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  • Column: Arguments Against Gay Marriage Are Laughable at Best

    Last month I had the privilege of traveling to Chicago to hear oral arguments at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the federal cases challenging marriage discrimination in Indiana and my home state of Wisconsin. It was my first time inside a federal courtroom, and as most readers will probably know, what transpired that day was nothing short of remarkable: a three-judge panel led by Judge Richard Posner, a Reagan appointee, utterly shredded the anti-gay arguments put forth by attorneys from both states. It was perhaps marriage equality’s best day in court to date (other than DOMA Decision Day in 2013, of course).

  • Column: Hey Pam Bondi, Stop Defending Discrimination

    As I sat down to write this week’s column, a wonderful news alert flashed across my screen: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling striking down Virginia’s marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional. The court held that the fundamental right to marriage includes the right for gays and lesbians to marry the person they love, and that that fundamental right supersedes state-level efforts to deny same-sex couples the freedom to marry.

  • Column: Yes, Michael Sam Did Not Get Picked Because of Homophobia

    Michael Sam, a Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year and the first openly gay NFL draft pick in history, was cut by the St. Louis Rams last Saturday.

  • Column: Your Cynicism Is Not Helpful

    I’d like you, dear reader, to picture a series of hypothetical events. Imagine that something gallingly anti-gay happens; for example, voters in Chattanooga repeal a non-discrimination ordinance, or a lesbian Catholic schoolteacher gets fired after coming out of the closet, or a Florida pastor cancels a man’s funeral after finding out he was gay and married to another man. Disgusted, people take to blogs and social media to vent their frustration and (rightfully) condemn the perpetrators for harassing, abusing or discriminating against LGBT people. Before long though, some contrarian invariably chimes in with “What did you expect?” or “Is anyone really surprised this happened?”

  • OpEd: Holding Hands Can Change the World

    Every so often, life has a funny way of smacking us upside the head and reminding us of what really matters. For me, one such moment came at the beginning of this month, with the arrival of Andrey and Igor.

  • Solution to ‘Tranny’ Debate: Stop Using the Word

    These days, one of the easiest and quickest ways to anger a room full of queers is to bring up the subject of legendary drag queen and television star RuPaul Charles.