The church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered. I hope that if you understand how this teaching tears families apart and prevent your bishops from fighting against the acceptance of LGBT people as equal members of society.
Let's resolve that 2013 will be the point in history where we no longer offer the imprimatur of respectability to the notion that a person's sexual orientation is something to be shamed and condemned, nor to anyone who promotes that notion.
If we are to be an exceptional people, it must be because we are an accepting people -- a people with the humility to include our own normalcy in our identity, and to stand up anyway in the midst of difficulties and do what's right.
This month, Faith in America released a comprehensive report, "Addressing Religious Arguments to Achieve LGBT Equality." The strategy memorandum boldly confronts religious arguments head on and offers solutions.
Showing the gay community's strong representation within faith communities is vital, and also providing a home base for those who want support in knocking back bigotry from tax-advantaged institutions in this country is quite needed.
I think Hildebrand will be a good fit. I'm excited about the prospect of having a religious and fact-based organization with the political acumen to respond to the lies about LGBT people that are going to intensify as the political season heats up.