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There Is A Lot More to the Gay Marriage Story Than What Is In Jo Becker's Book 'Forcing the Spring'

As anyone on Twitter knows, there’s some truth to the adage that there’s no such thing as bad publicity. But Jo Becker might think otherwise.

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Marriage Isn't the Economic Panacea - So Stop Shaming Unmarried Moms

This piece originally appeared on The Nation Institute website, and is reprinted here with their permission.

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How Pop Culture Influenced This Week's Proposition 8 Ruling

 If you’ve ever doubted that popular culture influences public opinion and public policy, it’s worth reading this week's decision by Judge Reinhardt striking down Proposition 8, California’s equal marriage rights ban. In it, Reinhardt looks at popular culture across time to trace the particular meaning that marriage has for us, and to explain why the alternatives states have tried to offer gay couples simply aren’t as resonant or powerful to us:

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Will Prop. 8 End California’s Democracy?

Foes of marriage equality will make a ludicrous argument before the California Supreme Court on Tuesday.  They will assert that anyone who has the money to put an initiative on the ballot in California and then sufficient funds to advertise its way to passage, whether relying on facts or fear, has special “standing” before the law. 

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Is Congress More Progressive Than Hollywood?

Who would have thought that the political capital of Washington would be ahead of the entertainment capital of Hollywood when it comes to allowing gay folks to serve openly? Just as Congress votes to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” finally permitting lesbians and gay soldiers to live their lives without hiding—well, finally, once the Pentagon actually begins implementing the newly enacted policy—Hollywood reminds its own recruits—young up-and-coming actors—that the closet is still the safest place for them if they aspire to A-list success.

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In Arizona, Is Brown the New Gay?

It is easy to be cowed by mere numbers in the immigration debate. More than 12 million undocumented people reside in the United States. But whether you are a conservative who insists on small government, a progressive who prizes due process and nondiscrimination, or someone who steers by all these principles, there is no excuse for anti-immigrant laws like SB1070 in Arizona or for losing your compass in the face of it.

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Ed Meese's Idea of "Justice" Is as Un-American as Prop H8

Proponents of Proposition 8 -- the Cali ballot initiative that rescinded the state's pioneering marriage equality law -- say that the measure doesn't violate the separation between church and state because they're not motivated by any particular religious beliefs.

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On the Eve of Big D.C. March, Leaders Argue California Should Be Patient About Same-Sex Marriage

Editor's Note: This October 10-11 weekend in Washington, D.C, thousands will join together for the National Equality March to push for equal rights for the LGBT community, such as the right to marry, donate blood and serve in the military. To participate in the march and learn more about it, visit the Equality Across America website.

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How Churches May Actually Help Gays Win the Marriage Fight

At the top of a hill in Berkeley, California -- above the city's stucco angles, crinkled palm fronds and coffee shops -- Rev. Mark Wilson is seated at a piano. Horizontal bands of evening sun pour through the stained glass to his right, dotting his forehead with pearls of sweat. He closes his eyes.

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Why Is Elton John Doing a Concert to Raise Funds For an Anti-Gay Politician?

Two politicians who have consistently voted against gay rights, Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH), will be holding fundraisers at the Elton John/Billy Joel Face2Face concert in Washington DC's Nationals Park July 11, reports PartyBlog.

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Gingrich, Huckabee Get Pro-Christian Martyrdom Movement Leader's Blessing

On Friday, June 5, 2009, at an event featuring aspiring politicians Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich that was broadcast over the global media networks of GodTV, a rising leader in the rapidly reconfiguring Christian right who has publicly called for acts of Christian martyrdom prayed over and blessed Huckabee and Gingrich: TheCall founder Lou Engle.

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