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Until mid-2015, the most controversial topic related to the LGBT community was marriage equality -- allowing qualified same-sex couples to marry, limited only by the same age and genetic restrictions that are in place for opposite-sex couples. This is discussed in a separate section of this web site.

On 2015-JUN-26, the U.S. Supreme Court made a major ruling in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. Same-sex couples have been able to obtain marriage licenses across almost the entire United States -- all 50 states, 4 of 5 territories and the District of Columbia. As of mid-2016 the exceptions were:

  • The territory of American Samoa where most of the population are regarded as American residents, not American citizens. Thus rulings by the High Court do not necessarily apply there.

  • Some Native American jurisdictions where Native tribes are given jurisdiction over certain cultural matters.

A few county clerks may still be refusing to issue licenses, but no accounts have been published recently. Even if a couple is refused a marriage license by one clerk, they can usually travel to an adjacent county in the same state to obtain one.

Almost immediately after the High Court's ruling, those conservative religious and political groups that had worked to prevent marriage equality for the LGBT community switched from fighting gay marriage to concentrate their efforts at:

Although marriage equality was a major social change, some same-sex couples have been married one day only to find themselves legally fired from their jobs on the next. Pro-equality groups have shifted their efforts to expanding equality to these other areas by passing state laws prohibiting discrimination.

Many years ago, we titled this section "homosexuality and bisexuality." However, "homosexuality" has since become a snarl word used to express hatred or rejection by some groups. Thus, we are gradually converting the essays in this section over to "lesbian, gay and bisexual" topics. These are more neutral terms, at least for now.

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Introduction: Key topics:
(We recommend reading some of these introductory essays first.)

bullet thumbs up imagePositive changes in the acceptance of the LGBT community:


Among the U.S. public which seems to have reached a tipping point followed by rapid change


World Vision's 2 days of inclusion during which they recognized employees' same-sex marriages


Gradual shift among conservative faith groups, as driven by membership loss

bullet Actions by a few conservative religious groups

bulletBasic info about homosexuality and bisexuality:
bullet Six common belief systems by religious folks about same-sex behavior and homosexual orientation
bullet Brief quotations
bullet Meaning of terms
bulletMeanings attributed to the term "sexual orientation"
bulletBeliefs about causes; is it changeable? abnormal? immoral?
bulletPreventing homosexuality
bulletSame-sex parenting, foster parenting, and adoption
bullet What percentage of the adult population are lesbian, gay, or bisexual?
bullet Public opinion polls; << A large section
bulletEmails we have received;
bullet Suicide rates among gay and lesbian youth
bullet Is there a connection between sexual orientation and gender identity?
bulletOther topics: dialog; statements of professional groups; terminology

bulletThe impact of religion:
bullet Six common belief systems by religious folks about same-sex behavior and orientation
bulletThe Bible and homosexuality -- the famous "clobber" passages
bullet Books covering a full range of beliefs by different faith groups
bullet Beliefs and policies of various religious groups, theologians, clergy, and laity concerning GLBT issues
bullet Other essays on dialogue, change, conflicts, policies, compromise, schism, teaching in schools, etc. -- even Ipad apps

bullet same-sex marriage symbol Same-sex marriage (SSM), civil unions, etc
bullet SSM by U.S. state, in Canada, and other countries
bullet Public opinion polls
bulletBenefits of marriage
bulletAssessing the will of God
bullet1999 ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada
bullet Presidential races and SSM
bullet Political party platforms

bulletChallenges faced by gays and bisexuals:
bulletEmployment insecurity ENDA laws
bulletPublic school harassment
bulletGay-Straight Alliances
bulletFamily of origin problems
bulletAttacks on gay-positive churches
bulletAccusations of child molestation
bulletWho are the LGBT's?
bullet Homophobia directed against homosexuals and bisexuals:
bulletMultiple meanings of the term "homophobia"
bulletCauses, incidence, cost
bulletBoy Scouts of America
bullet"Dr. Laura"
bullet Senator Santorum (R, PA)
bullet Carl Palidino (R) running for governor in 2010
bullet Pro-equality businesses

bulletAbout ex-gays: reparative & other therapies: 
bulletStatements by professional groups
bulletBeliefs by the public
bulletResults of studies

bulletLaws & regulations affecting gays & bisexuals

Worldwide laws protecting, recognizing & persecuting LGBTI persons

bulletUN declaration on the decriminalization of homosexual behavior
bullet 2011-DEC: Memo from President Obama re global LGBT rights strategy
bullet 2011-DEC: UN speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on worldwide LGBT rights
bulletUN declaration on the decriminalization of homosexual behavior
bullet U.S. state laws formerly criminalizing homosexual behavior
bulletChanges in laws and regulation due to the "gay agenda"
bulletU.S. and Canadian hate-crime/hate-speech legislation
bulletShould homosexuals and bisexuals be a protected class in law?
bulletExclusion of gays and lesbians from the military.
bullet Ending discrimination in hospital visitation.
bulletTimeline of the granting of GLBT rights in Canada
bullet Persecution & execution of LGBTs in Uganda
bullet2017-JUN: Evangelical Christians vs. Child Protection Law in Ontario Canada.

bullet News in the media and from the Internet
bullet General news concerning LGBT developments from 1996 to the present time
bulletEvents indicating an increasing acceptance of homosexuality, etc. by the public
bullet Errors and lack of clarity among some media reports
bulletThe "Dr. Phil" TV program & sexual orientation
bulletHomosexual milestones in the media
bulletThe National Day of Silence
bullet Support from the National Association of the Deaf
bullet Updating daily news feed. etc.

bullet Parenting a gay/lesbian child; essays; sermons; personal stories; etc.
bulletWhat to do after your child says "I'm gay"
bulletDealing with a son's homosexuality
bulletA gay person's letter to his church
bullet A father disowns his son for being gay
bulletKeynote sermon
bulletAnalysis of an anti-gay essay
bulletCan a homosexual remain a Christian?
bullet An open letter from Christians to LGBT people by John Shore
bullet Challenging Emails we have received about homosexuality
bullet A mother's open letter to President Obama, 2009-JUN

bullet Books, and videos of interest to the LGB community
bulletGay and Bisexual-positive resources
bullet Conservative Christian resources

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Barack Obama, "A Proclamation..." White House, 2009-JUN-01, at:
  2. Peter Heck, "Homosexual family law," One News Now, 2010-FEB-08, at:
  3. "Religism" is a proposed new English word to cover bigotry based on another person's religious belief.

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