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OP-ED: What It Will Be Like On The Day After DADT Expires

 OP-ED: What It Will Be Like on the Day After DADT Expires

A gay airman explains how he knows it gets better for troops who come out.

What to Expect at a Gay Wedding

What to Expect at a Gay Wedding 

The rush to city hall is on, as thousands of gay and lesbian couples finalize plans to legally marry in the state of New York starting on Sunday.  Whether you’re marrying, or a guest, at one of Central Park’s pop-up chapels, the Niagara Falls wed-in on Monday, or at any city hall in the sixth state to legalize same-sex nuptials, you’re looking at a lot of questions and very few established traditions. And for some, not a lot of time.  In a sign of pent-up demand, 823 couples in New York City alone applied for a lottery instituted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the “fairest way” to distribute licenses so everyone gets their turn without overwhelming city employees. Luckily, the city announced it could accommodate all of the couples. But that leaves only 48 hours to get to “I do!” To help settle wedding nerves, here’s our etiquette guide to what you should expect at a gay wedding. Uh oh, who pays for the rings? If there’s one prevailing custom today, it’s that most lesbian and gay couples shop for their rings together and pay for them jointly. This scenario usually results from a conversation where one of you, after waiting years for New York to legalize same-sex weddings, says, “Hey, want to get married?” However, if you’re planning to surprise your sweetheart with an engagement ring, then you’ll be footing the bill. As for where to wear them (if, in fact, you choose to have rings), nothing says “married” quite like a gold band on your left ring finger. But this is a straight wedding tradition that gay couples have been known to play around with, in this case by wearing our commitment rings on our right hands to symbolize (and protest) the fact that we couldn’t legally get married. Not surprisingly, some long-term couples plan to move their rings from right to left when they officially tie the knot. Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who has been engaged to his partner for five years, once joked that his right hand had become calloused during the long wait. "It'd be nice to move the ring over here someday," he said, indicating his left hand. Evan Wolfson, author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry and the founder and executive director of the organization Freedom to Marry, has also said he plans to move his band from right to left when he gets legally wed.

OP-ED: Reparative Therapy Survivor Says Bachmann’s Rhetoric Matters

OP-ED: Reparative Therapy Survivor Says Bachmann’s Rhetoric Matters

A survivor of so-called reparative therapy, who testified in the federal Proposition 8 trial about its dangers, says lives are on the line because of the rhetoric coming from Michele and Marcus Bachmann.

Op-Ed: How An Imaginary Gun Saved My Life

Op-Ed: How an Imaginary Gun Saved My Life 

GOProud's executive director, Jimmy LaSalvia, says he was violently attacked for being gay and that the experience has only strengthened his pro-gun beliefs.

OP-ED: Is It A Choice? A Scientist's View

OP-ED: Is It A Choice? A Scientist's View

When Tim Pawlenty said the science was "in dispute” about whether being gay is genetic, that sure came as surprise to molecular biologist Dean Hamer.

In His Own Words: How I Went Undercover at Bachmann's Clinic

In His Own Words: How I Went Undercover at Bachmann's Clinic

In His Own Words: How I Went Undercover at Bachmann's Clinic

NOM in New York All Hat and No Cattle

NOM in New York: All Hat and No Cattle

COMMENTARY: The National Organization for Marriage's leaders are crying over defeat in New York. Did they expect to lose this battle?

In Obama’s White House, Process is Progress

In Obama’s White House, Process Is Progress

COMMENTARY: At Wednesday’s reception for Pride Month, I had a chance to ask President Obama a question, so I chose one on which he could act: “Do you support the Respect for Marriage Act?"

Say My Name: LGBT Health Starts to Count

Say My Name: LGBT Health Starts to Count

COMMENTARY: While people cheer over marriage equality in New York, I have watched a much quieter victory unfold.

Love and Exile

Love and Exile

Attorney Lavi Soloway, cofounder of Stop the Deportations and Immigration Equality, reflects on the continued struggles of binational gay couples — including those whose only option to stay together is to leave the United States.

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