Editorials

The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/1/09
BARACK OBAMA'S most devilish political move since the 2008 campaign was to appoint a Republican congressman from upstate New York as secretary of the Army. This week's election to fill that vacant seat has set off nothing less than a riotous and bloody national G.O.P. civil war. No matter what the results in that race on Tuesday, the Republicans are the sure losers. This could be a gift that keeps on giving to the Democrats through 2010, and perhaps beyond.

The governors' races in New Jersey


Six Tests for Equality and Fairness
source: The New York Times
posted: 11/1/09
Political battles this fall in six different parts of the country could have a profound impact on whether the United States will extend the promise of equal rights to those who are not allowed to marry simply because they are the same sex as their partner.
Political battles this fall in six different parts of the country could have a profound impact on whether the United States will extend the promise of equal rights to those who are not allowed to marry simply because they are the same sex as


LETTER; Why Some Take the Path From Anglican to Catholic
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/31/09
To the Editor:

Re ''For an Episcopal Parish, a Path to Catholicism'' (Rosemont Journal, Oct. 25):

I am the former curate referred to in your article about the Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, as one who had already left the Anglican parish to become Roman Catholic.

The article describes Anglicans attracted to Rome as being against women's and homosexual ordinations. But this does not describe the real motivation for why priests like me reconcile with the Roman Catholic Church.


LETTER; Gay Marriage Lawsuit
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/29/09
To the Editor:

Re ''In Battle Over Gay Marriage, Timing May Be Key,'' by Adam Liptak (Sidebar column, Oct. 27):

The pivotal exchange in one of the lawsuits now challenging the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage shows that the opponents of gay people's freedom to marry still can't give a real answer to the key question posed in yet another court by yet another judge: ''What would be the harm of permitting gay men and lesbians to marry'''

The anti-gay forces' lawyer, Charles J.


The Vatican's Invitation to Anglicans
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/24/09
To the Editor:

Regarding the Vatican and the disaffected Anglicans, I have a twofold response: First, is this a precursor to the Vatican's finally accepting a married clergy' Then amen, so be it! The Catholic Church began with a married clergy.

Second, however, if the criterion of the disaffected Anglicans to convert to Roman Catholicism is based on the presupposition that the Catholic hierarchy forbids gays and women in the priesthood, then the prospective candidates will be sadly disappo


The Nuns? Story
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/24/09
Once, in the first grade, I was late for class. I started crying in the schoolyard, terrified to go in and face the formidable Sister Hiltruda.

Father Montgomery, who looked like a handsome young priest out of a 1930s movie, found me cowering and took my hand, leading me into the classroom.

Sister Hiltruda looked ready to pop, but she couldn't say a word to me, then or ever. There was no more unassailable patriarchy than the Catholic Church.

Nuns were second-class citizens then and 4


For a Gay Couple, the Cost of Heartbreak
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/12/09
Re 'The Costs of Being a Gay Couple Run Higher' ('Your Money' column, by Tara Siegel Bernard and Ron Lieber, front page, Oct. 3):

As your article illustrates, marriage in America is a complex legal contract that bestows rights and responsibilities at both state and federal levels of government. Thank you for taking this debate out of the religious and into the practical.

My Indian partner's application for a new American visa was denied last month. She left the country last week, exiled fr


The Damage of Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell
source: The New York Times
posted: 10/3/09
Sixteen years after passage of the 'don't ask, don't tell' law, there is reason to hope that the military is edging away from its destructive opposition to allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly. At the very least, a prize-winning essay in a prominent military journal suggests that the issue is open to debate and even dissent.

The essay, which won this year's Secretary of Defense essay contest and was reviewed in advance of publication by the office of Adm. Mike Mullen...


The Rights of Gay Employees
source: The New York Times
posted: 9/12/09
It is remarkable how little progress gay people have made in securing the basic protection against discrimination on the job. In 29 states, it is still legal to fire workers for being gay. But momentum is building in Congress for the first federal law banning such discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

The New Republic: Obama?Ask For Gay Rights
source: NPR
posted: 7/6/09
This magazine has made no secret of its high regard for Barack Obama. Which makes it all the more distressing for us to observe the approach that his administration is taking on gay rights. During the campaign, Obama said all the right things (well, almost all'like most national politicians, he wouldn't endorse same-sex marriage). He invoked the importance of winning "equality" and "dignity" and "respect" for gays and lesbians. Now he is president. And one of the perks of being president is that