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Posted inLGBTQ News

Why the Christian Right tried (and failed) to kill the Respect for Marriage Act

Reading Time: 9 minutes The Respect for Marriage Act finally passed a its last vote. It’s now on its way to the president’s desk, where he’ll likely sign it into law on Tuesday. But it got there over the kicking and screaming of the Christian Right, a loose-knit assortment of hardline evangelical culture warriors and creepily-authoritarian hardline Catholics.

Posted inPolitics

Disinviting bigoted campus speakers blocks bigotry, not free speech

Reading Time: 6 minutes When American university and college students try to deny “free speech” platforms to arch-conservative opinion leaders they consider dangerous purveyors of bigotry, or just shout them down, right-wing complaints of suppression are swift and virulent. The constant trope is that American higher education institutions are controlled by “woke,” “liberal” academics and students who want to […]

Posted inSex & Gender

Faith and sexuality collide in Finland

Reading Time: 5 minutes Two court cases about faith and sexuality have been dubiously characterized as “shocking” and “a ‘canary in the coalmine’ for freedom of speech throughout the Western world,” according to human rights lawyer Paul Coleman of the conservative, religion-promoting Alliance Defending Freedom International (ADFI). Though the ADFI’s characterization may sound a bit overwrought (and is), it’s, […]

Posted inLGBTQ

‘Affront to human dignity’: UK judges support archaic gay marriage bans in two territories

Reading Time: 3 minutes A shocking blow to LGBT rights was dealt yesterday to LGBT+ communities in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands when four Privy Council judges supported bans on same-sex marriage in the two United Kingdom Overseas Territories. According to this LBC report, same sex-marriage has always been outlaws in the Cayman Islands, but was legalised five years ago […]

Posted inUncategorized

Four Years After Obergefell: Has the Sky Fallen?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Four years ago, conservative Christians put out an ad declaring their resolve against same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court came down on the other side of the issue (with Obergefell) just days later. Let’s revisit their argument to see how well it holds up.

Posted inNews, Religion

And Now the Methodists…

Reading Time: 5 minutes Yesterday the United Methodist Church decided to revert back to a hardline stance against same-sex relationships, and many of my friends are heartbroken by this move by the second largest Protestant denomination (trailing only my own family’s Southern Baptist Convention, which has never accepted gay marriage). Backtracking like this almost certainly means a major split […]

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