Honorable mention: Asking me my opinion on the Lady Gaga v. Katy Perry debate. If you're a friend of mine, you know it. If not, it's both presumptuous and none of your damn business.
Would DIMA simply mandate what DOMA proscribed? Or would it go beyond DOMA and specify other ways, besides gender, in which each spouse must differ? Must they be of different races and cultural backgrounds? Will they be expected to speak different languages and practice different religions?
This week I talked with Brian Silva, Executive Director of Marriage Equality USA, which is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots organization working toward full civil marriage equality at the state and federal levels.
DOMA forced the federal government to disrespect the legal marriages of same-sex couples regardless of where they lived. This new bill, if enacted, would force the federal government to disrespect the legal marriages of same-sex couples in (currently) more than half the country.
In an interview with me at the 2008 RNC, Sally Kern repeated a line she'd said before, that "we're becoming so open-minded that our brains are falling out." Well, Kern's brain must be toppling all over the sidewalk, after a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled yesterday that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.
I came out of the closet in 1999, and at that moment I accepted the fact that I would not have kids. It is 12 years later now, and my brother Marc and his husband Mike are having twins -- proof that times have really changed. Their story is so inspirational that I had to share it.
Marriage equality is officially on hold in Utah, but new polling data indicate that the public is quickly coming around.
Young people at Eastside Catholic High School, a private school in a suburb of Seattle, Washington have taken this Pope's words as infallible, but, unfortunately, the administration under the archdiocese of their school must not have received the memo.
No matter how early in the morning it is, or whatever mood you are in, there is a person out there looking to make your day better.
Shortly before starting high school, my mom convinced me that a change might do me some good. So following a summer sweeping and stripping floors and hauling trash as a janitor at the elementary school, I moved four hours south, a world away.
She makes me believe in happily-ever-afters, and I wanted her to be mine.
The shame is not that Aaron Schock may possibly be gay. The shame is not even that one like Schock may wish to remain private, nor is it that he lied. The shame is that the 'closeted' politician sits in Washington and actively votes against his gay brothers and sisters.
The larger issue here, which most people are completely missing, is that the Utah case will likely climb its way up to the Supreme Court no matter the outcome in the 10th Circuit, and the Supreme Court's stay is a clue into how the highest court may rule on the broader question: Is it constitutional for states to ban gay marriage?
What the Duck Dynasty controversy illustrates most strongly is that we are more alike than different. Racism and homophobia and sexism all have things in common.
I have heard from many closeted gay men who are in long term marriages to women. They are part of a generation that has been left behind by the progression in public opinion towards gays and trapped in a time warp that prevents them from making a change.
I had given her a cute little promise ring (made from a coconut with a turtle on it -- in Hawaii; don't judge, because she loved it), but it was time to get the real one on her finger.