Recent events have put me at the center of a strange and troubling irony. Just as our nation is making steady progress toward embracing the rights of same-sex couples to marry, my own denomination, the United Methodist Church, continues to deny such rights to gay and lesbian persons, even within its own membership
Kevin Grayson, a star wide receiver for the University of Richmond from 2008-2011, has come out publicly as gay in an interview with WTVR in Richmond, Va. (video below) He told the station he was out to select teammates, but is now out to the world.
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Tuesday proposed a gay rights amendment to the Senate's immigration bill, prompting one of the measure's Republican sponsors to repeat his prediction that it could sink the legislation.
Educational lobbying organization StudentsFirst named Tennessee State Rep. John Ragan, the co-sponsor of Tennessee's infamous "Don't Say Gay" bill, as "education reformer of the year." The organization also called him a "leading advocate for change."
Over the past few days, I have received both letters of support as well as letters suggesting that I pursue “ex-gay therapy” in response to Sunday's events. Regardless, the positive responses have been overwhelming and have provided me with a deeper understanding of why our presence at St. Patrick’s Cathedral was so important, because in the eyes of Christ, all are welcome.
It was with this message of “all are welcome” that His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, greeted me last November in his Manhattan office.
Media should stop distracting Americans with coverage about the political games being played around immigration reform, which reduces it to simply an "issue" and as a result divorces it from the people whose lives hang in the balance.