5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 12

1. A new independent study suggests that younger gay men, aged 18 to 40, are more likely to seek out and maintain monogamous relationships compared to generations past. One possible reason for this is the newly...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 2

1. New year, new gender status on a New York birth certificate: Sara Kelly Keenan, 55, became the first person to be identified as intersex on a birth certificate. 2. The Peach State's own Georgia Prosper in...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Dec. 28

1. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, women who identify as sexual minorities are three times more likely to face incarceration than that of the US adult population. The ra...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Aug. 31

1. An interview was unearthed of Donald Trump's campaign CEO calling progressive women “dykes.” 2. The Advocate dives into the battle over the .GAY namespace. 3. This lesbian dating app has 325 different ...
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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)

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National Organization for Marriage struggles post-New York

National Organization for Marriage logoThe National Organization for Marriage sent out an email to its supporters last week asking for funds to help combat the reelection efforts of seven New York senators, all of whom voted to legalize same-sex marriage, in the upcoming 2012 elections. NOM has pledged $2 million to “oppose pro-SSM legislators” in the coming election.

NOM is targeting Republicans and Democrats who voted in favor of marriage equality as part of a three-phase plan to put the marriage debate back on the table.

Via NOM's website:

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Augusta Pride draws thousands to second annual fest

Kristine W. performs at Augusta Pride

Last night's victory for gay marriage in New York was on the minds of many who packed the Augusta Commons today for the second annual Augusta Pride festival. But amid the repeated calls for marriage equality here in Georgia, it was the personal stories of love and commitment that sent the loudest message.

Under sweltering early afternoon sun, more than two dozen gay and lesbian couples filled the Augusta Pride stage for the festival's first public commitment ceremony. Many were in tears as they said their vows, declaring that "love not law has the final authority."

"This year our theme is 'Love Wins,' and with our particular relationship, love has been exactly what's won," said Dan Leonard, who serves on the Augusta Pride board and wed his partner of five years, Terry Ledford, during the ceremony.

"I found out three weeks after we met that I was [HIV] positive and Terry stood by me through it all," said Ledford, as both men broke down in tears. "I found out six months after that that I had renal cancer. He's been there through that. And just recently I've fought my way through anal cancer, and he's been there through that."