- Joe Biden’s secret love: Skinny-dipping, Secret Service agents say
- Just-forged Israel-Hamas cease-fire ends in rocket fire
- Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds
- Sen. Tom Coburn vows to slow down budget-busting bills ahead of recess
- Obama fantasizes about more executive power, signs new order on federal contractors
- Clintons call Klein, Halper, Kessler ‘a Hat Trick of despicable actors’: report
- Boehner accuses Obama of ‘legacy of lawlessness’
- Pro-marijuana group claims responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap
- Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey
- Stabbing attack on transgender girl, 15, was ‘bias motivated,’ police say
Equality or immorality? A weekend’s LGBT moments
Question of the Day
It was an eventful weekend: A gay football player kissed his boyfriend on national TV after being drafted by the NFL; gay marriage arrived in the Bible Belt; a bearded transvestite won one of the biggest TV song competitions in the world.
All indications of a civilization on the move - but where is it going? On a march toward equality, or a descent into a moral Wild West?
It depends on your point of view.
“It was a moment that was 45 years in the making,” said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, referring back to the Stonewall riots of 1969 that launched the modern gay rights movement.
Sainz remembered tears falling down his face while watching Michael Sam, the 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end about to become the first openly gay player in America’s most popular sport, embrace his boyfriend Saturday.
“I cried,” he said. “Not just because Michael Sam had been selected. Just as importantly, because the networks did not shy away from covering that emotion, and his same-sex partner sharing that emotion with him. He wasn’t ashamed of it. He was proud of it.”
On Monday, Sainz was in Arkansas, where dozens of gay and lesbian couples married over the weekend after a judge struck down the state’s ban on such unions. He recalled meeting couples who could finally marry after decades together.
‘There are definitely big-time cracks appearing in that glass ceiling of equality, every single day, in ways big and small,” Sainz said. “I think it’s all kind of coming together.”
This convergence was a result of “decades and decades of hard work,” said LZ Granderson, a columnist and past winner of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association’s Journalist of the Year award.
“From community activism, to national organizations, to children living in a conservative home having the courage to come out to their parents as we saw with Will Portman and his father, Rob, a Congressman from Ohio,” Granderson said by email. “I know it appears as if LGBT rights have been moving swiftly, but it is not an overnight success sort of story. No civil rights movement is.”
“I don’t see this past weekend as a singular larger moment,” Granderson said, “as much as more steps in the long journey.”
Arkansas is the latest of many states where courts have ruled gay-marriage bans unconstitutional. Two years ago, President Barack Obama switched his position to favoring gay marriage. Polls have found a growing number of Americans believe same-sex unions should be legal; 58 percent were in favor of gay marriage in a March poll by the Washington Post and ABC News.
Sainz dismissed the Eurovision Song Contest victory of drag queen Conchita Wurst, a bearded man dressed as a woman, as irrelevant to the advance of gay issues in the United States. The beard was in some ways a showbiz gimmick, Sainz said.
But to Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the American Family Association, it’s all of a piece.
“Every advance in the homosexual agenda represents a setback for our culture and for sexual normalcy,” he said. “So there’s nothing to celebrate in any of these situations.”
Both parties recognize the Democrats' scam
- Inside the Ring: Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- EDITORIAL: For too many gays, 'tolerance' is a one-way street
- PRUDEN: Cooling the manufactured impeachment panic
- HUSAIN: Fleeing Iraqi Christians find safe haven at the Shrine of Imam Ali
- Feds accept boredom, lack of work as excuses for surfing porn on clock
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world