On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, I discuss the recent “bathroom bill” in North Carolina. From the interview: The idea that this is about safety and security, it’s kind of like when somebody says that they ate all the ice cream in order to make room in the freezer. I mean it’s just obvious… Continue reading John on ABC’s This Week
Davis Defenders No Better at Interpreting Bible than Interpreting Constitution
Yesterday at the Detroit Free Press I argued that supporting Kim Davis’s religious liberty doesn’t mean tolerating her refusal to do her job as county clerk. “Religious liberty does not entitle the bearer to line-item vetoes for essential job functions,” I wrote. In passing I mentioned that she has been divorced multiple times, which shows… Continue reading Davis Defenders No Better at Interpreting Bible than Interpreting Constitution
John at NYT “Room for Debate” on Gay/Trans Connection
At the New York Times “Room for Debate,” John argues that gay rights and transgender rights are related but distinct: Each group has distinctive needs and challenges. By jumbling them all together into one alphabet soup — L.G.B.T.Q.I.T.S.L.F.A.A., anyone? — we run the risk of covering or erasing people’s experiences, especially those who are… Continue reading John at NYT “Room for Debate” on Gay/Trans Connection
A Papal Surprise: Humility
My first full-length op-ed at the New York Times. Here’s an excerpt: [When he says] “who am I to judge,” surely the pope is not relinquishing the church’s assertion of authority in matters of faith and morals. But he was adopting a tone of humility. And tone matters. Read the full piece here.
Dave Agema Half Right about “Risky Lifestyle”
But let’s not miss the grain of truth in both Agema’s and Daniels’ position: Gay life is indeed risky. The main source of that risk? People like Agema and Daniels. Read the full column at HuffPost.
What’s Left to Argue
From my New Year’s column: 2013 should also be a time to explore more deeply the significance of marriage: Now that we have it (in 9 states and counting), what should we do with it? What does it mean to aspire to it? What does a healthy marriage culture look like, and how can LGBT… Continue reading What’s Left to Argue
What’s Next for the Marriage Movement
Just posted a piece at The New Republic in response to our game-changing victories in the four states with marriage votes:
It is one thing for the state to allow you to marry, and quite another for your parents to show up at your wedding and be happy for you. Both are significant….
The election is over. The pro-equality forces won, and won big. But the fight for marriage is a long game.
So A Gay Guy and an Evangelical Walk Into Chick-Fil-A…
Evangelical blogger Matthew Lee Anderson and I weigh in at TNR on the Chick-Fil-A wars.
John on David Blankenhorn’s Evolution
Longtime opponent David Blankenhorn changes position on gay marriage. My take, here.
Frank Kameny: A Personal Remembrance
First published at Between the Lines News on October 20, 2011 I was in San Francisco when I received the news, about to go on stage to deliver a National Coming Out Day lecture. A friend texted me: “Frank Kameny passed away today.” The godfather of the gay rights movement was felled by a heart… Continue reading Frank Kameny: A Personal Remembrance