Mark My Words

Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. You can follow him on Facebook at or Twitter at

While you’re reading this, I’m on a plane on my way to San Francisco for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association convention, where I’ll speak for the first time about a project I’ve been quietly developing the last few years — and the reason for all those trips to New York City. It’s a project that many of you have suggested over the years, but one to which I didn’t know if I was capable of doing justice.

I’ve spent a lot of time in airports in the last few months, and I’ve noticed wonderful phenomena: LGBT couples holding hands.

Your Holiness,

Many of us in the United States are looking forward to your visit, especially here in Philadelphia, where you will attend the World Meeting of Families. You have told us time and again that the “Church isn’t a toll house” but the house of God “where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems.”

Archbishop Chaput in his actions this week proves to be exactly what our friends in Denver, whose archdiocese he previously led, warned Philadelphia about: a man with little respect for humanity.

Republicans, it’s no longer 1950. But, if you continue to take positions that are held by only those born in 1950, like opposition to marriage equality, you are destined to go the way of the dinosaur. So how are the Republican presidential candidates doing on last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality? If this were school, what mark would they get? You be the judge.

In defending the Confederate flag flying on public property in South Carolina, political pundit Sara Fagen said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”: “Not every Southerner who is a Caucasian looks at that [flag] as a symbol of racism.”

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