Reaction to the Supreme Court Ruling Requiring Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

In the most anticipated decision of the term, the Supreme Court this morning ruled that The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. The decision is here.Reaction was swift.Russell Moore representing the Southern Baptists: Don't panic, articulate a counter-cultural view of marriage. Watch:GOP … [Read more...]

JONAH Guilty of Consumer Fraud According to NJ Jury

That didn't take long.Today, the jury in the sexual orientation change case in NJ said Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing (JONAH) was guilty of consumer fraud by claiming sexual orientation can be changed.According the report, the jury found that JONAH founders Arthur Goldberg and Elaine Berk and life coach Alan Downing: ...engaged in unconscionable commercial practices" and misrepresented their services. This is a big deal and should have a chilling effect on such services el … [Read more...]

A Few Thoughts on The Village Church Controversy

UPDATE: Christianity Today is reporting this evening that Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church, plans to apologize to his church this weekend during Sunday services. He gave CT some comments which indicated that he believes the elders were "domineering" and "sinned against some people."Matthew Paul Turner has an email he says is an apology to the Village Church members from the elders. It appears that The Village Church elders have made a better move....................This … [Read more...]

Desire, Faith & Therapy: Sexual Orientation and Orthodox Jews; Rabbinical Council Rejects JONAH

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On Sunday, I participated in a conference titled Desire, Faith and Therapy at the Kraft Jewish Student Center at Columbia University on appropriate therapeutic responses to sexual orientation. The conference was designed for therapists, rabbis and other interested members of the Orthodox Jewish community.From the brochure:  “Desire, Faith and Psychotherapy” presents a Psychoanalytic perspective on sexual orientation and gender identity in the Orthodox Jewish community. We will exp … [Read more...]

Salon on Mixed Orientation Marriages in the Middle of Same-Sex Marriage Case

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Yesterday, Salon's Tracy Clark-Flory examined mixed orientation marriages as a possible new political statement against same-sex marriage. The article was triggered by the amicus brief filed by a Utah attorney on behalf of some people in mixed orientation marriages. She also interviewed me for the article and I am quoted extensively.While my survey results are still unpublished (I keep getting distracted), the study has helped inform my views on the subject. Some essentially same-sex … [Read more...]

Should Discrimination Ever Be Permitted In the Name of Religious Freedom?

The saga of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act has intensified the conversation about religious reasons for discrimination. Are there ever any defensible religiously based reasons for discriminating against a protected class? One source I consulted on this was the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance on religious discrimination. The following section seems relevant to the matter of competing discrimination claims (religious v. something else):Thus, a religious … [Read more...]

Commentary on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act – Some Good, Some Not so Good

I have been reading a lot about the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts in Indiana and Arkansas. In addition, I have been reading background materials to the bills. The material is inherently interesting and I want to firm up my thinking on the matter.In doing so, I have run across helpful and unhelpful op-eds and commentary. This post annotates some of those sources. I plan to post some additional information and commentary through the week.First, I want to post the articles which appear … [Read more...]

Full Text of Amendment to Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act Being Debated Today

Today, the Indiana Legislature is debating an amendment which would provide significant protections to sexual minorities in Indiana. It would be ironic if the passage of the RFRA led to the achievement of a legislative goal pursued by GLBT activists for a long time.You can click the link to go to the Indiana legislature's website to read the amendment, and it is provided here below. CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT DIGEST FOR ESB 50 Citations Affected: IC 34-13-9.Synopsis: … [Read more...]


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