Still unequal
source: The Miami Herald
posted: 7/7/13
It’s wonderful that the Supreme Court struck down DOMA as unconstitutional. However, federal recognition of same-sex marriages will only apply to the 12 states where it is legal. That saddens me.

If my partner of 44 years and I move to one of those states, we’ll have the recognition and benefits of the U.S. government. But if we remain in Florida or live in any of the other 37 states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage, we won’t have that equality.

We all learned how President Lincoln’

Gay couples left out by the law — again
source: Chicago Tribune
posted: 7/6/13
Our family exists at the crossroads of two of the most controversial aspects of American society — sexuality and race. We're two gay white men raising two black children — a girl, 13, and a boy, 10.

Both children were adopted out of the foster care system as toddlers, and they both landed in that system because their birth mothers could not care for them. Each day we struggle with the legacies of their troubled beginnings, which gives us all the more joy as we see them thrive.

Dan and I ar

Cheering equal rights, aware there's more to do
source: Chicago Tribune
posted: 7/2/13
Gay and lesbian couples are rightfully celebrating this week's twin decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that effectively affirmed the rights of gay couples to marry in California and provided married, same-sex couples federal benefits previously denied them.

Burbank couple Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were two of the four California plaintiffs to bring the issue of same-sex marriage to the top court in the land. Their victory this week has left them understandably jubilant. Cheering alongsid

Wedded to an idea
source: The Washington Post
posted: 7/2/13
Evan Wolfson received a B on the law school paper that helped change the world.

It was 1983 and Wolfson, submitting the paper required of all third-year students at Harvard Law School, had chosen a topic — constitutional protection for same-sex marriage — seemingly so far-fetched that some of the distinguished scholars he had asked to serve as faculty advisers declined.

“The more prominent, more liberal ones who one would have thought would have been most supportive were not,” Wolfson reca

Another big step on gays' road to equality, but journey not done
source: Chicago Tribune
posted: 6/29/13
In speaking with South Florida gays since Wednesday's near-landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the word I kept hearing was "untenable" and the mood I kept sensing was bittersweet joy.

"I'm still elated about what's happened, but there's a lot of work to be done," said Richard Alalouf, of Oakland Park, who got married in Massachusetts in 2009.

The federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is half-dead, struck down in states that allow same-sex marriage, but Florida's odious Marriage Protectio

The Court’s Immeasurable Impact
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/26/13
With one of its rulings the Supreme Court mandated federal recognition of gay couples married in places that permit it; with another, it reopened the door to same-sex marriage in California, our most populous state. These practical consequences are huge.

But the two decisions together also have another kind of effect, deeply emotional, potently symbolic and impossible to measure — but arguably much more sweeping. Like all that happens at the highest levels of our government, like all the jud

Victory for Equal Rights
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/26/13
Today’s two Supreme Court rulings involving same-sex marriage were a huge and gratifying victory in the long struggle to end government-sanctioned discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans. It is sad, this deep into the national conversation about equal rights, that five justices were not willing to recognize a constitutional right for all couples to marry, regardless of the state where they live or their genders. But the momentum for marriage equality seems unstoppable, and such a breakt

Column: On gays, pot, immigration, a country becomes less exclusive, more inclusive
source: The Washington Post
posted: 6/24/13
It’s a counterintuitive notion in an era where it’s easy to feel like Americans are sitting in judgment of one another every day. Yet here it is right in front of us: When it comes to social policy in the United States, a new pragmatism prevails in a number of surprising ways.

In a relatively short span, American views have shifted on everything from gay marriage to marijuana legalization to illegal immigration and, perhaps, more. New laws, predictably, have followed. And, today, parts of thi

On gay marriage, arc of history will show gay rights are merely human rights
source: Chicago Tribune
posted: 6/22/13
This week will be a big one in the world of equal rights.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down two rulings on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

Also, equal-rights supporters across the country are staging "Marriage Equality" rallies — including one Thursday on the banks of Orlando's Lake Eola.

Rallies, rulings, protests — all over the right for a person to marry the one he or she loves.

I can't help but think future generations will look back in puzzlement at suc

Might Justice Kennedy spring a surprise on DOMA?
source: Los Angeles Times
posted: 6/22/13
Despite the conservative tilt of the Roberts Supreme Court, gay rights supporters expect the justices to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act this month. Their hopes are pinned on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the court's usual swing vote, who has written two important pro-gay-rights opinions in the past and voiced skepticism of the law during the court's hearing in March. If he joins the court's four liberals, DOMA is history.

Kennedy, however, could surprise the court watchers. His record