"Asserting the inferiority of same-sex couples was the purpose and effect of Proposition 8," City Attorney Dennis Herrera states in a brief filed today in the U.S. Supreme Court. "But relegating gay couples to a lesser status simply to brand them as different and less worthy than opposite-sex couple ... More >>
Tomorrow at noon, some loving, happy, devoted same-sex couples who raise kids, pay bills, and work through arguments just like straight couples, will descend on San Francisco City Hall to ask, once again, to be married. Perhaps some consider it a dress rehearsal, as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares ... More >>
What better way to truly understand the effects DOMA has had on binational gay couples than to put a face to the names. Here's the story of San Francisco couple Brian Willingham and Alfonso Garcia featured on a video by the DOMA Project, a campaign launched in 2010 to fight help binational gay coupl ... More >>
Same-sex marriage advocates rejoiced today as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 decision that Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative banning gay marriage, is unconstitutional.The decision is almost certainly destine ... More >>
Cupid comes to SFMany San Franciscans are already familiar with OK Cupid, the free dating website. OKC has all the hallmarks of online dating -- creepy, unsolicited messages from suitors in different time zones; photos of people hiking; the occasional, improbable success story -- and a few that a ... More >>
Alex Benshimol, left, can stay in the country with his husband Alex Gentry.In another victory for same-sex couples, a San Francisco immigration judge ignored the Defense of Marriage Act today when she delayed the deportation proceedings against a gay Venezuelan man who is married to an American c ... More >>
Gay couples are already using President Obama's new stance against the Defense of Marriage Act as a weapon to fight deportations of their foreign spouses. The couples hope that the administration's declaration last week that the law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman is uncon ... More >>
Facebook welcomes you Here is something to "Like" on Facebook.Facebook has created a new relationship status option that allows same-sex couples to declare they are "in a domestic partnership" or "in a civil union."Up until now, Facebook limited the relationship status options including single, i ... More >>
Love hurtsFor many San Francisco gay couples, Valentine's Day is just a bitter reminder of what they don't have -- marriage certificates. So expect a huge turnout at San Francisco City Hall for the hallmark holiday today; gay couples across the nation will celebrate their love with a little civil ... More >>
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Yeah, we remember high school...A comprehensive U.C. San Francisco study claims that teen sexuality resembles a porn movie in at least one manner -- and it has nothing to do with a pizza deliveryman bringing his pepperoni to a houseful of amorous sorority girls. No, it's "first oral sex, then sex ... More >>
Independent Erotic Film FestivalCastro Theatre7 p.m., $10-$20We can always count on Good Vibrations for two things: to help us learn more about sex and sexuality - and to keep us from taking it all too seriously. So it is with the Independent Erotic Film Festival. Every year the San Francisco ret ... More >>
MlinksvaJudge Vaughn Walker's greatest hits...READ PROP. 8 ANALYSIS HEREA collection of Judge Vaughn Walker's most pointed statements from today's ruling: During closing arguments, proponents again focused on the contention that "responsible procreation is really at the heart of society's interes ... More >>
A world-famous pickup artist tried to teach single women to attract decent guys in S.F. It was harder than he thought.
A recent study regarding mature women's turn-ons is, somewhat ironically, published in a journal whose title is an instant turnoff: The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. In any event, a U.C. San Francisco survey published this week plumbed the desires and activities of more than 2,000 wome ... More >>
Disdain of San Franciscans' disdain of all things Midwestern has become nearly as clichéd as the original sin. And, yet, there's always a touch of schadenfreude anticipating city residents' chagrin whenever legitimately good news emanates from the Midwest indicating its denizens have out-progressiv ... More >>
They are a rare species, these gay Iowans who have moved out to the Golden State, the perfect journalistic formula to comment on today's news of the Iowa Supreme Court approving gay marriage while its California colleagues mull this same issue. But we put on our intrepid reporter cap and found two s ... More >>
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A typical Good Vibrations cubicle.By Bonnie Ruberg For over three decades Good Vibrations has been a Bay Area pillar of sex positivity. With three chic, welcoming local stores - one on Valencia, one on Polk, and another out in Berkeley - these days Good Vibes it synonymous with helpful health info ... More >>
On November 11, the San Francisco Police Department responded to a call from a gay man who said his partner had abused him. When police arrived and found Bejamin Schalit, 50, with crescent-shaped bite marks on his forehead, they arrested the partner, Jeremy Womack, 33, and the district att ... More >>
By Bonnie Ruberg The Clickable Clit continues this week with more adventures from the personal diary of an SF-based cybersex expert. How much cybersex is too much? Sunday, December 7th Filed under: Boy/girl toy follow-ups, Gripes I recent interviewed Dr. S. for a piece I was writing on cybersex ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs Although it’s easy to get lost in the fact that California voters recently decided to put discrimination in the state constitution, a little perspective is in order: gay couples in California still have (almost) full equality under the law, with provisions for civil unions, ado ... More >>
By Ashley Harrell The California Supreme Court's reentry into the Prop 8 war satisfied almost everybody. Yes on 8 and its supporters figure that the three new court cases, which challenge the legality of a same-sex marriage amendment to the state constitution, don't stand a chance. No on 8 and it s ... More >>
Gay marriage has been very, very good to Dennis Herrera.
Oh, the irony of it all: When it comes to his views on same-sex marriage, the first black man elected president in the U.S. uses the same principle employed in the past by whites to justify segregation in this country. Barack Obama opposes gay marriage, but he supports civil unions. Separate but ... More >>
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