Marriage Is a Constitutional Right

August 5, 2010

New York Times editorial

Until Wednesday, the thousands of same-sex couples who have married did so because a state judge or Legislature allowed them to. The nation’s most fundamental guarantees of freedom, set out in the Constitution, were not part of the equation. That has changed with the historic decision by a federal judge in California, Vaughn Walker, that said his state’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the 14th Amendment’s rights to equal protection and due process of law.

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Full Disclosure

June 28, 2010

New York Times editorial

Americans vote in secret, but they expect most other significant political acts to take place in the sunshine, from passing laws to making campaign donations. Anonymity in those areas is inimical to a robust democracy, and the Supreme Court was right on Thursday to rule that there is no constitutional right to hide in the shadows when signing a referendum petition.

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A Basic Civil Right

June 11, 2010

New York Times editorial

After a nearly three-week trial in January, and a lengthy hiatus while lawyers fought over documents, closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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read The Prop 8 Court Can Have it All: Justice, Precedent, Respect for Democracy, and an Appropriately Limited Judicial Role


Gay? Whatever, Dude

June 5, 2010

by Charles M. Blow | New York Times

Last week, while many of us were distracted by the oil belching forth from the gulf floor and the president’s ham-handed attempts to demonstrate that he was sufficiently engaged and enraged, Gallup released a stunning, and little noticed, report on Americans’ evolving views of homosexuality.

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A Stronger Military

May 26, 2010

New York Times editorial

After months of unnecessary hand-wringing and delay, the White House and Congressional leaders appear to have reached an agreement on ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that forced thousands of gay and lesbian service members to stay in the closet in order to serve their country.

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Deal Reached for Ending Law on Gays in Military

May 25, 2010

by Sheryl Gay Stolberg | New York Times

President Obama, the Pentagon and leading lawmakers reached agreement Monday on legislative language and a time frame for repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, clearing the way for Congress to take up the measure as soon as this week.

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Openly Gay College Coach Makes a Low-Profile Role Model

May 24, 2010

by Billy Witz | New York Times

Tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac in a leafy suburban neighborhood, Kirk Walker lives the life of a role model quietly.

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Before Gay Marriage Fight, Clashes on Free Speech

April 20, 2010

by Adam Liptak | New York Times

That sound in the distance at the Supreme Court these days is the debate over same-sex marriage.

It will be a couple of years until that central issue in the culture wars reaches the court. But two early skirmishes — if not proxy battles — arrived this month. Both are fights over the First Amendment ground rules for the debate.

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Justice and Comfort

April 19, 2010

New York Times editorial

The cause of equal rights for gays and lesbians, which is advancing in hard-won increments, moved forward on two important fronts this week.

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An Openly Gay Bishop, and a Church’s Message

March 24, 2010

Letter to the Editor | New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “Episcopalians Confirm a Second Gay Bishop” (news article, March 18):

Serving with an organization that works to end the harm caused by religion-based prejudice and hostility toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, I commend the Episcopal Church for its courageous move to approve the election of the church’s second openly gay bishop, the Rev. Mary D. Glasspool.

Your article stated that the move may “increase the tension with fellow Anglican churches around the world that do not approve of homosexuality.” That is an extraordinarily sad commentary considering the message — you can’t serve God if you’re gay.

As an evangelical Christian, I once held the attitude that heterosexuality was the only sexual orientation sanctioned by God. But I have since met hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of all faiths who in their hearts and minds find great joy and peace in their spirituality. Their spiritual experience is as real as mine — and perhaps more profound considering how some people work so hard to turn them away.

For the church as a community to deny any person the spiritual experience that the church professes is the most precious gift is its greatest moral failure of our day.

Brent Childers
Executive Director, Faith in America
Hudson, N.C., March 19, 2010


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