We were good, dutiful visitors -- except when there were too many of us in his hospital room and the mood could become joyful, almost raucous. Zero to 60 in 10 seconds flat. AIDS soon put an end to that. The mood got somber again and then he was gone.
Somehow folks have turned human sexuality into the litmus test for faithful Christianity. Speaking as a pastor, Ken Wilson reminds us that our church conversations involve not abstract principles, but people.
Though often used interchangeably, the concept of freedom of speech and the First Amendment are not the same thing. While the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press, it relates to duties of the state and state power.
The annual makeover episode turned out to be a big, fat, drag-wedding extravaganza with real couples getting hitched, but with a hitch: The ladies were the grooms, and the men were the brides! Kind of a draggedy twist on marriage equality?
In retrospect, had John Paul II chosen to do what his immediate successor did -- retire at an appropriate time -- he would have stepped down around 1995. Our assessment would be different. But we must assess his legacy in its totality.
In recent months, state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage have fallen like dominos, struck down by federal judges in states ranging from Texas, Utah, Michigan and Virginia among others.
Forget the fact that the story is fiction and set approximately a hundred thousand years into the future, the problem is gay couples not being held accountable for their lifestyle, and that is clearly unacceptable to some people.
The omissions in the book are certainly egregious. But throwing Roberta Kaplan and Edie Windsor under the bus while comparing Chad Griffin to a woman who refused to sit at the back of the bus is truly horrendous.
Jesus died to be inclusive. So why is the church so bent on being exclusive?
Why do some marriages need to be qualified and explained?
Some of the most glorious stories are of our mistakes, and how we made ourselves better because of them.
While it is true that the struggle for marriage equality predates the Proposition 8 case and its aftermath, it also predates Andrew Sullivan.
I want to suggest an evangelicalism that truly values mercy over sacrifice, restorative justice over religion, neighbors-as-people over theological gnats. In other words, an evangelicalism after World Vision.
It's not exactly news when a Republican endorses marriage equality, since it happens all the time. But this is a big deal: Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a fixture of Wyoming politics for decades, is now appearing in an ad for Freedom to Marry.