Tag: Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

Where Does Deval Patrick Stand on the Issues?

Former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts is considering an 11th-hour entry into the 2020 Democratic primary. Here’s a look at his background and where he stands on some of the major issues in the race. Growing up on Chicago’s South Side Mr. Patrick, 63, grew up in the 1950s and ’60s on Chicago’s South Side, […]

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Gay Byrne, Who Tackled Taboos as Ireland’s TV Host, Dies at 85

DUBLIN — Gay Byrne, a revered Irish radio and television personality who broke codes of silence over sexuality, abuse and hypocrisy in Ireland’s deeply conservative Roman Catholic society, died on Monday at his home in Dublin. He was 85. His death was announced by his family. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Mr. Byrne […]

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Unmarried Couples Gain in Numbers, but Survey Finds Married Ones May Be Happier

The lingering impacts of the Great Recession have contributed to a boom in the number of unmarried couples who live together, but a new survey from the Pew Research Center has found that those couples tend to be less happy than their married counterparts. The survey results, published online Wednesday, show high public support for […]

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Stop Blaming Black Homophobia for Buttigieg’s Problems!

Reducing Pete Buttigieg’s struggle to attract black support solely to black homophobia is not only erroneous, it is a disgusting, racist trope, secretly nursed and insidiously whispered by white liberals with contempt for the very black people they court and need. I have never been blind to this — the people who see black religiosity […]

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Here Comes Lindy West, and She’s Holding a Broom

THE WITCHES ARE COMING By Lindy West The writer and feminist extraordinaire Lindy West has never been one to shy away from conflict. Whether it’s confronting online trolls or debating comedians about whether rape jokes belong in the “cultural conversation,” West has long managed to balance fearlessness with vulnerability — the kind that’s a relative […]

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Being Gay Hurts Mayor Pete. It Helps, Too.

Pete Buttigieg vaulted into the top four of a crowded Democratic presidential field because he has an agile intellect, is fiercely articulate and both espouses and embodies a fresh perspective that many voters of all stripes crave. He also got there because he’s gay. He’d be the first to acknowledge that. In fact he did […]

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Northern Ireland Set to Legalize Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Traditionally conservative Northern Ireland is about to legalize both abortion and same-sex marriage, a head-snapping about-face that was imposed on the territory by the British Parliament. The changes, bitterly resisted by anti-abortion and church groups, were mandated in an amendment to a routine bill on governance of Northern Ireland that Parliament […]

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First Chick-fil-A in U.K. to Close in 6 Months Amid Protests

Just days after Chick-fil-A’s first restaurant in the United Kingdom opened and amid protests by activists about the company’s opposition to same-sex marriage, the chain said on Saturday it will close the site in six months. The Oracle, the shopping mall where the restaurant leases space, told the BBC it would not allow Chick-fil-A to […]

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Hong Kong Court Rules Against Same-Sex Unions

HONG KONG — A Hong Kong court ruled Friday against allowing same-sex unions in the city, a setback for efforts to broaden recognition of such partnerships in Asia. The decision by Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance upheld a government policy prohibiting such unions. It came five months after Taiwan’s government became the first in […]

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At CNN Equality Town Hall Activists Took the Spotlight — and the Mic

LOS ANGELES — During a nationally televised forum on Thursday focusing on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, several Democratic presidential candidates were interrupted by transgender activists who repeatedly called for more focus on the murders of African-American transgender women and said that the forum had not done enough to include their voices. Ultimately, one […]

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Andrew Scheer Has Fans. Can They Make Him Canada’s Prime Minister?

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Canada’s Conservative Party leader arrived in his campaign bus for a rally in the Toronto suburb of Brampton as a sparse crowd of about 150 milled about the venue, a largely empty parking lot. Party workers gently herded the spectators toward a small stage in a bid to make the meager turnout […]

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Thousands in Indonesia Protest Bills to Limit Rights and Ban Extramarital Sex

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Thousands of protesters gathered outside of Parliament and in cities across Indonesia on Monday urging the president, Joko Widodo, to halt legislation aimed at crippling anti-corruption efforts and sharply reducing personal freedom. Efforts by the outgoing Parliament to rush through a series of contested bills with the president’s approval before its five-year […]

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Can Someone Be Fired for Being Gay? The Supreme Court Will Decide

ATLANTA — The Supreme Court has delivered a remarkable series of victories to the gay rights movement over the last two decades, culminating in a ruling that established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. But in more than half the states, someone can still be fired for being gay. Early in its new term, on […]

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2020 Democrats Gather for L.G.B.T. Forum

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Ten presidential candidates will gather on Friday night for a forum exclusively focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, marking the first extended public discussion of their plans on the topic in the 2020 Democratic primary race. Issues of L.G.B.T.Q. equality went largely unmentioned in the Democratic debates so far […]

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New Hope, New Pain, Same Old Divorce

One of the last things I did before leaving the home we had made together was pull the five-foot portrait of our faces out of the closet. What is one supposed to do with oversized portraiture in the event of adversity? The picture was a gift, bestowed by network executives when we became the first […]

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Why People Hate Religion

You don’t hear much about Sister Norma Pimentel in the secular press. She’s not a wacko, a hypocrite, a sexual predator or a political operative. Her life’s work, she says, is guided by seeing “the presence of God” in migrant children in the shelter she oversees in the Rio Grande Valley — vulnerable souls that […]

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Coke Ad Riles Hungary Conservatives, Part of Larger Gay Rights Battle

WARSAW — By the standards of Western advertising, Coca-Cola’s billboard campaign in Hungary was pretty tame. Three couples are shown enjoying a soda, smiling and seemingly in love. One picture shows a man, a woman and a Coke; another two women and a Coke; and a third shows two men and a Coke. “Love is […]

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U.S. Couple Sues State Dept. Over Policy Denying Their Baby Citizenship

This summer, James Derek Mize and his husband, Jonathan Gregg, celebrated their daughter’s first birthday at home in Atlanta with a party that coincided with WorldPride. Dressed in a rainbow outfit, the birthday girl, Simone, did what toddlers are bound to do: Took a fleeting glance at her presents and instead found delight in her […]

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