As arch-conservatives cling to definitions of marriage as between a man and a woman, more and more Americans come to believe that people have the right to marry whom they love.
While the Supreme Court's right flank seems uncomfortable recognizing gay families, Anthony Kennedy, the presumptive swing Justice, is recognizing history's swing toward equality.
Dem leaders finally follow public sentiment, 2016 contenders and coming out for gay rights & though the Republican Party lags behind, more GOP voices are calling for change.
In the end, people love who they love, couples have the right to start families, and why stand in the way of a great wedding?
Whether through Courts, States or the Capitol, before long, even the Grand Old Party will be celebrating a Gay Old Party, and we'll all be better off for it.
Speculate about SCOTUS, pipe up about politics & pass around a pitcher to share a toast as you gather with like-minded lefties at your local progressive social club.
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The invitation came as soon as the ballots were counted, and the opposition conceded. My friends were engaged to be married. It took a state initiative to accomplish the deed, but the right of this couple to wed was confirmed, and certified. This weekend, the end of their long journey is in sight; and they will speak the vows they fought together to take. My friends’ gay wedding has renewed my faith in marriage.
Thousands of gay and straight people worked tirelessly in 2012 to get Initiative 74 approved, and gay marriage solidified as an inalienable human right in Washington State. People I know, including the couple getting married tomorrow, put time, money, and emotional energy into this righteous cause- creating an atmosphere of sacredness around the timeless ritual. Marriage was renewed.
The institution of marriage is in desperate need of renewal. Read more
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Last week, eHarmony, a dating site, was hit with a lawsuit by Eric McKinley for allegedly discriminating against gays, lesbians and transgender. eHarmony did not offer an option for homosexual couples until recently after the settlement, which included a $5,000 payment to McKinley for grief and a one year complimentary membership; they also created a website titled Compatible Partners specifically for homosexual partners. Read more
I’m certain that Chic-fil-A’s President Dan Cathy will eventually understand the cost of being outspoken about your active support for denying the rights of same-sex couples to marry can be expensive, as far as profits and loss of a percentage of at least some of your customers, and probably forever will.
Mr. Cathy had just recently told an online newspaper that he supports “the biblical definition of the family unit” and that gay marriage was “arrogant”. Read more
I realize the Christian Right is having a tizzy over same-sex marriage. But then I really don’t care. All my life I’ve watched heterosexuals fall in love and get married and then fall out of love and into divorce, and believe me; I’m not impressed. So if someone who thinks they know God can come along and tell me that we gays can’t do that – fall in love and get married, I’m not listening.
Now I’m not saying gay people will do any better than heterosexuals at marriage but one thing I do know; gay people won’t be getting married because one of them got pregnant. Surely there might be some exceptions to the rule; we gays are a mixed bunch. Read more
When Boston Mayor Thomas Menino came out against Chick-Fil-A after its CEO expressed opposition to gay marriage, numerous grassroots campaigns throughout the nation followed suit encouraging people to take their business elsewhere. If your Facebook is anything like mine, it’s probably full of statuses standing with, or against, the Boston Mayor. Read more
I think it’s probably safe to say that gay marriage is eventually going to happen in America, and I don’t mean state by state. What I mean is the end of DOMA and then legislation federally recognizing gay marriage as being legal.
If that happens, we can count on it being taken to the U.S. Supreme Court. What we then can pray for is that our conservative majority will surprise us again as they did with the Affordable Care Act and finally allow it to stand. Read more
Let's face it, I am a news junkie. I watch all sorts of news/infortainment/opinion programs every day, and I've been increasingly distressed to see the news programs degenerating into infotainment, more and more slanted to reflect the host's prejudices, and rarely being newsworthy to boot. Read more
Coming from a small town and growing up in the 70s and around a lot of people who had problems with those who were different, I kept my homosexuality to myself. I knew that if the fact I was gay came out my life would never be the same; I’d be ostracized, ridiculed and possibly even face great danger.
I also had to listen to the jokes and snide remarks about not only gay people but African-Americans, Hispanics or anyone that was different. Being defensive in those days could get you deep in trouble too so it was best to just keep your mouth shut. Read more
I am certain that over the course of America’s history there have been many visionaries, those who could look into the future of this great land and see the bustling growth of a nation and the opportunities and possibilities that it presented.
I am also most assured that many of those visionaries saw something deeper than the threads of industry and the stretching forth of infrastructure and commerce. Some surely saw a land that men and women could live free from the shackles of tyranny and the religious edicts of others. A land where anyone could set their own path and fulfill their own dreams, a land of hope for everyone, not just the few, this is what America could be, one undoubtedly envisioned. Read more
Growing up in a Christian home may have its benefits, especially if it’s a loving home with parents who are good people and love their God and their children. There are also children who grow up in very conservative so-called Christian homes where children are instilled with an indoctrination of fear and hate. Just take a look at all the parents who have let their children die or caused their child’s death because of religious beliefs. Read more
Intersex is a group of conditions where there is a discrepancy between the external genitals and the internal genitals (the testes and ovaries).
Throughout my life time, I have had the pleasure and the experience to meet two intersex people. There are very few in society so they don’t get much notice. Intersex people also usually are identified as either a man or a woman, depending on their dominant sex. Read more