Retired Presbyterian Minister Faces Church Court for Performing Marriages of Gay Couples

The Rev. Jane Spahr, a retired Presbyterian minister, faces prosecution by her own church — for the second time in four years — for officiating in the marriages of same-sex couples.

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Aging issues can be tougher for same-sex couples

Though aging is tough for everyone, it tends to be tougher for people who are gay, according to a report presented Wednesday at the annual conference of the National Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging in Chicago, Illinois.

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Voice for Equality: Rev. Albert Pennybacker

The Reverend Albert Pennybacker is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves as Religious Advisor to the Kentucky Fairness Alliance (kentuckyfairness.org). He served for over thirty-five years as a pastor in local congregations including Taftville Congregational Church in Norwich, Connecticut and Central Christian Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

On February 2, 2010, an Op-Ed piece by Rev. Pennybacker appeared in the Louisville, KY Courier-Journal challenging the positions held by the Catholic Archbishop of Louisville and other religious leaders that the freedom to marry is in opposition to "a received truth from God."

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Heat for a Hero

METROWEEKLY (DC)
December 18, 2009
Frank Kameny, a gay-rights pioneer cited as a forebear of the historic marriage equality legislation signed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Friday, was absent from the signing ceremony for good reason: he was getting his heating system fixed before a winter storm hit Washington. "I would have liked to have been there, but it got signed just as effectively without me," Kameny said with a laugh. "The important thing is it got signed." [Link]

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Video: Edie and Thea

In The Life - It's About Time
September 2009
After a 42-year courtship, Edie and Thea are finally getting married. This clip discusses the making of the tender documentary that memorializes a life-long romance set against a backdrop of cultural change and the desire for marriage equality. [Link]

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Couple that kept relationship secret for decades, celebrating 70 years together

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 18, 2009
A party celebrating 70 years together is a big deal for any pair. But a celebration of this couple's love takes on special meaning, considering they had to keep silent about it for decades. [Link]

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Analysis of Polling Data Finds Growing Support for Marriage Equality

Columbia University
July 28, 2009
According to a comprehensive new analysis of public opinion surveys conducted over the last 15 years, support for the freedom to marry has grown substantially in the United States. [Link]

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The Coming End of the Culture Wars

Center for American Progress
July 15, 2009
The Progressive Studies Program released a new report Wednesday which demonstrates how shifting demographics are rapidly eroding the mass base for culture wars politics. Nowhere is the influence of demographic change clearer than on marriage equality, which Millennials support much more strongly than do older generations. [Link]

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Gay rights mean different things to different generations of community

The Seattle Times
June 27, 2009
Forty years after New York's Stonewall Riots launched the gay-rights movement, older gays and younger ones share much the same agenda of equality. But their needs within the movement are also divergent. Young people, who have at times referred to their own post-gay movement, seek the protections of marriage equality as they form relationships and start families, while gays of their grandparents' generation are more concerned about issues of aging — like survivor benefits and long-term care. This weekend, across the country and around the world — including here in Seattle on Sunday — they will join together, young and old, lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people to mark the anniversary of Stonewall. [Link]

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The Gay Generation Gap

New York Magazine
June 21, 2009
Forty years after Stonewall, the gay movement has never been more united. So why do older gay men and younger ones often seem so far apart? To some extent, a generation gap in any subgroup with a history of struggle is good news, because it’s a sign of arrival. Today, with the tide of history and public opinion finally (albeit fitfully) moving our way, we can afford to step back and exercise the same disrespect for our elders (or our juniors) as heterosexuals do. That’s progress, of a kind. [Link]

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