The reaction to last week's decision taught me that for the LGBTQ community, both within and outside the church, it matters when a historic institution aligns itself on the side of the scorned and oppressed.
When it comes to same-sex weddings, I stand pretty firm in my beliefs that a wedding is a wedding and anytime the word "wedding" is proceeded with the word, "gay", and followed by the word "package", I cringe. But do we really need that welcome, or are we as a community possibly taking advantage of the extra attention?
When I first arrived in New York nearly 20 years ago, one of the most vivid impressions of my new home city was the first Gay Pride parade I saw. After being thrown out of my country for speaking out on gay issues, seeing such a massive and festive demonstration of freedom and unity was a total revelation for me.
On the third anniversary of New York's landmark law, it is clear that the arc of history has bent toward recognizing and legalizing loving, committed relationships between couples, regardless of their sex. But there is much more to be done. How can we best change the hearts and minds of those most violently opposed to our equal rights?
When the rights of groups conflict, it makes little sense that the historically privileged should be deemed the aggrieved party. But courtrooms and legislatures are not our only ground. We must reach in honesty and clarity across the social divide.
The dancing and partying was on at the Stonewall Inn when the raid and ensuing riots occurred the early morning of June 28, 1969, yet it was 38 years later in 2007 when I realized the historic significance of the uprising.
Does your God still condone slavery? No? Your God has changed over the centuries, hasn't He? Why haven't you?
Since the publication of Jo Becker's controversial Forcing the Spring, it's fair to say that the Prop 8 legal team have been on the defensive. A lot of us have wondered what they thought about the book, so last week I interviewed Ted Olson, a lifelong Republican and former solicitor general under George W. Bush, and put these and other questions to him.
We give our "Roots" as our employees are called, the day off to celebrate and more importantly, to remember and acknowledge a major milestone in the civil rights movement in this country -- the legalization of gay marriage in the largest state in the land.
This decision seems very much like the PCUSA is letting the state decide for it whether or not same sex marriages are acceptable.
In my reading of scripture, God simply does not have a lot to say on the specific topic of marriage. Marriage in the Bible is just a part of the stories, not the moral of them, and it was a completely different institution from our modern images of just, loving, equal romantic relationships.
If I had to say what was the best thing that's happened in the entire world in the last 10 years, it would be the arrival of gay marriage in America.
Professional sports commissioners and team owners should follow President Obama's lead and ban LGBT discrimination on the field and in the locker room, in boardrooms and contracting, among fans and employees -- and they should do it now, in this national month of Gay Pride.
Rick, do you ever wonder what happens to gay men and women when they try to force themselves to live a lie? Well Rick, I've got news for you. Most mixed orientation marriages end catastrophically, with both partners greatly damaged. I was in one of those marriages.
Here's the short story: We're a legally married, Washington State couple living the life of our dreams. But it wasn't an easy road.