While Roman and Nyro begin to navigate the tween express lane toward adulthood, I find myself connecting with and interpreting the many voices of being a man that I absorbed from my father.
Even if the country would eventually get to national recognition of marriage equality through the democratic process -- and that is a big "if" -- the Court is doing its duty by stepping in now.
When diminutive Uruguay opened its territorial arms to six detainees previously held by the United States in Guantanamo, Cuba, it could hardly have expected the geopolitical impact of its good-will gesture.
As a priest and pastor, I believe in the biblical promise that "the truth will set us free." And the truth is that continuing to discriminate against the marriages of some Americans undermines the liberty of all Americans.
With today's SCOTUS announcement we are entering what we hope will be the last phase of a journey toward greater dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people that started decades ago and has accelerated at a truly astounding rate over the last year and a half. A win before the high court would be a watershed moment for the LGBT-rights movement.
You can't have your cake and eat it too, senator. One can't favor rule by popular opinion or rule by court of law only when it's convenient for their cause.
Over the holidays, I was talking on the phone with my sister Jill, when a startling photo popped up on her Facebook feed. "Looks like Jack and Dan got married!" she said.
For the last few weeks, anti-gay groups have been putting forth their best efforts to stop marriage from starting in Florida. But as luck would have it, their best efforts just weren't very good.
Sometimes it's tough to sit through a one-man show, as so many factors are in play. Not only the actor and the text, but the subject matter as well.
I have opinions, and if you read my weekly blogs regularly you know that I do not hesitate to voice those opinions. But I am not opinionated. I like to think that I base my opinions on "evidence and good reason."
On January 9, the United States Supreme Court will discuss whether to review of one or more of the five marriage equality cases now before it. We, like millions of other LGBT Americans, will have to wait for the Court's public announcement, which could come later in January.
Invoking tradition is another way of saying, "this is the way we've always done it, and we have no obligation to change." That may be an explanation of how the law got to where it is now, but it cannot provide a justification for why it should remain that way.
It appears Jeb Bush is trying to resurrect his brother's version of compassionate conservatism when it comes to same-sex marriage and the LGBT community. He has now made various comments on the issue trying to please all sides. As a member of the LGBT community, I think it is crucial that we not accept any of his versions.
After what seemed like an eternity, Florida has finally embraced marriage equality, albeit by force. Federal Judge Robert Hinkle ruled, back in August, that it was unconstitutional for Florida to ban gay marriage. Despite his ruling, many hurdles were to come, all on account of one woman.
This week I talked with playwright/actress Terry Baum about her solo play Hick: A Love Story: The Romance of Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt, which is based on 2,336 letters that Mrs. Roosevelt wrote to Ms. Hickok over 30 years.
Once again many in the media have fallen for GOP strategists' attempts to make a candidate seem moderate --"soften" and "softening" seem to be the words of choice for CNN and others -- while he's not changed his hardcore right-wing position at all.