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Thursday

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March 2015

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Here Come the Brides! How My Devout Christian Mom Feels About My Lesbian Wedding

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The “Here Come the Brides!” series follows my adventures with Casey to the aisle. Here’s what’s happened so far: How We Met                                                                            How My Wedding Ring Found Me How We Knew & What We Do                                         How We Found a Minister to Gay-Christian Marry Us The […]

Tuesday

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March 2015

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Here Come the Brides! How My Devout Christian Mom Feels About Having a Gay Kid

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The “Here Come the Brides!” series follows my adventures with Casey to the aisle. Here’s what’s happened so far: How We Met How We Knew & What We Do The Engagement, Part 1 The Engagement, Part 2 How My Wedding Ring Found Me How We Found a Minister to Gay-Christian Marry Us Today’s post is the first half of an interview with my devout Christian mom about how it feels to have a gay kid getting married. A long-time reader asked a great question on a previous post in the Brides series—he wanted to know how my mom felt about my […]

Thursday

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March 2015

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Here Come the Brides! How We Found a Minister to Gay-Christian Marry Us

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This is the sixth post in the “Here Come the Brides!” series, following my adventures with Casey to the aisle. Here’s what’s happened so far: How We Met How We Knew & What We Do The Engagement, Part 1 The Engagement, Part 2 How My Wedding Ring Found Me Today’s post is the story of how we found the perfect minister to officiate our gay-Christian wedding. When it came to deciding on an officiant for our wedding, it sort of didn’t matter—Florida hadn’t legalized same-sex marriage yet, so no ceremony we did here would be official anyway. Except that’s not […]

Tuesday

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March 2015

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Taste Again and Remember: Thoughts on (not quite) losing the ones we love

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I’m making this pot roast from a recipe my Gram Rena gave me years ago. I can’t remember if she dictated it or if I copied her own handwritten card onto one of my own, but either way, I can hear her voice and see her personality in every line. I’m fighting tears with every chop—and I haven’t even gotten to the onions. My Gram has dementia—and I miss her every time I remember something of hers that she cannot. She isn’t gone yet, but somehow she is. When her mind began to fail, she would get frustrated because there […]

Monday

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March 2015

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Winner of “What a Woman Is Worth” Book Giveaway Announced!

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My oldest two daughters and I loved reading each woman’s inspiring example of “what you or someone you admire is doing to improve the lives of women around the world” and it was so hard to pick just one winner for the giveaway! Everyone who entered shared a wonderful example of everyday ways to make a difference—if you missed the original post, check out the comments and be inspired! We thought that Sheena’s story, submitted by Veronica, could have come straight from the pages of “What a Woman Is Worth”: My wife Sheena was raised by a neglectful mother, and […]

Friday

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March 2015

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On This One Day

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On this one day another lifetime ago we made promises of home we would not come to keep. On 364 days I feel gratitude not to be trapped in a place I did not belong. But on this one day I feel keenly the ghosts of all the good life that once dwelt within it.

Thursday

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March 2015

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Win a Signed Copy of “What a Woman Is Worth” for International Women’s Day!

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International Women’s Day is this Sunday, March 8, and, as I usually do, I’m taking it personally—and I hope you will too. This year’s theme is “Make It Happen.” So, okay—let’s do it. Last year, 30 brave women and I put out a book called What a Woman Is Worth. We shared our varied and most personal stories with one common goal: To affirm the inestimable worth of all women. This year, as we near the one-year anniversary of its publication, I want to invite you to make it happen alongside us. If you’ve already bought the book, Thank you. Will […]

Tuesday

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March 2015

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Here Come the Brides! How My Wedding Ring Found Me

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This is the fifth post in the “Here Come the Brides!” series, following my adventures with Casey to the aisle. Here’s what’s happened so far: How We Met How We Knew & What We Do The Engagement, Part 1 The Engagement, Part 2 Today’s post is the story of how my wedding ring found me. On our way back home from Casey’s 30th birthday trip, we were riding high on the joy of our (first) engagement. We had both known for a while that our future was together, but the silver and sapphire band on her left hand was the […]

Thursday

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February 2015

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Here Come the Brides! The Engagement, Part 2

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This is the fourth post in the “Here Come the Brides!” series, following my adventures with Casey to the aisle. Here’s what’s happened so far: How We Met How We Knew & What We Do The Engagement, Part 1 Today’s post is our (second) engagement story! Choosing investment Casey wore the ring that was a commitment to and from our family, and we couldn’t wait to be married. But after several months of my renting a house that the kids could never quite feel was home, and with Casey’s apartment lease about to end, we had a hard decision to […]

Tuesday

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February 2015

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Here Come the Brides! The Engagement, Part 1

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This is the third post in the “Here Come the Brides!” series, following my adventures with Casey to the aisle. If you missed them, here’s the story of how we met, and here’s how we knew this was The One and what we love to do together. Today’s post is our (first) engagement story! Finding family We knew by the second day we were together, this was it. By the second week we were together, we both admitted it to each other. We’d both been skeptical of the idea that “when you know, you know,” but we knew. Since I […]