Tag Archives: LGBT History

The Lost Gay Bars Of San Francisco

From the Pop-Up Museum Of Queer History, an interesting map. I recently began a mapping project of lost San Francisco gay bars using ads from magazines, matchbooks from archives and mentions in gay papers to try and reconstruct San Francisco in the years before the epidemic. What struck me most is that —in a far more hostile era there seemed ...

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French Senate Approves Full Marriage Bill

Today the French Senate finalized its vote on same-sex marriage! The French Senate has voted to legalize same-sex marriage in France, putting a landmark bill on track to become law by summer. The vote in the upper house of parliament — led by President Francois Hollande’s Socialists — comes despite boisterous protests. Opponents — mostly conservatives and fervent Roman Catholics ...

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And Still They Danced

At tonight’s gala fundraiser marking the 30th anniversary of the NYC LGBT Community Center, the headlining honoree was DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor. Upon taking the stage, Edie led us through her 42-year relationship with her late wife, Thea Spyer, starting with their closeted courtship and through the decades until their 2007 wedding in Toronto. During her speech, Edie spoke of ...

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FRANCE: Marriage Debate Almost Done

JMG reader David in Paris sends us the translation of the above tweet from the Senate sponsor of France’s marriage equality bill: “All the articles have been voted on. From this point on, we’ll tackle additional amendments! Finish line in sight!”

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French Senate Approves Adoption Component Of Marriage Equality Bill

Tonight the French Senate approved the portion of its marriage equality bill that guarantees adoption rights to same-sex couples.  Anti-gay groups had been clinging to that aspect of the bill as their last possible chance to block final passage. Via Le Monde: Après l’adoption de l’article 1 du projet de loi sur le “mariage pour tous”, ouvrant la voie au ...

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Uruguay Finalizes Marriage Equality

Today the finishing touches on Uruguay’s marriage equality bill were made after minor changes to the original bill were reconciled between the two national legislative chambers. President Jose Mujica has promised to sign the bill and marriages should commence within a few months.

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FRANCE: Senate Approves Section One Of Marriage Bill By 179-157 Vote!

The most critical portion of France’s marriage equality bill was approved late tonight by a vote of 179-157.  Here’s how the news is reported on a French news site. Le Sénat a adopté mardi soir par 179 voix contre 157 le premier article du projet de loi sur le mariage homosexuel, le plus important, celui qui ouvre le mariage aux ...

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Lambda Legal Celebrates 40 Years

A beautiful recounting of 40 years of work.

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Margaret Thatcher In 1987

“Children who need to be taught to respect traditional moral values are being taught that they have an inalienable right to be gay. And children who need encouragement—and children do so much need encouragement—so many children—they are being taught that our society offers them no future. All of those children are being cheated of a sound start in life—yes cheated. ...

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Will Marriage Weaken LGBT Groups?

Activists for social causes often like to say that their ultimate goal is their own extinction, the end of the need for their existence.  Would full civil marriage equality mean the end of or the weakening of LGBT rights groups? Cart before the horse and all that, but today Buzzfeed cites the collapse of the movement, to some degree, in ...

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Salon’s Gay Marriage Courage-O-Meter

Posted today on Salon: Amid Supreme Court arguments this week on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, political leaders exhibiting varying degrees of courage have lined up to announce their support of marriage equality. Some just came off of reelection, meaning they won’t face voters for six years. One was a Republican prompted to change his position by ...

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Quote Of The Day – Charles Blow

“Witnessing a historic moment is such an odd and exhilarating thing. It is hard to register the full scope of it because you are chest deep in it.That is how I feel about the gay-marriage arguments made before the Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday.However the court rules on California’s Proposition 8 and the federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act, ...

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Obama On SCOTUS: No Predictions

Yesterday President Obama spoke with the nation’s two largest Spanish-language networks regarding this week’s marriage cases before the Supreme Court.  Speaking to Univision: “I never predict what the court will do. But I used to teach constitutional law, and there is certainly a strong basis for determining that in this age, given what we now know, given the changes that ...

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LGBT Museum Wants SCOTUS Signs

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TIME Magazines’s Next Cover

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Rachel Maddow On “Skim-Milk Marriage”

Great recap of yesterday.

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Teabagistan Has The DOMA Sadz

All of Teabagistan is crying the DOMA blues as demonstrated by the above headlines from World Net Daily, the New York Post, the Christian Post, the Blaze, the Daily Caller, and Fox News.

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts On His Marriage

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DOMA Transcript & Audio Released

The transcript of today’s oral arguments on DOMA has been posted. I’ll add the audio recording to this post shortly. UPDATE: Here’s the full audio.

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DOMA Supporter Has The Sadz

“It appears now that DOMA is very shaky. And while we stand for the defense of marriage as between one man and one woman, it is quite clear that that definition on the federal level is at great risk, likely by 5-4.” – Rev. Bob Schenk, head of the Evangelical Church Alliance, speaking on CNN.

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