Gay and lesbian couples who seek the full rights (and responsibilities) of marriage are far from the enemies of the "common good of society." In an era of cohabitation and serial monogamy, they and their allies may be marriage's biggest champions.
While the debate over marriage equality is largely philosophical, rooted in deeply held personal beliefs, there is a substantive policy discussion that is often overlooked and worth exploring: religious liberty protections in marriage equality legislation.
Bishop Jeffrey Lee has been such a valiant ally for equality both inside and outside the church. But the particular moment of "stepping up" I'm celebrating was one that came out of his willingness to step up with a letter of support for marriage equality in Illinois.