Let me tell you what it spoke to me. She connects very well the cynical posturing in secular politics about banning "gay marriage" and the fearful and sometimes desparate call to wait (stop!) so that the "rest of the communion" can catch up.
Her wrtiting reminds SWMP (ie straight white male priests) like me, on the verge of General Convention, to beware of talking about the real lives of GLBT folks as if they were an "issue" in theory only. I am called to remember people who share our churches, our workplaces, our schools and our homes. People who have learned to endure the sting of being spoken about but not being engaged with respect and dignity.
There is a fundemental issues of dignity at work, which most of the media and most of the people who have a dog in this fight seem to have forgotten. I find it astounding how much of the conversation goes on as if our GLBT sisters and brothers are not even in the room.
We who have the privilege of privilege that our society and church commends for reasons neither earned nor always in our control have a double responsibility to listen, and to speak truth to power. This column helps me hear, and I hope it will do the same for you. - atg+
Civil Rights and Liturgical Rites are not Special Rights