The best way of describing what is coming next for LGBTQ concerns/issues may be by describing what I once heard an ethicist observe in the middle of change: you don't know where you are in terms of the progress you've made, because you are standing in the middle of the change itself, without a read on where you've been necessarily, and not knowing necessarily what is the next step, or what is just over the horizon. You are simply in the middle of it all, trying to figure it out, day by day, hoping that you are making progress, but never really knowing.
I am "there" with the ethicist, not knowing if I'm making progress or not in terms of LGBTQ issues re: parenting, marriage, and job discrimination. I am striving to go forward, but it is daily questioning and wondering and discerning where we've been, where we are, and where we are headed.
So I saw it "happen"--almost--when the Moral Monday March to the Polls and Equality NC celebrated the Fourth Circuit Court decision in Durham recently.
From the article:
Last month, I stood on the edge of a large crowd listening
to the Rev. William Barber at the Moral March to the Polls rally,
gathered at the CCB Plaza in downtown Durham. Even though parking was
not convenient, a large throng had gathered together that late afternoon
to renounce “VIVA” – North Carolina’s Voter Information Verification
Act – and the other parts of HB 589 passed last year by the N.C. General
Young and old, black and white, gay and straight,
women and men, religious folks and nonreligious folks alike gathered as
North Carolinians to say that the new laws crafted by state Republicans
would suppress the vote from among the African-American and
Hispanic-American community, the elderly and people living with
disabilities, a Democratic voting constituency.
As the Moral March rally was drawing to a close, a crowd assembled
down the street from the CCB Plaza at the nightspot Motorco. They were
celebrating the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling that Virginia’s
(and essentially North Carolina’s) constitutional amendment outlawing
marriage equality by stating that marriage is solely between one man and
one woman was unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.
us were veterans from the Amendment 1 struggle and couldn’t believe
what we were hearing: After spending countless hours and millions of
dollars, after canvassing the state with walks and talks, after creating
radio ads and television commercials, this law that many had pointed to
as hateful fell apart after two years and two months. But then again,
the reason it fell apart was because of the power of love.
Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
I am a dad, who happens to be gay, with two amazing young adult children who have taught me, my partner, and their mom what grace, faith, hope, and love are all about. I am also an ordained clergyperson in the Presbyterian Church (USA), involved in congregational life, sometimes preaching here and there, and an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, MN. I taught at Duke Divinity School at Duke University for over a decade, and I currently teach at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. I teach Ethics, World Religions, and English. And I am the Director of a religious non-profit, "School of the Pilgrim" (www.schoolofthepilgrim.com), in which I take people on actual pilgrimages to break out of the religion of rush hour in order to find their inner spiritual path. I am also glad to work with and be an advocate with people living with disabilities in faith communities, who teach me more about life in all its wonders and quirks. Enjoy the blog! And for more information about the book ON BEING A GAY PARENT, go to www.onbeingagayparent.com. Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, and phone is 919-444-9111