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  • Orthodox, Reform groups differ on Supreme Court’s gay marriage call

    October 10, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    Reform and Orthodox Jewish groups had opposite takes on the Supreme Court decision not to hear gay marriage cases, effectively extending the right to a majority of the states.

    “The Supreme Court’s decision to leave in place lower court rulings that have the potential to bring...

  • Massachusetts Jews reflect on a decade of marriage equality

    May 30, 2014 | 1:07 pm

    Ten years ago, shortly after midnight on May 17, 2004, a jubilant Arthur Lipkin and his longtime partner descended the stone steps of Cambridge City Hall clutching a marriage license application.

    It was a historic night of revelry and celebration, as Massachusetts became the...

  • Wolpe vs Naim: on gay marriage and barking dogs

    By Mark Paredes

    July 15, 2013 | 12:13 am

    After responding to private inquiries sent to me over the last few weeks asking for my view on the Wolpe-Naim Affair, I’ve decided to express my thoughts in this essay. In a nutshell, Conservative Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in LA recently announced that his synagogue would...

  • [Repost] Time To Sparkle (Jewish Women’s Archive)

    By Tera Greene

    July 9, 2013 | 10:16 pm

    I recently contributed a piece to the Jewish Women's Archive for LGBT Pride Month.  Here's the repost! 

    http://jwa.org/blog/time-to-sparkle

    Excerpt:

    Part I: It's All A Matter Of Perspective

    I had to do some deep and major digging the last couple of years. Transitions...

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  • A real gay marriage debate

    By David Suissa

    July 5, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    If you look at the brouhaha ignited at Sinai Temple in the wake of Rabbi David Wolpe’s announcement that he would officiate at same-sex marriages, you won’t get a good idea of what this “debate” is really about.

    That’s because incendiary language has clouded the picture.

    In an...

  • Thoughts on the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Prop 8 rulings

    By Mark Paredes

    July 2, 2013 | 12:34 am

    "By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates. Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their...

  • Aunt Trudy Will Not Be Saying Kaddish For Prop 8

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    July 1, 2013 | 2:53 pm

    The first wail of mourning that I ever heard in my life was at my great-aunt Trudy’s funeral.

    For forty-five years, Aunt Trudy had been my great-aunt Charlotte’s – what’s the word here? “Room mate?” “Apartment mate?” That’s what they were, technically – sharing a small, plainly...

  • The Arc of History is Bendy, But It Wobbles Toward Justice

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 28, 2013 | 5:47 pm

    This week, the US Supreme Court vitiated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and then ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-gender marriage, unconstitutional.  This, in my opinion, meant a step backward and then a step forward for civil rights.

    ...
  • Supreme Court issues two major rulings expanding gay rights

    June 26, 2013 | 8:24 am

    The Supreme Court upheld the federal rights of same sex couples in states that allow same sex marriages.

    The first of two rulings Wednesday struck down a key part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which mandated that federal laws abide by a definition of marriage as a...

  • U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Defense Of Marriage Act in win for gays

    June 26, 2013 | 7:27 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a central portion of a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples in a major victory for the gay rights movement.

    The ruling, on a 5-4 vote, means that legally married gay men and women are...

  • Marriage Inequality: A Struggle that is Nothing New

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    April 16, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    While researching information that pertains to the issues around gay marriage, I got a much better insight in to how the battle against marriage inequality is nothing new.  It seems to me that the present struggle over gay marriage rights is just another form of the same fight that...

  • The Supreme Court and gay marriage: no compelling secular reason to deny it

    By Mark Paredes

    April 6, 2013 | 12:39 am

    After taking the time to digest countless editorials, blog posts, and articles on the recent gay marriage cases argued at the Supreme Court, I remain convinced that there are valid religious reasons for opposing gay marriage, but no secular ones. While religious people should...

  • Why Marriage Equality is Right for Everyone

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 2, 2013 | 11:59 pm

    I have a very vivid memory of being back in 6th grade at the local elementary school in north Orange County, watching a film based on futurist Alvin Toffler’s best-selling 1970 book, Future Shock, which predicted a cyber-filled future with people feeling disoriented from, in his...

  • Pro-gay marriage leader apologizes for ‘Nazi’ comments

    October 31, 2012 | 11:43 am

    A religious outreach official for a campaign seeking marriage equality for gays in Minnesota apologized for likening opponents' tactics to those of the Nazis.

    “It was a terrible mistake to even mention Nazism in an attempt to illustrate my point, and I fully understand why many...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Thankful For Obama’s Gay [R]Evolution

    By Tera Greene

    May 10, 2012 | 12:37 am

    Follow Tera* (@djnovajade) on Twitter by clicking here.
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    THE NEWS HAS BROKEN:

    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...

  • 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:...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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