Just as our Western brethren throughout history confined love only to God, then only to God and kin, then to romantic relationships outside marriage, we too are confining love. By so forcefully attaching love to marriage--to the institution of government-- we force love into a box.
It hit me: I now had the peace of mind I'd never had in over 20 years of our relationship. Should I or Sandy fall in the line of duty, the other will be taken care of. I realized that for the first time, I truly felt like a full-fledged member of the Tampa Police Department. Equal at last.
How many times have you heard someone ask, "Is everybody choosing to be gay these days?" Why, now that you mention it, my dear keen observer of universal truth, yes! And because of that, I now quit being gay! That's right, y'all. The jig is up.
I for one would be excited to welcome Michael Sam to my team if I were coaching in the NFL, not because he would be the first openly gay football player in the NFL, but because he is the epitome of mental toughness.
This is more than just giving us the option of getting married -- if that's what we choose to do -- it's a validation that our lives matter.
What would King say about marriage equality? The short answer, of course, is that nobody knows. Homosexuality was in the closet in King's day so no one can say for certain. There are, however, a few clues.
Sure, the religious right is still teamed up with conservative politicians in their battle against gay marriage, abortion, and immigration reform -- but the days of Americans actually heeding what they say is over.
Take your eyes off the Sochi Olympics long enough to take our Week to Week news quiz and test your current affairs skills.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Dick and Duane, the husband-and-husband comedy team. Dick (aka Richie Cohen aka Monkey) and Duane (aka Duane Tragis aka Ape) have been a couple since their teens (32 years and counting) and performing together since the '80s.
Amidst all the ruckus, babies continue to have their diapers changed and kids are scolded and praised. -- one loving straight or gay family at a time, parents and non-parents alike, too preoccupied to read let alone heed every blow-by-blow of the partisan tug-of-war.
Demystifying the process isn't that complicated. People are afraid of a "no" -- so how can you be sure of a yes? Here are three simple steps to getting your nearest and dearest to accept your proposal.
What's the statute of limitations on bringing up questions that should have, theoretically, been answered years earlier?
In culture war clashes, the word "sin" gets flung around loosely -- many Christians claim to "call a sin a sin," "take a stand against sin," and not "enable or aid sin." If I were to simply observe the issues on which Christians "take a stand," I'd conclude that the entire doctrine of sin is concerned primarily with sexual activity.
A bill in Indiana that would ban marriage equality saw last-minute changes that could either doom it or hasten its passage, and a hearing in Virginia has gone from "yes" to "maybe" to "yes" to "no" to "yes."
I talked with Ted Allen, television personality and host of the Food Network's Chopped, about Dining Out for Life, the HIV/AIDS fundraiser that takes place in 60 cities across North America on Thursday, April 24.