The harm these laws inflict won't necessarily materialize in litigation. Instead, it will foster, intensify and validate "a climate of the closet." In a climate in which religious values are publicly legitimized, gay people will deploy well-worn tactics of masking, hiding and secrecy.
It makes me squirm that we are still talking about this, that a straight woman is being asked to discuss whether or not her gay sisters and brothers should or should not be granted their basic civil rights.
This is exactly the same argument that was used to justify bans on interracial marriage, and it's essentially saying: "You're free to do whatever you want, as long as you actually do something else."
At first glance, none my circumstances may strike you as remarkable. In fact, maybe you share in many of them. But if I had been born even 50 years earlier, I wouldn't have many of the rights that I have now to love who I love, make choices about my body and own property.
Having dodged the issue several times before on procedural grounds, many scholars think the prospect of the high court approving of same sex marriage is very likely. They are mistaken. It is far more likely that the Court will decide after argument that review or certiorari.
A few months back, he announced a major shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba, ending a half-century of frostiness, and this week the outlines of a deal to avoid a war with Iran were unveiled, thawing a relationship that froze over back in 1979.
The arc of the moral universe is bending toward justice for gays and lesbians faster than any moral rights revolution in history, as evidenced this week in Indiana.
As the momentum builds toward a United States Supreme Court decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality, the LGBT community in recent weeks has faced an onslaught of proposed state laws aimed at encouraging organizations to refuse to serve LGBT people.
Today, I passed as straight. Sometimes, no matter how hard I try to not have it be a thing, being queer is a thing. It's a truism of coming out that some of us don't "look" queer, and that means we have to come out more often, because otherwise no one will know.
Religious liberty is critically important and, yes, threatened. But the Indiana law was different from the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. And the strong public reaction against it also comes from people who believe in the protection of religious liberty, but not in ways that use it to condone discrimination in the public sphere against anyone.
One fall day in September 2001, I lost almost everything I held dear when I stumbled upon an email not intended for me. In it, I learned that my then-partner of six years, "Rob," had broken the commitments we'd made and that, in fact, I'd been lied to from the start of our relationship.
A same sex couple wishing to purchase goods or services for their wedding does not prevent you from practicing your religion and I'm sorry you practicing your religion should not prevent them from getting what they need for their wedding. To me that is very reason for the separation of the Church from the State.
Yes, be proud of our work this week. But there's so much more to do. Don't think our opponents aren't already regrouping and calibrating their next attack, moving on to other states. We cannot fool ourselves, dazzled by the events, into thinking that because we won a media battle, we have won the war.
What if we lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals claim our entitlement to and protection under the so-called Indiana "Religious Freedom" Law sponsored by Governor Mike Pence. After all, same-sex marriages were common within the early Christian Church.
I met Barney Frank when he was on book tour for his memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage here are 10 things I learned about him:
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