Editorials

Evan Wolfson: What’s Next in the Fight for Gay Equality
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/26/15
I always believed we would win, but I didn’t expect to cry.

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday, that the Constitution guarantees gay people the freedom to marry, is a monumental and inspiring victory. America got it right. Love won. We all did.

That, indeed, is something to celebrate. And now we must get back to work.

Securing protections from discrimination for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans needs to be our priority. In too many parts of the country, people can stil


A Profound Ruling Delivers Justice on Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/26/15
To the list of landmark Supreme Court decisions reaffirming the power and the scope of the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law — from Brown v. Board of Education to Loving v. Virginia to United States v. Windsor — we can now add Obergefell v. Hodges.

In a profound and inspiring opinion expanding human rights across America, and bridging the nation’s past to its present, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “The right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of


Conservative Lawmakers and Faith Groups Seek Exemptions After Same-Sex Ruling
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/26/15
Within hours of the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, an array of conservatives including the governors of Texas and Louisiana and religious groups called for stronger legal protections for those who want to avoid any involvement in same-sex marriage, like catering a gay wedding or providing school housing to gay couples, based on religious beliefs.

They demanded establishing clear religious exemptions from discrimination laws, tax penalties or other government regulations


The Instant Republican Backlash on Gay Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/26/15
Just as you could hear the cheering start in front of the Supreme Court building as the TV news reporters were still leafing through the decision upholding marriage equality today, it took mere moments for the right wing to provide the predictable backlash.

They denounced “activist judges” (a phrase used only to refer to rulings the right wing hates), vowed to “protect religious liberty” (the liberty for people to discriminate against gay men and lesbians because of their personal religious v


Hillary Clinton Evolves on Gay Rights, While Others Lag Behind
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/16/15
Two bits of news today on the civil rights front seemed worthy of comment.

The first, more important, was that Hillary Clinton has changed her view on same-sex marriage, which she once said should be left up to the individual states but which she now believes should be protected by the federal government as a constitutional right.

That this is connected with her new presidential campaign is obvious, but it’s still welcome news, and I’m glad that Mrs. Clinton has evolved on this issue befor


Bigotry, the Bible and the Lessons of Indiana
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/3/15
The drama in Indiana last week and the larger debate over so-called “religious freedom” laws in other states portray homosexuality and devout Christianity as forces in fierce collision.

They’re not — at least not in several prominent denominations, which have come to a new understanding of what the Bible does and doesn’t decree, of what people can and cannot divine in regard to God’s will.

And homosexuality and Christianity don’t have to be in conflict in any church anywhere.

That many


Big Business’s Critical Role on Anti-Gay Laws
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/3/15
Big corporations like Walmart, Apple, Salesforce.com and General Electric and their executives have done the right thing by calling on officials in Indiana and Arkansas to reject “religious freedom” laws designed to give businesses and religious groups legal cover should they deny service to gay couples.

But the business response to these laws raises a larger issue about the role companies play in the political process. If corporate leaders are serious in opposing discrimination, they should


Indiana Loses Its Game
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/2/15
Last year Indiana chose “Honest to Goodness Indiana” as its new tourism slogan. Not everyone was charmed. Some critics said they’d have preferred something more cosmopolitan. Although it doesn’t seem likely they’d be happier with the runners-up, one of which was “Seasoned Just Right.”

Now, however, the slogan makes a kind of sense, especially if you throw in a little punctuation:

Honest to goodness, Indiana! Really, what were you thinking?

Last week, you may remember, Gov. Mike Pence of


Religious Freedom vs. Individual Equality
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/1/15
Indiana’s governor is now vowing to “clarify” a religious freedom law he recently signed in that state, because of what he calls a “perception problem” about whether the legislation would allow open discrimination against people whose sexual identities defy the heteronormative construct.

In truth, there is no perception problem. There was a detection problem: People detected precisely what the bill was designed to do, and they objected. And, possibly more important than individuals’ objection


In Indiana, Using Religion as a Cover for Bigotry
source: The New York Times
posted: 3/31/15
Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, who last week signed a religious-freedom law driven by bigotry against gays and lesbians, has been complaining that the law’s opponents — which include top business leaders and civil-rights groups — are spreading “misinformation.”

It is true that the law does not, as some opponents claim, specifically permit businesses to refuse to serve gays and lesbians. Its drafters were too smart to make that explicit. Instead, the law allows individuals or corporations facing