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Previewing the next anti-marriage equality manifesto

Sunday, February 15, 2015
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Top leaders of the Christian Right plan to issue a fresh manifesto against marriage equality in March.  It may be the defining document for the anti-marriage equality forces in the run up to the legal show down at the Supreme Court this summer (not to mention the 2016 presidential elections). [...]

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A gay dad’s letter to Austin Wallis, and the high school that rejected him

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Austin Wallis (right) is comforted by his boyfriend, Nicolay.
The world of teens and tweens can be a treacherous one. As the dad to two 12 year olds, I see it as a world where childhood cushions and play have fallen away and new, somewhat complex challenges have emerged. It is a world where peer relationships and socializations... [...]

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A gay dad’s letter to the school that is censoring a mural of a kiss

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
A mural of two teens kissing was originally approved by the school principal was covered up following complaints.
The kiss. For some reason, it, and the experience of giving and getting one, is a completely integrated aspect of the high school experience. While puckers may have been planted in earlier years, it is the high school ones that create the milestones to adulthood ... the magic of our [...]

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An unexpected win for religious freedom

Sunday, February 1, 2015
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Religious Freedom Day, the most significant national Day that few had ever heard of, emerged from the shadows this year. There were no picnics or fireworks or speeches by elected officials — and the press largely ignored it. But so much happened just below the national radar. [...]

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Mario Cuomo’s lesson on challenging the political authority of the Church

Sunday, January 18, 2015
New York Gov. Mario Cuomo speaks at the University of Notre Dame in 1984.
The first thing I thought of when I heard that former New York governor Mario Cuomo had died was his extraordinary speech at the University of Notre Dame in 1984. I was not alone. ... It was a speech from which Americans who disagree with teachings of their religious tradition [...]

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A gay dad sounds off on the lies and abuse of TLC’s ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Jeff Bennion and his wife Tanya kiss in front of their home near Salt Lake City. The couple are featured in the TLC special, "My Husband's Not Gay."
Reality TV is not an area in which I have much comfort. I don’t know what a Kardashian is, and I am not clear on the point of real housewives or bridezillas. There seems to be a pre-occupation in this “reality” world with the breadth of “traditional marriages” from [...]

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Why we can’t get religious freedom right

Monday, January 12, 2015
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Baking a cake, arranging roses, running an inn, are all public acts -- not matters of private belief or worship -- and a person’s religious beliefs should not trump any laws otherwise governing such activities. [...]

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Waking the sleeping beast of religious liberty

Sunday, January 4, 2015
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Something remarkable happened in the run up to the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Hobby Lobby vs. Burwell. A movement was born. A potentially historic movement that does not yet know its name — but which may yet bring the light of hope to a [...]

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A gay dad’s requiem for Leelah Alcorn, the Matthew Shepard of our time

Friday, January 2, 2015
Hundreds gather in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, Jan. 2, for a candlelight vigil for Leelah Alcorn.
Matthew Shepard's murder left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day. This week, another tragedy, another life destroyed, left a similar impression — the death of Leelah Alcorn. [...]

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Uninformed religious leaders are guilty of causing Leelah Alcorn’s pain, desperation, rejection, and death

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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I place culpability and thus, guilt, on Christian and conservative leaders who, over the past four decades, have constructed an extreme intensity of cultural and religious discrimination against the LGBT community. [...]

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