For years Alan Koch sat in different churches, listening to preachers talk about diversity and equality. They'd list race, gender, social status. He'd sit up in his chair, heart rate quickening, stomach fluttering -- this time, would he be included? Time after time the list stopped short of sexual orientation.
The Rev. Robert Jeffress has changed the way he talks about homosexuality from the pulpit. The pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas hasn't stopped preaching that homosexual sex is sinful, but he no longer singles it out for special condemnation.
Marriott hotels were founded by John Willard Marriott and are currently run by his son, Bill Marriott, who are devout members of the Mormon Church. But the Marriotts refused to contribute to Prop 8 campaigns and have offered domestic-partner benefits since the late 1980s.
Last Election Day more than $30 million dollars was spent by the combined pro and anti-gay marriage coalitions. I witnessed first-hand the amount of money they were trying to raise, simply to keep up with anti-gay organizations "protecting marriage" for the 50 percent of heterosexual ones that don't end in divorce. I wondered why we had to waste so much money on issues like this when there are 17 million children in the United States who don't have access to sufficient food.