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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Get ready for a gay gay gay week in Hillcrest

Perhaps it’s a sign that Pride season has officially begun here in San Diego, as we have a trio of really gay themed events to look forward to this week:

Pride '14 Launch Party at Hillcrest Brewing Company

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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.

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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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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.

Legally LGBT: The next wave of challenges

2013 was a great year for marriage equality. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor brought federal recognition of same-sex married couples.

When Windsor was decided, it was unclear what effect it would have on the bigger fight, the fight to strike down all remaining same-sex marriage bans. Recent decisions in two of the most conservative states in the country indicate that federal judges are no longer swayed by the typical arguments in favor of retaining the bans.

COMMENTARY: Until all of us are equal …

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

As we just passed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I wish that we could all reflect back on the 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 45 years since the Stonewall Riots and see the connective threads and shared experiences of our movements.

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.

Australia: High court voids ACT law granting marriage equality

The Australia High Court on Thursday morning [it's already tomorrow Down Under] struck down a new law that permitted marriage for gay and lesbian couples who wed in the Australian Capital Territory, aka ACT.

Marriages began on Saturday in ACT, and more than two dozen couples took advantage of the law ahead of the high court ruling. Thursday's decision nullifies those marriages and sets up potential lawsuits against the government.

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