Seventy-five years ago, another king couldn't take up the job because he wanted to wed a divorcée; no one's challenging Prince Charles' right of succession for doing the same. So if gay Christians want to borrow some traditions of marriage, why should the fuddy-duddy bishops stop them?
She moved from the suburbs into New York's Greenwich Village, where she found a vibrant lesbian community, and reclaimed joy. The mother who had been so profoundly depressed throughout my childhood wrote me, "I wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and am so happy to be alive."
No, it's not a typo. It's a new word, meaning the lies people tell in order to justify homophobia. My friend Giles Fraser, an extraordinarily clever English clergyman, invented it. And so he inspired me to start a list of the lies people tell in order to justify homophobia.
The whole "leads to" reasoning seems to spring from a dearth of convincing arguments against marriage itself. Denying people the right to legally structure their lives around a loving relationship doesn't make good copy.
We have built a safe space, financially and professionally and emotionally. But we are the lucky ones. It's easy for gays like us to say, "We don't need parades anymore. We don't need Pride." We aren't the ones still trying to survive.
Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayettesville, N.C. gives "dads" special dispensation to punch their gender-nonconforming kids and snap their limp wrists. The reason I bring this hateful bile to your attention is that it brings to mind a recent study.
Lately I have really been deconstructing my views on sexuality to get to the bottom of why women are treated unfairly. I've invited back the gorgeous sex educator Carlin Ross to help me break down my issues.
This is the story of Nathan and Tristan. Nathan is that self-professed former "Bible-banging homophobe" who (along with some other like-minded, reformed individuals) decided to attend a local gay pride parade to apologize for the way the church has treated homosexuals.
Perhaps nasty homophobes are, the study gently suggests, to be empathized with, to be offered a modicum of compassion and understanding, due to the abject tragedy of their ignoble fate. And perhaps this offering is one of the most difficult challenges you can name.
In the trailer for his new documentary Monumental, Kirk Cameron has an 'a-ha!' moment: "So hold on. The United States Congress was commissioning and printing Bibles to be given to all the people because they knew that that's what would... make America flourish and thrive!"