It has finally happened. And at Believe Out Loud, we've been watching support from the Christian community pour in from around the country almost immediately after hearing this news.
Angry voices on the so-called "Christian right" are already screaming about President Obama's "war on religion," but today's announcement regarding same-sex marriage was actually an inspiring religious pronouncement.
Leaders lead. Today our president showed us what leadership looks like by affirming that the equal protection guaranteed by the Constitution should actually protect all Americans -- including those Americans married to spouses of the same sex.
No one can predict how much political capital President Obama will gain or lose as a result of his courageous effort to support our freedom to marry. What we can foresee is that he will end his service as president knowing that he did the right thing.
I wear my yarmulka because I am proud: I am Jewish and gay. I am equally proud of both identities and would not want see anyone discriminated against because of either.
Are we referring to our unique tastes and preferences? Are we referring to our experience of deep personal bonds and emotional attachments? Or are we referring to our connection to a higher spiritual Truth?
This last year, I've learned something incredibly important: that my friend was wrong, profoundly, painfully, perfectly wrong: we can experience intimacy. Real, challenging, transformative intimacy.
The energy and enthusiasm that was in the air at the 2012 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, held in Washington, D.C., was e...
How's it possible that the more religious America becomes the more the institution of marriage crumbles? A huge part of the problem is that we are mired in religious distractions that take us away from focusing on core issues.
God knew me and loved me before I was even formed. God chose to make me bisexual.
When developing gay life in America starts to surface in books about the era, gay spirituality will emerge as one of the more fascinating subjects. A significant new book that deals with the subject has just appeared.
I admire couples who decide that their love and commitment are worthy of all the legal protections available to them, and who pave the way for those behind them no matter the cost.
I am glad that LGBTQ people feel freer to be who they are and love whom they love. I believe it is good that people in dead or violent marriages can escape them more readily.
Now is not the time for us to shy away from challenging ourselves to make substantive change for the better. We have the opportunity to raise the bar in the faith-based world by forging a culture in which inclusivity, diversity and equality are paramount.
"Kids these days, they can be so cruel." But I think this is just a phrase we toss around to excuse ourselves from facing the truth. Because I don't think kids are any crueler than adults.
Many LGBT Jews may not have the luxury of a synagogue that welcomes them. However, an ambitious project aims to train congregations cross across denominations to become safe and welcoming spaces for all Jews.