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Yahoo! Parenting: Daughter of Two Moms Comes Out Against Gay Marriage

A South Carolina woman’s new essay about being raised by her lesbian mom contains a surprising revelation: she opposes marriage equality. “Gay community, I am your daughter. My mom raised me with her same-sex partner back in the ’80s and ’90s,” writes Heather Barwick, a 31-year-old mother of four, in The Federalist. “I’m writing to you because I’m […]

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WATCH: Family Equality Council Honors Glee, Modern Family and the Normalization of LGBT Families

It’s hard to imagine it now but on March 1, 1994, ABC aired the highly controversial episode of Roseanne in which Roseanne Barr kissed Mariel Hemingway. Eight days later, ABC launched These Friends of Mine, starring Ellen DeGeneres, in which both the actress and the character came out three years later. The gay envelope was pushed in 1998 with Will & Grace on NBC. Glee on Fox […]

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Glee Stars Perform At Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner

The event was hosted by Sandra Bernhard, and included performances from Maxine Nightingale, Cheyenne Jackson and Glee cast members Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Chord Overstreet, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum, Becca Tobin and Alex Newell. Also in attendance were Lance Bass, Matt Bomer, Shannon Beador, Beau Bridges, Jason Collins, Wilson Cruz, Eileen Davidson, Camille Grammer, Max Greenfield, Ty Herndon, Dot Marie Jones, Michelle Lee, Steve […]

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Washington Times: Gay couples’ children oppose same-sex marriage, tell of unpleasant upbringings

Most of the children of gays and lesbians who have filed court briefs in same-sex marriage cases say their parents’ inability to marry has deprived them of legal protections and hampered them from living their otherwise typical lives. But four adult children of gay parents — acting as a “quartet of truth,” according to their […]

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Op-ed: The Gift of Adoption

Adoption is a process that is still inaccessible to many, leaving countless children without families. My son is precious. When my husband and I adopted him in 2008 we couldn’t begin to understand just how much joy he would bring to our lives in New York City. As I look across the kitchen table each […]

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Let Love Define Family: Recognizing Equality

Nine years ago when I walked into my first fost-adoption training here in California, I was welcomed to build a family. However, I also understood that the family I created would have to face a different set of rules. At the time, I wanted to have children so badly that I accepted that the family […]

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LGBTQ Plight Highlighted During National Adoption Month

Family Equality Council has announced its 2014 “Allies for Adoption” Campaign to coincide with National Adoption Month in November. The initiative will draw attention to the obstacles LGBTQ people confront when trying to secure legal ties for their families. In the majority of states across the country, LGBTQ people encounter barriers when trying to adopt […]

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LA Times: Houston mayor says daughter was denied driver’s test because she has two moms

The daughter of Houston Mayor Annise Parker was briefly denied the chance to take a driving test this week because her birth certificate and other documentation indicated she has two mothers, the mayor said. … “Instances like this, especially when they happen to people as prominent and important to our country as Mayor Parker and […]

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Blau: Children’s voices illustrated need for marriage equality

By Gabriel Blau Attorney General Eric Holder recently said the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages — following the Supreme Court’s decision not to review three appeals court rulings overturning marriage bans. Beyond Holder’s action, I was moved by his words: “Within hours of the decision, same-sex couples in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin […]

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Op-ed: How the Voices of Children Have Helped Turn the Tide on Marriage Equality

I was heartened to see Friday’s statement by Attorney General Eric Holder announcing that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages happening in the states affected by the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to review three federal appeals court’s rulings that overturned marriage bans for same-sex couples. Beyond Holder’s action itself I was struck by […]