• Homosexuality •
January 29, 2010
Both sides in the federal trial over same-sex marriage have now rested, and the nation awaits the decision of U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker. Nevertheless, the judge’s decision will not put the matter to rest, no matter his ruling. Both sides have pledged, if they lose, to appeal his ruling all the way to the Supreme Court. To that, Michael Lindenberger of Time Magazine adds: “What’s equally clear now, after nearly three weeks of evidence, is that no matter what happens, the debate over gay marriage will never again be the same.”
December 7, 2009
The election of a second openly-homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church hardly came as a surprise. Given the actions of the church in its General Convention this past summer, the question was clearly not if there would be more openly-gay bishops, but when. The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles answered that question on Saturday, electing the Reverend Mary D. Glasspool of Baltimore as an assistant bishop. She is expected to be consecrated as bishop on May 15 in Los Angeles.
November 20, 2009
Is The New York Times trying to tell us something? Just eleven days after running a story on gender-bending teenagers on the front page of its “Style” section, the paper is back with yet another front page story in the same section, this time on gender-bending young adults. The articles even cite the same psychologist as authority. What’s going on here?
November 12, 2009
Clothing makes a statement, and if The New York Times is any indicator of where the culture is headed, clothing is speaking loudly. According to a recent article by Jan Hoffman, high schools are forced to tackle gender issues of a new magnitude: boys choosing to dress as girls – because they want to. This…
November 12, 2009
“Clothes are never a frivolity — they always mean something.” Thus spoke James Laver, a famous costume designer and interpreter of fashion. He is right, of course. Clothes always mean something, which is why The New York Times gave major attention to an issue facing many schools: “Can a Boy Wear a Skirt to School?”
November 3, 2009
This Tuesday is Election Day, and more is going on behind the scenes than meets the eye. Beyond the candidates, important issues are being decided on all over the country, and none more important than what’s happening in Maine. The voters of Maine are voting today on a referendum on Same-Sex Marriage. Though the state legislature has authorized…
October 30, 2009
As Sen. John McCain recently remarked, “elections have consequences.” President Barack Obama signed the “Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act” into law on Thursday, fulfilling a campaign promise and handing the gay rights community one of its most sought-after achievements.
October 26, 2009
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is flirting with homosexuality in dangerous ways. Over the summer, the ELCA voted to adopt a statement on human sexuality that fully embraces homosexuality within the church. While acknowledging that individual Christians could come to different opinions on these issues, the statement included a “Bound Conscience” principle, calling Christians…
October 26, 2009
“It wasn’t primarily about sex.” With those words, Lutheran theologian Robert Benne explained that the actions recently taken by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to normalize homosexuality were not primarily about sex at all, but about theological identity. “The ELCA has formally left the great tradition for liberal Protestantism,” Benne declared.
October 20, 2009
“The battle is over. The victory has been won. There is no reasonable doubt as to what the final outcome of the struggle will be.” Those are the words of John Shelby Spong, the retired Episcopal bishop of Newark, New Jersey. In his recently released “manifesto,” Bishop Spong declares, “it is time to move on,” and pledges never again to debate the issues of homosexuality or homosexual rights.