We must hold ALL elected officials and ourselves to higher standards of equality. We must break down the silos whether by community, issue or campaign. We must be bold, visionary and steadfast in our commitment to social and economic justice.
So, before you begin to preach about the sanctimonious nature of marriage, and how it is such a beautiful tradition that should not be tarnished by extending it to same-sex couples -- remember that it was not always that pure, religious or even civilized.
A celebration of the love of two people should always be permitted and will always be desired. No one is suggesting the suppression of that aspect of marriage. But legal recognition by the state should be exclusively under a different set of "Plus One" laws.
This is going to be a big year for equality in this country. As a nation, we're poised to make historic progress, and in Delaware, we have the opportunity to make sure that everyone has the same right to marry the person they love.
The sappy media stories paint the Salmons as a loving family where even "differences" over gay marriage can't come between them. But if you're working against rights for your own child in the name of your religious faith, then you love yourself and your beliefs more than you love your kid.
It should go without saying that if you don't have a reason for doing something as serious as denying one group of human beings of over a thousand legal rights, you probably shouldn't do it. It should. But in the year 2013, in the United States of America, it does not.
My wife Kendra and I are acutely aware of the glacial speed with which HRC came to embrace the "T" in "LGBT." But since 2007 -- and even before then -- HRC has done more for transgender Americans than they're ever credited with doing.
If we are unable or unwilling to look deeply at ourselves, it is possible that we will be relegated to watch from the sidelines as democrats enact their principles across the country.
I've been attending gay pride parades and AIDS walks since I was 4 years old. I'm amazed and moved and joyful that what once felt like my personal soap box is now everybody's soap box, but there's a little bitter part of me that CANNOT BELIEVE gay rights is even still an issue.
Why take one passage of the Bible so literally and not others? Here is a checklist of biblical proscriptions that opponents of gay marriage must also embrace if they want to shed the tag of "hypocrite."
One of the quickest ways to shut down any type of theological discussion is to utter these six words: "Well, the Bible is clear that..." Any attempt to counter these claims has already been shut down by the person who spoke those six words. You can't argue with Scripture right?
Lesbian and gay binational couples remain shut out of green cards and fiancé(e) visas. As a result, LGBT families are still torn apart, forced into exile or left fighting to remain together in this country. None of them feel that we have already won, and to say that is an insult to their struggle.
Gay marriages are just as difficult as the rest. Thus, if gay couples have it just as rough as my wife and I, I can't really see any reason left to deny them the right to do exactly what we did, which is to make a public commitment of our joint masochism and undying love for one another.
No one can deny the power of this statement, and I couldn't agree with it more. My equality is tied to the equality of others. That's why I'm in this fight, and I'm inspired by the millions of Americans, gay, straight, white, black, and Latino, who are with me on this.
During the Supreme Court arguments in the Proposition 8 case last week, there seemed to be some confusion about the social science evidence concerning same-sex parents and their ability to raise children, but there is no "disagreement" among the experts about what the research says.
The Supreme Court in hearing argument in the same-sex marriage cases posed two questions that I doubt were ever asked before.