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Love This: Edith Windsor Quote On A Tote

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This June, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in a case called Windsor v. United States. The woman behind the nation-changing lawsuit is Edith Windsor, an 84-year-old lesbian whose spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. The ladies got engaged in 1967 and for 40 years they stayed near-secretly engaged, finally marrying in Canada in 2007. After Thea died, Edie was hit with $600,000 in taxes, because the U.S. government did not recognize her same-sex marriage as valid. By ruling DOMA unconstitutional, the Supreme Court affirmed the right for gay couples to have their marriages recognized on the federal level. Keep reading »

Is Coming Out Now “Low Key” For Celebs?

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  • “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts is just the latest celebrity to publicly come out and elicit a big “So what?” Perhaps her method of doing so — through an end-of-the-year Facebook posting — might have something to do with it.  [New York Times]
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary injunction for some Catholic groups who object to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate on birth control. [MSNBC]
  • Sex workers in China are treated brutally by the criminal justice system if arrested. [New York Times]
  • On “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” sexual harassment and women in finance in the 1980s. [TIME] Keep reading »

A&E Brings Back Phil Robertson, Continues To Milk “Duck Dynasty” Controversy For All It’s Worth

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Ugh, could anything be more annoying that everyone who whined that Phil Robertson’s First Amendment rights were infringed upon after the “Duck Dynasty” star was suspended from A&E for making bigoted remarks about gays in GQ? I’m sorry, but y’all need to go Google the words “Pussy Riot” and “Siberian prison” and then hush. Alas, A&E announced this afternoon that it has reversed its decision to suspend Robertson from the channel. Keep reading »

New Mexico To Legalize Gay Marriage!

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  • New Mexico will become the 17th state to legalize gay marriage after today’s ruling in the NM Supreme Court that a ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. Congratulations, LGBTQ couples in the Southwest! [Guardian UKNew York Times]
  • Everyone who engages in #TwitterFeminism is blowing up about this article on Twitter feminism. [Feminist Current]
  • A Michigan judge has ruled that Theodore Wafer, the man who shot to death Black teenage girl Renisha McBride, will stand trial. Renisha was shot through a screen door on Wafer’s front steps last month, following a car accident nearby. Wafer was charged with second-degree murder. [Jezebel]
  • Yours truly is referenced in this month’s ELLE magazine in an article about dieting as a feminist. [ELLE] Keep reading »

Phil Robertson Of “Duck Dynasty” Compares Homosexuality To Beastiality, Compares Gays To Terrorists

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Phil Robertson, star of  the reality show “Duck Dynasty” that people actually watch, told GQ that he believes gays are sinners who  ”won’t inherit the kingdom of God.” In his interview with the magazine, Robertson also put homosexuality in a category with “terrorists” and “drunks.”

Well then. Keep reading »

“Matriarch Of The Gay Rights Movement” Edith Windsor Looks Back On This Momentous Year

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Edie's Love Story With Thea

This June, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in a case called Windsor v. United States. The woman behind the nation-changing lawsuit is Edith Windsor, an 84-year-old lesbian whose spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009. The women got engaged in 1967 and Edie wore a circular brooch with diamonds, so that coworkers and neighbors would not know they were a couple. For 40 years they stayed engaged, finally marrying in Canada in 2007. After Thea died, Edie was hit with $600,000 in taxes, because her U.S. government did not recognize her same-sex marriage as valid. By ruling DOMA unconstitutional, the Supreme Court affirmed the right of gay couples to have their marriages recognized on the federal level. As a runner-up for TIME magazine’s Person Of The Year distinction, here Edith speaks with TIME about the depth of her relationship with Thea and hiding their sexuality from anyone but their closest friends for decades. “There’s some legitimacy that we never knew we were lacking,” Edith said about getting married. “If you really care about the quality of someone’s life as much as you care about as your own, you have it made.” What a sweet and lovely woman. Edith, you’re my person of the year. [TIME]

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