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The New Yorker Memorializes DOMA With Controversial Bert And Ernie Cover

DOMA & Prop 8 Struck down
Supreme Court Rules Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional
The Supreme Court rules on gay marriage. Read More »
DOMA History
The Long Road To Marriage Equality In America
Here's a timeline on the long road to marriage equality. Read More »
GOP Gay Marriage Ban
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Butthurt Republican vows constitutional ban on gay marriage. Read More »
Obama On Gay Marriage
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The president comes out in support of same-sex unions! Read More »
DOMA ruling is a bert and ernie new yorker cover

This week, the Supreme Court made the historic ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 are both unconstitutional.  It’s an enormous victory for gays and lesbians, their families, and anyone who cares about equality.

So how did The New Yorker, arguably the most reputable magazine in the country, memorialize the occasion on their cover? With Bert and Ernie, two puppets from “Sesame Street,” watching a television with the Supreme Court justices shown the screen.

The background, in case you aren’t aware, is that there have long been jokes that roommates Bert and Ernie are actually extra-special roommates. Predictably, some whackadoodles have gotten upset about children watching “Sesame Street” and wondering why two male puppets (and their rubber ducky) live together.

I’ll be honest: I think the cover is a little cute just because I like Jim Henson puppets, especially the ones from “Sesame Street.” I also think it’s an eye-catching image, which means it may sell better on the newsstands (and is likely the primary reason The New Yorker chose it). The media is a business after all.

But not everyone feels the same way I do. Let’s ignore the National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez, who posted the image under the homophobic title “Innocence. Lost.” Blogger Tyler Coates of Flavorwire, whom I implicitly trust to interpret all things LGBTQ-related, blasted the cover as “infantilizing,” “offensive,” and click-baiting for Internet outrage. Keep reading »

The Long Road To Marriage Equality in America & What This Week’s Rulings May Mean

The Long Road To Marriage Equality In America

After three months of deliberation, the Supreme Court of the United States is due to give rulings on the cases of Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry this Thursday June 27. These two cases mean very different things for the fate of same-sex marriage in America.

Windsor v. United States is a case that challenges the constitutionality of The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. The case was brought forth after Edith Windsor of New York lost almost $400,000 in federal estate taxes just because she was married to a woman instead of a man. Windsor legally married her partner of 40 years, Thea Spyer, in Canada in 2007. When Spyer died a few years ago, Windsor inherited the entire estate, but that estate was subject to taxes that would not have applied to a heterosexual couple.

In lower courts, DOMA was deemed unconstitutional because it violates the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws with regard to same-sex couples married legally in states that allow same-sex marriage. Although Spyer and Windsor were married in Canada, New York is one of the 12 states in which same-sex marriage is legal.

Now in the Supreme Court, this case will decide how the federal government will treat legal same-sex marriages. DOMA could either be supported by the Supreme Court or overturned. If DOMA is overturned, same-sex couples already in civil unions will be afforded the same rights as married heterosexual couples in federal laws and programs such as Social Security benefits, income tax, estate tax, and immigration. These rights will also apply to future, legal, same-sex marriages.

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Gay Marriage Wins
"TIME" magazine declares that gay marriage has already won. Read More »
NZ Passes Gay Marriage
And parliament breaks into song to celebrate! Read More »
France Legalizes Gay Marriage
France becomes the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage. Read More »

Lesbian Parents In Texas May Be Forced To Move Apart Because They Can’t Legally Marry

Gay Teen Targeted
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Kaitlyn Hunt battling charges for consensual same-sex relationship. Read More »
RI Legalizes Gay Marriage
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Rhode Island has legalized same-sex marriage! Read More »
What Queerness Means
My queerness includes attraction to men and that's okay. Read More »
On Gays & Attraction
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Just because Shanelle is gay doesn't mean she's attracted to all women. Read More »
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Page Price and Carolyn Compton are a pair of moms living in Texas. They have been together for three years and are raising two children that Compton had with her ex-husband. But the couple may be forced by a court to move apart due to a “morality clause” in Compton’s custody agreement with her ex that said no sexytimes overnight guests could sleep at the home — and the longtime, cohabitating couple are not legally allowed to marry by Texas law. Keep reading »

Rep. Michele Bachmann Urges “Spiritual Warfare” Against Marriage Equality, Reproductive Rights

Teen Stands Up To Sex Ed
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Katelyn Campbell just said no to her school's abstinence-only sex ed. Read More »
No "Feminist" Blog
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Beliefnet wouldn't use the word "feminist" on a blog. Read More »
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Your slutty behavior is killing flowers (or something?). Read More »
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  • Rep. Michele Bachmann is urging Christians to engage in “spiritual warfare” to put their religious values in government, like banning marriage equality and criminalizing abortion. Scary, scary stuff. [Raw Story]
  • In related I’m-moving-to-Canada news, North Carolina’s state Senate has advanced a bill that erroneously lists abortion as a cause of premature birth. Although the medical community vehemently disagrees, abortion opponents frequently claim that abortion causes breast cancer or makes it difficult for women to have children in the future. The NC bill includes abortion as a cause of “preterm birth” up there with drug use lack of prenatal care. [RH Reality Check]
  • On Planned Parenthood and the real lessons of the Kermit Gosnell case. [The Daily Beast]
  • “Elementary” actress Lucy Liu on the limits placed on her for being an Asian actress in Hollywood. [xoJane]
  • On the inappropriate comments being made about Angelina Jolie losing her natural breasts to a double mastectomy, which she chose to have to prevent breast cancer. [Slate] Keep reading »

Rhode Island Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage!

France Legalizes Gay Marriage
France becomes the 14th country to legalize same-sex marriage. Read More »
NZ Passes Gay Marriage
And parliament breaks into song to celebrate! Read More »
Nancy Reagan Loves Gays
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Hey, GOP: even Nancy Reagan supports marriage equality. Read More »
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  • Rhode Island became the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage last week! The state House and Senate both approved marriage equality and the governor signed it into law on Thursday. Congratulations, Rhode Island! [Feminist.org, Salon]
  • Today In Irony: the Air Force’s chief of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman. [HyperVocal]
  • The cost of birth control is higher in some low-income neighborhoods than in wealthy ones, according to a small study done in Florida. [Huffington Post]
  • Will this TED talk turn every man who watches it into a feminist? [Upworthy]
  • Meet Holly Jacobs, 29, who stood up to an ex-boyfriend who posted private pictures of her on revenge porn websites. [BetaBeat]
  • Good news, gays! You can change, just like rapists and murderers, according to Christian wackadoodle Pat Roberson. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Hey, Conservatives: Even Nancy Reagan Supports Marriage Equality

Gay Marriage Wins
"TIME" magazine declares that gay marriage has already won. Read More »
Sonia On Gay Marriage
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor blasts discrimination against gays. Read More »
The Gay Agenda
Walk the dog, cook dinner, break up a heterosexual marriage. Read More »
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  • Former First Lady Nancy Reagen supports marriage equality, according to a new Sirius interview with her daughter Patti Davis. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Religious Right! In the interview, Davis explained her mother does support the legalization of gay marriage but emphasized that Reagan “is not comfortable going out in the public eye and getting in the firing line of anything.” Okay, that last part is kind of shitty. But I’m still happy to hear even Nancy friggin’ Reagan believes all love is created equal. [Huffington Post]
  • On how poverty drove women into Kermit Gosnell’s illegal abortion clinic. [Think Progress]
  • A Philadelphia priest allegedly sexually assaulted a woman and smeared menstrual blood on her face and then told detectives he couldn’t speak about the assault because it happened at confession. The church then sent him to Poland. [AlterNet]
  • Oh, look, another Internet shitstorm about feminism! [Daily Dot] Keep reading »
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