Because of the way the Mormon Church works, you're either with them 100 percent on everything or you're out. If you are LGB or T and act on it, then you will be excommunicated, your name will be removed from Church records and you're no longer a member.
I can sit down with my husband and have a conversation about our need to be in an open relationship, so we can both enjoy all of the rides at Adventureland, as Davey Wavey suggests, or we can decide to have healthy boundaries that move us both towards closer intimacy and monogamy.
Fundamentalism is a problem regardless of the religion to which it pertains, since it brings with it a highly conservative mentality that only benefits a few. Gateway fundamentalism is the slow and steady encroachment of religion through once-secular government and democratic processes.
Until the Pope sits down with a pen to reconcile Church doctrine with what is truthfully occurring in nature, much as he did with climate change, he endorses nothing and sets gay people up for even more betrayal -- because Pope Francis cannot assure the world that his successor will be as "gay friendly."
I write with deep respect. I write because I have seen the terror of an abusive marriage and the angst of Catholic couples who long for respect and acceptance from their Church; and I have seen the suffering.
Twenty years ago, the hardest words to ever come out of my mouth were, "I'm gay" -- and unfortunately, the reactions weren't as positive or as humorous as the reactions I get now. For so many young LGBTQ, the reactions still aren't favorable.
Nearly 6 years ago my firefighter husband, Captain Thomas Araguz, was killed in the line of duty. While this was a horrific tragedy, the torture continued as my marriage was voided and all of the support that most widows of fallen heroes receive disappeared.
If I had to offer advice to other gay or straight couple's that are considering adoption it would be to simply 'do your homework.'
I feel weird praising someone who represents the Catholic Church for simply practicing what he and his predecessors have been preaching for centuries. It isn't liberal to care that people are dying. It isn't revolutionary to want people to act with love before they act with hate.
Pope Francis has inaugurated the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. The three-week gathering of bishops from around will focus on married couples, parents and family.
The notion that there is one "traditional" type of biblical marriage is not supported by the Bible.
As the leaders of the Catholic Church gather in Rome for the second phase of the Synod on the future of the family, many African Catholics are insisting that the world should listen to what Africans are saying.
In the midst of earthquake reconstruction and political violence in the country's south, Nepal's new constitution provides a reason for many citizens to celebrate -- particularly its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community.
"...and I sail off to thunderous applause"
Now that marriage equality is the law of the land and LGBT couples can get married in every state--and have their marriage recognized in every state--let's talk about the radical new possibilities for living, learning, and loving together.
Simply put, the State Department does not need to tell straight parents that they are the norm because, trust me, everyone else does a good job of that already.