Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.

Sept. 14 2014 2:37 PMWhen Abuse Is Not AbuseDon’t expect Adrian Peterson to go to prison. In much of America, beating your kids is perfectly legal. 
Sept. 12 2014 12:20 PMA Great Ruling on Gay Conversion “Therapy” That Also Protects the First Amendment
Sept. 11 2014 10:12 AMThe Supreme Court Will Almost Certainly Rule on Gay Marriage Again This Term
Sept. 9 2014 8:00 AMEverything but the TruthWhy does the Supreme Court use made-up facts?
Sept. 3 2014 3:16 PMFederal Judge Mangles Precedent, Upholds Louisiana’s Gay Marriage Ban
Aug. 27 2014 2:53 PMListen to a Conservative Judge Brutally Destroy Arguments Against Gay Marriage
Aug. 18 2014 12:33 PMA Win for Gay Rights Over “Religious Liberty” in New York State
Aug. 15 2014 8:30 AMDo Married Gay Couples Have a Constitutional Right to Get Divorced?
Aug. 14 2014 8:30 AMWhy Conservatives Should Launch a Campaign to Ban Divorce
Future Tense
Aug. 13 2014 12:07 PMThe Latest Tool to Combat Domestic Violence: LED Cameras
Aug. 12 2014 11:49 PMNeural NostalgiaWhy do we love the music we heard as teenagers?
Aug. 11 2014 4:11 PMCourt Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Startling Reversal of Pro-Gay Trend
Aug. 11 2014 11:36 AMTwo Slate Writers Debate: Are Gay Marriage Opponents Bigots?Listen to Saletan and Stern revisit a disagreement about marriage equality and religious freedom.
Aug. 8 2014 1:38 PMHey, Judge Sutton: Here’s What Happens When You Put Gay Rights to a Vote
Aug. 8 2014 12:14 PMBig Gay PalsThe troubles and triumphs of fat gay men.
Sept. 12 2014 3:11 PMCongressional Republicans Vote to Continue Discrimination Against Gay Veterans’ Spouses
Sept. 11 2014 11:00 AMChristian Groups Beg Public Universities to Subsidize Their Anti-Gay Discrimination
Sept. 10 2014 2:07 PMMichael Weinstein Shows How Not to Do AIDS Activism
Sept. 5 2014 11:49 AMJudge Posner’s Gay Marriage Opinion Is a Witty, Deeply Moral Masterpiece 
Future Tense
Sept. 3 2014 6:49 AMIs Translating Jihadist Texts on the Internet a Crime?
Aug. 20 2014 5:00 AMPlease Allow Me to Be Grossed Out by My Boyfriend’s Unibrow Listen to two Slate writers revisit a discussion about body image and body shaming.
Aug. 15 2014 11:12 AMDead Teen’s Organ Donation Rejected Because He Was Gay
Future Tense
Aug. 14 2014 1:44 PMWashington's Metro Accidentally Takes Riders on a Tour of the World
Aug. 13 2014 12:49 PM4th Circuit Clears the Way for Gay Marriages to Begin in Virginia—With One Big Caveat
Slate Picks
Aug. 13 2014 7:31 AMSongs That Make Slate NostalgicA roundup of the music from high school that staffers still love.
Aug. 11 2014 4:17 PMPastor Stands By Decision to Cancel Gay Man’s Funeral
Aug. 11 2014 2:36 PMThe Surrogacy Debate Is About to Break the Christian Right Wide Open
The Slatest
Aug. 8 2014 4:33 PMListen to This Thrilling, Horrifying 911 Call Placed After an Alligator Attacked a Little Boy
Aug. 8 2014 12:14 PMChurch Cancels Gay Man’s Funeral, Claims Service Would Be “Blasphemous”
Aug. 7 2014 5:06 PMThe 6th Circuit Looks Poised to Uphold Gay Marriage Bans—for “Democracy”




More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?

The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 8:15 AM Ted Cruz Will Not Join a Protest of "The Death of Klinghoffer" After All
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 9:03 AM My Father Was James Brown. I Watched Him Beat My Mother. And Then I Found Myself With Someone Like Dad.
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 8:27 AM Only Science Fiction Can Save Us! What sci-fi gets wrong about income inequality.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2014 7:30 AM Ring Around the Rainbow
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.