Marriage Equality: An Open Thread


I am getting the impression that many of you want space to talk about todays' Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, and no wonder! I have several thoughts myself that will be the topic of future posts, but for the moment I thought I'd offer you an open thread. One thing I will note is that I, like many others, am stunned by how quickly things have changed. Not eighteen months ago I was still assuming universal marriage equality was decades away, and now this.Happy marriage equality … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Gwen Contemplates Running


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 87-88If you remember from last week, we have finally reached the end of Tuesday, the day of the hearing. Yes, really---we're still on Tuesday. We've been on Tuesday since March 27th. That's right, we've spent three months on Tuesday.Now that Peter has left the office and headed home, with a quick phone call to his mentor on the way, we turn to Gwen's evening. Gwen's night had not been pleasant. The empty house worked strangely … [Read more...]

Guest Post: You Can Call Me Rita: Coming Out Lesbian to My Evangelical Parents


~ A Guest Post by Rita ~My first bachelor's degree is in elementary education from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Taylor is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college that consistently is ranked #1 in its category by US News and World Report and happens to expel students for things like consuming tobacco and alcohol, premarital sex, and homosexuality. During my four years on campus I was nearly oblivious to the fact I am a sexual being, much less a lesbian. My sexual awakening … [Read more...]

The Charleston Shooting and Christian Persecution


As I read about various reactions to last week's tragic shootings in Charleston's historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, I was shocked to see many conservative leaders using the fact that the shooting happened in a church as evidence that Christianity is under attack in this country. See for example this from former Senator Rick Santorum: This is one of those situations where you just have to take a step back and say we — you know, you talk about the importance of prayer in this ti … [Read more...]

Now Let’s Talk about Rachel Dolezal


Late last week Homeschoolers Anonymous pulled its posts on Rachel Dolezal out of concern that these posts were contributing to efforts to minimize or excuse Rachel's actions. After seeing this I thought about pulling my post on Rachel Dolezal's parents, but have ultimately decided against it, largely because I stated upfront that the background I was providing does not to excuse Rachel in any way. But I've realized that this is not enough. As I've read comments on my post and elsewhere on the int … [Read more...]

Not Every Courtship Looks Like the Duggars’


So, courtships. In a post I wrote recently on the Duggars, I mentioned that I "went through a controlling and manipulative courtship process and then lived in fear that my mother would find out I was having sex during my engagement." A reader objected, and this exchange followed:So, I think it's time for a public service announcement: Not all courtships look the same. It seems that the high-profile Duggar courtships have so shaped public perception of what a courtship within this … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 21: An Open Thread


It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]