Who would have predicted just five years ago that potential contenders for the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination would be knocking each other over -- in Iowa, no less -- trying to prove that they were the first to champion gay marriage?
Forget Massachusetts, Vermont, Minnesota, and California. Hawaii is the most liberal state in the U.S. This falls under the category of "what Hawaii can teach the world."
I included the court-order proof of my "sex change," as it is referred to in this situation, which the 2009 Family Code designates as an acceptable proof of identification in order to obtain a marriage license in the state of Texas. And then Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart denied us.
The Mormon Church has a large presence in Hawaii. The Church-owned Brigham Young University -- Hawaii (BYUH) and the Polynesian Culture Center are there, along with enormous real estate holdings and thousands of Church members.
While the general relevance of gay culture for gay people tends to recede as homophobia rapidly falls off and integration speeds up, it shouldn't be a surprise that the world of anonymous sex persists and in fact flourishes. Like camp, it's the slutty sensibility of a culture of (too much) choice.
County by county, and wedding by wedding, we are seeing couples and clerks and judges bringing to life in their actions the words of the U.S. Supreme Court's Windsor decision "to protect in personhood and dignity," not just in marriage but in all aspects of our lives.
No longer can most Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve with integrity as military officers because their endorser, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, has placed them in an unethical position.
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There has to be the official, legal wedding between Jeff and me, and then there needs to be a more symbolic, fun wedding for Vivian and Mr. Von B. It just doesn't seem right if the Von Bs don't have their own separate wedding. So now you see my problem.
Same-sex couples who travel out of state to marry (and thus access federal rights) may learn later that the benefits come with hidden costs, including an inability to divorce. The reason? Many states refuse to recognize same-sex marriages even to dissolve them. This price is too high to justify.
I must admit that when Paul and I returned to North Carolina for a high school reunion, I was worried about what I would call him. "Spouse" seemed too clinical. "Hubby" was too cutesy. And while he is my "life partner," why should I change what I call him for others?
The group wants to hire you, that is, to photograph their efforts to protest the commemoration of a person's death. What are you going to do? Well, whatever you decide, your decision will be complicated by one fact.
This family drama suggests that things are are not getting "better" for the GOP, the way activists promise LGBT teens it will get better for them. In fact, the new generation of the Cheney family suggests the GOP is evolving into something scarier.
Her first album debuted in 1973, and exactly 40 years later Melissa Manchester is still going strong, thanks in part to her fans, lovingly dubbed "Fanchesters" by the singer's daughter.