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Opinion: Democratic Party Better Late than Never - and the GOP - on Gay Marriage

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Democrats are once again proving that they lag behind their own voters.  But they are also demonstrating that they are still leagues ahead of the Republicans.

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Opinion: Muppets Right to Stand Against Chick-Fil-A Over Gay Marriage

Friday, July 27, 2012

If there's any lesson from every Muppet adventure, it's that you shouldn't underestimate the ability of that goofy crew of lovable misfits to get things done, outsmart the bad guys and save the day. Evidently, the right-wing owners of Chick-fil-A haven't watched enough of Kermit and the gang.

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On Anniversary of NY Gay Marriage Vote, GOP Senator Has No Regrets

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A year ago this week, New York State Senator Jim Alesi, a Republican, made the politically risky move to vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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WNYC News

City Supports Suit Challenging Defense of Marriage Act

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on Wednesday said they will jointly support one widow’s challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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The Takeaway

Pastor's Support of Gay Marriage Costs Him His Congregation

Thursday, June 14, 2012

In 2005, Reverend Oliver White announced his support of gay marriage, and two-thirds of his congregation soon abandoned the church. The congregants left with their money, and in 2007, Reverend White was forced to take out a loan to keep the church afloat. Grace Community United now owes the bank $200,000, and the church is at great risk of closing its doors for good.

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Rev. Cynthia L. Hale on Race Relations Since Obama

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When he ran for President, then-Senator Barack Obama campaigned on the promise of hope. For many, that hope meant a post-racial era, one when an African-American man could lead a country with a sordid racial history. The Reverend Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, senior pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia, doesn't think America is past racism but has hope for the future.

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Rep. Barney Frank On Marriage and Retirement

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rep. Barney Frank, who will be the first member of Congress to marry a same-sex partner, discusses his upcoming wedding and retirement plans with Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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WNYC News

Fed Judge in NY Finds Marriage Law Unconstitutional

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

A Federal judge in New York has joined several other judges across the country in striking down a section of the "Defense of Marriage Act" or DOMA that denies benefits to married same-sex couples.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Gay Revolution

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Supreme Court lawyer Linda Hirshman tells the story of the gay rights movement, detailing how a dedicated and resourceful minority changed America. Her book Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution recounts the long roads that led to recent victories—from the start of modern struggle for gay rights at Stonewall in 1969 to states legalizing gay marriage, the armed services stopped enforcing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the recent ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Opinion: Obama's on Shaky Ground With Crucial Constituencies

Monday, June 04, 2012

The President should be concerned about recent polling that shows his rival gaining ground among the same groups that elected him in 2008.

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Opinion: DOMA Repeal Shows Why Courts Matter

Friday, June 01, 2012

The country is evolving quickly. Public opinion has turned. Now everyone needs to get on board or be steamrolled by history.

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Rep. Barney Frank on DOMA Ruling

Friday, June 01, 2012

A federal appeals court in Boston ruled unanimously yesterday that the controversial Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, as it discriminates against legally married same-sex couples by denying them the same federal benefits afforded to heterosexual couples. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich discusses the ruling with Congressman Barney Frank.

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Federal Appeals Court Overturns DOMA's Definition of Marriage

Thursday, May 31, 2012

In a unanimous ruling, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a key component of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. This is the first time that DOMA was found to be unconstitutional by a Federal Appeals Court.

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After Obama Endorsement, Fewer Republicans Support Gay Marriage

Thursday, May 24, 2012

After President Obama announced his personal support for legalizing gay marriage earlier this month, much of the attention has focused on how this has moved the opinions of minorities his way. A poll this week shows Republican support for gay marriage has also moved since, but it has gone the other way.   

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Opinion: Are All Civil Liberties Created Equal?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Many politicians, from Mayor Bloomberg to President Obama, want to have it both ways on civil liberties: Loosening restrictions on same-sex marriage, while pushing the limits of constitutionality on crime and terrorism.

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The Empire

Details Emerge About Council Speaker Christine Quinn's High-Profile Wedding

Friday, May 18, 2012

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is set to be married in Manhattan on Saturday — and since the likely mayoral hopeful made the announcement two months ago, the press has breathlessly covered details of the 300-person fete as they have trickled out. Here's all you need to know about it.

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Evidence Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance Won't Cost Him the Latino Vote

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The president’s marriage equality stance seems to have energized immigration activists, especially young Latino voters who have built an alliance with gay activists on pushing for immigration reform.

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WNYC News

Days After Obama's Support of Same-Sex Marriage, Congressional Group Seeks to Block DOMA Lawsuit

Monday, May 14, 2012

Just days after President Barack Obama declared his support of gay marriage, a standing body of the U.S. House of Representatives will try to block an attempt by five legally married same-sex couples to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

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The Takeaway

Are African-Americans "Evolving" on Same-Sex Marriage?

Friday, May 11, 2012

President Obama’s endorsement for gay marriage was a landmark moment for the nation, but African-Americans have historically been against the issue. Is that about to change? Rev. Delman Coates discusses ideologic and moral "evolution" of gay marriage in the African-American community. He is a pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George County, Maryland, and was among just a handful of African-American preachers in the state to support a bill this past February legalizing gay marriage.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Race and Gay Marriage

Friday, May 11, 2012

Village Voice writer Steven Thrasher discusses whether the Obama endorsement of gay marriage will shift the black vote and takes your calls on whether his endorsement shifts your view.

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