April 25, 2013 |
As the battle for marriage equality ratchets up, one of the treasured conservative counter arguments is that allowing gays and lesbians to marry will lead down a slippery slope to polygamy. Cool! Plural marriage - or any other kind of arrangement between consenting adults - obviously will come next, and rightly so. The argument that the "institution of marriage" is some special compact with which we cannot tamper has little historical grounding. The idea of two partners forming an equal union of love and mutual respect is basically an invention of the last 50-75 years.
March 27, 2013 |
Is it possible to support same-sex marriage at the same time that I don't support marriage in general? I respect and love my gay friends and certainly wouldn't want to deny them any of their rights, but I've never believed in marriage as an institution, and I find myself at odds. --Confused but Hopeful Dear Confused, For those of you who have missed all the hullabaloo and the red equality signs on Facebook and Twitter, the Supreme Court has been hearing two gay rights cases this week: Prop.
November 13, 2012 |
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame ceremony on Monday night, both congratulating the new inductees and also urging the state of Illinois to adopt a marriage equality bill. "The time is now, the time is right and the time is here," Emanuel said to a cheering crowd. "There's no doubt when you look not only around the country, but you look around here in the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois, it is time to take the next step. " Less than a year ago, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a...
November 7, 2012 |
I started dating a guy about a month ago. I really like him and am interested in seeing where it goes, except for one thing: He's a 36-year-old virgin who's waiting until marriage to have sex. I've been sexually active for well over a decade, and I feel like this is too big of a difference to overcome. Plus, if we do become serious, I'm not willing to wait until marriage to find out if we're sexually compatible. Do I dump him or give it some time? Or try to convince him that waiting isn't necessarily the best idea?
November 5, 2012 |
Rare is it that professional athletes are able to affect the kind of sociocultural movement getting under way in Minnesota and across the country. That it's an NFL punter doing this makes the whole thing even more remarkable. In case you missed it, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has established himself as the Most Valuable Athlete of Election Day, showing the kind of public social backbone rarely exhibited by pro athletes who find themselves wary of expressing anything resembling a tangible opinion on a controversial subject.
July 24, 2012 |
When President Obama made history as the first American president to publicly support gay marriage May 9, founder and senior planner at Liven It Up events Anthony Navarro of Lakeview knew he needed to create a platform for his wedding industry peers to share their acceptance and belief in marriage equality as professionals attached so directly to the debate. "We are the ones making weddings happen all the time," Navarro said. "People in the wedding industry need, or should, be the ones who proclaim, 'Hey!