My journey began as a student at Monmouth College, now Monmouth University, where my psychology professor taught me that homosexuality was a serious mental illness.
Followers of Jesus need to strive for this holiness, which many of us glimpse in Tim Cook's brave statement about his hope for a world in which every person is valued and loved.
The thought behind the outcry being that marriage has always been the exact same institution ever since the dawn of time or at least since the dawn of the Bible. Same-sex marriage, it is argued, is a radical departure from this unbroken tradition. But does the Bible actually present "marriage as an unchanging picture?"
While the recent Ugandan and Kenyan court rulings are two victories to celebrate, we know there have been many battles quietly lost.
Ten years later in October 2014, nearly all the states on the caravan's itinerary -- California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, DC -- have marriage equality.
Today, tomorrow, and in all my days before I die, I will be the president of my life despite who I vote to be the president of the United States. I take ownership of my failures and my successes, and I think the country would be significantly changed if we all did across all parties.
I love South Carolina. Loved growing up there. Love going back. Despite the fact that we're two guys with kids, in 15 years we've never had a bad experience. That's the South Carolina I love. But it doesn't mean we're safe. Not as a family.
This weekend has to be the best moment I've ever had on stage. In front of a hometown crowd in Tulsa, Oklahoma, opening for one of my biggest musical influences, the great Ani DiFranco, I was able to shout to the rooftops, that I was legally married to my husband, Ryan.
As these state bans continue to fall, the federal government has announced that it would immediately begin recognizing same-sex marriages in all of 33 states.
As recently as last week, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg was nonchalantly dismissing the need for the court to weigh in on marriage. Because lower federal courts are all in agreement that marriage bans are unconstitutional, she explained, there's no need for the justices to intercede. But that may (or may not) change now that a judge in Puerto Rico has upheld a marriage ban.
Whether at school or in public spaces, many LGBT youth don't feel safe and continue to face disgraceful levels of discrimination (and some don't feel safe at home, either). But when they enter the workforce, disadvantages persist.
Our solutions to develop meaningful rituals outside of bride-groom gender roles -- from blended wedding parties to an empowerment of both partners -- are actually being embraced by modern couples, many of whom have never had to think twice about applying for a marriage license.
It seems relevant to me that Christianity itself was born out of a group of the faithful struggling to make sense of a revelation, and doing so in light of a tradition that rejected the very person through whom the truth was revealed.
A video of Christian TV journalist Pat Robertson was published recently with headlines reading "Gay People are Terrorists." Naturally, being gay, but not being a terrorist, I clicked on it.
Two places where same-sex couples have now married carry particular meaning for us: Milwaukee and Kansas City, our two hometowns. Although we have lived in California for over 30 years, we are still Midwesterners too.
In light of the recent resignations of two North Carolina magistrates, explained by their religious convictions that same-sex marriage is a sin or desecrates the "holy institution established by God Himself," I would like to offer a few points of clarification to the overall discourse.