Would Arranged Marriage Work For Pagan Communities?

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Many of you probably already hate this idea, just from the title. Let me save you some time: I know that you hate it and I know why you hate it. I already know that most Pagans do not share the views I'm expressing here, and I don't care. Now that that is out of the way...I've been thinking a lot about the concept of family and continuity in Pagan communities and culture. We tend to base our communities on people who are religiously similar to us, but who rarely have a deeper connection. It … [Read more...]

Guest Post: P. Sufenas Virius Lupus’ on Unnatural Sex

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P. Sufenas Virius Lupus writes the Queer I Stand column here on Patheos Pagan. If you like this please check out his column, as well as all of our other fine columnists and bloggers.For good or ill (and despite the best efforts of queer theory’s proponents), the word “queer” is something that people associate with sexual orientation. At the end of the day, “sexual orientation” is not so much about who one loves (as there are many kinds and definitions of love, and most queer people can love a … [Read more...]

I’m in Love with a Preacher

Big thanks to T. Thorn Coyle for sharing this on social media. All I have to add to this sermon is a hearty AMEN! … [Read more...]

How Gays Are Saving Marriage

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I've tried to write this post several times, and simply haven't felt I could rise to the subject matter, because it's quite personal, not merely for me, but for many of my dear friends. Before I took my blog off in a new direction, I told my roommates I would write this, and they gave their blessing. When I originally told my roommates I was going to write about this, I joked that it would be in the style of a faux-exposé with bombshells like "Married gays fry chicken!!!!!" But months of living … [Read more...]

Remember When You Couldn’t Openly Be Gay In Hollywood?

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Back when stars like Rock Hudson remained deeply closeted and people warned Cary Grant against looking too chummy with Randolph Scott? Have we ever come a long way...This Saturday, March 3rd, at 7:30 PST you can watch a live-stream of a play based on the Prop 8 trial, called 8. Rob Reiner makes it sound pretty juicy. And he apologizes that he couldn't get any big celebrities involved in the project. I guess they were afraid of hurting their careers by actively supporting marriage … [Read more...]

Gingrich Equates Gay Marriage to Paganism Like It’s A Bad Thing…

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Newt is awesome. He is so arrogantly oblivious to his own hypocrisy that sometimes I suspect his whole campaign is run by Stephen Colbert. He is a gift to political comedians everywhere, and for once he said something sensible about marriage (amidst his usual sea of hypocritical crazy). The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization. - Newt Gingrich I bolded the part he … [Read more...]

Bert and Ernie: Setting the Record Straight

Note:  This is a piece by my good friend and colleague, Samus Aquilus.A recent statement by the Sesame Workshop, regarding my fellow countrymen, Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street, runs as follows: Bert and Ernie are best friends.  They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they rem … [Read more...]

Structure Without Restrictions

Much of the argument surrounding the marriage debate is really regarding structure. Structure isn't a bad thing. We all need a set of parameters to support the lives we build. The problem with structure being imposed on us is that no one set of parameters fits everyone. We are diverse by nature.If Pagans want structure, if they need structure, they often have design it to fit. Pagans whose families have rejected them, or who do not identify with monogamous heteronormative lifestyles, have to … [Read more...]

All Acts of Love

Civil rights is the defining issue of our age. My grandparents were born into a generation that for the first time had never lived in a country where women could not vote. Growing up in Atlanta in the 50's and 60's, racial equality shaped my parents worldview. My generation is fighting for civil rights still: the right to marry and the right to practice our faith.In my lifetime the Helms Amendment has died, the pentacle has appeared on the gravestones of the fallen in Arlington cemetery, … [Read more...]

Life, Liberty and the Institution of Marriage?

Yesterday I was reading Timothy Dalrymple's post on the gay marriage debate. Tim's a good fella but we don't agree on a whole lot. So it's not surprising when either of us disagree with something the other wrote. Yet something in his post made me do a double-take: But here’s the thing: no one ever claimed that the legal recognition of gay marriage is going to harm your marriage.  The claim is that it will harm the institution of marriage.  And, with all due respect, the institution of marriage is … [Read more...]


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