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Victorious Deviants? (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 7:49 PM

When Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card reacted last week to a proposed boycott of the upcoming film adaptation of his 1985 novel, what struck me most was his attitude that, notwithstanding his and others' vehement objections to marriage equality, the issue is pretty much a done deal.

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Paula Deen and DOMA

(95) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 2:11 PM

The proximity of Paula Deen's demise and DOMA's should not go unremarked.

Deen has been booted from the Food Network and stripped of several other lucrative contracts after revelations of racist remarks.

One might ask how anyone could be surprised that Deen, a Southerner in her 60's,...

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Masturbation Month (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 1:36 PM

May is National Masturbation Month. I am not making this up.

National Masturbation Month was introduced in 1995 by the sex-toy store Good Vibrations, in response to the dismissal of U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. At a World AIDS Day presentation, an audience member had asked Elders about masturbation's role...

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Am I Gay, or LGBT?

(97) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 9:54 AM

I admit it: Like many gay men of my era -- I'm now in my 40's -- it took me a while to move from "gay" to "gay and lesbian" to "LGBT" and beyond.

It's not that I didn't recognize common cause among the groups. It's that I tend...

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Born This Way? (VIDEO)

(59) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 5:27 PM

The headline reads "Study Finds Epigenetics, Not Genetics, Underlies Homosexuality," and the accompanying article goes on to announce, "The study solves the evolutionary riddle of homosexuality," except that it doesn't.

Bold overstatements regarding scientific research about sexual orientation are nothing new, of course. The study in question is...

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On Anal Sex (VIDEO)

(102) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 2:33 PM

Many years ago I lived next door to a young, born-again-Christian rock singer named Jason. (I know that sounds like the premise for a bad sitcom.) While he strongly disapproved of my being gay, he was also fascinated by it, and he constantly asked me questions.

One day I revealed...

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A Plea for Philosophy

(5) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 8:33 AM

There's a reaction I sometimes hear to my work as The Gay Moralist, including my new book What's Wrong with Homosexuality? It goes something like this:

Rational argument is all fine and dandy, but people don't become homophobes via rational argument, and they're not going to get talked out of...
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The Race Analogy

(31) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 4:18 PM

A reader recently shared with me this Q&A with William Lane Craig, the famous Christian apologist. Asked about the analogy between prohibiting same-sex marriage and prohibiting interracial marriage, Craig responds with some clever sophistry that (not surprisingly) misses the point:

The lesson to be learned from the legality...
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Dave Agema Half-Right About 'Risky Lifestyle' (VIDEO)

(22) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 2:34 PM

Some of my Detroit neighbors have told me that, when traveling, they're embarrassed to tell people that they're from Detroit, instead preferring the vaguer description "from Michigan." Lately, however, I'm feeling the opposite: I'm proud to be from Detroit, a struggling but determined city with a rich history and a...

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Bible Thumpers

(27) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 3:28 PM

Last week, when Fox News host Bill O'Reilly acknowledged that pro-equality supporters have the more "compelling" argument in the marriage debate, he surprised both supporters and detractors. The right wing media giant took his claim a step further, noting that the anti-equality side "hasn't been able to do...

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Loving the Sinner, Hating the Sin

(27) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 8:46 AM

Baby steps.

That was my reaction to the Easter weekend comments of Cardinal Dolan, the affable Archbishop of New York, about gays and the Church. Responding to a question about how he would respond to a loving same-sex couple, Dolan replied,

Well, the first thing I'd say...
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Good Conversations Involve Both Talking and Listening

(3) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 3:57 PM

2013-02-12-marriage.jpegThe following essay reflects on and continues A New Conversation on Marriage. Professor John Corvino is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, co-author (with Maggie Gallagher) of Debating...

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Coming Out Later

(9) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 7:55 PM

"Jake" has been a friend of my partner Mark since high school. He's now a successful attorney, in his late 30s, nice-looking, smart and kind. Also, he's never had a girlfriend. Also, he frequently posts about pro-gay causes on Facebook. (Yes, I'm doing the same math you're doing.)

"Is Jake...

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The Slippery Slope

(7) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 6:35 PM

With less than five days to the election, anti-equality forces are pulling out all the stops in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, the four states with marriage on the ballot. As usual, they're targeting voters' fears: If we allow same-sex couples to marry, children will be threatened, religious freedom will...

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Romney, Gays, and Kids

(22) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 3:01 PM

Murray Waas at the Boston Globe has compiled some unsurprising but troubling evidence of Mitt Romney's callous disregard toward same-sex families.

After Massachusetts extended marriage to same-sex couples in 2003, Romney fought his state's Registry of Vital Records' attempts to reflect new family forms on birth certificates....

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D'Souza: The Real Problem

(40) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Last week, the conservative luminary Dinesh D'Souza resigned as president of The King's College, a New York City evangelical school, after it was revealed that he brought his mistress to a Christian conference, apparently shared a room with her, and introduced her as his fiancée -- even though...

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Regnerus Still Wrong on Same-Sex Parents

(11) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 5:31 PM

Christianity Today just published an interview with the "embattled" sociologist Mark Regnerus. Unsurprisingly, the interview perpetuated the right-wing's popular characterization of Regnerus as the victim of political correctness, after he was roundly criticized for his study comparing children from "Lesbian Mother" and "Gay Father" families to those from...

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Why We Want Marriage

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 11:28 AM

Happy National Coming Out Day! People often ask me whether we really need NCOD anymore -- after all, virtually everyone knows someone openly gay in their family, neighborhood, workplace, or (at least) favorite talk show or sitcom. But that just shows that it's time for NCOD 2.0: A day...

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The Definition of Marriage

(27) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 11:16 AM

Last week, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone was installed as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco. Cordileone, an architect of Prop. 8 and one of the church's most outspoken opponents of gay rights, recently told the National Catholic Register:

If we don't save marriage, things will get very...
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Change My Mind: Does Opposing Gay Marriage Make You a Bigot?

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 9:41 AM

It is a huge moment for gay rights -- for and against. While Barack Obama became the first president to endorse gay marriage, his announcement came on the heels of North Carolina passing an amendment that defines marriage as a union between a man and a...

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