4th Circuit Upholds Overturning of VA’s Marriage Ban

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling overturning Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. It was a 2-1 ruling with two judges appointed by George W. Bush in the majority and one appointed by Ronald Reagan in dissent. The ruling applies to Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and North and South Carolina. From the majority opinion: … [Read more...]

Dreher: ‘Traditional Christianity’ All About Sex

Rod Dreher, a conservative whose views I typically respect and take seriously, wonders what we mean when we say that "traditional Christianity" is on its way from being a majority religion to a minority one in this country (as he agrees that it is). And he thinks it's all about sex. … [Read more...]

Morse Not Worried About History

Jennifer Roback Morse of the National Organization for Marriage-affiliated Ruth Institute was interviewed on a Christian radio show recently and was asked whether she was concerned about being judged by history as being on the side of bigotry and discrimination. She put on a brave face: … [Read more...]

Defending My Recent Reasonable Doubts Appearance

A couple weeks ago I was interviewed by my good friends who do the Reasonable Doubts podcast, just a few days after the Hobby Lobby ruling came down. I said then much the same thing that I said here, that I think it's a very bad ruling but not nearly as far-reaching as some have said it was. A couple of commenters on the RD blog seem to have been highly upset by my position and I'm going to answer their arguments here. Brooks Austin seems to be particularly agitated by what I said, saying I was … [Read more...]

A New Face for the ‘Ex-Gay’ Movement

Candace Chellew-Hodge writes at Religion Dispatches about David Kyle Foster, the new face of the "ex-gay" movement. They need a new face, of course, because so many of the old faces have abandoned that ruse and admitted to, or been caught, still being gay despite having sold the ex-gay con for decades. … [Read more...]

Florida Same-Sex Marriage Ban Overturned

Last week, a state judge in Florida overturned that state's ban on same-sex marriage and the reaction from the Christian right was exactly what you would expect. The judge's jurisdiction includes the Florida Keys, which seems entirely appropriate. … [Read more...]

Kluwe Vindicated, Vikings Playing CYA

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, an outspoken gay rights activist, accused the Vikings' special teams coach of saying that gay people should be killed during a meeting and he has now been entirely vindicated in that accusation. But the Vikings are playing a furious game of cover-your-ass and pretending that everything's fine. … [Read more...]

No Religious Exemption in Obama Anti-Discrimination Order

President Obama is set to release a new executive order forbidding discrimination against LGBT people for companies that get federal contracts and the White House announced that it will not contain any exemptions for religious beliefs by the company's owners. … [Read more...]

Farah Just Can’t Understand a Civil Rights Movement

Joseph Farah is confused. Pointing to a recent CDC survey that found about 3% of Americans identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual, he demands to know why gay people get so much attention these days because he simply doesn't understand why they don't only get 3% of the attention. … [Read more...]

Quakers Form Underground Railroad for Gay Ugandans

Bravo to a group of Quakers in Olympia, Washington who have established a new underground railroad to get gay Ugandans out of that country to escape the brutal persecution there after the passage of a new law that includes life in prison just for being gay. … [Read more...]

SCOTUS and Marriage Equality, Round 2

The state of Utah is asking the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a district court ruling that overturned their ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Lyle Denniston explains the situation: … [Read more...]

ENDA and the Hobby Lobby Decision

I recorded an interview for the Reasonable Doubts podcast Wednesday evening and they asked me about the decision by several gay rights groups to withdraw support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I had seen headlines all day about it but hadn't actually read the articles so I wasn't clear on why they did so and what it has to do with the Hobby Lobby ruling. Reality: Not much. … [Read more...]