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Carol Schall and Mary Townley, two of the plaintiffs in Bostic v. Schaefer, outside the District Court in Norfolk in February

Fourth Circuit Hears Virginia Marriage Case

FAMILY | By John Riley | May 15
A panel of three judges in Richmond’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments on May 13 in the case of Bostic v. Schaefer, challenging Virginia’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Calif. Assembly Passes Bill Revamping Birth Certificates

FAMILY | May 8
Lawmakers in the Assembly have approved a bill that updates birth certificates to reflect the status of same-sex parents.

Strong Families Launches Nationwide ’Mamas Day’ Campaign

FAMILY | By EDGE | May 5
E-card campaign celebrates the diversity of motherhood.

Dr. Katherine Parkin poses for The Associated Press with one of her vintage leap year postcards at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. Dr. Parkin’s postcards depict images ridiculing women who would propose as aggressive and unattractive

If it’s OK for women to propose, why don’t they?

FAMILY | By Connie Cass | May 3
If a man is marrying a woman somewhere in America, odds are that he proposed to her. That may seem obvious, but consider this: Three-fourths of Americans say it would be fine for the woman to do the proposing, in theory.

Lion’s Den at the National Zoo

Animal Houses :: ’Gay Day’ at the National Zoo

FAMILY | By Doug Rule | Apr 26
On Saturday, May 3, in addition to the usual draws -- from pandas to monkeys -- the National Zoo will also be overrun with animals of a different species, those from the figurative taxonomy of the gay kingdom.

Video of the Day: 80-Year-Old Grandpa Gets Equality Tattoo

FAMILY | By Jason St. Amand | Apr 24
To show support for his openly gay grandson, a man named Frank, a nearly 80-year-old grandfather, got an equality sign tattoo on his wrist this week in a heartwarming new YouTube clip.

Madelynn Taylor says she’ll wait an enternity to spend eternity with her wife

No Military Burial for Wife of 74-Year-Old Lesbian Navy Veteran

FAMILY | By Winnie McCroy | Apr 24
Idaho says it’s a no-go for 74-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor to be buried with her wife Jean Mixner’s ashes -- at least not as long as that state continues to ban same-sex marriage.

Terry Angel Mason wants to save the world -- and his fiance -- from the anti-gay abuses in Uganda

Bishop Terry Angel Mason on HIV and Uganda

FAMILY | By Winnie McCroy | Apr 22
Bishop Terry Angel Mason wants to make the world safe for LGBTs, here and in Uganda. But first, he needs to get his family safely out.

Virginia Plaintiffs Respond to Defendants’ Marriage Appeal

FAMILY | By John Riley | Apr 17
Supporters of marriage equality seeking to overturn Virginia’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, along with the office of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, filed appellate briefs April 11 in the case of Bostic v. Schaefer.

Dress Codes: Where Should Schools Set Limits?

FAMILY | By Martha Irvine | Apr 17
Leggings. Shaved heads. Graphic T-shirts. The list goes on and on. What is the latest fashion trend to come under fire for teens and why are parents and administrators making such a fuss?