As discussions about marriage equality, inclusive Scouting, and LGBT ordination loom as annual (regional) conferences of The United Methodist Church begin to gather across the United States, the past week has shown the pervasive, violent nature of homophobia and heterosexism in the nation’s largest city.
After reviewing the Membership Standards Resolution published on Friday by the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), More Light Presbyterians calls on the BSA to end homophobia in scouting by welcoming both youth members and adult leaders in the future policy.
In an Easter morning appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York, spoke words that some gay and lesbian Catholics thought they might never hear.
On Friday night, April 5, twenty seven year old Matthew Warren, son of Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church took his own life. Suicide is always a tragedy as so many lives are impacted.
Millions who watched the news Wednesday undoubtedly saw photos of Edie Windsor walking into the Supreme Court with her lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, prepared to challenge the injustices that the Defense of Marriage Act have levied against gay and lesbian couples since it was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
In addition to the 278 companies, city governments, law firms, political leaders of both parties, and now even President Obama, an unprecedented number of faith organizations have filed amicus curiae for marriage equality.
That nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage is encouraging progress for those of us who believe that everyone deserves to have basic civil rights. But, even if every state in the country could pass a similar legislation, it would not be enough. What we need is for our federal government to step up and make this basic right a law of the land.
After listening to a letter by the Archbishop of Westminster urging members of her Catholic church to write their MP requesting they "vote against the government’s proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage," a 65-year-old former nurse from Northern England felt called to action.
The party of Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan has now lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. The marketplace of ideas will render us irrelevant, and soon, if we are not honest about our time and place in history. Unfortunately, much of the discussion has focused on cosmetic solutions to, say, our underperformance among ethnic and young voters.