The Plum Line: gay rights


Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 11/07/2013

Slowly but surely, gay rights moves forward

The Senate passes a bill outlawing anti-workplace discrimination. Eventually, the House GOP will follow.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:00 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 11/05/2013

On ENDA, it will take a long, hard struggle to break House GOP

Gay advocates plot their next moves.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:59 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 11/04/2013

House GOP regresses on gay rights

Two Republican leaders -- Paul Ryan and NRCC chair Greg Walden -- voted for ENDA in 2007. Yet now it may not even get a vote at all.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:01 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 11/04/2013

House Republicans set to kill ENDA?

Moderate GOP Rep. Charlie Dent calls on John Boehner to allow a vote, but it may not happen.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:13 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 10/31/2013

The last remaining obstacle for ENDA: Religious liberty?

A Senate vote nears on ending anti-gay workplace discrimination.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:51 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 10/28/2013

For Republicans, a big test on gay rights

Will Republicans really stand in the way of ending gay workplace discrimination?

By Greg Sargent  |  02:01 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 07/10/2013

GOP opposition to gay workplace equality will do wonders for that `makeover'

The coming debate over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act gives the GOP another shot to revive that "makeover" that has fallen by the wayside.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:12 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 06/26/2013

A key tell in the Supreme Court's DOMA decision

Today may have been a better day than we know for the future of gay civil rights in America.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:52 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 06/26/2013

A whole new era for gay rights and human decency

Today's Supreme Court victory may help put gay marriage bans on the path to extinction.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:45 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 06/19/2013

GOP will broadly oppose gay marriage for foreseeable future

Yes, Lisa Murkowski came out for marriage equality. But when it comes to the GOP, she is the exception.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:39 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Is this the year to end anti-gay workplace discrimination?

Expect Obama to ratchet up calls on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:11 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Dems may still challenge GOP on gay immigration rights

The battle to insert protections for gay married couples into the immigration bill is not over.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:45 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Don't expect the GOP to change on gay rights anytime soon

An Illinois Republican is forced to resign after coming out in support of gay marriage -- further evidence of the superficiality of that GOP "makeover."

By Jamelle Bouie  |  12:05 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Why gay groups should keep fighting on immigration

More pressure for LGBT protection in the bill could paradoxically make it more likely to pass later.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:34 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Jason Collins vaults over a gay rights barrier

By becoming the first openly gay player in major team sports, Collins paves the way for other gays and lesbians to pursue sports careers.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:41 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Why Republicans won't support marriage equality anytime soon

Senator Rob Portman's approval dips after he comes out for gay marriage -- a reminder that it still alienates a key chunk of the GOP base.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:39 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 04/12/2013

After recognizing need to evolve on gay rights, GOP fails to evolve on gay rights

The RNC -- which recently acknowledged the need to evolve on gay rights -- has now reaffirmed that opposition to gay marriage remains party dogma.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:53 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Same-sex marriage, yes, but what about ENDA?

Could the Employment Non-Discrimination Act actually pass during the current divided Congress?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:29 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights, United States Senate

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 04/02/2013

Another step forward for gay equality

Senator Mark Kirk's support for gay marriage is significant for what it says about government's power to exclude gays from the institution of marriage.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:57 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 03/28/2013

On LGBT equality, there still lots of work to do

Even with the big strides in support for gay marriage, LGBT Americans have a long way to go before getting their full due as citizens.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:34 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 03/27/2013

A mixed day before the Supreme Court

It looks as if DOMA will be struck down, but the Court has still not given any indication of whether it will give gay advocates the tool they'd hoped for to continue the war.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:31 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Republicans know they have a problem on gay marriage

House Republicans defending DOMA in court seem oddly reluctant to discuss the issue in public.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Profiles in courage: Dems rush to endorse gay marriage before it's too late

Sherrod Brown, who may be the only red or swing state Senator to vote against DOMA in 1996, reflects on how much the country has changed.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Gay rights advocates give conservative SCOTUS justices a hard push

In making their case for a broad ruling against Prop 8, opponents reach deep into the history of discrimination in this country and ask Justices to do something big.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:25 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Among Republicans, a generational divide on gay marriage

A new poll finds that a plurality of young Republicans supports gay marriage -- still more evidence that the country is evolving, even as the GOP fails to evolve along with it.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:53 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Will SCOTUS transform the national landscape on gay rights?

A broad ruling would hasten the transformation of the country into a place where full equality is the law of the land everywhere -- a transformation that now looks inevitable.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:49 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 03/18/2013

A good start on that GOP makeover? Evolve on gay marriage.

A new poll finds that gay marriage is even more popular among the key voter groups Republicans need to stop alienating than it is among the public at large.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:37 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Another big, bold stroke for gay rights

The government's argument against Prop 8 is sweeping and makes it more likely that other laws gay marriage may soon be put on the path to extinction.

By Greg Sargent  |  07:22 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Obama administration set to do right thing on Prop 8?

The President offers his most expansive comments yet on whether his administration will weigh in on the case.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:23 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 02/19/2013

How Obama can make history on gay rights

If the Obama Justice Department weighs in on the Prop 8 case, it would be a powerful follow through to the historic words he spoke about gay civil rights during his Inaugural Address.

By Greg Sargent  |  05:02 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Thirty-seven senators urge Obama to act on gay workplace rights

Obama could act right now to end workplace discrimination against untold numbers of gay, lesbian and transgendered Americans.

By Greg Sargent  |  10:38 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Gay marriage opponents falsely claim Obama as an ally

Another reason Obama should submit a brief in the SCOTUS case declaring Prop 8 unconstitutional.

By Greg Sargent  |  02:35 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 01/22/2013

How Obama can turn words about gay marriage into action

Obama's Justice Department should weigh in on whether Prop 8 is unconstitutional -- which could be a game changer.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:03 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Tea Party Republicans favor spending taxpayer money on anti-gay discrimination

How many supposedly fiscally conscious, Constitution-loving Tea Party Members of the House favor spending money battling DOMA?

By Greg Sargent  |  11:46 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay rights, john boehner, Republicans

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 12/21/2012

James Hormel: I question the sincerity of Chuck Hagel's 'so-called apology'

An anti-gay quote from 1998 threatens to derail Chuck Hagel's nomination.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:01 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  chuck hagel, department of defense, gay rights

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Why Obama must weigh in again on gay marriage

Obama needs to clarify that he believes the right gay marriage is protected by the constitution -- and to prepare the public to accept this idea, too.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:40 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Gay marriage, gay rights, Proposition 8, Supreme Court

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Why SCOTUS hearing gay marriage cases is such a big deal

The outcomes could set the overall Constitutional boundaries on gay marriage for a generation or more.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:03 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay marriage, gay rights, Supreme Court