Aside from remarks here and there, I had never directly taken up this issue with my mother. I had never had the provocation to do so until just last month, when a gay relative contacted my sibling to share that my mother had written him with a heavy-handed dose of spiritual advice.
For comedy I turn to Christian bigots, but they have let me down of late. What's missing from the current crop, what today's anti-gay preachers, with their infantile depictions of "poo-poo pansies," fail to provide, is camp.
If you are concerned about the "threat" to marriage posed by letting gays in on the deal, the most recent statistics should be heartening. Marriages today are more enduring and less fragile than they used to be.
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.
The forces of Good in this world do not employ abusers to break sweet spirits. Those of us who were abused, bullied and mistreated have a choice to make: We can hide our injuries or we can stand up for justice and say, "No more."