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Gay Marriage Supporters Wait Out The DOMA & Prop 8 Decisions On The Supreme Court Steps

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The Supreme Court will hear two landmark gay rights cases today: they’re hearing arguments on Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Court critics say the cases could go a number of ways, and despite the fact that both cases will get relatively little time in front of the judges (just 60 minutes and 110 minutes, respectively), gay marriage advocates have turned out in droves to show support. Of course, there are anti-gay protestors, too — the most hilarious sign from the other side reads “God Hates Your Feelings.” We’ll keep you updated on any court decisions. [Photo: Getty Images]

Senator's Gay Son
GOP's Sen. Rob Portman's reversed his stance on gay marriage. Read More »
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Chris Kluwe On Gay Rights
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Republican Senator Reverses Stance On Gay Marriage After Son Comes Out

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Maureen Walsh on marriage equality
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'I'm Gay' Cake
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A girl named Laurel comes out to her parents with an "I'm gay!" cake. Read More »
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“Two years ago, my son Will, then a college freshman, told my wife, Jane, and me that he is gay. He said he’d known for some time, and that his sexual orientation wasn’t something he chose; it was simply a part of who he is. Jane and I were proud of him for his honesty and courage. We were surprised to learn he is gay but knew he was still the same person he’d always been. The only difference was that now we had a more complete picture of the son we love.”

This is a section of an editorial by Republican Senator Rob Portman that was published in The Columbus Dispatch on Friday, announcing that he has changed his hardline stance against gay marriage in light of the fact that this son, Will, is gay. “I’ve come to the conclusion that for me, personally, I think this is something that we should allow people to do, to get married, and to have the joy and stability of marriage that I’ve had for over 26 years. That I want all of my children to have, including our son, who is gay,” he told CNN in a follow-up interview. Keep reading »

Gay Couple’s Pink Poodle Prompts Alleged Hate Crime

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This teacher is trying to create a "traditional prom" with no gays allowed. Read More »
Hate Crimes Charges
Tyler Clementi's roommate Dharun Ravi faces hate crimes charges. Read More »
Anti-Gay Slur
Escobar suspended for writing anti-gay slur on his face. Read More »
Gay Scaremongering
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This gay marriage scaremongering ad is so bad it's good. Read More »

David Beltier and his boyfriend Jeremy have three poodles, Muffin, Beauty, and Princess, each with brightly colored fur dyed with Kool-Aid. Last week David and Jeremy were walking their pink poodle, Beauty, down the street of their Portland suburb when a SUV pulled up alongside them and the male driver started yelling anti-gay slurs. The man’s ire seemed to be sparked by the color of the couple’s poodle, which he called “Un-American” (yes, seriously).

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A Terrifying Glimpse Into A World Where Gay Marriage Is Legal

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This marriage equality ad will give you chills. Watch »
'I'm Gay' Cake
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The sweetest way to come out. Read More »
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Maureen Walsh on marriage equality
"I want to throw a wedding for my kid." Read More »
"What's going to happen to our marriage?"

It’s coming, probably sooner than you think … the day your husband will come home from work to bring you the chilling news: gay marriage has been legalized. How will it affect your heterosexual marriage and your relationship with your kids? This handy video, paid for by The Coalition Of People Whose Lives Are Ruined Whenever Other People Are Treated Equally, will help give you an idea. [YouTube]

Marine Corps Requires Military Spouse Clubs To Include Same-Sex Partners

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When Ashley Broadway, a military wife of 15 years, wanted to make new friends and connect with other military spouses, she applied for membership to the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses. Broadway lives at the Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina with her family; her wife is an Army lieutenant colonel, and the couple have one son and another child on the way. Broadway was excited about the prospect of meeting other spouses, volunteering for family events, and being part of a support group. Instead, she was denied membership because, as a same-sex spouse, she doesn’t have a military ID card (due to the Defense of Marriage Act, the military doesn’t recognize same-sex unions). But wait! This story of discrimination actually has a happy ending… Keep reading »

Do You Live In One Of The Gayest Cities In America?

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This straight guy lived as a gay man for a year. Read More »
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These gay and lesbian couples were proud. Read More »
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These Minnesota suburbs are draped in rainbows! Read More »

The Advocate just released its annual list of the “Gayest Cities in America,” and if you’re thinking, “Duh, New York, San Francisco, and LA,” here’s a bombshell for you: those gay metropolises didn’t even make the cut (well, San Fran does get a shoutout in the honorable mentions). Editors narrowed the list down to 15 cities using entertaining-if-not-exactly-scientific criteria like number of LGBT elected officials, gay rugby and roller derby teams, presence of Pottery Barn stores, frequency of Scissor Sisters concerts, and of course, whether or not gay marriage has been legalized, and many of the results might surprise you. Which city earned the #1 spot? Well, that’s the biggest surprise of all. Find out after the jump! Keep reading »

Renounce Your Homosexuality For A Free Chicken Sandwich!

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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions! Read More »
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Gay couple stars in Target's wedding registry ad. Read More »
Gay Marriage Ad
This marriage equality ad will give you chills. Watch »
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Maureen Walsh on marriage equality
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As we all learned last year, Chick-fil-A’s secret seasoning blend includes a heaping spoonful of homophobia and a generous slathering of bigotry. In response, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, a comedy group that parodies conservative “family values” organizations, created this fake coupon offering a free chicken sandwich to anyone who renounced their homosexuality. It’s a hilarious piece of satire on its own, with fine print stipulations like, “Offer only applies to persons currently choosing to be gay,” but when the guys from the Chick-fil-A Foundation decided to put their bogus coupon to the test, something really crazy happened: Chick-fil-A redeemed it. After the jump, check out a video of the encounter… Keep reading »

Topless Nuns Spray Jesus’s Sperm In Paris Protest

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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions! Read More »
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Gay Scaremongering
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This gay marriage scaremongering ad is so bad it's good. Read More »

Topless nuns were seen hosing down anti-gay marriage demonstrators with “holy sperm” last Sunday in Paris.

Go ahead. Read that sentence again.

Of course, these weren’t real nuns! FEMEN, the breast-baring Ukrainian women’s movement, is famous for spreading awareness about a cause through nudity. When FEMEN found out that more than 100,000 Catholics would be protesting against France’s legislation to allow gay marriage and adoption, they got their weapons ready. With various slogans written across their chests, including “In Gay We Trust” and “Fuck God,” Femen members got creative with baby powder, spraying the mist on protesters, calling it “Jesus Sperm.” Keep reading »

Children Of Lesbian Mothers Have Higher Grades And Happier Lives

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Sara is planning a lesbian Jewish wedding! Read More »
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JC Penney ad features lesbian moms. Read More »
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One woman talks about being a lesbian mom. Read More »
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Bad news for those who believe homosexual parents can negatively affect their children: a study of 17-year-olds who were raised by lesbian mothers found that they did well in school, with grades ranging from A- to B+, and were overall happier with their lives.

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Watch This: Maine Firefighters Stand Up For Marriage Equality

Gay Marriage Ad
This marriage equality ad will give you chills. Watch »
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Maureen Walsh on marriage equality
"I want to throw a wedding for my kid." Read More »
Gay Scaremongering
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This gay marriage scaremongering ad is so bad it's good. Read More »
"This is not the straight firemen's brotherhood."

On November 6th, the citizens of Maine will vote on a ballot measure that aims to legalize gay marriage. Polls are hinting that it’s going to be a close contest, but this new campaign ad, featuring four volunteer firefighters–three straight, one gay–presents a powerful message in favor of marriage equality. “When we clear a call, I get to go home to my wife,” says firefighter Eric Humphrey. “The guys I work with should be able to marry the person they love.” Major props to these guys for speaking out to support the civil rights of their friends and coworkers. Hopefully their words will strike a chord with voters. [The Advocate]

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