Banning a Pseudo-Therapy
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/7/13
A discredited therapy that purports to convert homosexuals to heterosexuals was repudiated again late last month. This time, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously upheld a California law preventing licensed therapists from counseling minors to change their sexual orientation from gay to straight.

So-called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy” began at a time when professionals in medicine and psychology considered homosexuality an

Taxes, Benefits and Equality
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/3/13
As federal agencies continue to roll out their rules for allowing federal benefits for lawfully married same-sex couples, the reach of the Supreme Court’s wise ruling in June striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act has come into sharper focus.

Under new rules announced on Thursday by the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service, all same-sex couples who are legally married will be treated the same as opposite-sex married couples for federal tax purposes — even

Marriage Equality in New Mexico
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/28/13
When arguing against same-sex marriage, opponents often stress that marriage has always been defined as a union between a man and a woman.

But our laws, at least, often did not wade into the question of gender one way or another — until the 1990s, when anti-gay-marriage forces began lobbying state legislatures to revise state constitutions, and pushed the Defense of Marriage Act through Congress. More recently, in a smaller, but growing, number of states, marriage-equality advocates have succ

Sponsors can't afford to tolerate Russia's anti-gay games
source: Chicago Tribune
posted: 8/26/13
The following editorial appears on Bloomberb View:

The International Olympic Committee is letting Russia off far too easy. Russia has argued nonsensically that its new anti-gay law is in keeping with the Olympic Charter's protections against discrimination, and the IOC simply has accepted it.

The law, approved by the Russian parliament in June, prohibits "propaganda" in support of "nontraditional" sexual relationships. This means virtually any expression of homosexual love, or approval of

A Son’s Heartfelt Campaign
source: The New York Times
posted: 8/19/13
You’d be hard pressed to find a political consultant who couldn’t perform a convincing swoon for the candidate he or she is promoting. But when Josh Isay talks about Christine Quinn and the chance of her becoming the next mayor of New York, you see something else, something more. His eyes actually mist.

It’s a particular thought that gets to him: Quinn and her wife — two women — moving into Gracie Mansion together. It’s the symbolism of that, and what it would have meant to a man he loved de

Pope Francis and gays: A misinterpretation or a hint of the future?
source: The Washington Post
posted: 8/7/13
One must always be careful to interpret Vatican rhetoric in context. When Pope Francis answered a question on ‘the gay lobby’ at the Vatican with”Who am I to judge?” the media focused on gays and judgement and missed some important points about Francis’s theology.

The first point was that this rhetorical question was not an answer to a question about gays but about rumors of a ‘gay lobby.’ Note both words, ‘gay’ and ‘lobby.’ The first part of his answer diffused the emphasis on ‘gay’ by sayin

Gay teacher fired: Does discrimination law trump theological conviction?
source: Los Angeles Times
posted: 8/5/13
A Roman Catholic girls high school in Glendora has fired a teacher after he married his male partner and photos of the wedding were published in a local newspaper. According to St. Lucy's Priory High School, Ken Bencomo, who had taught at the school for 17 years, had to go because “public displays of behavior that are directly contrary to church teachings are inconsistent with [the schools'] values.” Bencomo’s lawyer said his client hopes to resolve the situation without legal action, but he has

How to protect gay workers
source: The Washington Post
posted: 8/4/13
in the politically charged election year of 1996 — the same year the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed both houses of Congress with veto-proof margins — the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) reached the Senate floor and was defeated by a single vote.

Reading the tea leaves then, it might have seemed that employment discrimination against gay workers would become illegal long before 17 years would pass. It was same-sex marriage that seemed unlikely. But a nation that has evolved rap

Can same-sex couples help save marriage?
source: The Washington Post
posted: 7/31/13
The rapid evolution of attitudes toward gay marriage is a wonder to behold. On few issues has public opinion moved as quickly or decisively. Many who are against the formal recognition of homosexual unions are now resigned to the reality they will eventually become commonplace.

The main drivers of this transformation are obvious. Most Americans now know that people they care about are gay men or lesbians, and empathy can do wonderful things. Partly because of this, younger Americans overwhelm

A Catholic case for same-sex marriage
source: The Washington Post
posted: 7/31/13
It appears that public opinion about same-sex marriage is diverging from the path promoted by prominent prelates. Catholics today are more tolerant of homosexuals’ equal civil rights, while outspoken Catholic archbishops are raising apocalyptic warnings about “aggressive and godless secularism.” Why?

The bishops are clearly voicing Catholic dogma: same-sex marriage cannot replace the union of man and woman as the Sacrament of Matrimony. But the current laws do not threaten the exercise of C