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Here’s How the ​Episcopal Church is Embracing Gay Marriage

The Church’s new approach to same-sex marriage follows a decade’s worth of progress for LGBT equality.

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When the Supreme Court delivered their ruling last Friday, the nation responded with rounds of applause. While some county clerks meekly resigned from their positions, most people followed SCOTUS’ lead, including the Episcopal Church. This Wednesday, Episcopalians gathered at the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City, and voted—overwhelmingly—to approve same-sex wedding ceremonies.

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Ireland Chooses Love in Historic Referendum on Gay Marriage

By a margin of nearly 2-to-1, Ireland becomes the first country on Earth to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote.

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Around 9 a.m. Saturday morning, Ireland started to count votes for its historic referendum on same-sex marriage. While most polls conducted in the past few weeks looked favorable for gay marriage advocates (about 78 percent of polled voters supported legalization), tensions were high and the outcome, uncertain. Thousands of people flew into Ireland on Friday to vote before the polls closed. At 2 p.m. today, the results were announced: over 62 percent of the population voted in favor of the referendum, making Ireland the only country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.

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Why DOMA’s Repeal is Good for Bisexuals

The night before the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I went to sleep praying my friends Lisa and Mandy would be...

The night before the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I went to sleep praying my friends Lisa and Mandy would be married once more. They married six years ago on a grassy knoll with an abundance of joy over their union. We had so much fun that day with two beautiful brides, one a bi woman and the other a lesbian.

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Obama Said He Supports Gay Marriage; Now What?

Was Obama's bold statement today a cop-out or an act of bravery? And where do we go from here?


In the interview the whole internet is talking about, President Obama finally came out in support of same-sex marriage, saying he'd "evolved" from his previous stance that marriage should be between a man and a woman. It's a great symbolic step for the country and the president, who said that he once thought civil unions would be "sufficient" for gay couples.

Then he continued: "But I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed, monogamous, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained now that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is gone because they’re not able to commit themselves in a marriage. At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think that same-sex couples should be able to get married."

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