With Christian Privilege, You Already Have Religious Freedom


Deny other people rights to (your concept of) the afterlife all you want. But you can’t deny legally decided rights in this life and get away with it. Now that marriage laws protect everyone in the U.S., regardless of gender, the opposition has shifted the force of its energy to what they call protecting religious [Read More...]

“Blessing Every Love Relation”:: A Pride Month Hymn


As a conclusion to a remarkable Pride Month, I’m delighted to share “Praise the Source of All Creation,” a hymn written by Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton “in celebration of marriage equality and with the hope that justice and love will keep moving from the courts to the hearts of all people everywhere.”  The hymn was written [Read More...]

“When Two People Love Each Other, What Right Do I Have…?”


Marriage equality has come to Idaho.  Idaho! Of course the big news is the fact that gay and lesbian Americans now have the right to marry in 32 states, a majority for the first time in U.S. history. But I have a small story to share about one place, one courthouse. My husband grew up [Read More...]

Heteropatriarchy With A Twist


These are confusing times. How can there be such swift and progressive action state by state (Utah!  Indiana!  Oklahoma!) toward equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian Americans at the same time as the shockingly regressive gender politics around contraception and women’s health care reaching all the way to the Supreme Court? Over at The [Read More...]

Trusting Women


Last night, I delivered the following as part of a series of “Big Tent” speeches at an event hosted by the Morgan County Democratic Central Committee here in Illinois.  It was a fundraiser and a meet-and-greet event featuring the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, with whom I am pictured below. It’s about trusting women. [Read More...]

“Stories with Honesty” :: A Twitterview with Joanna Brooks


Students in my first year seminar read a series of religious autobiographies this fall, including Joanna Brooks’  The Book of Mormon Girl.  I’ve written a bit about the book previously here and here, and shared a bit about Mormon feminist activism here. On the last day of our discussion of the book last month, I [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Duncan’s Bar Mitzvah


If a 13-year old gets it, and can explain both the problem with adhering to the notion of “biblical marriage” as well as the need for marriage equality this well … … there is no good reason for any state or government to impede justice for all. I especially appreciate that this call for marriage [Read More...]

BREAKING: Marriage Equality IS Coming to Illinois!


This just in from Illinois Unites For Marriage: The Illinois House just passed the freedom to marry!  In a vote count of 61:54, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act passed on the House floor. The marriage bill passed in the Senate in February, and will  now return to the Senate for a procedural vote [Read More...]

Pluralism, Marriage, & Religious Freedom


The following is an excerpt from a commentary I wrote for my local newspaper, the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, published last week.  The picture to the right is a historic one of our actual intersection of Church and State streets.  This commentary brings together the ongoing struggles for marriage equality in the state of Illinois with some [Read More...]