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Texas Teen with Two Moms Speaks Out for Marriage Equality

Mason Marriott-Voss

Texas is not the most progressive of states, as most of us know. All the more reason, then, to admire 16-year-old Mason Marriott-Voss, who spoke recently about his two moms to a Freedom to Marry town hall at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin.


Top 10 Quotes About Children from Marriage Equality Judges

Scales of Justice

Here are some of the best statements about children and same-sex parents from the judges ruling on marriage equality this year. They made me cheer — and sometimes laugh with delight.


Does Your State Ban Talk of LGBTQ Issues in Classrooms?

Don't Erase Us

I wrote yesterday about anti-LGBT discrimination in schools — and was happy to learn later about a new campaign to address “no promo homo” laws that forbid discussion of LGBT issues in classrooms.


Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Education, from Preschool On


A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) highlights anti-LGBT discrimination in education, from preschool through college.


Reading on Racism

Black Lives Matter

I’ve been continuing to read many articles written lately about the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Jr. and others, and about racism in our country generally. Here are a few I’ve found particularly insightful.


Facing Injustice for Eric Garner


I’m furious today and thinking about race. Barely a week after a grand jury in Missouri refused to indict a White police officer in the shooting death of a Black teen, a grand jury in New York refused to indict a White police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner, a Black man and father of six.


Nearly 14,000 More Kids Now in States Where Parents Can Marry


Marriage equality is continuing to sweep through the South, and the latest spate of federal rulings mean that nearly 14,000 more children of same-sex parents now live in states where their parents can marry.


Wishing Peace for Ferguson and Racial Justice Everywhere


I am angry, and sad, and frustrated today. My thoughts are with the people of Ferguson, Missouri, especially the family of Michael Brown, as a grand jury chose not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer charged in the shooting death of the teen. Let us not forget that we must all continue to work together for racial justice.


A Veterans Day for All

American Flag

Not only is today Veterans Day, but this month is Military Family Month. I’m celebrating my favorite veteran, my spouse (who shared her story last Veterans Day), but also thinking about the currently serving military families among my extended family and friends.


Watch: Two Moms and Daughter on “Who We Are As Southerners”

Alabama moms - Freedom to Marry

Jessica and Chi are two moms living in Alabama with their seven-year-old daughter. They married in Connecticut last year, but their marriage is not recognized by the state where they live, work, and go to church. Watch them tell their story.


Pregnant Woman with Dying Partner Pleads to Marry

Liz Molina and Joan Rodriguez

Liz Molina is dying of cervical cancer. Her partner Joan Rodriguez is pregnant with their son, but it is unclear if Liz will live to see his birth in November. Even if she does, her name will not appear on his birth certificate, and he will not be entitled to any legal benefits — they live in Florida, and the two women cannot marry.


For Same-Sex Parents in Military, Challenges Remain

American Flag

Marriage equality is sweeping the nation (32 states and counting!), and LGB people have been able to serve openly in the U.S. military since 2011. Same-sex military parents and their children still face challenges, however.


How Many Children Could Be Affected by New Marriage Equality Laws This Week?


With same-sex couples tying the knot this week in Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming, it’s time to look at the numbers once again. How many children in these states could be impacted?


Marriage Equality Rulings Lead to Expansion of Adoption Rights


The glorious spate of rulings in favor of marriage equality last week is also leading to an expansion of adoption and second-parent adoption rights.


Colorado Lesbian Moms Wed Each Other for 4th Time; Son Says, “Again?”

The Simons testifying in support of civil unions in 2012 (Courtesy of One Colorado)

Colorado lesbian moms Fran and Anna Simon have married/civil unioned/committed to each other four times. Their seven-year-old son is a little tired of all the fuss.


What the Latest Marriage Equality Ruling Says About Same-Sex Parents

Las Vegas

What a week! Same-sex couples can now marry in Idaho and Nevada, adding to the boatload of states that have gained marriage equality in the past few days. Let’s look at what the latest court decision said about children.


Over 31,000 Children Could Be Impacted By New Marriage Equality Landscape

Photo credit: Michael Prudhomme

Over 31,000 children being raised by same-sex couples live in states that could soon have marriage equality, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined yesterday to hear any pending marriage equality cases.


Next U.S. Attorney General Could Be a Lesbian Mom — or Father of a Lesbian Daughter

Jenny Durkan

Jenny Durkan, the U.S. attorney for Western Washington, is the first openly LGBT U.S. attorney and also a mom. She’s rumored to be a possible choice for the next U.S. attorney general now that Eric Holder is stepping down — but another likely nominee is the supportive father of a lesbian daughter.


Watch: Video Poem Celebrates Marriage Equality


I can think of no better way to start today than with this video of U.S. Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco’s new poem, “Until We Could.” It captures the spirit of the fight for marriage equality — but more than that, it captures the spirit of marriage.


Why Marriage Equality Does and Doesn’t Matter

Photo credit: Michael Prudhomme

My further thoughts on some of the latest marriage equality rulings, originally published in my Mombian newspaper column.


Texas Candidate Touts His Two Moms in Campaign Video


David Rosen is running for treasurer of the most populous county in Texas. In his latest campaign video, he explains how his two moms, retired public schoolteachers, inspired him to serve his community.


Lesbian Teacher Says Catholic School Fired Her for “Nontraditional” Pregnancy


A lesbian teacher at an all-girls Catholic school in Michigan says she was fired because her pregnancy is “nontraditional.” Thousands have rallied to her cause — but she is not the only lesbian teacher to be fired recently by the Catholic Church over a pregnancy. Funny for a church founded on a nontraditional pregnancy.


Judge Continues Acerbic Defense of Same-Sex Parents in Marriage Decision

Wisconsin State Seal

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that same-sex couples in Wisconsin and Indiana have the right to marry. My spouse and I met in Wisconsin (although we don’t live there anymore), so I’m especially pleased by this win. Making it even better was reading the ruling of Judge Richard Posner, who had grilled marriage equality opponents mercilessly during the hearing. Read on for highlights of his delightfully snarky decision.


Judge Is Scathing to Marriage Equality Opponents on Matter of Children


As a general rule of life, I try not to gloat. But yesterday’s arguments in the federal marriage equality case in Indiana and Wisconsin were so overwhelmingly on the side of same-sex couples and our children that I can’t help but feel a little smug. One judge was particularly scathing in his questions to marriage equality opponents.


Virginia Aunts Still Waiting to Become Moms


Two Virginia women who want to be moms are practicing by being awesome aunts. Why aren’t they taking steps to become parents? They’re waiting until both can be legal mothers to their child in their state. The U.S. Supreme Court is (so far) not helping.