There has been a lot of strong, hostile reaction from conservatives to the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. The right declares that good citizenship demands that being loyal to religion is a priority, especially for leaders, over upholding one's civic responsibilities.
Women and minorities have secured some rights that are here to stay -- different for each group -- while other rights are still elusive or being stripped away. There is always a backlash to equality, and it could last a very long time, as bigotry doesn't die easily. Like every group, LGBT people have to remain vigilant.
Most folks don't know about Shelley v. Kraemer. No, the better-known equality granting SCOTUS ruling is Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka in 1954. And while folks remember that this granted equal access to public education, few know how quickly their ruling was enforced. And by quickly, I mean slowly.
I'd appreciate some help here. There are sins I know I shouldn't do before marriage. And sins I shouldn't do during marriage. And sins for being single. And gay. And sins for being married and gay.
It was scheduled to rain on a big day for my alma mater, and a university big wig told a reverend to pray for God to hold the rain. The reverend chided, "God might have bigger things to worry about. Maybe he even wants it to rain."
Given the amount of time Fox News spends peddling claims of Christian persecution, you might expect them to have a better understanding of the subject.
The Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage was a good day for America. But it also made official something I've been saying for years: America embraces every lifestyle except one -- being unmarried.
As a relationship expert, I have seen far too many people prematurely jump into relationships not being constitutionally ready for the commitment that coupling requires.
Tradition may tolerate bigotry for a while, may see it as socially acceptable, but over time, the human heart wins out, and decency and equality for everyone shows a new face.
Certain Christians would do well to reflect seriously on why their views on same-sex marriage and gay rights more generally have gone out of favor, rather than attempting a retreat into a countercultural enclave.
The Supreme Court's ruling may be a progressive move for Americans, but this is nothing new for animals. Did you know that at least 1500 species of animals have been engaging in homosexual activity sans judgment from their peers for eons?
The reality is that while dignity may now be declared by the highest court in our land, it is still denied for too many.
Even if some people are gay, and even if some of these gay people are married, we can still all get along. The framework is already in place under the principles of freedom of religion in our own Constitution.
A young gay writer just published an opinion piece telling people to stop displaying the rainbow flag colors on their profile photos. Why? Because "[g]ay pride is not something you can claim by waving a flag." Because "[t]he rainbow symbol is easy to co-opt, but the experience it represents is not." Because these people "were celebrating a victory they had no part in winning."
Our ceremony looked like a wedding. It sounded like a wedding. It felt like a wedding. And it was... and wasn't. Despite having to check "single" on our tax returns and lie when one of us was in the hospital ("she's my sister"), we knew who we were: a married couple deserving legal rights.
Change will take all of us. Come to Vegetarian Summerfest or any vegan fest for the ethics or the environment or your health, stay for the kickass camaraderie and food. Make this the Summer of Veggie Love.