Interestingly enough, even American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers members in the states that currently don't allow same-sex marriage have noted an increased number of consultations with same-sex couples to discuss cohabitation agreements and other legal strategies.
I had the opportunity to come across Thomas Hill, the current grand slam champion of the D.C. youth slam team. His piece is featured in this video from the D.C. youth slam that happened back in February. Take a moment to take in the brilliance of this poet's work and check out more of his stuff on the interwebs!
When I first arrived in New York nearly 20 years ago, one of the most vivid impressions of my new home city was the first Gay Pride parade I saw. After being thrown out of my country for speaking out on gay issues, seeing such a massive and festive demonstration of freedom and unity was a total revelation for me.
On the third anniversary of New York's landmark law, it is clear that the arc of history has bent toward recognizing and legalizing loving, committed relationships between couples, regardless of their sex. But there is much more to be done. How can we best change the hearts and minds of those most violently opposed to our equal rights?
I remember my first LGBT Pride March; it was NYC in 1984. That June, I was living in Chelsea -- not paying rent, just living there with my boyfriend on his working dime. He was 39, about to turn 40, and I was 19.
(Right) Mom and Dad (Edith and Francis Schaeffer) in L'Abri 1972 "The very fabric of the universe is unknowable and stranger than we can imagine and ...
Scary as it might seem to break the Windex shine on the windows of our lives, often, that breakage is the exact medicine we need to catapult our lives into a new realm of inner peace, happiness and self-awareness in order to achieve the ultimate "AL" -- Authentic Life!
Since the publication of Jo Becker's controversial Forcing the Spring, it's fair to say that the Prop 8 legal team have been on the defensive. A lot of us have wondered what they thought about the book, so last week I interviewed Ted Olson, a lifelong Republican and former solicitor general under George W. Bush, and put these and other questions to him.
The movement for international LGBT rights is not going to be won overnight. And while meetings in Stockholm or Washington, D.C. are important, the real work is being done by the on-the-ground activists in countries like Uganda, India, Myanmar, Lebanon, and Russia, many of whom risk their lives on a day-to-day basis.
In my reading of scripture, God simply does not have a lot to say on the specific topic of marriage. Marriage in the Bible is just a part of the stories, not the moral of them, and it was a completely different institution from our modern images of just, loving, equal romantic relationships.
If we continue to advocate for some people being treated as "less than" others in any way, how can we claim the Gospel as our mandate with any credibility?
I have long thought that LGBT can be seen as the proverbial "canary in the mine shaft," since in places where individuals, institutions, and entire societies marginalize, commit violence against, and deny basic human rights to LGBT people, other social groups face similar adverse treatment as well.
I ran for a legislative seat here in Oregon and lost. But during the endorsement process I gained an interesting insight into politics: In the eyes of most LGBT groups, regardless of whether you're an avid supporter of LGBT rights, an "R" by your name is a scarlet letter.
It hurts my heart beyond measure that my son, whom I loved so very much, didn't feel he could confide in me when he was most vulnerable. I want other parents to let their children know that regardless of their sexual orientation, their gender identity, and especially their HIV status, they are loved, supported, and valued.
Hillary Clinton supports the freedom to marry. And while she has not always supported it, that puts her in no different category than President Obama or any number of other high-profile Americans who have come to understand marriage as a fundamental right. It also puts her in the same category as me.