As of this writing, 17 states have legal marriage
equality. Six got there by a court’s decision,
eight by legislative action, and three by popular
It’s fun to say “as of this writing” because
the political landscape is changing more quickly
than most of us who’ve been working for human
rights would ever have expected. It’s exciting.
excitement also includes pleasant surprises along
the way. Just this past month a federal judge in
Utah, Robert Shelby - a registered Republican endorsed
by Utah’s Tea Party Senator, Mike
Lee, as an “outstanding judge” - ruled
that Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
so shocked a state beholden to one dominant militantly
anti-gay religious empire that its acting attorney
general was unprepared to request a stay of same-sex
marriages – and that judge didn’t
order one! Last December Utah’s actual, duly
elected Mormon attorney general had resigned over
numerous charges of misconduct and unethical behavior.
Utah panic began....
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Minor on August 12, 2013, again responds to
Journal World "Faith Forum"
Satan a Real Person?"
Read Past "Faith Forum"
"Arguing About Families
- Gay, Straight or Neither"
Dr. Minor's keynote address,
"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight
given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at
the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona
State University on March 9, 2012, is now available
in print and online in the Law Journal for
"A lot of very
bad arguments take place using the word 'family.'
By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods
about the history and psychology of families.
They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming
mythology, and void of what we historians call
data. And they are found in every sphere, from
religion to politics to law...."
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I Had Time to Read Only One Article This Week,
Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Zoe Williams: "George
Lakoff: 'Conservatives don't follow the polls,
they want to change them..Liberals do everything
(February 1, 2014)
"The left, Lakoff argues, is losing the political
argument – every year, it cedes more ground
to the right, under the mistaken impression that
this will bring everything closer to the centre....This
is what he believes it would take
to refashion the progressive mindset: the abandonment
of argument by evidence in favour of argument by
moral cause; the unswerving and unembarrassed articulation
of what those morals are; the acceptance that there
is no "middle" or third way, no such
thing as a moderate (people can hold divergent
views, conservative on some things, progressive
on others – but they are not moderates,
they are "biconceptual"); and the understanding
that conservatives are not evil, unintelligent,
cynical or grasping..."
Wlliams: "George Lakoff: 'Liberals Do
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