These annual firings are tragic, pointless, and inflict great harm. The discharged teachers, of course, are the most seriously injured, but so are all the people associated with the schools -- students, graduates, parents, and staff. The Catholic school system is diminished in the eyes of the public. And the church as a whole is made to suffer.
There is no one above, and no one below. There are wrong actions, not wrong people. There are dangerous risks, not dangerous souls. From now on, there is no one above, and no one below me. From now on, I view each of you, each of us, as human.
On its face, the Louisiana marriage case seems straightforward enough: As in over 30 other states, the plaintiffs have sued for access to marriage on the grounds of due process and equal protection. What's unusual in the case is the bizarrely error-filled ruling delivered recently by Judge Martin Feldman.
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Families like mine are the new reality in America. While pundits and politicians have used "family values" as an artificial dividing line in our nation, the kind of family they imagine is obsolete.
After 28 years together Kim and Renate celebrated their legal marriage in the fall of 2013 and remain passionately thoughtful and engaged in questions of coming out, falling in love and helping couples move from the first blush, butterflies and excitement of a new relationship to the mutual respect, understanding and intimacy that grows after years of togetherness.
Opponents of marriage equality fume that allowing homosexuals to tie the knot makes a mockery of the institution of marriage. Ironically, just the opposite may turn out to be true, because marriage has become so highly prized among gays.
After I divorced my husband, I was not very interested in going out and meeting guys. My priority was to take stock of my situation and figure out how I was going to proceed with my life -- adjusting to being a single dad.
They weren't fired for lewd sex acts, for using their position as a pulpit to advocate, or for pursuing their students with nefarious purpose; rather, these two women's relationship reportedly came to light after the school received a copy of a mortgage application signed by the couple.
J.R. and Cory were legally married until that afternoon when an emergency stay was put in place that made same-sex marriage no longer legal in Indiana. In the eyes of the law their marriage was less than ours.
As a gay man who has spent the last decade working to advance marriage equality, I cheer "yaaaas" with each new marriage victory. And yet, I know that our momentum will quickly be stunted if we sit out the November elections.
In a number of states across the country, including Michigan, Republicans are fighting progress and asking that their states be allowed to discriminate against people based on sexual preference by allowing gay marriage bans approved by voters and state legislatures to remain legal.
What if Brad had been a woman who had taken on the responsibility of her man's children? Uh oh! Now, that woman would be labeled a stepmother, and we all know what that means. She would be looked upon as a mistress for the rest of her life.
Once the 7th Circuit announces its decision on same-sex marriage, the next stage in the appeals process is the United States Supreme Court. As the federal questions underlying these cases are the same, federal law ought to reach a consistent position on whether states may constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.
Last week judges at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals put on a spectacular show when they eviscerated the arguments of anti-gay attorneys from Wisconsin and Indiana. Next week we could see a repeat performance when lawyers present their cases to the Ninth Circuit.
The move toward equality for everyone who wishes to marry is cause for celebration. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on marital status more generally, and to look for ways to equalize those who wish to marry and those who don't.