In Memoriam: Jose Julio Sarria

August 20, 2013

  The first American to seek public office as an openly gay candidate – Jose Julio Sarria of San Francisco – died today at the age of  91. Sarria ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961. His ninth place finish – out of more than 30 candidates – stunned the city and […]

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Study finds cross-cultural link between religiosity and anti-gay opinion

August 8, 2013
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A  study of public opinion in 39 nations found that acceptance of homosexuality is particularly widespread in countries where religion is less central in people‚Äôs lives. The Pew Foundation reported strong support for social acceptance in the European Union, Latin America, North America,  and Australia, areas that also report the lowest religiosity scores. Among the few […]

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Americans approve Supreme Court marriage decisions, split on Voting Rights Act ruling

July 3, 2013

Source: Washington Post In two polls conducted last week, more Americans approved of the Supreme Court’s marriage decisions than disapproved, while results were split on attitudes toward the voting rights decision. On the marriage issues, opinion followed the familiar divisions based on age, political party, and gender. In an ABC-Washington Post poll, 56 per cent of […]

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The Boy Scouts and culture change

June 4, 2013

The Washington Post published an excellent  article about the Boy Scouts’ decision to allow gay scouts (but not scoutmasters – yet)  to openly participate in the program, less than a year after declaring that its exclusionary policy would stay in place. What’s really fascinating, though, is the extensive report on changing public attitudes that the Scouts commissioned. […]

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Sexual liberty and equality

May 5, 2013

Following is the essay I presented at the January ACS Conference at UCLA on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the 10th anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas. The piece is now posted at UCLA Law Review Discourse, where you can also download it in pdf – We, the people, declare today that the […]

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The great (straight) marriage debate

February 9, 2013

Following is my take on the arguments filed by the defenders of DOMA and Prop 8 and their supporting amici in the cases pending before the Supreme Court.  There are so many possible cultural interpretations of the debates over gay marriage that it seems pointless and premature to try to nail down what all the […]

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