“The State of Our Unions” Conference Call Invitation

As some of you know, for the past few years I have been on the Board of Directors of California Faith for Equality. While never as active as I would like to be, I am excited about our recent direction setting including the hiring of a new executive director, Eleanor Steinman. After just a few phone calls and in-person interactions, I firmly believe that our faith-based work to bring about marriage equality in CA is headed in a positive direction.

After the recent elections and as we await the Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8, there are undoubtedly many questions that folks have about the state of marriage equality today. Well wonder no more because California Faith for Equality invites clergy and faith leaders to join in on an informational call THIS Friday, November 16th.


With Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Faith Work Director and Institute for Welcoming Resources of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force 

  • What worked in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington?
  • What is next on the horizon for the freedom to marry in other states?
  • What can we expect in California?
  • DATE:  Friday, November 16th
  • TIME:  10:00 am PST
  • CALL-IN NUMBER: (605) 475-4000
  • ACCESS CODE: 919428#

Send your questions in advance and during the call to Rabbi Eleanor Steinman via steinmanatcafaithforequalitydotorg OR tweet them to @faith4equalitywith the hashtags #cf4e and #marriageequality and feel free to RSVP or invite folks via the Facebook Event Page.

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What This Liberal Democrat Can Learn from Those Log Cabin Republicans

This week, during the Republican National Convention, this Tampa Tribune ad hit the newsstands . . .

2012 ad from the Log Cabin Republicans and the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry

Yep, you read correctly, this ad is from some Republicans to some Republicans.


If I know some of you liberal friends o’ mine, seeing this has got you all foaming at mouth. Your loins are girded, your shields are raised and you are ready to wave the flag of “See, even your own people want you to change!” in the face of any conservative, anti-marriage equality, Romney/Ryan 2012 supporter who you happen to meet on the street.

I jest . . . kinda 😉

I won’t deny it, seeing this ad feels pretty wonderful for those if us who are is support of marriage equality and against a constitutional amendment to define marriage as only between a man and a women. That said, what “we,” who probably stand on the other side of many issues that the Log Cabin Republicans and the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry support can learn from this action is that sometimes family must challenge family.

I cannot image the flack that they are getting from those in the Republican party who disagree with their position and tactic. It is undoubtedly not a new thing that they are dealing with, but I have seen what happens when people take the risk to step outside of their ideological camp in a public way. When people speak out against their own, relationships are damaged, the “traitor” label is applied generously and the other side revels in the chaos.

It is not pretty.

I as read this, however, it made me wonder about my own ideological “family” and personal communities. What do we need to say to one another about our own struggles and failings?

  • My daughters’ progressive public school can be incredible inhospitable to new families, staff and administration;
  • My home, San Francisco is making far too many choices that improve the life of the wealthy and hurt the poor;
  • My President, Barack Obama, has failed to adequately act on gun violence, comprehensive immigration reform, support of the Philippine military, public education, etc.

Oh, and I could go on and on . . . I have a list. No I don’t. Yes I do.

So . . . at what point do you believe your family’s “dirty laundry” must be aired because it has lost its way? On what topics do you think your leadership must be called to task: church, municipality and/or your communities? I would love to know what you think? But before you respond, let me be clear, this is not an invitation to rant about “them” over there but a call to challenge the “us” right here.

Okay, go.

Lastly, a prayer . . . while the “issue” of marriage equality is the point at which this post and ad originate, at the heart of the matter are the many couple who continue to be told in far too many ways and in far too many places, they will not be give the right to marry. From one who has had that privilege for the past 20+ years, there are many who continue to fight with and for you in this journey and you are in our prayers.