One Step Closer to Marriage Equality
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/7/14
On Monday morning, the first day of the Supreme Court’s new term, the most exhilarating news came not from anything the justices did, but from one thing they didn’t do. Without explanation and against expectations, the court declined to hear any of the seven petitions asking them to reject a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. By choosing not to review those cases, the justices made it possible for same-sex couples in a majority of states to marry.

Since June, three federal appeals cou

The Church’s Gay Obsession
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/7/14
Repeatedly over the last year and a half, I’ve written about teachers in Catholic schools and leaders in Catholic parishes who were dismissed from their posts because they were in same-sex relationships and — in many cases — had decided to marry.

Every time, more than a few readers weighed in to tell me that these people had it coming. If you join a club, they argued, you play by its rules or you suffer the consequences.

Oh really?

The rules of this particular club prohibit divorce, yet

‘I Do’ Means You’re Done
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/23/14
In and around Rome, the talk is of Pope Francis’ sage acceptance of the 21st century, of his empathy, of his departure from the stern moralizing on matters of the heart that his predecessors engaged in.

In Montana, a gay couple who have been together for more than three decades have been told that they’re no longer really welcome in the Catholic parish where they’ve been worshiping together for 11 years.

This happened last month, in the town of Lewistown. By all accounts, these two men, on

Gay Equality in Parade
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/4/14
Lifting the ban on lesbian and gay organizations in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (front page, Sept. 4) is one more step toward the full equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Catholic circles. Too often, Catholics are told that the church cannot change its practices and policies about lesbians and gay men. The parade committee’s decision shows that even long-held and deeply entrenched prejudices can be overcome.

This decision is a victory not only for lesbian and gay gro

Is Marriage Going Back to the Supreme Court?
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/8/14
The already favorable odds of a historic Supreme Court reckoning in the coming term over the right of same-sex couples to marry have just improved.

Lawyers for the three couples who won a decision in June from the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit , in Denver, overturning Utah’s voter-approved ban on such unions, will ask the Supreme Court to hear an appeal filed by their opponents.

The unusual alliance of the winning and losing sides calling for the Supreme Court to prov

Gay Marriage and the Court
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/4/14
Adam Liptak asks whether it may be difficult for the Supreme Court to invalidate state bans on same-sex marriage given the findings of certain lower courts that animus toward gay people played no role in the enactment of some such bans.

The Supreme Court, however, does not define animus as limited to malice or intent to harm. Rather, it understands animus to include moral opposition to homosexuality, evidence of which abounds in the same-sex marriage cases being litigated around the country.

Taxpayer-Financed Bigotry
source: The New York Times
posted: 7/11/14
President Obama should resist a pressure campaign by some religious groups to weaken a promised executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against gay men, lesbians and transgender people in their hiring practices.

Emboldened by the Supreme Court’s addlebrained Hobby Lobby decision, several groups wrote to Mr. Obama on July 1 asking him to allow federal contractors to fire or refuse to hire workers based on their religious objections to a person’s sexual orien

Religious Exemptions
source: The New York Times
posted: 7/11/14
As a Christian minister and faith leader, I was saddened to read of my colleagues’ lobbying efforts to preserve the right of religious organizations that receive federal funds to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

My faith compels me to stand, like thousands of religious leaders around the country, for a world where all God’s people should be afforded equal protection under the law. A different set of laws that enshrine discrimination should not be allowed for

A Milestone for Same-Sex Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/27/14
The battle to legalize same-sex marriage saw a historic victory this week when the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver became the first federal appeals court in the nation to declare that same-sex couples have a “fundamental right” to wed.

The decision, striking down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, extended a remarkable string of favorable federal court rulings; a similar ruling was issued on the same day by a Federal District Court in Indiana. The decision also pro

Hillary Clinton Talks Same-Sex Marriage on ‘Fresh Air’
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/13/14
Hillary Clinton has been getting some heat in the media for being evasive about her views on gay marriage during an interview with Terry Gross, host of NPR’s Fresh Air program, and for snapping at Ms. Gross when she pressed her on the subject.

Mrs. Clinton certainly got snippy with Ms. Gross. And doing that with a widely admired radio host — who happens to have one of the softest and most reasonable speaking voices around — was probably a mistake.

But on a more substantive level, did the f