On the eve of a historic House vote, the group lobbying to pass gay marriage at Minnesota’s Capitol threw its weight Wednesday behind a proposed change to the bill that gives more comfort to churches opposing same-sex marriage and could make it easier for Republicans to support it.
I wrote an open letter addressing the discrimination that I endured by not allowing me to speak at my Arkansas high school alma mater. I felt like I couldn’t keep silent any longer, and needed to let not only the superintendent, but for the wider world to know how much their actions have hurt me and my family.
I never imagined my letter would spark such an outpouring of love from hundreds of complete strangers. Most amazingly I also received a surprising confession from a man who once bullied me.
50 years ago today, John F. Kennedy announced a truce between the police and government of Birmingham, Alabama, and civil rights protesters who had been demonstrating and boycotting for 35 days. Within 14 months, President Johnson had signed the Civil Rights act, followed shortly thereafter by the Voting Rights Act. The Gay Rights Movement is currently undergoing a similar surge in momentum. "You can't say what's happening in the gay rights movement is happening in a vacuum.
Founded in 2011, Strong Families set out ensure all mothers are celebrated on Mother's Day, including moms who are low-income, young, immigrant, LGBTQ, as well as single moms, incarcerated moms, and moms struggling with substance abuse.
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
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.