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Marriage equality the first step in the LGBTQI civil rights movement

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The Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right is a great victory for the LGBTQI community and for everyone who believes in freedom and equality for all human beings. It is a defeat for the forces of bigotry and ignorance and particularly for people who believe that freedom of religion includes the freedom to discriminate. It does not. Today is a day for joyous celebration! We are indeed making great progress. At the same time it is clear that there is so much more to do. I believe that we are at a stage in the struggle for LGBTQI rights that is analogous to where we were at in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. We…

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Wives Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman on the greatest literary marriages

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June is full of celebrations. Traditionally the “Month of Brides,” June also blossoms forth with LGBTQ Pride celebrations worldwide. Just in case that’s not enough for you, June is also one of the most famous literary months, with June 16 being the Joycean holiday “Bloomsday”, June 19 being the “Juneteenth” of Toni Morison’s great novel, and June 23 being the date of Haruki Murakami’s first ultra-marathon. (And for those of us who love great mystery writing, Dorothy Sayer’s birthday is June 8!) All of this is actually just a wonderful rationalization for my talking to married literary icons Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, about Literary Marriage and the Rather Interesting Thing on a Boat they’re doing in September. Ellen wrote award-winning literary fantasy classics including Swordspoint – the first of the…

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Pride Month: Joe Wenke Says LGBTQIA equality still a long ways off

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Well, it’s Gay Pride month and we’re also just a few weeks away from the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. I think it’s almost always a bad idea to anticipate outcomes because life is so unpredictable, but just about everyone, including every Republican candidate for president, thinks that SCOTUS will rule either that all Americans have a constitutional right to marry whomever they want regardless of gender or that all states must recognize legal marriages performed in other states. So it would seem that this is a particularly good time to step back and assess where we stand in the struggle for freedom and equality for all LGBTQIA people. What follows is what I think along with a number…

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Marriage equality nears historic ruling

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The time has come: Marriage equality gets its day in court. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in four cases collected under the name Obergefell v. Hodges. The general consensus is that same-sex marriage will earn the decision; experts are expecting a 5-4 decision upholding the right to marry in their own states, and then have that marriage recognized in other states. As the discussion and arguments surrounding this topic reach a fever pitch, everyone seems to assume the Court will affirm marriage equality. At this point, perhaps it’s just a matter of how they confirm the law and how it will be applied. As The Atlantic notes, “the reasons for a decision matter as much as the…

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