Indisputably, change is a constant force that ceaselessly shapes us as a society: Change makes the tides rise and the leaves turn color; Change brings life into the world and it takes life away. It freed the slaves in our country and gave women the right to vote. And, pretty soon, change will bring marriage equality to all couples.
Attorney Charles Cooper defended California’s Prop 8 that banned Marriage Equality. It was during his defending argument before The Supreme Court that he learned his step-daughter Ashley was a lesbian. He is now helping with the plans for Ashley’s wedding to the woman she loves.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is coming out against a ballot measure that would legally protect individuals and businesses who refuse to provide commercial services to LGBT weddings if they have religious objections.
Retired Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert officiated the marriage of two Birmingham, Alabama men in love on October 25, 2013, defying church rules forbidding clergy from supporting marriage equality. Soon after the wedding ceremony complaints were filed by the local Bishop and the Council of Bishops.
Resistance is growing to Arizona's bill, SB 1062, which would permit businesses and individuals to deny not only LGBT people, but virtually anyone, any services they provide based on the provider's individual religious beliefs.