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LGBT Community Celebrates SCOTUS' Decision

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 will be a day that many members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will always remember. The Supreme Court of the United States of America not only dismissed California's Proposition 8 referendum but they also overturned the 17 year-old DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act. For Californians, this means that those married before "Prop 8" will have their marriage recognized in roughly 30 days. And for those who live in states that allow same-sex marriage, married couples will now have the rights to the same federal tax, health and pension benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. And for those in the LGBT community in those states without their own legislation, the wait continues.

Please see below for documentaries and books that Richland Library has on this subject.


Amazon Says: A searing indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California s Proposition 8, and the Mormon religion s secretive, decades-long more...
Amazon Says: A searing indictment of the Mormon Church's historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California s Proposition 8, and the Mormon religion s secretive, decades-long campaign against gay rights. Narrated by Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award® winning screenwriter of MILK. less...
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Amazon Says: Filmmaker Joe Wilson directs this documentary chronicling the aftermath of a same-sex wedding announcement in the local newspaper of a conservative rural community, and the wi more...
Amazon Says: Filmmaker Joe Wilson directs this documentary chronicling the aftermath of a same-sex wedding announcement in the local newspaper of a conservative rural community, and the widely varying, highly emotional reactions of the town's residents. Shorter Non-theatrical version (56 min) Does not contain Spanish subtitles. less...
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Same-Sex Marriage by Louise A Spilsbury
Amazon Says: This book offers a balanced debate on the issue of same-sex marriage. With same-sex marriage being adopted in more states, this book will inform and educate readers about the more...
Amazon Says: This book offers a balanced debate on the issue of same-sex marriage. With same-sex marriage being adopted in more states, this book will inform and educate readers about the changing nature of the institution of marriage. less...
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Amazon Says: Polls and election results show Americans sharply divided on same-sex marriage, and the controversy is unlikely to subside anytime soon. Debating Same-Sex Marriage provides an more...
Amazon Says: Polls and election results show Americans sharply divided on same-sex marriage, and the controversy is unlikely to subside anytime soon. Debating Same-Sex Marriage provides an indispensable roadmap to the ongoing debate. Taking a "point/counterpoint" approach, John Corvino (a philosopher and prominent gay advocate) and Maggie Gallagher (a nationally syndicated columnist and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage) explore fundamental questions: What is marriage for? Is sexual difference essential to it? Why does the government sanction it? What are the implications of same-sex marriage for children's welfare, for religious freedom, and for our understanding of marriage itself? While the authors disagree on many points, they share the following conviction: Because marriage is a vital public institution, this issue deserves a comprehensive, rigorous, thoughtful debate. less...
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Amazon Says: The ultimate guide to the past, present, and future of same-sex relationship laws in the U.S. Same-sex relationships are treated differently under each state's laws, and ne more...
Amazon Says: The ultimate guide to the past, present, and future of same-sex relationship laws in the U.S. Same-sex relationships are treated differently under each state's laws, and nearly a quarter of the U.S. population lives in a state with some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples. More than 85,000 same-sex couples have entered a legal relationship since 1997. Making It Legal is the only book that offers a comprehensive review of all the issues that influence the decision to marry, breaks down the complex and ever-changing rules of same-sex relationship laws, and provides practical guidance on one of the most important decisions a couple can make. Following a brief history of the same-sex marriage movement and a survey of the current legal landscape, Making It Legal discusses the important factors involved in the personal decision to marry along with the issues that every married couple may face: Is a pre-nup advisable? What does it involve? What happens when you want to file your taxes? When is a will or a living trust needed? What are the special needs of same-sex couples with kids? When should you turn to professionals for help during disagreements? How do you work with step-parents, past partners, and the blended family? Nationally-recognized same-sex relationship law expert Attorney Frederick Hertz and Attorney Emily Doskow have written the ultimate guide to the ultimate decision -- whether to enter into a marriage or other legal relationship with your same-sex partner. less...
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Amazon Says: Gay Marriage (At Issue) less...
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Amazon Says: It is an axiom of modern American politics that many Republicans and most conservatives are not only anti-gay but that they have capitulated to an anti-gay agenda formulated a more...
Amazon Says: It is an axiom of modern American politics that many Republicans and most conservatives are not only anti-gay but that they have capitulated to an anti-gay agenda formulated and pursued by the religious right for the past several decades. In A Fundamental Freedom, David Lampo makes the case that support for gay rights will provide long-term political benefits for the GOP and the conservative movement. He argues that an anti-gay agenda succinctly exposes the hypocrisy of those who talk of limited government and individual rights but ignore both when it comes to gay rights and other personal freedom issues. Indeed, it is the defenders of gay rights within Republican ranks who are keeping faith with core conservative principles. He also presents a variety of polling data that show that rank-and-file Republicans, including many Tea Party supporters, are far more supportive of gay rights than commonly presumed. Lampo’s call to embrace gay rights is sure to be hotly debated within the conservative movement. less...
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Amazon Says: For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in comm more...
Amazon Says: For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty—sometimes as many as fifty—years. In short, they loved and supported each other every bit as much as any husband and wife. In Outlaw Marriages, cultural historian Rodger Streitmatter reveals how some of these unions didn’t merely improve the quality of life for the two people involved but also enriched the American culture. Among the high-profile couples whose lives and loves are illuminated in the following pages are Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams and Mary Rozet Smith, literary icon Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, author James Baldwin and Lucien Happersberger, and artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.  less...
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