I never originally intended to make a public post about my private life. However, with the constant speculation, I felt that it would just be best if I silenced everyone and told the truth publicly. To anyone who has ever been scared of just being real and telling the truth, you shouldn't be.
A lone woman stood on the Supreme Court steps ranting about homosexuality destroying our country. She had become an expired parody. She had lost relevance. She and the millions like her had become ghosts in that moment. And she knew it. And we knew it.
When it comes to marriage equality in the United States, the church too often has been on the wrong side of history.
What an extraordinary week in the political and spiritual life of this nation. Yet this is one of those inflection points in American politics that could go either way. It could energize the forces of racial justice and racial healing. Or the events of the week could energize the haters.
Would people be cool or major jerk faces? We had to be prepared for the worst without letting him know what was going through our minds. We have always felt there was nothing wrong with him, and we weren't about to make him think that had changed now.
Marriage Equality is now the law of the land. Finally, each marriage in this country will be protected and afforded the equal opportunities, rights and benefits they deserve.
While these Supreme Court decisions do not touch on issues of gender identity and expression, they do remove the justification that courts have used to deny trans persons their rights -- that by refusing to recognize their gender transitions they were entitled to invalidate legal marriages as same-sex marriages.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court has finally granted access to Jefferson's promise from 239 years ago: the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
I'm thinking of Dr. Sagarin, who was my sociology professor and something of a mentor in the 60s, in the wake of Friday's monumental Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. If his soul is looking on from somewhere in the cosmos, he is surely as astonished by that turn of events.
How did these three disparate couples spark a change to a culture thousands of years old? Fittingly, it was an act of a mean spirited Republican-led Congress that was the Fort Sumter moment in the Same-Sex Marriage Revolution. The message? Be careful what you wish for.
Marriage isn't always perfect and it certainly isn't a decision everyone should make or that everyone even wants to make. It's a choice, and one that I'm so happy everyone is now free to make. Love wins today for all.
It is shameful and embarrassing when people who have acquired a position of power thanks to the activism of others (or even their own past activism) choose to criticize others who use the same tactics to fight for their rights or very existence.
My son Seamus wears a dress. Actually he has two: a dark pink long-sleeved ballerina number with a leotard top and a short sleeved princess dress with pearls and ribbons. I am trying to check my straight (but not narrow), hetero-normative biases. I am trying to give my son more than two choices.
Legal experts can parse the finer points of the majority opinion and the four separate dissents, but let's take this momentous occasion as an opportunity to reflect on where we have been on this issue, and what the future may hold.
Much of the focus now is rightly on celebrating this important victory. But it is worth pausing to consider what the dissenting Supreme Court justices had to say Friday because it presages what we can expect in the coming LGBT rights battles -- battles that will not be for marriage equality but for equality, period.
Long before I was walking, they were marching. The pioneers of gay rights, gay visibility, gay pride first took to the streets of New York City in 1970 to march. And somewhere on this long road, a company started marching, too. And then another and another. First to us, then for us, then as us.
Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision was a great victory for LGBT rights. But it also was a great victory for something that rests right at the heart of the human experience, the paramount legal doctrine of M.Y.O.B. -- Mind Your Own Business.
Berry, who is openly gay, is the first to occupy this newly created position, which he began in April. Berry began his Foreign Service career in 1993. He has held positions in several countries where public opinion is unfavorable toward homosexuality, including Egypt, Bangladesh and Uganda.