Recent Wins for LGBTQ Families

March arrived like the proverbial lion with a wave of good news for LGBTQ families. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill Feb. 19 expanding the state’s paid family leave law in a number of ways, incl...
Cynthia Nixon

5 LGBTQ things you need to know today, March 20

1. The Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actress Cynthia Nixon, best known by many as Miranda from "Sex and the City," has announced she is running against incumbent Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York in t...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 20

1. Six people resigned from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS last week, claiming the Trump administration has no strategy in place to handle the ongoing HIV epidemic, and the administration looks t...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, July 15

1. The legal fight over transgender bathroom rights has reached the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time. 2. California just passed the nation's first law requiring public schools to include prominent LGBT ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 28

1. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he signed an executive order to establish a new LGBT Memorial Commission that will help build a monument in New York City honoring the LGBT community, including the ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 30

1. "This legal flip-flopping is not good for Indiana because it creates uncertainty and undermines the rule of law and the power of legal authority.” A federal appeals court has issued a stay that put on hold a...
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New York becomes sixth state with marriage equality

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs into law same-sex marriage

Kirsten Ott Palladino and Maria Palladino were among the thousands around the country who watched live online June 24 as the New York Senate voted 33-29 to legalize same-sex marriage. The Atlanta couple got engaged in New York City, both have parents from New York, and they have visited every year.

Their next trip may have an extra item in the itinerary.

“Maria and I do plan on making our union legal in New York, likely this year,” Kirsten Palladino said. “The celebration will be very small in comparison to our Georgia wedding, but that may have more to do with the fact that we just welcomed twin boys into our lives this year than anything else.”

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Outspoken: Katy Perry, Matilda Cuomo, FIFA and more

“NEW YORK! I [love] U! You’re OFFICIALLY the coolest place on the planet!”

— Pop star Katy Perry, via Twitter, reacting to the New York Senate vote to legalize same sex marriage. (MTV News, June 25)

“Not that doing the right thing should be a matter of public opinion, but support for marriage equality is climbing toward the majority. Voices of fear are being shouted down, winds of change are blowing and we approach a crossroads of possibility where the need for leadership is critical. Two words of advice, then, for President Obama: Evolve faster.”

— Syndicated Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, on how President Obama needs to speak out for marriage equality now (Daily Camera, July 4)