Similar Unions

First published in “Between the lines” in December of 2004. On December 17 my current state of residence (Michigan) will amend its constitution to declare that “the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.” Same-sex marriage is already… Continue reading Similar Unions

Second Thoughts on Civil Unions

First published November 18, 2004, in Between the Lines. Given our losses in the last election — all eleven states with same-sex marriage bans passed them, some by a wide margin — is it time to put aside the marriage fight? You’re probably expecting me to say, “No, of course not!” But I won’t. Let… Continue reading Second Thoughts on Civil Unions

200 Million Americans Can Be Wrong

First published September 9, 2004, in Between the Lines. Gay-rights opponents are fond of noting that the majority of Americans are against same-sex marriage. This is a reasonable claim for them to make. For one thing, it’s true (although by increasingly narrow margins). Furthermore, it’s rhetorically effective. America is, in spirit if not always in… Continue reading 200 Million Americans Can Be Wrong

Nature? Nurture? It Doesn’t Matter

First published August 12, 2004, in Between the Lines One of the most persistent debates surrounding homosexuality regards whether gays are “born that way” or whether homosexuality is a “chosen lifestyle.” The debate is ill-formed from the start, in that it conflates two separate questions: 1. How did you become what you are? (By genetics?… Continue reading Nature? Nurture? It Doesn’t Matter

Is Homosexuality Harmful — and So What?

First published June 17, 2004, in Between the Lines The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or so it seems as gay-rights opponents, in a desperate last-ditch effort to win their cultural war against homosexuality, trot out arguments that have been discredited for decades. Many of these focus on the alleged harms… Continue reading Is Homosexuality Harmful — and So What?

Senator Kerry’s Marriage Contortions

First published October 1, 2003, in Between the Lines In a recent Advocate interview Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry told reporter Chris Bull that, despite his otherwise strong support for gay rights, he could not bring himself to support gay marriage. In a previous Washington Post interview Kerry had stated, “Marriage is… Continue reading Senator Kerry’s Marriage Contortions

The Inclusive Santorum

First Published at Between the Lines on May 1, 2003 By now you’ve no doubt heard the flap about Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who, in response to a question about whether homosexual persons should remain celibate, stated that “if the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home,… Continue reading The Inclusive Santorum

Homosexuality and Morality, Part 6: The Virtue of Homosexuality

First Published at Between the Lines on February 7, 2003 I HAVE SPENT my last five columns — and a good deal of my career — defending homosexuality against various moral attacks. Yet sometimes I spend so much time explaining why homosexuality is “not bad” that I neglect to consider why it’s positively good. Can… Continue reading Homosexuality and Morality, Part 6: The Virtue of Homosexuality