I know that most of my regular readers notice that I use the term "gay" a lot in the titles of my columns. I'm aware that this probably suggests to some that I'm still in some way holding onto my former homosexual identity or that I'm unwilling to embrace the "such were some of you" gospel mentality that Christians should walk in. So I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about the G-word.
I hope ya'll will believe me when I say that I hate the word "gay."
I hate all the presuppositions attached to it. Like the presupposition that a fixed gay (or straight or bi, for that matter) sexual orientation is a legitimate reality. I don't believe that sexual orientation, as culture at large defines it, is real — and I know that I am in the teeniest of the tiniest minorities in holding that position. People who don't follow Jesus or embrace a biblical worldview laugh in my face — pretty hysterically, actually — when I tell them that I don't view sexuality through the lens of "gay" or "straight" or "bi." But there are some Christians, even among my own little same-sex-attracted-but-celibate camp, that also reject my position and hold fast to the idea of people possessing a fixed sexual orientation. more >>
Three states filed appeals with the U.S. Supreme Court over recent decisions declaring their state-level marriage bans unconstitutional.
Utah, Virginia and Oklahoma have filed the appeals earlier this week as numerous courts across the country consider lawsuits against the various state marriage amendments passed via referendum from 2004 to 2012.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said in a statement that his duty is to legally defend the will of the state's voters, a majority of whom supported the state's marriage amendment. more >>
Recently I sent an email out to those who follow my column, trying to get a better grasp on the biggest questions and doubts that parents with same sex attracted children have struggled with since their kids "came out" to them. Within an hour my inbox flooded with heart-broken responses from a multitude of guilt-ridden parents.
Is this my fault?
Did I not give my child enough attention? more >>
This is the fifth and final column in a five-part series on marriage and originally appeared on the Public Discourse. Robert P. George also co-authored this column.
Although we disagree with each other about the nature of marriage, we are united in the conviction that it is an issue on which reasonable people of good will can and do reach divergent conclusions.
The purpose of our exchanges has been to explore our very different understandings of the meaning of marriage and its implications. We have taken advantage of the fact that we are old friends and longtime academic colleagues who can speak candidly with each other about points of deep difference in a spirit of civility and mutual respect. We hope that these exchanges will, at a minimum, demonstrate to readers that such a thing is possible, even when it involves an issue as consequential and emotionally fraught as the meaning and proper definition of marriage. more >>
This is the third in a five-part debate series on same-sex marriage between James W. Doig and Robert P. George. It originally appeared on The Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse. You can read Part One here, Part Two here and Part Three here.
I have argued for the historic view of marriage as a conjugal union and made what I think are decisive objections to your view of marriage as committed sexual-romantic companionship or domestic partnership. You replied by restating your view and asserting that my objections don't apply. But restating a view is no substitute for an argument in its support. more >>
According to a 2011 Gallup poll, Americans thought that 25 percent of the population was gay (meaning one in every four people), while those aged 18-29 put the figure at closer to 30 percent (meaning almost one in every three people). The reality is that less than 2 percent of the population is gay (meaning less than one in 50 people), and many gay leaders know this is true.
People of America, you have been duped.
For many years, we were told that "1 in every 10 Americans" was gay, a figure based on the massively flawed 1948 study of Alfred Kinsey. (Kinsey actually relied on data from male prisoners to come up with his statistics.) more >>