In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision broadening the understanding of marriage, those who have fought same-gender marriage now express fears that they will be called upon to do things their consciences will not permit and are clamoring for “religious liberty.”
Living today in New York City, my hometown of Calhoun, Georgia, often feels far away.
But when I go home for the holidays and spend time with my friends and family, I’m easily transported back to my childhood, revisiting the house and the town where I spent my most awkward teenaged years willfully ignoring my crushes on girls.
The post coming-out talk that I had with my mom related to my sexuality was hard. It had to do with her and dad going to therapy. They’d found a therapist who’d went to Smith College; they sought counsel from her. It sounded hopeful, at first. I opened my heart up at least wider than my smile, awaiting supportive words. Yet my hope was short-lived.
For some time now, my spouse and I have been bickering over where we should live in our retirement years. She, being a child from the South, and me, being from the North, well, we have our tensions.
I have jokingly dubbed them our “Mason-Dixon line feud.”
Today’s historic Supreme Court ruling means same-sex couples will soon have the freedom to marry and equal respect for their marriages across the United States.
This is a momentous win for freedom, equality, inclusion, and above all, love!
You know the old joke about praying for God’s help? The one where the man in a storm waits atop his roof while flood waters rise, having prayed for God’s help for deliverance? Meanwhile, his neighbor drives off, a boat passes by and even a rescue helicopter hovers overhead.
All of which the man refuses because he is waiting for God’s miracle.
On Wednesday, June 25, 2015, Jennicet Gutiérrez, a transgender woman of color who is undocumented, called on President Obama to release LGBTQ immigrants from detention centers at the White House Pride Reception.
It’s been almost a year since my church was dismissed from the Southern Baptist Convention.