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News analysis: Fourth Circuit's "strict scrutiny" opinion on gay marriage is huge

Today's opinion by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a lower court's ruling that Virginia's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional just may be a bigger deal than the one by the Tenth Circuit in the Utah and Oklahoma cases.


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Five (or so) questions put to superlawyer Ted Olson about gay marriage and Prop 8

Superlawyers Ted Olson and David Boies have a new book, Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality, their account of taking on California's Proposition 8, getting it ruled unconstitutional and moving marriage equality forward. And since the publication of Jo Becker's controversial Forcing the Spring, it's fair to say that the Prop 8 legal team, and, more so, Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin, who formed the American Foundation for Equal Rights and hired Olson and Boies to take on Prop 8, have been on the defensive.

Three years gone but never forgotten: a tribute to a lost love, and a pledge for equality

It was a Saturday like any other.

Usually he woke up first, but that morning I woke up before him. I woke up next to him, the love of my life, just as I had almost every other morning throughout the six years we had been together.

We started our normal routine. We had breakfast and did a workout. We got in a small argument, like every couple is prone to do, over something insignificant in the greater scheme of things.

I showered. He left. We never said goodbye.

Dolly Parton speaks out on gay marriage

Same-sex marriage might not be recognized in Dolly Parton's native Tennessee, but the blond bombshell supports equality for all.

"I didn’t know any gay people in my childhood. I do have a lot of gays in my family now, but some will never come out," the singer, who was one of 12 children in a Pentecostal family living in Locust Ridge, Tenn., told Britain's Event magazine, per an article featured on the Daily Mail's website.

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Why North Carolina's new gay marriage lawsuit could turn "everything on its head"

An unusual lawsuit in North Carolina is shifting the conversation about religious freedom -- and could be driving a wedge between some major opponents of same-sex marriage.

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Donald Sterling, Brendan Eich and how homophobia gets a pass

Let's get this straight. L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape making racist remarks, and rather than just letting the free market play out and eventually force his hand -- as was happening with sponsors pulling out of the L.A. Clippers -- it's been deemed perfectly acceptable (and I wholeheartedly agree) for the NBA to intervene and basically oust him, banning him for life and fining him $2.5 million.

Oregon's next export? Discrimination, via an anti-gay ballot measure

At a time when we should be celebrating the imminent end of discrimination against same-sex couples, we're gearing up to fight another effort to discriminate against people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Oregon, once again, is the state where the opposition is focusing its efforts.

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TODAY: Celebrating 10th anniversary of historic marriages in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – Couples will gather today at San Francisco City Hall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the same-gender marriages performed there 10 years ago.

Newly elected Mayor Gavin Newsom shocked the nation a decade ago with his daring decision to let gay and lesbian couples marry, and almost 4,000 couples flocked to the city by the bay to wed. But four months later, the U.S. Supreme Court annulled those marriages, but the decision triggered a national movement in support of marriage equality.

Supreme Court halts gay marriages in Utah

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court decided today to issue a stay requested by the State of Utah to halt same-gender marriages in that state, pending an appeal.

The brief written order did not give an explanation for why the nation's high court issued the stay.

HRC blasts Utah for wasting taxpayer millions

WASHINGTON -- After the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that they would be continuing their appeal of a federal judge’s decision allowing marriage for lesbian and gay couples, the Human Rights Campaign condemned the move as an enormous waste of taxpayer dollars.

Providing no other details, the AG's Office said they will bring in outside counsel at the expense of taxpayers.

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