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Religion News Updates for July 13, 2011

By GLAAD |
July 13, 2011

Image by the Boston Globe

The Church of England has temporarily banned gay priests in relationships from being appointed as bishops while they review their ecclesiastical policy towards LGBT clergy and parishioners. “A Christian mom who supports gay rights” wrote about her decision to “come out” as an ally. The world’s largest LGBT synagogue has purchased their first property, located in midtown Manhattan. Chris Stedman, author of the upcoming “(F)a(i)thiest” drew a connection between intolerance towards LGBT people and Muslims in “Don't Ask, Don't Tennessee: Why Muslims and the LGBTQ Community Should Be Allies.”

Changes to the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s constitution went into effect this past Sunday, June 10, allowing for the ordination of openly LGBT ministers, elders, and deacons. Since the ratification of these changes in May 2011, GLAAD has worked with More Light Presbyterians, That All May Freely Serve, Presbyterian Welcome, and the Covenant Network to media train faith leaders and amplify the voices of LGBT affirming Presbyterians. Across the country, LGBT Presbyterians and allies are celebrating.

Right now, I am grateful for the faithful, courageous lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians who, through trials and adversity, have picked up the torch of God's love for all. They are leading the way in helping us all understand God's love in a new way,” wrote the Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards, moderator of More Light Presbyterians and longtime LGBT advocate who recently came out as bisexual in an op-ed written for The Advocate.

Roman Catholic bishops including Archbishop Timothy Dolan continue to speak out against marriage equality in New York, including returning donations to politicians who support equality for all people. Catholic Charities in Illinois lost their adoption contracts for refusing to provide adoption and foster care services to all families, but filed an injunction against the state on Tuesday in an effort to be exempted from Illinois’ civil unions legislature. In an effort to cause as little disruption as possible for the children placed by Catholic Charities, a judge issued a temporary order allowing the organization to continue its foster services until a full-scale hearing on Aug. 15. In the Huffington Post, Joseph Amodeo encouraged LGBT Catholics not to leave, but to continue to attend and seek affirmation from the Roman Catholic Church, and St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Boston finally held a long-awaited Pride Mass.

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