Like many progressive North Carolinians, the election of Donald Trump last November rocked my world to its core, and not in a good way. First came shock and disbelief, which was followed by a rage that was hard to shake over the holidays. But I finally did it, resuming the normal patterns of my life – until the dystopian nightmare of the Inaugural Address, which made it abundantly clear that this is a President only interested in playing to his base, with no thought to the rule of law, or the need to be truthful to the American people....
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Recently, I attended a wedding in Lumberton. The two grooms had been together thirteen years, and it was time for them to make it legal, so to speak. The flowers were gorgeous, as was the musical accompaniment, while ...Read more Comments Off on Happily ever after? A marriage equality advocate worries about the Supreme Court
(Editor’s note: Yesterday, in just the latest in long and growing line of such decisions, a federal judge in Texas struck down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. The following essay celebrates a likeminded decision by ...Read more Comments Off on Mildred Loving and marriage equality
It seems increasingly to be a world turned upside down these days in the nationwide quest for marriage equality. This is true even here in the Tar Heel state, where during a primary election in May 2012, a ...Read more Comments Off on Watch the dominoes fall: The Utah case and marriage equality in North Carolina
Like millions of other gay Americans, I celebrated the recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions overturning key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act and allowing a lower court ruling to stand, effectively overturning California’s notorious Proposition 8 ...Read more Comments Off on The marriage haves and the have-nots
One of the funny things about being gay, as opposed to being a member of other socially constructed groups like ethnic minorities, is that most people who define themselves as heterosexual are not equipped with the “gaydar” that ...Read more Comments Off on Civil rights? That’s so gay!
Like many other North Carolinians, I was saddened and shocked by the outcome of May’s primary election, in which 61% of voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman and prohibiting ...Read more Comments Off on The thirty-nine percent