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July 01, 2015

Clinton emails: ‘We should emphasize LGBT human rights’

DHS unveils new guidelines to protect trans detainees

Six arrested during protest against detention of LGBT immigrants

5th Circuit: Obergefell is law of the land

Not that there was any doubt, except in the minds of foot-dragging right-wing demagogues.

7-year-old faces off with anti-gay preacher

The President Sings of Grace

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(David Goldman/AP Photo)

My latest column looks at the momentous events of last week and at how justice comes from recognition, as the president put it, of ourselves in each other. Here's a portion:

President Obama had the best week of his career last week, with victories on trade, fair housing, healthcare and marriage equality that cemented his legacy. But instead of taking a victory lap, he capped his week with a eulogy in the form of a sermon on grace.

Black churches have figured prominently in my thoughts lately. On Stonewall Sunday, going through my Twitter feed, I found a joint Father's Day sermon delivered the week before by the Revs. Otis Moss II and III at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. In addition to being LGBT-affirming, Trinity is famous for its tradition of prophetic preaching, thanks to video loops of its previous pastor, Jeremiah Wright, that roiled the 2008 presidential campaign.

Near the close of Justice Anthony Kennedy's marriage opinion, he gave a nod to Jim Obergefell: "As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death." Outside the court, Obergefell held a photo of his late husband and took a call from the president. The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," tacitly embracing the words above the court's entrance: "Equal Justice Under Law."

The act of domestic terror that took the president to South Carolina later that day was intended by its perpetrator to start a race war. As Obama noted, however, when Dylann Roof murdered pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney and eight other members of Charleston's Emanuel A.M.E. Church at a Bible study meeting, he did not account for the power of grace.

Read the whole thing here.

No, polygamy isn’t the next gay marriage

An excellent piece by our friend Jonathan Rauch on one of our opponents' favorite red herrings, which goes: gay marriage today, polygamy tomorrow!

I just want to marry one man. That apparently isn't scary enough, so they make up a nonexistent push for polygamy. That is historically a straight problem anyway. Why is it dumped on gay people? That whole argument is desperate. Essentially the argument is that any change requires making every conceivable change. No it doesn't. Next.

June 30, 2015

'They're about to wreck!'

This is priceless. A parade of yahoos in pickup trucks waving Confederate flags gets into a wreck, while the videographer gleefully narrates.

God don't like ugly!"

What Mother Church needs is not nicer words but change in doctrine

It would be nice if the bishops had the grace to use that text. But what is needed is doctrinal change, and there is no evidence that the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church have any intention of budging. Life is just too short.

Meet Louisiana's first same-sex married couple

I can't get enough of these joyous pictures.

Parents of the week supported their 8-year-old at NYC Pride

He danced down the street in style for a couple of miles.

EHN: 'massive resistance' to SCOTUS marriage ruling won't work

Amen, Congresswoman.

U.S. officials take part in global Pride events

BTW, congrats to Michael Lavers on being named the Blade's new International Editor.

Hermaphrodite fish - quick, alert Bryan Fischer!

Alternatively, you can celebrate the wonders of nature and get on with your day.

Mozambique legalizes gay sex

Some good news from Africa.

Colbert reads from SCOTUS dissents

Worry about this for a second

LGBT Texans carry on the fight

With help from their friends, of course.

A county clerk who needs to lose her public paycheck

Dear Ms. Lang, take a hike.

Justice Scalia, not moving on

Dear Nino, rant away to your heart's content.