Marriage Equality

Millennials Pushing the Sharp Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated

Millennials Pushing the Sharp Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated

America has the largest population of affiliated Christians in the world, but recent data shows a clear trend of people increasingly leaving organized Christianity while secular and other faiths see an uptick in their ranks. The fastest rate of decline seems to be among the millennial generation, a population that has recently been shown to be more open to social change on issues such as LGBT rights and marriage equality. Read more »

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Marriage equality heads into Arizona lawbooks, but voters still have last word (again)

Marriage equality heads into Arizona lawbooks, but voters still have last word (again)

A new law proposed by 13 co-sponsors will put marriage equality into Arizona lawbooks – provided voters repeal the unconstitutional 2008 voter-enacted amendment. House Bill 2117 repeals a 1996 statute banning same-sex marriage.

The legislative-passed language was bolstered by Proposition 102, which amended the state constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

The conundrum is that voters changed the Arizona constitution and the constitution requires a people's vote to be changed.Kaine Fisher, partner and director of Family Law for the Rose Law Group, says that the state statute can't become effective unless voters reverse their position on marriage equality. Read more »

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Marriage Equality Is a National Issue, And So the Time Has Come for Our National Court to Address It

The Supreme Court has been reluctant to jump into the question of same-sex marriage, preferring to let the issue percolate through state-by-state litigation in the lower federal courts.  But the time has come for the justices to come out of hiding.  The denial of marriage equality is a national problem, not a state-level problem, and it requires a national resolution that only our nation’s constitutional court can provide. Read more »

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The 5 Worst States for LGBT People

The 5 Worst States for LGBT People

If you pay attention to the news, it's hard not to get swept up in the feeling that things are getting better for America's LGBT citizens. However, after riding a wave of momentum in the courts this year, marriage equality hit a new roadblock in November, when the Sixth Circuit Court upheld bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. The decision is likely to force a ruling from the Supreme Court, a body that's up until now been "leading from behind" on this issue. It's also a reflection of the broader inequalities that still exist for LGBT people in today's America, where activists note that marriage is only part of the picture. Read more »

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Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional

 Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — In a victory for equality across Montana, the U.S. District Court of Montana ruled today in favor of four same-sex couples suing for marriage.

"Calling Tonya my partner, my significant other, my girlfriend, my perpetual fiancée has never done justice to our relationship. Now I can look forward to the day when I can introduce Tonya as my wife," says Angie Rolando, one of the plaintiffs in the case. "Love won today." Read more »

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BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina

BREAKING: Marriage Equality Comes to South Carolina

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday morning denied the state of South Carolina's request for a stay on a ruling that struck down the state's ban on marriage equality, meaning same-sex couples should now be free to marry in the state. 

In a two-sentence order without additional explanation, Chief Justice John Roberts denied the request from South Carolina's Republican Attorney General, Alan Wilson, to place on hold aNovember 12 ruling that found the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The order did note that Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have granted the stay.  Read more »

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Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga

Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga

Nearly 10 years ago, on the heels of the Massachusetts Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage in the state, gay-rights advocates faced a strategic decision. With the Legislature about to consider a constitutional amendment reining in the court’s decision, they could either push legislators to back civil unions as a compromise or face the full wrath of the opposition.

Marc Solomon, national campaign director for LGBT-rights group Freedom to Marry, called Los Angeles City Councilman (now mayor) Eric Garcetti to ask for advice. “Fight for love,” Garcetti said. Civil unions were about legal status, about “rights”; marriage was about love. Read more »

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BREAKING: Marriage Equality Just Got A First Class Ticket To The Supreme Court

BREAKING: Marriage Equality Just Got A First Class Ticket To The Supreme Court

On Thursday afternoon, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit just became the first federal appeals court in the country to side with marriage discrimination. Although the immediate effect of this court’s 2-1 decision is that marriage equality will not quickly become the law in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, the most important consequence of the Sixth Circuit’s holding is that there is now a “circuit split” on the question of whether same-sex couples must be allowed to marry under the Constitution. A circuit split, which occurs when two or more federal appeals courts disagree on the same question of law, is one of the most common reasons that the Supreme Court agrees to hear a case. Read more »

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Donors to Gay Causes Consider Their Next Steps

Donors to Gay Causes Consider Their Next Steps

The Arcus Foundation’s latest effort in support of gay and lesbian issues began with an ominous question: "Is there a future for the LGBTQ movement?"

The tagline speaks to a bubbling uncertainty among the movement’s philanthropic vanguard. After a number of legal victories on same-sex marriage, where should longtime supporters put their money now? And will today’s triumphs make tomorrow’s donors think the struggle for gay equality has already been won? Read more »

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Tim Cook Speaks Up

Tim Cook Speaks Up

Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.

At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today. Read more »

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