The question of marriage equality has both civil and religious implications. In fact, the majority decision by the Second Circuit Courts of Appeal is evidence of this. The decision states that: “[…] law (federal or state) is not concerned with holy matrimony. Government deals with marriage as a civil status--however fundamental--and New York has elected to extend that status to same-sex couples. A state may enforce and dissolve a couple’s marriage, but it cannot sanctify or bless it. For that, the pair must go next door.”
Ryan Andresen was removed from the Boy Scouts due to his sexual orientation. The Mr. Diablo-Silverado Boy Scout Council stands by their policy of removing gay, Boy Scouts. Ryan's mother, Karen Andresen started the petition which now has over 400,00 signatures.
For the very first time, every top cable news network is taking part in Spirit Day able news networks CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and HLN are participating in Spirit Day today, with anchors on all four networks donning purple to take a stand against bullying and support LGBT youth. Plus, business news leader CNBC has had anchors in purple throughout dayparts for the third year in a row!
Spirit Day seeks to acknowledge the pain that all of us in the LGBT community and our allies have felt with the loss of so many young lives due to bullying. Millions of people have responded to Brittany's call to wear purple in honor of the victims of bullying in our nation and around the world.
The Ram lauds Father Martin’s call on Catholics to support the efforts of “Spirit Day,” particularly given some Church leaders’ attitudes toward other LGBTQ issues and, as Martin acknowledges, the fact that many gay and lesbian Catholics do not feel accepted by their Church.
Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter decided last night to make a joke about family rejection of LGBT youth. If you disagree with Coulter and want to stand with the millions who support and embrace LGBT young people then join us for Spirit Day on October 19 and go purple today on Facebook and Twitter.