My take on lessons from Paula Deen and DOMA, at HuffPost:
Just as you don’t have to be throwing around the “n-word” to exhibit racism, you don’t have to be calling gays “faggots” in order to signal that they, and their love, and their families, are less worthy than others.
Jeremy Hooper at GoodAsYou.org interviews me about my collaboration with evil supervillain Maggie Gallagher. (At least, that’s how some of his readers see her.) It was a nice opportunity to respond to some criticisms I receive frequently. Check out the full interview here.
The current debate over same-sex marriage, at the U.S. Supreme Court and elsewhere, has revived the moral debate over same-sex relationships. Despite tremendous social and political progress, LGBT people—and especially, vulnerable LGBT youth—continue to face objections to the way they experience love and affection.
In this new video series John Corvino addresses these objections with his trademark combination of logical precision, sensitivity and humor. Is homosexuality unnatural? Does the Bible condemn it? Are gay people born that way, and does it matter? For the past 20 years, John Corvino has traveled the country to address such questions. In his new bookWhat’s Wrong with Homosexuality? (Oxford University Press, 2013) he presents his insights, and in this new video series he shares some of the book’s content in an accessible and occasionally hilarious way.
The LGBT community is actually a collection of overlapping communities, each with distinctive experiences, needs, and challenges. While it makes sense to find common cause, it can also make sense to separate the various groups sometimes, in order to avoid obscuring our diversity.
David Blankenhorn and John Corvino discuss the need for a new conversation on marriage. Together they challenge each other with frank and illuminating insights into the full range of issues that impact the institution of marriage in our time.
Why are some people so quick to latch on to bold claims about the biological origins of homosexuality? I think it’s because they believe that we need to show that we’re born gay in order to establish that our sexuality is a deep, important and relatively fixed part of who we are. But that’s simply not true.
Of course argument is not always sufficient to do the job, and no one denies the powerful role that personal visibility plays in combating anti-gay stereotypes. But to acknowledge that people’s minds are changed mainly through knowing flesh-and-blood LGBT people is not to deny that argument has an important task as well.