Voice for Equality: Seth MacFarlane

Writer and producer Seth MacFarlane: "They'll [marriage equality opponents] just have to sulk in a corner and accept the fact that gays will be able to marry each other. Every civil-rights conflict—black people, women—comes to an end in the right way."

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Josh Olson: Enough already with the marriage equality thing

Josh Olson dissects the arguments those opposed to the freedom to marry often use. In this case the arguments come from Bishop Harry Jackson, the Christian pastor from Maryland who has led the anti-marriage equality movement in Washington D.C.

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Raising the stakes on the freedom to marry

Eugene Robinson discusses the background and ramifications of U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's Prop 8 ruling last week.

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Amid Mass. rulings on the freedom to marry, Proposition 8 case could have larger effect

As both sides await news of a likely appeal in the Massachusetts marriage ruling from last week that could eventually lead to the Supreme Court, they are keeping an eye on California. A federal judge in San Francisco is expected to rule any day on whether voters in that state were within their rights when they supported a 2008 ballot initiative that banned marriage equality.

That decision could have major reverberations around the country and also end up before the nation's highest court.

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The governor who vetoed equality

Governor Lingle, your veto of a vital civil rights bill serves as a catalyst for further uniting of our community and will some day be viewed as a transforming and pivotal moment in our battle for equal rights.

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Serving with Integrity: The rationale for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

In a comprehensive legal analysis published in the military's JAG journal, the author argues for the repeal of DADT.

The article highlights research demonstrating that, despite fears and arguments to the contrary, America's military is well-suited to handle the integration of openly gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers and will successfully adapt to their inclusion. The author discusses the intersection of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and argues that DOMA does not preclude the repeal of DADT. The article also provides other counterarguments (including one made by Voice for Equality, Mildred Loving) and information pertinent to the most common assertions made by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" proponents.

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Judge Joseph Tauro’s courageous ruling in favor of the freedom to marry

On Thursday, in a sweeping opinion in the deliberately narrow Gill v. Office of Personnel Management case, Judge Joseph Tauro of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts struck down a key part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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This is why they build courthouses

Over the holiday weekend, two op-eds appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post criticizing the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case.

But are the arguments in these op-eds valid? As I’ll explain, they’re far from it. Both present a deeply flawed assessment of the case itself, the politics of the case, and the purpose of the judiciary itself.

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Soledad O’Brien: Gay dads unafraid to chart new ground

The concept of family can mean one thing to you and another to someone else.

Soledad O'Brien follows a same sex couple in their struggle against the legal and personal obstacles to become parents.

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Calif. court hears closing arguments in freedom to marry case

A lawyer representing two same-sex couples who seek recognition of a constitutional right to marry compared the fight to the great civil rights struggles of the 20th century, as a federal judge Wednesday heard closing arguments in the trial over California's Proposition 8.

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