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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 Spilsbury
Amazon Says: Book annotation not available for this title. Title: Same-Sex Marriage Author: Spilsbury, Louise Publisher: Rosen Pub Group Publication Date: 2011/ more...
Amazon Says: Book annotation not available for this title. Title: Same-Sex Marriage Author: Spilsbury, Louise Publisher: Rosen Pub Group Publication Date: 2011/12/15 Number of Pages: 48 Binding Type: LIBRARY Library of Congress: 2011032847 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: 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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Amazon Says: Gay marriage is at the forefront of America's political battles. The human story at the center of this debate is told in Double Life: A Love Story, a dual memoir by a gay male more...
Amazon Says: Gay marriage is at the forefront of America's political battles. The human story at the center of this debate is told in Double Life: A Love Story, a dual memoir by a gay male couple in a 50 plus year relationship. With high profiles in the entertainment, advertising and art communities, the authors offer a virtual timeline of how gay relationships have gained acceptance in the last half-century. At the same time, they share inside stories from film, television and media featuring the likes of Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Rock Hudson, Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier, Truman Capote, Bette Davis, Robert Redford, Lee Radziwill and Frances Lear. We both grew up at a time when homosexuality was not even spoken about, the couple writes. There were certainly no books that could help a young person understand that two people of the same sex could build a happy, productive and loving life together. When we entered our 50th year, another same sex couple told us we were an inspiration , so we began to feel we had the responsibility to make what we ve experienced available to others. We also wanted to show people who were not gay that our life was not unlike theirs. We are all pretty much the same, so we deserve equal protection under the Constitution. Alan Shayne retired as President of Warner Brothers Television in 1986, following a career that included Broadway, playing opposite Lena Horne and spanned forty years. As a leading casting director, he worked on such films as Catch 22, All the President s Men and many others. At Warner Brothers, he shepherded such long-running television series as Alice, Night Court and The Dukes of Hazard. Norman Sunshine was a successful magazine illustrator in New York who went on to be a painter and sculptor whose works are in museums and in important collections. In the early years of his career, he was vice president, creative director of an advertising agency, and coined the phrase, What Becomes a Legend Most? as well as Danskins are not just for Dancing. He interrupted his painting career when Frances Lear asked him to spearhead Lear s Magazine in the 1980s. Upon the two men meeting in New York in 1958, We didn t want to live together, says Shayne. We didn t have any examples of what a good love relationship between two men could be. And there was always the problem of hiding so no one would know we were gay. There was no question that if I were known to be gay, living with another man, it would make it more difficult for me to get work as an actor. As an artist, Sunshine was able to maintain a moderately out lifestyle. But when the first exhibition of his paintings in New York brought on a profile in The New York Times in 1968, he was photographed in the apartment that he admitted sharing with Shayne. At both his advertising agency and Shayne s television production company, the article was met with absolute silence. Even in the 1970s, when Sunshine won an Emmy for the graphics and title design he had created for one of Shayne s television productions, Alan and I agreed it was not a good idea for us to be seen together at an industry event, he remembers. Alan, after all, was one of the very few homosexuals who had such a powerful, high profile job, and who lived openly with a man. Homophobia had its adherents and some ruthless climber up the executive ladder would certainly love an opportunity to use it... Better to be seen with a woman, we were advised by a very trusted friend, Makes everyone more comfortable. Happily, in 2008, the State of Massachusetts allowed the opportunity for the couple to be married on a beach in Nantucket. We were like a long, empty, closed-up house where the windows have just been opened, writes Shayne. The fresh air thrilled t less...
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Amazon Says: Same-sex Marriage is one of the most controversial and emotional issues under debate in twenty-first-century American society. Presenting a balanced, unbiased examination of t more...
Amazon Says: Same-sex Marriage is one of the most controversial and emotional issues under debate in twenty-first-century American society. Presenting a balanced, unbiased examination of this hot topic, author Tricia Andryszewski encourages readers to understand both sides of the issue before forming an opinion. less...
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