Editorials

Texas Republicans May Endorse Gay ‘Reparative’ Therapy
source: The New York Times
posted: 6/5/14
Over the past few years the march toward marriage equality has been slow and steady, and the reality-based community has recognized that there is no stopping or reversing the process.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court turned down an attempt to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon by the National Organization for Marriage. The decision grew out of the court’s 2013 ruling on Proposition 8 in California, and was greeted with a shrug. At the judicial level, good news is now the norm.

Meanwhile, in


Gay Chief Executives
source: The New York Times
posted: 5/25/14
While you are correct that there is a dearth of openly gay chief executives (“Where Are the Gay Chief Executives?,” Sunday Review, May 18), it won’t always be that way.

Just as Hillary Rodham Clinton famously put “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” for women in high office, so there are a number of corporate executives who are doing the same for the lavender ceiling faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. It’s just a matter of time before they are promoted to the top j


Why Do the Boy Scouts Still Ban Gay Troop Leaders?
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/23/14
Robert Gates, the former defense secretary and Eagle Scout, will in May begin a two-year term as president of the Boy Scouts of America. At the Pentagon, Mr. Gates backed President Obama’s call to end the unjust “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that barred gay men and women from serving openly in the military. If he cares to build on that record of inclusion, he could start by publicly voicing disapproval of the B.S.A.’s mistreatment of Geoff McGrath.

In late March, the B.S.A. ordered the Raine


The New Gay Orthodoxy
source: The New York Times
posted: 4/5/14
To appreciate how rapidly the ground has shifted, go back just two short years, to April 2012. President Obama didn’t support marriage equality, not formally. Neither did Hillary Clinton. And few people were denouncing them as bigots whose positions rendered them too divisive, offensive and regressive to lead.

But that’s precisely the condemnation that tainted and toppled Brendan Eich after his appointment two weeks ago as the new chief executive of the technology company Mozilla. On Thursday


The Fight Against Arizona Extremism
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/27/14
This week has seen the demise of two Arizona measures designed to hurt people and undermine their rights.

Most of the attention went to Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto on Wednesday of a Republican-sponsored bill that would have given business owners broad license to discriminate against gay men, lesbians and others, based on far-fetched claims of religious infringement.

But that welcome bow to fairness — and, not incidentally, loud objections from the state’s business community — should not obscure


Gay Marriage: Soon Available in the Deep South
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/26/14
Marriage-equality broke into Texas on Wednesday as U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued a preliminary injunction against the state’s amendment banning same-sex unions.

Judge Garcia’s opinion sounds a lot like recent rulings out of Virginia and Kentucky and Ohio and Utah, which characterized bans on same-sex marriage as discriminatory and counter to the Fourteenth Amendment.

“The important federalism concerns at issue here are nevertheless insufficient to save a state-law prohibition


Panic in the Locker Room!
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/10/14
A news flash for every straight man out there: You’ve been naked in front of a gay man.

In fact you’ve been naked, over the course of your life, in front of many gay men, at least if you have more than a few years on you. And here you are — uninjured, uncorrupted, intact. The earth still spins. The sun rises and sets.

Maybe it was in gym class, long ago. Maybe at the health club more recently. Or maybe when you played sports at the high school level, the college level, later on. Whether we


Love, Death and Sochi
source: The New York Times
posted: 2/3/14
There are few moments sweeter, more humbling or more thrilling than telling someone you love how you feel.

As soon as Roger Mbede did that, he was damned.

This happened in Cameroon, which, like many African countries, treats homosexuality as if it were a curse, a scourge. He lost sight of that, and made the mistake of sending several text messages that were too candid, too trusting.

“I’m very much in love with you,” one of them said, and the man who got it, apparently worried that he wa


No Reason to Wait on Marriage
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/14/13
In a wise ruling last month, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson declared that same-sex couples “must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey Constitution.” On Thursday, she ordered that same-sex marriages be allowed starting Monday because New Jersey would suffer no harm if gay men and lesbians are permitted to wed.

Gov. Chris Christie, however, is pursuing an appeal of her decision, and the State Supreme Court has scheduled oral arg


A Clever Solution to an Olympic Problem
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/9/13
For athletes and others going to the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, it’s a much-discussed riddle: how to take a stand against the host country’s reprehensible anti-gay laws, which have rightly caused international outrage, without running afoul of them or of the International Olympic Committee’s prohibition against political statements and protests.

Many suggestions have been floated. Some people, including me, have theorized that if enough athletes wore or carried rainbow flags or icons of a