Two giant blows against DOMA

In an enormous victory for the freedom to marry, a federal judge in Boston Thursday, July 8, ruled—in two separate lawsuits—that a critical part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

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Life, liberty, and ending inequality

Hans Johnson writes about repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because of cases like Charlene Strong's, a lesbian who was barred from seeing her dying partner in the hospital.

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Will there be repercussions from the impending Prop 8 decision?

Jonathan Capehart discusses the possible ramifications of a win for the freedom to marry in the California Prop 8 trial: "The prospect of victory has me and more than a few others concerned about what may follow."

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NY Sen. Ruben Diaz wins, freedom to marry recognition bill dropped

A provision in New York's spending bill that sought to allow married gay and lesbian couples to file joint state tax returns was dropped Tuesday after Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. objected to its inclusion and threatened to vote against the measure.

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Voice for Equality: Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore is an American actress. She began her acting career in 1983 in minor roles, before joining the cast of the soap opera "As the World Turns", for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1988. She began to appear in supporting roles in films during the early 1990s, achieving recognition in several independent films before her performance in "Boogie Nights" (1997) brought her widespread attention and nominations for several major acting awards.

Her success continued with films such as "The End of the Affair" (1999) and "Magnolia" (1999). She was acclaimed for her portrayal of a betrayed wife in "Far from Heaven" (2002), winning several critic awards as best actress of the year, in addition to several other nominations, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award. The same year she was also nominated for several awards as best supporting actress for her work in "The Hours". In 2009, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for "A Single Man".

In July of 2010, Ms. Moore called upon U.S. legislators to legalize the freedom to marry, insisting people of all sexual orientations should have the same rights.

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Google adds pay to cover tax on health benefits for same-sex couples

On Thursday, Google began covering a cost that gay and lesbian employees must pay when their partners receive domestic partner health benefits, largely to compensate them for an extra tax that heterosexual married couples do not pay. The increase is retroactive to the beginning of the year.

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HuffPo Op-Ed: Message to Maggie Gallagher - Associating With Bigots Does Make You a Bigot

Alvin McEwen comments on some of the National Organization for Marriage's questionable partner organizations and statements.

Maggie Gallagher, from 'The Core Civil Right to Vote for Marriage': "They [marriage equality advocates] delegitimize opponents, brand us as haters, and then try to strip us of our rights."

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Gay couples caught in financial limbo

Nicole C. Brambila writes about lesbian and gay couples who face financial trouble in part because their relationships are not legally recognized.

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Gay rights activists cautiously optimistic about Prop. 8 challenge

There is palpable optimism among gay-rights groups that the latest Prop. 8 court challenge, brought by the legal odd couple of Ted Olson and David Boies, will mean an end to California's ban on the freedom to marry.

But activists don't think it's a sure thing by any means, and they're not changing any of their plans because of it.

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Video: Obama, Clinton vow to defend gay rights, adding ‘it’s not who we are as Americans’

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged to end violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians at home and abroad Tuesday, as the Obama administration moves to extend further benefits to gays working in the federal government.

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