Steve Hochstadt: After years of relative stability, in the last 8 years the proportion of Americans who oppose gay marriage dropped from 54% to 32%, as the number who favor it rose from 37% to 62%.
Rev. Irene Monroe: This June will be the one year anniversary of “Obergefell v. Hodges,” the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
Carl Matthes: While the biggest issues of recent debates have been the size of candidate’s hands and whose pants are on fire, hardly mentioned, in many of the debates, are LGBT issues.
Carl Matthes: She was asked point blank if she was sure that she really saw the Pope and not his secretary. Yes, it was the Pope. He was dressed in white, had on a beanie and spoke American. She was surprised by that because she thought he would speak Argentinian.
Peter Cavanaugh: Initial conservative spin suggested that, along with Father Junipero Serra, Kim Davis, herself, had been canonized.
Berry Craig: The zeal of bigots like Davis is fueled, at least in part, by their fear of a future that will not be theirs. They fret over an America that has become more tolerant, diverse and pluralistic. Prejudice is on the wane, even in Bible Belt states like Kentucky.
Irene Monroe: I now wonder, with more of us LGBTQ revelers and onlookers with children and dogs vacationing in P’Town each summer, have we integrated or assimilated too far into mainstream society?
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.
John Peeler: There is nothing more threatening to white Americans than young black men. We have always been a country created by whites and for whites: hence the Tea Party slogan after the election of Barack Obama, “We want our country back!”
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 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.
Randy Shaw: While progressives debate whether President Obama could have used his “bully pulpit” to overcome GOP opposition to reviving the nation’s economy, let’s accept that in 2013-14 activists can more effectively address economic justice measures at the state level.
Tina Dupuy: But as long as Republicans don’t stand for anything other than freedom for corporations, they will need to find a group of people to be their boogeyman.