and for LGBT rights in general, since he became one of the first athletes from a major professional sport to publicly announce his support for same-sex marriage in 2009.

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Flickr/ 401(K) 2013

Are Single People Getting Financially Screwed?

According to Lisa Arnold and Christina Campbell, singles can pay as much as $1 million more over a lifetime than those who are married, simply because of their marital status.

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Paul Krugman’s ‘Trillion Dollar Coin’ Solution, Rand Paul’s Son Arrested, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s picks to round out his national security team, Hillary Clinton’s first day back at work since suffering a concussion and Donald Trump running his mouth again.

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Controversial 2013 NDAA Now Law, Biden’s Awkward Swearing-In Jokes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the start of the 113th Congress, the GOP continues its war against women and two more states weigh legalizing gay marriage.

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Fiscal Cliff Blame Game, a Hillary Clinton Health Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a marriage milestone in Maryland and Politics Today’s pick for the 2012 video of the year.

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Obama’s ‘Worst Day’ as President, Bachmann’s Surprising Honor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the company that would rather pay a daily $1.3 million fine than fund contraceptive coverage and a news magazine’s accidental posting of an obituary of an ex-president who is still alive.

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Mr. Fish's Cartoon

Dutch Catholics Seek to Ditch a Homophobic Church

Many Dutch citizens are attempting to “de-baptize” themselves to protest Pope Benedict’s anti-gay marriage declarations; a national database of gun owners may have helped prevent the Newtown shooting; and although the media insist the president is giving in to the Republicans’ demands to make cuts to Social Security, Obama’s been trying to reduce it all along. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Gingrich Switches on Gay Marriage, Limbaugh ‘Honored’ for Lies, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including speculation about actor Ben Affleck’s political future and Rachel Maddow’s sounding off on the government’s weak gun regulation efforts.

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Where Are the Tears for Pakistani Children?

President Obama should be crying over kids killed by drones in Pakistan, not just those slain on American soil; apparently some believe that the Sandy Hook massacre was God’s reckoning for our support of abortion and gay marriage; meanwhile, the open Internet comes to an end as the United Nations give governments power to cut off parts of it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Scalia’s Anti-Gay Marriage Rant, Nate Silver on Hillary’s 2016 Prospects, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert’s response to a poll that shows South Carolina voters want him in the Senate and why the Koch brothers postponed a major meeting.

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AP/Ben Margot

Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court’s Historic Choice

At least this much can be said of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts: It doesn’t duck the hard ones.

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Supreme Court Paved Way for Gay Marriage, Scalia Said Nearly a Decade Ago

The conservative justice weighed in on same-sex marriage in the landmark Lawrence v. Texas ruling in 2003 that outlawed anti-sodomy laws.

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Krugman Rips GOP Budget Plan, ‘SNL’ Spoofs Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newt Gingrich’s 2016 presidential election prediction and the big political decision Cory Booker is weighing.

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JosephAdams (CC BY 2.0)

Gay Marriage and Pot for Fun Now Legal in Washington

The Evergreen State began granting same-sex marriage licenses Thursday morning while crowds lit joints at a celebration beneath the Space Needle in Seattle.

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AP/Gerald Herbert

Alito Rising: What to Expect From the Supreme Court’s New Alpha Conservative

The justice has expressed contempt for the sitting president and is ready for a leading ideological role.

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