n July 27 the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) ratified a resolution removing the national restriction on openly gay leaders and employees. An important step forward. It took BSA President Robert Gates one year, after the ban was lifted on openly gay boys participating as scouts, to get the national […]
Carl Matthes: In about 50 years, LGBT folk built a tremendous network of support institutions; fought vigorously over legal matters and in the courts; became important to the political process and took on HIV/AIDS.
Carl Matthes: There are really no words. We grieve for the families and for our country. We know our nation cannot go on like this and yet, here we are. Will enough ever be enough? Until we are willing to address race and entrenched racism in this country, the headlines will continue.
Carl Matthes: We’re being reminded, by some Republican candidates for president that the foundation of America—the Constitution—will no longer past muster as the law of the land if the Justices decide to extend marriage equality from the present 36 states to all 50. So much for law and order.
Carl Matthes: When we talk about beliefs, can that belief system really be changed by strangers at my door?
Carl Matthes: Between internal challenges and potential legal conflicts, the Boy Scouts of America finds itself in an unsustainable position.
Carl Matthes: The time has come for America to embrace all of its children, to protect its children, to facilitate loving homes and provide safe schools for its children.
Carl Matthes: Is it any surprise, then, that Attorney McLaughlin feels it’s quite okay to write an initiative to kill gay people when a member of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church is making pronouncements that being gay is tantamount to being a murderer and child molester?
Carl Matthes: It was President Obama’s firm support that helped propel gay rights to the stage-center as LBJ, using the assassination of JFK and his Southern heritage, brought the passage of the Civil Rights Act to the national center stage.
Carl Matthes: It’s so encouraging – and beyond my imagination of just a few years ago – to see lesbians and gay men proud to be lining up for marriage licenses in big cities, small towns, and rural communities.
Carl Mathes: I predict that Pope Francis will continue to challenge all in the Catholic Church to accept his view “that homosexuals have gifts to offer the Church,” repeating Catholic teaching that “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”
Carl Matthes: Scalia’s gauntlet throw-down was immediately accepted by Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT advocate, who pledged to “bring marriage equality to all 50 states within five years.”
Carl Matthes: The fight to advance and protect voting rights, civil rights, women’s rights, women’s health and the right to choose, immigration rights, and lgbt rights, is intensifying.