This morning, The Supreme Court ruled the federal definition of the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional. The 5-4 vote cleared the way for marriage equality in 12 states and Washington, D.C. In addition, California's Proposition 8 appeal was dismissed, making this a landmark day for gay ri ... More >>
This morning, at just a touch past 10, the Supreme Court announced its long-awaited ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, striking the law down in an uncharacteristically sweeping 5-4 ruling. In all the media analysis mumbo-jumbo since the case was argued back in February, the fundamentals of the c ... More >>
Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearings on the cases pending constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8. It is the first legal step in a process that will end in June, when the Nine is expected to release its opinion to the public - one that could have drastic effects on the ri ... More >>
Happy Pride weekend. Here's some more good news on the marriage beat to share with you this beautiful weekend here in New York. La Raza, the nation's largest Latino civil rights organization, unanimously approved a resolution supporting same-sex marriage equality, the Washington Blade reported excl ... More >>
Maybe they should have called Barack Obama the homosexual "Black Abe Lincoln." Buried in the polls showing that Obama's same-sex marriage support has had no effect on his own re-election prospects (debunking the myth that his gay support would hurt him) and that it seems to have moved "strong supp ... More >>
It's fair to call it the Obama Effect: leaders in the black community, old and young, political and cultural, are coming out of the closet to back same-sex marriage. And they are a motley crew, from the legacy NAACP, to the rapper 50 Cent, who just a couple years ago suggested that if you're a man " ... More >>
As you know, Matt Bomer came out several days ago by thanking his lover, Simon Halls, and their kids while accepting an award. Yes, he did a Jodie (though he was more specific than she was and also hopefully won't drop the ball on this and never mention it again). He also apparently did a David Hy ... More >>
Who knew this was possible? As New Jersey's Assembly just passed a marriage equality bill 41-33, this week is turning out even gayer for marriage than last week was. A couple days ago, in the happier half of A Tale Of Two Governor Chrises, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed marriage equality into law for ... More >>
With advances in same-sex marriage equality on the march in the states of Washington, Maryland and New Jersey, this week could possibly shape up to be as historically gay as last week was for the institution of marriage. To discuss what all of this state-by-state activity meant for same-sex couple ... More >>
Every day this month, Sound of the City has been publishing pieces about Philip Glass turning 75 years old, in conjunction with the Voice's cover story on the composer. Naturally, of course, this has led to an interview with Dapwell (Ashok Kondabolu) of Das Racist, who's performing Monday night at t ... More >>
We admit it. We're very interested in the goings on with same-sex marriage across the nation, but we're not attorneys here at The Village Voice. Fortunately for us, our friend Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly is (or used to be, before he gave it all up for the far better paying field of journalism). We ... More >>
Marriage equality supporters gather outside of the Stonewall Inn tonight to hail the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. There were many of the same people present who were at a rally the first time a federal court ruled the California voter ref ... More >>
Breaking update: Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly reports that the Ninth Circuit will rule on Prop 8 tomorrow, which could possibly affect marriage laws through out the nation. Washington State could pass a same-sex marriage bill as early as this week, though foes have vowed to trump it by gath ... More >>
The California Supreme Court ruled today that opponents who sued to appeal U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 ruling, which found Prop 8 to be unconstitutional, have "standing" to do so. Walker's ruling in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger would have, effectively, allowed same-sex marri ... More >>
I want to get married like I want to join the military
Ralph Richard Banks dares to wonder Is Marriage for White People?
Forget the fear of laws changing - people lined up to see him the first day he came out! So why not their spouse?Some people have asked us: If same-sex marriage is here to stay, just why exactly do couples have to get married the first day, anyway? Isn't it a waste of money for the cash-strap ... More >>
James Paul Oetken was confirmed to the United States District Court yesterday for the Southern District of New York. He was the first ever openly gay man ever appointed to the federal bench.
Esther ZuckermanAs soon as gay marriage officially passed in the New York State Senate we headed to the West Village. What we found there was not the frustrating body-to-body gridlock that impromptu city celebrations sometimes tend to yield, but instead open, elated festivities. "It's like Ne ... More >>
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has just announced that the Marriage Equality Bill will get a vote in the Senate. This comes moments after the Senate released proposed language for a "religious exemptions" amendment to the billl, which will allow religious groups and their affiliate busin ... More >>
Behind the scenes at how South Park mounted a musical missionary-position
AFTER THE JUMP: An update on the growing coalition behind marriage equality. Just who do marriage equality activists have to blow to get gay marriage in New York State? In the fall of 2009, when we asked that question, the obvious answer was the state Senate Democrats. A marriage equality ... More >>
Today's announcement that President Barack Obama's Justice Department will stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) seemed to come out of nowhere — unless you think the administration was emboldened by the election of alum Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago. ... More >>
Ring ceremony: Reid and Choi2010 was one of the gayest political years ever. Here's our take on the 10 gayest stories we reported on — throughout the five boroughs, the nation, and the world.
Return of the downtowners--new work from Tim Miller and Holly Hughes
I've heard for years about people who ingeniously use Preparation H to shrink the bags under their eyes, but I never imagined it would also be used to reduce one's waistline. So I was stunned when a dimpled male beauty contestant told me that he regularly smears his middle section in Prop. 8 ... More >>
What the networks don't ask the poster boy of the movement against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," he's happy to tell.
Ken Mehlman "is the most powerful Republican in history to identify as gay," Marc Ambinder boldly asserts in his lengthy outing of George W. Bush's campaign manager and the onetime head of the Republican National Committee. But will the new convert be welcomed with open arms in the streets of Chels ... More >>
• An appeals court put same-sex marriages on hold in California yesterday, ruling that "Proposition 8 could remain in effect while it considers the case." Oral arguments will be held the week of December 6, which means that a decision will probably not be made until sometime next year. [WP, ... More >>
Watchdog reporter Rex Wockner knows, and he's put it all down in one handy list for future husbears and bear-ents: "Same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Mexico City, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts ... More >>
Barbra Streisand released a statement about how she's been kvelling over the ruling that reversed Proposition 8, but that was yesterday. Today my mailbag shows that activist/author Larry Kramer isn't having it. Larry vividly remembers how Babs was supposed to direct a movie of his 1985 play ... More >>
Recently, the multi-instrumental Latino hip-hop rock troupe Ozomatli were appointed United States Cultural Ambassadors. They've been vocal proponents of a growing, musician-led boycott of Arizona, have written songs in support of gay awareness in the Latino community, and bear as much respons ... More >>
Just in time for Pride Weekend, the Supreme Court has booted thousands of anti-gay activists out of the closet yesterday, who were terrified of being outed as bigots. In an unusual, near unanimous 8 to 1 decision, the court ruled that people who signed a petition to repeal Washington State's "everyt ... More >>
The Internet spells doom for many long-established periodicals
Is it possible that Republicans could prove to be a closer ally?
Central Park's Bethesda Angel looked out at scores of brides wreathed in crowns of fake white hydrangea and grooms in thrift-store formalwear. "Enjoy the last two minutes of your marriage," Rev. Billy Talen of the Church of Life After Shopping yelled, as on the most romantic day of the yea ... More >>
We're not very big on this social media stuff, but many passages from the National Center for Lesbian Rights' Twitter coverage of the Prop 8 trial -- which the Supreme Court will not allow to be televised or even YouTubed -- read, especially in this context, like tragicomedy told by telegra ... More >>
Arguing about mellow indie rock, Lady Gaga, and the real grizzly bears
The New Jersey Senate voted down gay marriage today, effectively ending any hopes for marriage equality in the Garden State until at least the end of incoming Governor Chris Christie's first term in 2014. The defeat mirrors a similar blow-out in the New York State Senate last month. Both hou ... More >>
The frustrating circle-jerk in Albany.
Our e-mail box was flooded this morning with desperate pleas to call our state senator and demand that gay marriage come up for a vote during the special session of the New York state legislature called his week by Governor Paterson. But we wondered, just days after a legislative victory wa ... More >>
So Oscar winner Paul Haggis (who co-wrote and directed that screed against bigotry, Crash) recently left Scientology, prompted by their avid support of the hateful Proposition 8. And while that's a brave and admirable move, one has to wonder why it took that long for Haggis--a smart man--to ... More >>
Twitpic by limespark. Thanks to Memorial Day it was a short week, but seemed as eventful as a full one. Why is it always like that? The weekend was full of excitement, with a weak-ass Coney "festival" and a bombed Starbucks. Times Square went carless, pissing off Andrea Peyser. President Obama ... More >>
Let's stop hurling dismay at beauty pageant losers for a second, considering the fact that our own President seems to have left the gays out to float on a block of ice too. As we know, Obama used to be in favor of same-sex marriages, but then he changed that to a far more politically expedient mid ... More >>
How politics changed how we thought about music, if we thought about music at all