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Gay Marriage Battle

Gay Marriage Battle : Politics
President Obama made history on Jan. 21, becoming the first president to say the word "gay" in an inaugural address.

Obama's second inaugural: The most important gay-rights speech ever?

The nation's 44th president is the first to say the word "gay" in an inaugural address — and equated the gay-rights battle to the historic struggles of blacks and women

Gay Marriage Battle : The Bullpen
Dana Liebelson

Dana Liebelson: The Supreme Court takes on gay marriage rights today: 4 things you need to know

SCOTUS may take on cases that decide important issues relating to same-sex marriage, but the court will not rule on whether it should be legal nationwide

Gay Marriage Battle : Opinion Brief
A protester waves a gay pride flag outside a Chick-fil-A restaurant during a nationwide "kiss-in" on Aug. 13.

Will Chick-fil-A face a backlash for not opposing gay marriage?

Gay rights activists boycotted over the company's donations to anti-same-sex marriage groups. Now that Chick-fil-A has backed down, will conservatives revolt?

Gay Marriage Battle : Winners and Losers
On "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," conservatives like Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee ate at the fast food joint to show their support for the company president's stance against same-sex marriage.

Chick-fil-A vs. gay-rights advocates: Winners and losers

Thousands of gay-marriage opponents lined up at the fast food joint on "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." But will gay-rights groups get the last laugh?

Gay Marriage Battle : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: Rahm Emanuel, Chick-fil-A, and the easy slide into fascism

Several big-city mayors have tried to bully an honest business owner for holding firm to his Christian faith. They ought to be ashamed of themselves

Gay Marriage Battle : Fact Sheet
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie pledged $2.5 million in support of gay marriage in Washington state.

Jeff Bezos' $2.5 million gay-marriage pledge: 4 takeaways

The Amazon boss shows his support for a gay former colleague by filling the war chest of liberals in Washington state

Gay Marriage Battle : Opinion Brief
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chick-fil-A's stance against gay marriage is not compatible with "Chicago values."

Is Rahm Emanuel bullying Chick-fil-A over gay marriage?

The mayor of Chicago is blocking the chicken chain from opening a store in the city — provoking cries that he's violating the owner's First Amendment rights

Gay Marriage Battle : Instant Guide
A boy and his father at a gay pride parade in 2001: A new study that attempts to make a case against gay adoption is drawing criticism for its problematic methodology.

The new 'evidence' that kids with gay parents fare worse: Fraudulent?

A report claiming that children of gay parents suffer more than children of heterosexual couples is roundly derided as deeply flawed

Gay Marriage Battle : Burning Question
With more than half of Americans under 34 openly supporting gay marriage, some Republicans are trying to encourage a more moderate GOP stance on the issue.

The new pro-gay Republican super PAC: A game-changer?

A powerful GOP donor wants to help socially moderate politicians voice support for gay marriage without suffering a backlash from the far-right base

Gay Marriage Battle : The List
A man wears a "Dump DOMA" pin during a Senate panel hearing last year: A federal appeals court in Boston finally did dump the Defense of Marriage Act on Thursday.

Striking down the Defense of Marriage Act: 5 takeaways

A federal appeals court says the law — which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman — is unconstitutional. Next stop, Supreme Court?

Gay Marriage Battle : Opinion Brief
President Obama speaking at the Human Rights Campaign dinner: African Americans appear to be sticking by the president since he announced his support of gay marriage.

Did Obama trigger a rise in black support for gay marriage?

Polls suggest that instead of turning on President Obama, many African Americans are following his lead, and abandoning their opposition to same-sex marriage

Gay Marriage Battle : Controversy
NAACP CEO Ben Jealous during an annual convention last year: "Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law," Jealous said in a weekend statement.

The NAACP's gay-marriage endorsement: Is black homophobia overstated?

The powerful civil rights organization's Ben Jealous joins other influential black voices — including President Obama and Jay-Z — and strongly backs gay rights

Gay Marriage Battle : Opinion Brief
Discriminating against gays is "no different than discriminating against blacks," Jay-Z said this week. "It's discrimination, plain and simple."

Jay-Z's gay marriage endorsement: More influential than Obama's?

The rap mogul with a history of anti-gay lyrics does a 180 — a turnaround that may prove more meaningful to black voters than the president's years-long evolution

Gay Marriage Battle : The Bullpen
Robert Shrum

Robert Shrum: Obama's gay-marriage endorsement is a moral and political win

Pundits are eager to pontificate on how supporting same-sex marriage will cost Obama in November. They couldn't be more wrong

Gay Marriage Battle : Fact Sheet
A T-shirt promoting equality in the Human Rights Campaign store in San Francisco: President Obama's support of same-sex marriage isn't likely to matter much, either electorally or legislatively, critics say.

4 reasons Obama's gay-marriage support is pure symbolism

Obama bestows presidential support on the gay-marriage movement — but it's not likely to change much on the ground

Gay Marriage Battle : Opinion Brief
President Obama was slow to the punch on same-sex marriage, even slower than former Vice President Dick Cheney, who said in 2009: "I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish."

Obama's gay-marriage stance: Is he leading from behind?

President Obama makes history by coming out in support of same-sex marriage — something that other politicians, like Dick Cheney, did years ago

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