2175 posts categorized "Families"

July 03, 2015

Nutty fundie lady wants you to stop getting married right now!

This car wreck of a viral video demonstrates the craziness of believing you own God's truth. This lady, Becky Wegner Rommel (who some say is from Michigan and some from Indiana), cannot stand the fact that even a majority of Christians supports marriage equality. They can't be Christian! Because she says so! A nice touch is when she quotes a non-existent biblical passage while rebuking us for not reading the Bible, which for some reason she seems to think holds unquestionable authority over our lives. A mind is a terribly thing to waste.

July 02, 2015

The Worst Reactions to Marriage Equality

Matt Baume at AFER looks at our 'winger friends who are losing their heads over the marriage equality victory.

Episcopal Church allows weddings for same-sex couples

Congrats to Bishop Gene Robinson and all who worked to achieve this.

July 01, 2015

5th Circuit: Obergefell is law of the land

Not that there was any doubt, except in the minds of foot-dragging right-wing demagogues.

The President Sings of Grace

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My latest column looks at the momentous events of last week and at how justice comes from recognition, as the president put it, of ourselves in each other. Here's a portion:

President Obama had the best week of his career last week, with victories on trade, fair housing, healthcare and marriage equality that cemented his legacy. But instead of taking a victory lap, he capped his week with a eulogy in the form of a sermon on grace.

Black churches have figured prominently in my thoughts lately. On Stonewall Sunday, going through my Twitter feed, I found a joint Father's Day sermon delivered the week before by the Revs. Otis Moss II and III at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. In addition to being LGBT-affirming, Trinity is famous for its tradition of prophetic preaching, thanks to video loops of its previous pastor, Jeremiah Wright, that roiled the 2008 presidential campaign.

Near the close of Justice Anthony Kennedy's marriage opinion, he gave a nod to Jim Obergefell: "As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death." Outside the court, Obergefell held a photo of his late husband and took a call from the president. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," tacitly embracing the words above the court's entrance: "Equal Justice Under Law."

The act of domestic terror that took the president to South Carolina later that day was intended by its perpetrator to start a race war. As Obama noted, however, when Dylann Roof murdered pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney and eight other members of Charleston's Emanuel A.M.E. Church at a Bible study meeting, he did not account for the power of grace.

Read the whole thing here.

No, polygamy isn’t the next gay marriage

An excellent piece by our friend Jonathan Rauch on one of our opponents' favorite red herrings, which goes: gay marriage today, polygamy tomorrow!

I just want to marry one man. That apparently isn't scary enough, so they make up a nonexistent push for polygamy. That is historically a straight problem anyway. Why is it dumped on gay people? That whole argument is desperate. Essentially the argument is that any change requires making every conceivable change. No it doesn't. Next.

June 30, 2015

What Mother Church needs is not nicer words but change in doctrine

It would be nice if the bishops had the grace to use that text. But what is needed is doctrinal change, and there is no evidence that the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church have any intention of budging. Life is just too short.

Meet Louisiana's first same-sex married couple

I can't get enough of these joyous pictures.

Parents of the week supported their 8-year-old at NYC Pride

He danced down the street in style for a couple of miles.

EHN: 'massive resistance' to SCOTUS marriage ruling won't work

Amen, Congresswoman.

Colbert reads from SCOTUS dissents

LGBT Texans carry on the fight

With help from their friends, of course.

A county clerk who needs to lose her public paycheck

Dear Ms. Lang, take a hike.

Justice Scalia, not moving on

Dear Nino, rant away to your heart's content.

After marriage ruling, Southern states fall in line

"These are the days of miracle and wonder." (Paul Simon, "The Boy in the Bubble," Graceland)

Bristol Palin, abstinence evangelist, preggers with second baby out-of-wedlock

Inquisitr reports. I would show you a pic of Ms. Palin, but it just seems distasteful.

Our friend Charlie Rounds writes on FB:

This is the face of the gay haters - a woman who has lied over and over again about "abstinence" while having sex with multiple partners and then saying that gay people are disgusting. She is the face of the child-raping, multiple divorce, inter-racial gay hating Republicans and I am tired of all of you! As Margaret would say "Let's feed the poor" Clarence Thomas.

The wishful thinking of David Brooks

I see no evidence that this claim by David Brooks is more than wishful thinking: "Social conservatives are well equipped to repair this fabric, and to serve as messengers of love, dignity, commitment, communion and grace." There is nothing loving, dignified, nor graceful in their anti-gay slanders. Nor do I recognize my community in the description by Brooks.

Billo not feeling the rainbow

Please remind me of what O'Reilly said about the wrong-and-insulting guy waving a big Confederate flag outside the White House a while back.

Marriage equality arrives in Alabama as Roy Moore sows confusion

As Roy Moore sows confusion, love goes on.

June 26, 2015

A more perfect Union

Tonight, in honor of today's historic Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality, the White House is lit up with the colors of the rainbow.

Bonfire of the homophobes

It looks like some folks are getting ready to start a bonfire. Time to break out the marshmallows and weenies! But don't get too close to the fire. We don't want to get Santorum on our marshmallows, and certainly not on our weenies.

Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sings National Anthem after SCOTUS ruling

I am so proud today to be a co-founder of this chorus. Thanks, guys.

President Obama: 'Justice that arrives like a thunderbolt'

Thank you, Mr. President.

Supreme Court rules for marriage equality, cites Fourteenth Amendment

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We won marriage equality this morning by a 5-4 vote in the Supreme Court of the United States, and we won in a big way. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy writes for the majority:

The fundamental liberties protected by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause extend to certain personal choices central to individual dignity and autonomy, including intimate choices defining personal identity and beliefs....

Applying these tenets, the Court has long held the right to marry is protected by the Constitution. For example, Loving v. Virginia....

The right of same-sex couples to marry is also derived from the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection. The Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause are connected in a profound way....

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

June 25, 2015

Hillary Clinton: All love is equal

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All love is equal. It's time for marriage equality. Stand with Hillary Clinton in the fight for all LGBT Americans to be able to live, learn, work, and marry free from discrimination: http://hrc.io/1SHZPDR

Posted by Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Impatient Nation Demands Supreme Court Just Get To The Gay Stuff

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The Onion reports.

The definition of 'traditional marriage'

Matt Baume of AFER explains it all for you.

Anti-gay conservatives threaten secession, civil war and civil disobedience over marriage equality

The Devil made me do it.

June 23, 2015

#EqualDreams

From Esurance.

Gays set America on fire!

Right Wing Watch shares this video featuring Mike Huckabee. Put down those matches!

June 21, 2015

Clementa C. Pinckney, 1973 - 2015

The Senator from Jasper spoke recently about the murder of Walter Scott, of Doubting Thomases, and of the need for body cameras on police. The pleasure of listening to this gifted speaker is now mixed with sorrow, compounded on this Father's Day by the thought of his widow Jennifer and his daughters Malana and Eliana. His chair at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church was draped in black today. Yet still he speaks. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

June 19, 2015

Tylenol commercial celebrates gay families

My, how times have changed.

An awesome display of faith amid grief

It was awesome and humbling today to hear the families of the murdered church folk in Charleston expressing forgiveness at Dylann Roof's bond hearing. There is no better display of a community's unconquerable strength than these people, in their grief, reaching into the heart of their faith as they spoke to a young mass killer twisted by evil and made it clear that despite their bottomless sorrow, he could not defeat them.

June 16, 2015

RBG says 'the climate of the era' favors gay rights

At 51:00 in this interview, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses how "the climate of the era" affects Supreme Court rulings, and cites gay rights as one example. Any day now we can stop looking for hints and read the court's decision for ourselves.

New Ways addresses pope’s message of ‘complementarity’

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Francis DeBernardo at New Ways Ministry writes:

Pope Francis supported heterosexual complementarity in a speech on Sunday given to 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square for a pastoral conference for the Diocese of Rome.

Though he did not mention lesbian and gay couples, the timing of the speech seemed significant to some since it came a day after tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of the Eternal City to celebrate LGBT Pride and to call for marriage equality in Italy....

It has become part of Francis’ rhetorical style not to criticize lesbian and gay couples directly, but to indirectly cast judgement on them by effusively praising heterosexual complementarity. Yet, his remarks cast aspersions on more than lesbian and gay couples. In praising heterosexual complementarity as the preferred norm for marriage and child-rearing, he is also sending harmful messages to those in heterosexual marriages where abuse occurs, as well as to single-parent families.

Francis’ remark that gender differences are “an integral part of being human” ignores the fact that decades of scientific and social scientific research has shown that what people consider “natural” gender differences are actually the result of cultural biases and stereotypes.

As GayChristian101 points out, the idea of complementarity comes from Plato, who included same-sex couples.

Guam Archbishop: Marriage Equality the 'Road to a Totalitarian System'

For a Roman Catholic archbishop to stoke fears of totalitarianism is pretty rich, the idiocy of the remark aside.

June 15, 2015

Mexican Supreme Court effectively legalizes same-sex marriage

Penis transplant recipient impregnates his girlfriend

The wonders of modern medicine never cease.

June 13, 2015

Indianapolis rallies around its gay citizens after a law sets off a flood of support

June 12, 2015

Rachel Maddow - Franklin Graham's anti-gay banking protest backfires

Warning to silly leftists: this video has something nice about a bank.