February 2009 Archives

February 23, 2009

Reconciled... to Bigotry?

Lots of chatter in the blogosphere today about the Op-Ed piece in Sunday's New York Times, positing a theory of "reconciliation" between the gay and faith communities on the issue of same-sex marriage. David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch, purportedly holding opposing views on same-sex marriage, agreed on a solution: The feds should sanction same-sex marriage and civil unions authorized at the state level, and confer federal rights and benefits of marriage on those relationships, but only if the state in question has a "robust religious-conscience exception" that allows religious organizations to refuse to recognize same-sex relationships.

Yeah? That brings us back to the question of who in good conscience can oppose the desire of two consenting adults to participate in one of the most important -- and, though it's rarely noted in this debate, one of the most conservative -- of society's institutions. It's just hard to buy the notion of a conscientious objector to same-sex marriage, which harms no one.

And then there's this: "It's also important, though, to remember that the tension is not between the gay and the faith communities. The tension is between the community which in fact really is gay, and a pseudo-faith community which has nothing to do with God, love, or anything of real 'faith' and it's really just hypocrisy and hatred. So any faith community that deserves the title 'faith community' really won't have a problem with these issues." So says Sean Penn on Huffington Post on February 20. And if that isn't enough, check out Penn's acceptance speech at the Oscars on February 22. Somehow I don't think that the man who played Milk is buying the reconciliation thing.  

February 18, 2009

All My Children... Are Having Lesbian Weddings?

If you know anything at all about soap operas, you know that Susan Lucci, who plays Erica Kane on ABC's "All My Children," is frequently referred to with the phrase "Always a bridesmaid, never the bride," because she was nominated for a daytime Emmy 18 times before she finally won in 1999.

Well, now she's the mother of the bride. Her character's daughter, Bianca Montgomery, has married her female partner in daytime TV's first lesbian wedding. The two exchanged vows on Monday's episode of the long-running soap. Let's hope that they're very happy together, and that the presence of a taken-for-granted same-sex wedding on daytime television is another step in the direction of marriage equality.