With all the mommies working two jobs and many of the daddies laid off, how do they celebrate Mother's Day? More trenchantly, how do all the gay couples with children celebrate Mother's Day?
Though Kathy and I have been building a life together for 22 years, we cannot marry in our home state -- the state where I was born, and where I serve in Houston's highest office. Texas, like 40 other states, does not allow same-sex couples to marry.
When I came out I told my mother and brothers first. All three , within 2 sentences and 30 seconds implored me to not tell my father.
When I told my daughter that Delaware passed gay marriage this week, she was puzzled. "Why don't they already have it?"
Divorce doesn't need any extra punishment. Many men and women going through it already feel like failures without the help of any legal entities. There's got to be a way to prevent the pain. And, of course, not make some divorces last longer than the marriages themselves.
I gagged as I read Yasmin Nair's account of activist Angela Davis's recent speech insulting LGBTs who desire the right to marry. Davis says these LGBTs are motivated by a desire for "bourgeois respectability."
It's not difficult to imagine a few years from now a political landscape controlled by a Democratic dynasty, where the only Republicans left in office come from states and districts where the small minority of folks who voted for them share their ignorant, intolerant 1950's ideals.
It's about a man, whom I knew as a boy, coming out on top despite the narrow minds of our small town that tried to maim him.
Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree, only wanting to fully participate in his son's marriage, unwittingly became a symbol of religious defiance. He told The New York Times, "I actually wasn't thinking of it as an act of civil disobedience or church disobedience. I was thinking of it as a response to my son."
I read in the Marshall Independent that you intend to vote against the same-sex marriage bill today. As a Minnesota native, this news breaks my heart. As your constituent, I implore you to reconsider.
On year ago President Obama's ABC News interview marked an inflection point in the marriage equality debate, and though it might yet take some time for the legal reality of equal marriage laws to catch up to the political reality, an undeniable shift has occurred.
Do you really think his dating life would have been such a big deal if Mr. Collins had announced that he is dating a white woman? Well, maybe in my native South half of a century ago it would have been a big deal -- hopefully, those days are long gone. But those days are still here for gay men.
I know in my heart and in my cells that we are going to make it. It will happen. Right here in Minnesota, there will be marriage equality.
We also should address another vital question, one on which most people of every political and religious stripe presumably would agree: Shouldn't our nation's laws, policies and practices serve "the best interests of the child?"
Think about it: if coming out as an ally and publicly supporting equality is considered a "distraction," how will an NFL team react to the avalanche of media attention, accolades, hate mail, death threats, etc. when an active player actually comes out as gay?
I talked with Cathy about homophobia, the gay marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the media hype surrounding NBA center Jason Collins' coming out despite the fact that tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Billy Jean King came out way back in 1981.