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  • Pope praises French rabbi’s essay against gay marriage

    December 21, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    In his Christmas address to Vatican officials, Pope Benedict reportedly praised an essay by France’s chief rabbi on the negative effects of gay marriage.

    According to Reuters, the Pope called the essay by Rabbi Gilles Bernheim “profoundly moving” during the Pope’s speech in the...

  • Why Straight Men Should Support Gay Marriage

    By Ilana Angel

    November 12, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    I originally posted parts of this blog back in February.   Today my son showed me a video on Facebook that I thought was so fabulous, I decided to post excerpts and share the video.  I love this video and laughed out loud because the humor is so honest.  I support marriage.  Gay or...

  • On the morning after, Jewish Republicans advise the party

    November 12, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Think immigration through -- again. Forget about gay marriage. And for heaven’s sake, when it comes to rape, shut up!

    The Republican Party as a whole is having the morning-afters, reconsidering how it might have done better in an election that saw the party fail to win the White...

  • Do You See Beyond Your Own Life?

    By Ilana Angel

    November 4, 2012 | 11:03 pm

    I met my friend Michael 20 years ago when we worked at the same company.  I was immediately drawn to him and his kindness.  He is one of those people who exude warmth.  We worked together for about four years, and eventually over time lost touch with each other. 

    We recently...

  • Viva Chick-fil-A!

    By Mark Paredes

    August 2, 2012 | 12:04 am

    As part of my personal campaign to oppose bigoted boycotts, I will be having lunch tomorrow at the Chick-fil-A in Hollywood. I couldn’t get there for today’s official “Chick fil-A Appreciation Day” declared by Mike Huckabee, but I suppose late is better than never when it’s...

  • Episcopal Church approves liturgy for same-sex unions

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 11, 2012 | 9:14 am

    The Episcopal Church—the U.S. branch of the old Church of England—yesterday approved a liturgy for its clergy to use during same-sex unions. Episcopalians are the largest U.S. denomination to do so.

    Reuters reports:

    Delegates to its triennial convention voted 171-50 to approve the...

  • Conservative rabbis approve same-sex marriage ceremonies

    June 1, 2012 | 8:28 am

    The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards—which sets halachic policy for the Conservative movement—has voted unanimously to provide the approximately 1,600 Conservative rabbis with guidelines on performing same-sex marriages.

    The move is an official sanction...

  • Federal appeals court invalidates DOMA

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 31, 2012 | 10:49 am

    In related news, the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled this morning that the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act violates the Constitution. The decision comes on the heels of two district court judges holding likewise.

    The SCOTUSblog recaps:

    Thursday’s ruling by the...

  • Pacquiao vs. Mayweather vs. Gay Marriage

    By Ilana Angel

    May 17, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Like millions of people around the world, I have been waiting for the day that Manny and Floyd will get in the ring and have at it.  Proving for once and for all who the better fighter is, but I don’t imagine it will ever happen.  Why fight in the ring and risk humiliation when...

  • Jewish groups, Orthodox excepted, laud Obama on gay marriage

    May 10, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    A number of Jewish groups praised President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, and an Orthodox group said it was “disappointed.”

    “History will regard his affirmation of this core right for the LGBT community as a key moment in the advance of civil rights in America,” the Reform...

  • Thankful For Obama’s Gay [R]Evolution

    By Tera Greene

    May 10, 2012 | 12:37 am

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    Obama thinks LGBTQ people should have marriage rights.

    Who knew?  I didn’t!

    No seriously, I had no idea. 

    I’ve always actually thought that my vote in 2008 had more to do with me supporting a...

  • Jewish groups back Obama on gay marriage

    May 9, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    Jewish leaders praised President Barack Obama’s statement that he personally supports gay marriage.

    “I am pleased that the President has made a decisive statement in support of marriage equality,” said National Jewish Democratic Council chair Marc R. Stanley in an emailed...

  • Biden: ‘Absolutely comfortable’ with gay marriage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 6, 2012 | 10:58 am

    On “Meet the Press” this morning, Vice President Joe Biden said that he is “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage, via TheBostonChannel.com.

    “I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about, it is a simple proposition:...

  • Dump Starbucks over gay marriage? Not this Mormon

    By Mark Paredes

    April 1, 2012 | 9:17 pm

    I’ve been contacted by several people this week who want me to endorse the “Dump Starbucks” campaign sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). Starbucks’s sin? According to the campaign’s website, the socially-conscious company has “taken a corporate-wide...

  • The Methodist rift over gay marriage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 19, 2012 | 8:28 pm

    The United Methodist Church is a hold out among mainline Protestant churches, the big denomination that has not changed the church’s stance on same-sex marriages or ordaining gay clergy. Homosexuality has been an increasingly divisive issue for churches, and has led to a lot of...

  • Minn. rabbinical group opposes ban on same-sex marriages

    February 9, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Members of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association have signed a statement opposing a state ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriages.

    The group represents rabbis from 15 congregations in the state from the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements. No Orthodox...

  • Seventh-day Adventists celebrate 9th Circuit ruling on Prop. 8

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 8, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    Look at all those numbers in the headline. Better yet, look at my classmate and the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review, Julius Nam, featured in this Patch article about why Seventh-day Adventists opposed Proposition 8 and are celebrating the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’s...

  • Jewish groups split on gay marriage ruling

    February 8, 2012 | 2:39 pm

    Jewish groups split on a federal appeals court ruling that allows same-sex couples to marry in California.

    The 2-1 decision Tuesday by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot measure that said same-sex marriages violated the state constitution....

  • I Don’t Believe in Gay Marriage

    By Ilana Angel

    February 8, 2012 | 8:49 am

    To say that one supports gay marriage implies that gay marriage is somehow different from traditional marriage.  It’s not.  I think all people deserve the right to marry whether they are gay or straight.  If people are going to insist on differentiating gay marriage from...

  • Proposition 8 overturn prompts hundreds to celebrate in West Hollywood [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    February 7, 2012 | 10:22 pm

    Celebrating the overturning of Proposition 8 – California’s gay marriage ban – hundreds of supporters of gay marriage gathered in West Hollywood on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 7.

    The crowd marched up and down Santa Monica boulevard, going several blocks east from the West...

  • Another nugget from the 9th Circuit’s Prop. 8 ruling

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 7, 2012 | 4:46 pm

    In affirming that the California voter-passed initiative banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, wrote for a 2-1 majority of a Ninth Circuit panel that the law served no other purpose than to discriminate:

    Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no...

  • One Step Closer.  9th Circuit Affirms Prop 8 Is Unconstiutitional

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    February 7, 2012 | 11:46 am

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just affirmed a lower federal court decision that determined that Prop 8, which bans gay marriage, is unconstitutional.  While this is a great step toward creating marriage equality for all, it also makes me a little nervous.  There is only one...

  • Federal appeals court strikes down California’s gay marriage ban

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 7, 2012 | 11:39 am

    Affirming a ruling by the district court that California’s voter-passed ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, the Ninth Circuit struck down Proposition 8. In a 2-1 opinion, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote:

    “Although the Constitution permits communities to enact most laws they...

  • California gay marriage ban overturned, appeal planned

    February 7, 2012 | 11:11 am

    A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday found California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional in a case that is likely to lead to a showdown on the issue in the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Proponents of the ban said they would appeal the ruling, and the Protect Marriage coalition that sponsored the...

  • Right Now, Kids are Dying, Because They Are Gay

    By Ilana Angel

    September 23, 2011 | 9:42 pm

    Right now, while I write this, a child is in his or her room, crying because someone at school called them a faggot, or would not sit next to them on the bus, or they did not make a sports team, because they are gay.

    Right now, while I write this, a soldier is serving in Iraq,...

  • Preparing for Same-Gender Weddings

    June 28, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    All eyes will still be on New York in the coming weeks as the state prepares for marriage equality. I learned a lot in the run-up to wedding mania here in California in 2008, so I thought I would share some tips with those in New York.

    Clergy, officiants and recorders: Meet...

  • While gays push to marry, heterosexuals fear commitment

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 27, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    Now that the tide has turned in favor of gay marriage by America’s second most-populous state permitting it, it’s time to put the debate behind us and focus on more important things, specifically saving American marriage.

    Yes, I know. The opponents of gay marriage have been...

  • Marty Kaplan: Pessimism is the last taboo

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 27, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    It gets worse. 

    If you pay attention to the news, the prospects for the future look grim.  The new normal of high unemployment and stagnant wages will likely not turn out to be just a phase.  The next generations may indeed do worse than the ones before them.  Thanks to the...

  • In N.Y., debate over religious exemptions at issue in gay marriage bill

    June 21, 2011 | 2:42 pm

    When it comes to passing a gay marriage bill in New York State, even many supporters acknowledge that wide-reaching religious exemptions are crucial.

    After all, this is the state with the nation’s second-largest number of Catholics and largest number of religiously observant Jews,...

  • He Doesn’t Want To Be Her Gay Best Friend

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    January 7, 2011 | 9:30 am

    I was lunching with a gay friend of mine, Bentley, a few days ago at Lemonade on Abbot Kinney (if you haven’t had their watermelon-tarragon lemonade get over there asap!) and we were both complaining about a nettlesome girl, Kara, we know.  I have a very short tolerance for certain...

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