Off to the White House Easter Egg Roll!

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I’m very excited. My family and I got tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll this year, so we’re heading down to D.C. this weekend for the chance to tumble ovoids around the president’s lawn.

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LGBT Parenting Roundup

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Here are a few items I haven’t mentioned elsewhere, including a blended family profile, the perspective of the teen daughter of plaintiffs in a marriage equality lawsuit, two happenings in New Zealand, and the Argentinian president honoring a lesbian couple at their child’s Roman Catholic baptism.

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How Gay Dads and Their Kids Triggered Administration Shift on Marriage Equality

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Two gay dads and their kids played a small but significant role in the evolution of President Obama and his administration on marriage equality.

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New Campaign Aims for Tax Equity for Same-Sex Couples, Parents

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April 15 has come and gone, and even though many same-sex couples can now pay as “Married,” many others, especially parents, still do not get the family tax benefits of different-sex married couples. A new campaign from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hopes to change that.

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Classic Film About Lesbian Mothers Now on DVD

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The Fosters, ABC Family’s drama about two moms raising their five children, ended its very successful first season at the end of March. But The Fosters — and many real-life two-mom families — owe a debt of gratitude to a film that premiered 30 years ago and is now newly remastered and available on DVD: Choosing Children, the first documentary to look at lesbians who became parents after coming out.

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Moses Has Two Mommies

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Tonight is the first night of Passover, when Jews around the world gather to celebrate freedom from slavery in Egypt, under the leadership of a man who had two mommies.

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A Day of Silence Loud and Clear

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Today is the Day of Silence, when students from middle school to college take some form of a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment. Once again, the day reminds me both of the challenges that still remain for LGBTQ youth and those with LGBTQ parents and of the amazing strides they’ve made since I was that age.

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Even Utah Backs Away from Discredited Same-Sex Family Study

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Remember Mark Regnerus, the University of Texas at Austin Sociology professor whose work showing children don’t do as well with same-sex parents has been widely discredited? Even the State of Utah, which is defending its ban on marriage for same-sex couples today in court, has backed away from his findings.

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Watch: Utah Moms Share Their Love Story

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Here’s your daily dose of adorable. Candice and Megan are a couple living in Utah with their baby daughter, who just radiates cuteness. In the video below, they share their feelings for each other, how they got married during the brief window for same-sex couples in Utah, and what marriage means to them as moms.

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Love and Taxes

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My spouse and I just sent in our first federal tax form as a married couple. It might be the happiest I’ve ever been turning in a tax form.

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A Mormon Sister, a Lesbian Sister, and a Happy Ending

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Here’s your must-read pair of essays for the day, by two sisters: one an observant Mormon and one a lesbian activist. Oil and water? Only at first.

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