Maybe by seeing a gay black man in a relationship, other gay black men will see long-term relationships as something they can do, too, and perhaps, just perhaps, this can be the catalyst for driving down HIV rates among gay black men.
If Porgy and Bess' history has functioned as a reflection of race relations in America, then we might also think of this show as one of those cultural spaces that invite us to reflect on marriage, as well. The songs powerfully record that desire for freedom to marry in our cultural ear.
For as long as the issue of same-sex marriage has been debated, a seldom-interpreted provision of the Constitution has been a part of the debate. That presumably is what some have in mind in voicing concern about the potential spread of gay marriage -- and plural marriage.
It may be true that the "death to gays" pastors and their followers represent a tiny portion of evangelicals. But a much larger group of white evangelicals is not speaking out against the people making claims in the name of their religious faith.
We need to look at the wider picture. We need to consider the fact that the law treats citizens differently. The law perceives some of us differently. The bullies aren't blind. Whose lead are they following?
Courts have no legal authority to deprive individual citizens of their fundamental constitutional rights until "the voters" decide to grant those rights on their own. Such an approach is incompatible with the very idea of constitutional freedoms.
On every front Mitt Romney and the Republican Party support policies that would exacerbate our inequality. Consider the following ten areas. Mitt Romney's policies would increase inequality in every case.
Public support for the matter makes it inevitable that the Republican Party will eventually have to drop its exorbitant crusade against same-sex marriage if they want a fighting shot at winning seats in Congress or the White House.
I know it's a lot to ask of those who already have the right, but just imagine how much more joyous all of our weddings will eventually be if, for now, we all cancel the parties. Let's reschedule them on the day when we can all celebrate.
For young people who are beginning to realize that they are gay or lesbian, the president's statement carries a hopeful message for the future: You can expect to be able to share a life with someone, to marry and raise a family, if you so choose.
Marriage equality is important, but I challenge the LGBTQ community to work together to prioritize legislation that encompasses a wider range of our community. Not everyone wants to get married. But everyone needs a job.
This is why our founding documents protect both freedom of religion and freedom from religion -- otherwise, those who do not comply with the designated denominations doctrines would be determined to be heretics.
Voting rights are LGBT rights! Elder rights are LGBT rights! Economic rights are LGBT rights! The perfect storm of officials and movements coming together to support the American dream of equality is here.