The claim by fundamentalists to be protecting "religious liberty" is true-these proposed laws and restrictions are indeed their attempt to create special rights to advance their religious beliefs at the expense of others who disagree with them.
What lies at the root of my anxiety is what I now understand to be a deadly combination of extreme information sharing and ambiguous calls to action.
Throughout my time living online I've met some truly inspirational people. One of those people is Erin Best Margolin. Erin has a business partner name...
For those who remained in the military, the ever-present fear kept them firmly entrenched in the closet, unable to speak openly or acknowledge their own families in public. That was just the way it was. Then history shifted.
We know the path to equality is an uneven course, which is why we, along with our many partners, work tirelessly in more than 170 countries around the world.
My grandma called last week. She'd been clipping news stories about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* (LGBT) movement's progress all over the country and had some questions for me.
No one is saying that a church has to host a gay wedding, or that Catholics must ordain women. Religious institutions operate according to religious rules, as our constitution allows. But the free market is different.
We all stand to benefit from bringing people out of the shadows, improving access to law enforcement and supporting local businesses.
When the wolf of bias, bigotry and discrimination presents itself in the sheep's clothing of 'protecting religious liberty' it is crucial for religious leaders to speak the truth that will set us all free. Stepping up to that challenge is the Episcopal Bishop of Arizona Bishop Kirk Smith.
Legally mandating the allowance of any kind of discrimination based on something as fluid and open-ended as a personal religious belief is not only wrong on every level, it opens the door to all sorts of discrimination in the name of Jesus.
What I found when I got to Kampala was a beautiful city and wonderful, loving people. I also found a community living in fear and not able to move around for rational fear of being arrested, attacked or worse.
You have every right to believe that gay sex (and by extension the people who engage in gay sex) are an abomination. That said, you don't have the right to expect that belief to go unchallenged and you can't turn it into legislation.
Since Tinker, three Supreme Court rulings have cut back on the speech rights of students. But the basic precedent of Tinker remains -- that students do have free speech rights in public schools.
These discriminatory laws are not about "religious freedom." From a Christian perspective, such legislation is the betrayal of everything Jesus of Nazareth taught.
To be quite frank, I can't see how two women purchasing a sweet wedding cake or two men sharing a romantic meal in a nice restaurant could offend God, for if God exists, what would be most offensive is using God's name to justify oppression.
Coretta Scott King was best-known for civil rights marches in the '60s alongside her husband, but most don't realize she was an early advocate for gay rights as well.