You Got Your State in My Church! Well, You Got Your Church in My State!

Over in the Pagan Channel here at Patheos, I found an interesting religious liberty case.  Literata Hurley is a Wiccan priestess, and she is trying to get the state of Virginia to allow her to officiate at weddings.  Unlike a lot of states, who let pretty much anyone get 'ordained' online through the Universal Life Church, Virginia has standards for what it really means to be a religious leader.  Not particularly well defined standards, mind you, but, y'know, standards. I presented my ce … [Read more...]

And Speaking of Sample Size Problems…

family sample size

Remember that study contrasting outcomes for children of gay parents with children in other kinds of families?  We discussed a couple methodological concerns here already, but I want to give them credit where it's due.  The New Family Structures Survey put together a very nice interactive visualization for their data.  And, even more credit, their sample sizes and demographic breakdowns are available right on the first page of the visualization.People have complained about how few children in … [Read more...]

2012 Queer Blogathon [Index Post]

blogathon

In June of 2012, I took one leg of the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon, promising to put up twelve posts in twelve hours, all of which were prompted by comments on the mammoth thread "Go Ahead, Tell Me What’s Wrong with Homosexuality."  I started with empirics, and somehow meandered off into discussion of companionate marriage and bank robberies-as-first-dates by the end.  The Blogathon raises money for the SSA, and, of course, they'll welcome your donations even if you're reading this long af … [Read more...]

What dating process would give rise to companionate marriages? [Blogathon 11/12]

This post is number eleven of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.Ok, I'm one post from the end of the Blogathon, so I'm allowed to go off the deep end a little, right? In the last post, the Alan Jacobs quote suggested that Pride and Prejudice might be a good model for a … [Read more...]

Companionate Marriage for Everyone? [Blogathon 10/12]

This post is number ten of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.Alan Jacobs had an interesting response to the Noah Millman piece about the gay Mormon's companionate marriage I was discussing in the last post.  Jacobs wrote: What this story is pointing to is the po … [Read more...]

I’m ok with companionate marriage [Blogathon 9/12]

This post is number nine of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here.There's been an essay making the rounds by Josh Weed, a gay Mormon man who's been happily married to his wife for ten years and has had several children with her.  I was reminded of it when thinking about ho … [Read more...]

Are Civil Rights Asymmetrical? [Blogathon 7/12]

This post is number seven of twelve for the Secular Student Alliance Blogathon.  I'm responding to comments in the "Go Ahead, Tell Me What's Wrong with Homosexuality" thread all day.  You can read an explanation of the Blogathon and a pitch for donations (even if you're religious) here. In the last two posts, I was focusing on what kind of data would make us think that gay marriage was a bad idea, but I think there's a different question lurking in the background.  Why are we on … [Read more...]


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