Love makes the world go round. And when it comes to LGBT civil rights, love is what all the fuss is all about. Two recent books from Cleis Press (both published in 2013) brought the idea of love to the forefront of my mind, in very different ways.
he culture wars might be heating up in these parts as the Oregon Family Council and allies mobilize for a ballot measure exempting Christian business owners from providing services for same-sex weddings.
Using religious principles to deny services to a category of people -- such as gays and lesbians -- collides with the true nature of religious freedom in America. I'm referring here to the religious foundation of our economy.
Marriage is an outdated institution whose symbolic significance has been cheapened by the sheer number of people who casually enter and exit it. But why single out gay marriage as the problem when it's straight people who have been abusing it all along?
Day by day, the list of Coloradans who support the freedom to marry has grown more and more diverse. The issue of marriage equality has fast become one that is bringing Latino communities and families together.
My celebration looks very different and comes with a lot of questions. The bottom line though is that I'm celebrating one way or the other, and I'm lucky that I have something so amazing that I once never dreamed I would have, someone to call home, someone who's mine and vice versa.
Britain has had civil partnerships since 2005, but a clear majority felt that we needed full marriage equality. As of last Saturday, that's what we have. Our view is clear: Marriage is one of our society's most important institutions.
Every man doesn't need a mate. So a toast to being fine with who you are and who you're with (or not with). It's time to explore variety of expression and form without judgment--singly, paired or whatever rocks your boat.
An important question that should precede such accusations too often goes unanswered: When does religious belief become bigotry or unfair bias?
So I'm rocking back and forth, with my feet half way off the curb. I'm 27. Other than two recent (brief and disastrous) stabs at same-sex intimacy, the most overtly gay thing I've done is spend four years at a college where you could major in musical theater.
They were one of 33 couples -- including same-sex couples -- who said "I do" in a mass wedding at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
As a matter of public policy, there is no practical reason to ban gay marriage. When gay people get married, it helps provide stability to their homes. It harms nobody. Conversely, denying gays that right offers no tangible benefit to other people.
Everyone's story is different, and yet all stories have the same basics. You meet someone, you have feelings for someone, you make that known, it works out or not. Neither Arlene nor Clara can remember much detail, other than it was "that kiss" that first sealed it.
While Franklin Graham is deeply misinformed about countless matters, including gay adoption, he's absolutely right about his father: Like his son, Billy Graham cannot accept gays and lesbians just as they are.
I would first like to go on record and just say I can't recall one single positive marriage story in my personal life. I come from a pretty large fami...