DOMA IN A COMA
The morning after Sam proposed to me last August during a trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon, we sat at breakfast and I stared at the sparkling diamond on my left hand. I sipped my coffee and occasionally shifted my gaze away from my ring, squealing to Sam as I looked around the restaurant at Read More
DOMA IN A COMA
While the Supreme Court decision went Edie Windsor’s way Wednesday, there are still a few lingering questions.
Can Ms. Windsor get the $363,053 she paid for her widow’s estate back?
The IRS isn’t saying. But according to her attorney’s law firm, the answer is yes.
“Every penny,” Roberta Kaplan, who has represented Read More
When the New York State Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage on June 24, 2011, I was sitting on the couch with my then-boyfriend, Erik, watching the proceedings on television. We kissed, and then we walked down to Christopher Street, where the happy, sweaty, remarkably family-friendly celebrations were in full swing.
We wandered past some bars, we ran into some friends, and eventually we came back to my apartment, at which point—this is to the best of my recollection, with the caveat that my recollection may not be entirely accurate—we had a screaming fight. (I’d wanted to stay out and see more friends; he’d wanted to go home and be together. Extrovert, meet introvert.)
Before that night, we’d talked about marriage here and there, not so much in the context of “the state should validate our relationship” or even “does this make sense for the two of us?” but rather, homosexually, in terms of “this hotel would be so cute” and “matching ties or coordinated?” Now, for the first time, as New Yorkers, a wedding was a real, legal possibility. By the next spring, and the next nuptial season, we’d split.
On Wednesday morning, Sean Brooks and his husband and partner of nearly ten years, Steven Infante, were gathered in an office with their attorneys, family members and a sheaf of legal documents. It would be the second time that the couple appeared before a judge to petition for a green card for Mr. Infante. Otherwise, Read More
Today the United States Supreme Court issued a monumental pair of rulings to expand gay rights, deeming section three of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law denying federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, unconstitutional.
The justices found in favor of Edie Windsor, who sued the federal government for failing Read More
The Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling today, rendering the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Per the Court’s decision, existing gay marriages will now be legally recognized by the federal government, granting same-sex couples the legal benefits guaranteed in marriage for the first time. Here, we’ve rounded up the most heartfelt responses from the Twitter-verse Read More
Does The New Republic editor at large Michael Kinsley think he invented the idea of gay marriage? It sure sounds like it. Mr. Kinsley published an article in last week’s issue of TNR in which he explains that it’s okay for people to be uncomfortable with gay marriage, since it’s only been around for a couple decades. And he should know, he wrote, since he introduced the world to the idea of gay marriage back in 1989.
“The first known mention of gay marriage is an article (“Here Comes the Groom” by Andrew Sullivan) commissioned by me and published in this magazine in 1989. And I would bet that there is no one born before 1989, gay or straight, who didn’t, when he or she first heard the idea, go, whaaa?”
Summer is a horrible time for the unmarried. How many days do we have to take off of work to travel to a friend’s destination wedding? How many holidays are spent not relaxing on a beach, but en route to a last-minute hotel, where you’ll spend the long weekend making small talk with people you don’t really know?
Ugh. Weddings. That’s why Rosie O’Donnell did it right: The 50-year-old actress, who was supposed to marry fiancée Michelle Rounds this month, was secretly hitched earlier this summer.
The summer of same-sex weddings! Couples that have used the year since marriage equality was legalized in New York to pick the perfect caterer have included Christine Quinn and fiancée, Thomas Roberts and fiancé–and now pop singer Rufus Wainwright and his love, theater producer Jorn Weisbrodt.
Bristol Palin, daughter of former prominent American Sarah Palin, put her name to a blog post today wherein she criticizes Barack Obama for allowing the experiences of his children to inform his politics. “So let me get this straight,” writes Ms. Palin, “it’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my Read More