Nick Autiello, Contributor
The notion that homosexuality is a sin and un-Christian is one that is less than a hundred years old. It is wrong, and has no basis in scriptural or historical reality.
James Sasso, Associate Editor
As the tumultuous 2011 comes down to its final day, this column could contain an obnoxious summary of the year’s extraordinary events. Rather than once again discussing the protests around the world, the death of Osama Bin Laden, Fukushima, America’s political ineptitude, Europe’s demise or the increasingly frightful weather patterns, here I attempt to predict what 2012 holds in store.
James Sasso, Associate Editor
For one of the first times in his tenure as Speaker, John Boehner has made a statement with which every American, Republican or Democrat, should fully agree; the two-month Senate bipartisan extension of the payroll tax cut fails to fix the nation’s problems sufficiently. Providing a short-term band-aid to a long-term dilemma contradicts what a responsible government should accomplish, but fits the pattern of contemporary American politicking.
Mitt Romney is guilty of serial hypocrisy, Newt Gingrich is guilty of being a public intellectual constantly scrutinized by the media and others, and Ron Paul never ceases to remind me about one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”
Josh Akman, Columnist
Jon Huntsman did not participate in the CNN Debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Short of his family and small (and getting smaller) campaign staff, no one really noticed. In a bizarre and counterproductive effort to impress New Hampshire voters Huntsman skipped the debate to protest Nevada moving its caucus ahead of New Hampshire’s, which has always been the nation’s first primary. It’s bizarre because no one else skipped the debate. It’s counterproductive because right now, Jon Huntsman is polling 6% in New Hampshire.
For the past month a movement has grown out of Zuccoti Park in New York with the potential to grab at the very heart of America’s problems. “We are the 99%” is not simply a catchy phrase used by frustrated jobless Americans , but a commentary on the disgraceful economic inequality that has arisen in the United States since the 1970s.
Lianna Stroster, Columnist
With the general election 37 days away, campaigns are in full swing. From attack ads to yard signs in front yards, voters know it is that time of year again. But, do voters really know what is at stake this November? There is an array of choices for voters, but the decisions they make will have consequences in the future.
Jay Carmona, Contributor
Target Corp. has infuriated the LGBT community with their recent donation to an anti-gay Congressional candidate. With the Citizens United decision allowing corporations to freely donate to politicians, this leaves concerned citizens with one option — the boycott.
Stephanie Rushford, Columnist
Yesterday was Women’s Equality Day, a day Congress designated to commemorate the ratification of 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. However, as revolutionary as the ratification of the 19th amendment was, there are still many ideological battles for women to fight and win in 2010.
Are critical social issues such as equal opportunity, reproductive rights and LGBT rights meant for ballot measures, or should we leave them up to our state legislatures? While Lianna Stroster advocates for civic participation in legislation, she fears that some voters do not have a firm enough grasp on issues to make the wisest decisions.
Jay Carmona, Columnist – Debut Column
By not denouncing violent signs and rhetoric, as well as freely associating with groups widely known to be hate groups, NOM is advocating for the opposite of a world of happy families and children: a world where deviation from norms and “tradition”—nay, innovation—is punished with violence, where you are judged not by the good you do in the world but by whom you love and how you love them.
Tyler Bilbo, Democrat
Gay conservatives represent one of the most marginalized constituencies in American politics. As they struggle for acceptance among other conservatives, however, they cannot afford to damage the ongoing fight for equality.
Noah Baron, Religious Progressive
We are investing millions of dollars in referenda and lobbying to achieve marriage equality in the Northeast and West, and often losing in the process – and at the same time, we are leaving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people in the mid-West and South behind.
A group of hate-filled legislators in Uganda hopes to add the African republic to a shameful list of countries that punish homosexual acts with the death penalty.
In her debut column, Jesse-Justin Cuevas explores the complexities within the concept of “gender neutrality” as its used to incorporate all gender identities.
At the National Equality March, DNC delegate Barbara Casbar Siperstein went too far in criticizing the Republican Party as a whole.
Why everyone should support the LGBT hate-crime legislation passed in the Senate
On October 11, thousands of Americans will march for equal rights for LGBT people in Washington DC.
The Second Amendment is the protector of our rights: A defense of the Second Amendment from the left.
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