We seem to be maybe, finally, oh so slowly going through a sea change on lesbian and gay rights. Cultural acceptance -- incomplete still, of course -- came first, and it seems like maybe political and religious acceptance may follow.
Senators Shaheen and Portman have drafted a bill that not only asks consumers to become more energy-efficient but also asks the same of our government. This legislation won't just decrease electric bills in the short-term, it's also good for our economy in the long run.
Following the horrific events at the Boston Marathon, Facebook posts revealed an additional horror: many posters were once again willing to abandon civil protections and principles in a vain effort to stop all terrorism.
With politicians there is a lot talk of "acceptance" and "tolerance" when it comes to homosexuality. I accept the fact that I have to pay taxes. I tolerate the fact that I have to go to the dentist. Why should either of those words apply to how a parent feels about their child?
Before the applause for Senator Portman grows too enthusiastic, let's also note that his embrace of marriage equality reveals a fundamental failure of empathy in the first place. After all, we ought to assume that if not for his gay son, Portman would still oppose gay marriage.
We must hold ALL elected officials and ourselves to higher standards of equality. We must break down the silos whether by community, issue or campaign. We must be bold, visionary and steadfast in our commitment to social and economic justice.
To say a politician has flip-flopped ties the politician to his changing position. Flip-flopping is an intentional action, an opportunistic one. Evolving evokes a metaphor external to the agency of a politician.
Few pundits think that the justices will legalize gay marriage across the board, if for no other reason than the Court's anxiousness over a potential backlash from the public. I believe these fears the justices may hold are misguided.
Arianna Huffington and Mary Matalin discuss the two greatest cultural shifts in our lifetimes -- women at work and gays in society. Are Sheryl Sandberg and Rob Portman inflection points? Goodbye to Buchanan and Scalia?
Sen. Portman caught some flack last week for only supporting gay rights after discrimination hit home to his own family. Sen. Chambliss represents the flipside of what Matt Yglesias called the "politics of narcissism." If it doesn't affect me, Sen. Chambliss is saying, it doesn't matter.