Minnesota Senator Forgets Lesbians Exist


Have you seen this?While nondiscrimination ordinances are spotty and don't apply to the entire country and adoption laws in many states still need to catch up with the recent Supreme Court ruling, the major LGBT rights issue after marriage equality is actually shaping up to be "bathroom bills." Take a look at this, for instance: In a lengthy interview on Thursday, Sen. Warren Limmer, Rep. Abigail Whelan, and AM 980 KKMS radio host Paul Ridgeway explained why the trio are pushing for a bill … [Read more...]

The Truth about the Sweet Cakes Bakery Gag Order

Sweet Cakes

I wrote yesterday about Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon bakery ordered to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple to whom they refused service. One thing I didn't touch on, however, was the so-called "gag order," which was also included in the final order issued by the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). Here is how Todd Starnes wrote about it in an opinion piece for Fox News:On Friday the state ordered owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple … [Read more...]

Sweet Cakes by Melissa Didn’t Just Deny a Lesbian Couple Service, They Also Doxxed Them and Their Kids


While reading Doug Wilson's blog, I came upon this: Now these very nice Christian people have for a number of years been dismissed as brim-full-o-hate, and their carefully chosen words of love and moral concern are always dismissed as mere hypocrisy. People in this class are fined megabucks for politely declining to bake the cake. “No, thank you.” That’s just the worst, capable of causing over seventy forms of trauma in lesbians made out of rice paper. Let's set some facts straight, shall we? F … [Read more...]

Doug Wilson: Supporting Marriage Equality Is a “Far More Serious” Problem Than Supporting Slavery


One thing I have found especially heartening over the past few weeks has been the way progressive and moderate Christians have stepped up to the plate on marriage equality. And no, they're not just stepping up to say "not all Christians," they're stepping up to do battle on this issue with other Christians.On July 1, Kevin DeYoung published an article on the Gospel Coalition website titled 40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags. It was, of course, an attempt to discredit … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids about the News


Some years ago I read the book Nixonland. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the glimpse it provided of the turbulent 1960s. But the book gave me a gift I didn't realize at the time. We all see history happening all around us every day, but we usually don't notice it. Nixonland made me keenly aware of it. Someday a popular history book covering our current period will mention Michael Brown, Dylann Roof, and even Rachel Dolezal. It will mention Hobby Lobby and the birth control mandate, Obamacare and B … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage and the Freedom to Offend


I recently came upon a blog post titled I've Been Scared to State My Opinion and that Scares Me. In the post the author, a Mormon wife and mother of two (she doesn't give a name, so we'll call her Sarah), explains as follows: I’ve been writing this blog for almost a year now, and in all the time there has been one major hot topic subject I’ve never broached. In fact, I’ve tip toed around it, and specifically avoided it. Even in seminary, I really soft peddled it. Not because I don’t have strong … [Read more...]

“You Did a Wrong Thing, Mommy”: In Which I Tell My Six-Year-Old That I Went to an Anti-Gay Rally as a Teen

Let Us Vote

I was raised in very political evangelical home. As a small child, I attended a rally against Hilary's healthcare proposals in the early 1990s, sitting atop my father's shoulders. Before I was ten, I was a pro at working the polls, and would spend all day every election day working a table for the Republicans. Election night, 1994, is one of my most formative early memories. As an older teen I once tried to count how many candidates I had campaigned for, and lost track as the number went into t … [Read more...]