Jefferson recognized that in a country as diverse as ours, allowing the religious beliefs of some to dictate the fundamental rights of others would be destructive to our nation's foundations of liberty and equality.
Three of the progressive movements that are most active right now are Black Lives Matter, the push for LGBT rights, and the push for a minimum/living wage. Each of these movements is powerful on its own. Working together, they can achieve much more. And they are coming together.
Efforts to reverse those changes -- masquerading as "religious freedom," "pro-life," and "voter fraud" laws -- are rampant, but if public opinion polls are any guide, the rising demographic of young and diverse Americans will pose an increasingly powerful counterforce to reactionary politicians.
Peeved that they couldn't deny LGBT Americans marriage equality, lawmakers in Indiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina and a couple of other Republican controlled states cooked up a plan to prevent same sex couples from getting wedding cakes, flowers, doves... and pizza.
For whatever reason, while I was swinging by the office with the kids to do something I'd forgotten, she asked about my wife. I told her I'm gay and have a husband. She asked "Is your wife gay too?"
Fiorina wrongly suggests Cook might be so mad at Indiana's anti-gay stance that he threatened to boycott the state -- a promise he never uttered. Just the opposite. Instead, he promised that while he sells Apple products in Indianapolis or Bloomington, or anywhere around the globe, "everyone is welcome."
When questioned about Ted Cruz's chances of reaching the White House, Hope said: "In the case of Cruz, cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, fish AND pigs will fly".
It makes me squirm that we are still talking about this, that a straight woman is being asked to discuss whether or not her gay sisters and brothers should or should not be granted their basic civil rights.
Erica Kay-Webster knows homelessness first hand after being cast out by her family at age 15 because of her status as a transgender individual. She found herself on the streets of New York City enduring unspeakable hardships. She attempted suicide twice by the age of 17.
With all the political frenzy about both religious freedom and discrimination, the pundits always seem to come back to the same classic case: a baker contemplating whether to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
In Hawai'i, the right of LGBT people to live free of discrimination is viewed not as an attack on faith but as an intrinsic part of the spiritual belief in aloha -- love, honor and respect for all.
Democrats have learned they can fight back by rallying around diversity and inclusion. It works, as we just saw in Indiana. Republicans were shocked -- shocked! -- to discover that gay issues have become just a big a political minefield as race.
Could Jesus have been gay? This is not a new question for many theologians, and certainly not for me. I've played the central role in Terrence McNally's gay passion play Corpus Christi for the past nine years now. And with that exploration has come this beautiful yin and yang of backlash and catharsis that has transcended art and completely transformed my life as I knew it.
So, is Silicon Valley becoming the "epicenter of social change," as Michelle Quinn, the San Jose Mercury News reporter who approached me, suggests in her column? It remains to be seen whether the tech sector will continue to have an outsized impact on social and political issues driving the national dialogue.
In 1942, with the United States newly entered into the Second World War, the Lonestar Restaurant Association in Texas printed flyers for its members to paste on their windows that read: "No Negroes, Mexicans or Dogs Allowed."
It should not be surprising that male-dominated state legislatures are now passing so-called "religious freedom" bills. They have little to do with religion and everything to do with power.