Why Are Marriage Rights Expanding While Reproductive Rights Contract?

Jill Lepore, ranked #1 in the United States for building arguments so clear as to require no scaffolding whatsoever, wrote a masterful piece in the New Yorker this week about the Supreme Court cases that have shaped the course of reproductive and marriage freedom in America—one path continually embattled and at best… » 5/20/15 12:50pm Wednesday 12:50pm

Jessica Williams & The Daily Show Commemorate the 'Hate Class of 2015'

While the Supreme Court is currently considering the question of marriage equality, the wider cultural consensus has shifted so much on the matter in recent years that this feels like a last stand for opponents of same-sex marriage. And so, Jessica Williams and The Daily Show took a few minutes to bid farewell to the… » 5/05/15 9:50am 5/05/15 9:50am

Texas Just Had Its First Legal Gay Wedding, State Still Throwing Tantrum

A legal shot across the bow or a crack in the dam, no matter how you want to describe it in metaphor, the legal marriage of two women in Austin, Texas continues to show that state same-sex marriage bans are just as likely to be ended in "death by a thousand cuts" as they are by one major Supreme Court ruling. » 2/19/15 10:50pm 2/19/15 10:50pm

Republicans Quietly Tap Lobbyists for Shift on Marriage Equality

While no progressive could be blamed for thinking that the Grand Old Party is far from changing its tune on gay rights issues, apparently it's happening. While marriage equality has gained traction amongst the majority of Americans, Republicans are quietly turning to K Street lobbying firms to help them shift their… » 7/31/14 11:04pm 7/31/14 11:04pm

The Face of Marriage Equality Is Unexpected and Heartwarming

It's an old trick of anti marriage equality advocates to paint gay marriage as an issue that offends the core family values of America's heartland (whatever that means), but the obvious truth of the matter — as this sweet ad by Freedom to Marry points out — is that gay people are a present force in traditionally red… » 5/06/14 3:45pm 5/06/14 3:45pm

Veteran Offers Up Burial Plot So Lesbian Couple Can Be Buried Together

Today in news that made me cry quietly at my desk, the Idaho State Veterans cemetery has refused to allow a Navy veteran to be buried beside the love of her life because of the state's ban on same-sex marriage — which is sad and stupid and endlessly infuriating. In response, a fellow veteran has offered up his plot so… » 5/01/14 4:10pm 5/01/14 4:10pm

Marriage Equality Comes To England, Wales But Not N. Ireland

Starting one minute after midnight, March 29th GMT, same-sex couples in England and Wales will be able to have their unions recognised as marriages. Previously same-sex couples could only enter into a civil union which conferred the same rights as marriage but was viewed as the government marking out which unions were… » 3/29/14 1:49pm 3/29/14 1:49pm