Category Archives: Society

Black man holding American flag

What, In Light of Juneteenth, Is The Fourth of July? 

Why the proximity of the two holidays should provoke reflection This July 4th, America for the 248th time celebrates its independence from British rule. But the proximity of Juneteenth, now a federal holiday since President Biden designated it as such in 2023, should force Americans

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How To Make Every Day Like a Pride Parade

As I watched the Atlanta Pride parade broadcast on TV last fall (we march in October thanks to a summer drought in 2007 that rendered the parade’s endpoint, Piedmont Park, a scorched wasteland), I was struck by a couple of things at once. For starters,

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Will We Still Have Marriage Equality 20 Years From Now?

My home state of Massachusetts celebrated 20 years of marriage equality on May 17, thanks to the landmark decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that preceded by 11 years the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex marriage