Anti-LGBT violence in Africa, an Oregon pastor's acceptance of his son, and LGBT people in Ecuador: LGBT Religion News Summary for 11/06

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Read about the customers who left an anti-gay note instead of a tip

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Rev. Dr. Thabo Makabo, called for an end to violence against LGBT people in South Africa. The Archbishop’s words come at a time where in other African countries, anti-LGBT sentiment is on the rise. As the debate over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act heats up, circumstances over religious exemption take center stage.

Read about the Methodist bishop who defied the church's ban on marriage equality

A recent study from the Pew research forum reveals that American Jews believe that in the present era, LGBT people face more discrimination. At Baylor University a form of institutionalized homophobia was struck down after “homosexual acts” were removed from the student misconduct code. The Methodist church is embroiled in controversy over marriage equality after a church court voted to take no action regarding the church's policy.

Read about the Gay Men's Health Crisis HIV and spirituality forum

In Portland, OR, a retired Lutheran pastor opens up in a local newspaper about his struggle to accept his gay sons. A group of activists from the United Church of Christ promote LGBT rights while doing humanitarian work in Ecuador. Finally, a reflection on how sexuality doesn't reflect a gay man's faith.

Church of Engalnd to recommend LGBT blessing
The Way, 10/31/13
Southern Africa Anglican bishop calls for an end to violence against LGBT people
Gay Star News, 10/22/13

Baptist children's charity may allow LGBT employees
Edge Boston, 11/1/13

Christian / Non-denominational
Illinois clergy send letter supporting marriage equality
WKMS, 11/4/13
Woman kicked out of church for supporting lesbian daughter
Keene Sentinel, 11/2/13
Full of grace and truth
Believe Out Loud, 10/29/13
Hundreds protest WBC at College of Charleston
Post and Courier, 10/21/13
Inside Uganda’s anti-LGBT evangelical crusade
Salon, 10/21/13
Levitical laws and homosexuality
Patheos, 10/22/13
Faith, freedom, and frustration in the ‘Land of Lincoln”
The Washington Post, 10/25/13
Baylor removes “homosexual acts” from sexual misconduct code
Towleroad, 10/25/13

Transgender Indian woman celebrates first Karvachauth
The Times of India, 10/22/13

Hasidic Rabbi bans boys from eating soy becuase it makes them gay
Joe. My. God., 10/30/13
New Israeili bill would allow civil marriage equality
Times of Israel, 10/29/13
Study reveals that Jewish people believe LGBT people face more discrimination
Religion News Service, 10/24/13

Oregon pastor shares struggle to accept gay sons
On Top Magazine, 10/27/13

More pastors sign on to preside at LGBT weddings
United Methodist Reporter, 11/2/13
Methodist clergy divided over marriage equality
Deseret News, 11/1/13
Married gay couple thanks Methodist bishop for solemnizing wedding
United Methodist Reporter, 11/1/13
Church court side-steps LGBT issues
Religion News Service, 10/28/13
Defiant Methodist bishop stirs controversy over marriage equality
San Francisco Chronicle, 10/27/13

Gay, Muslim and proud
Gay Star News, 10/24/13

Roman Catholic Church
Teen asserts Catholic school expelled her for being gay
New York Post, 11/3/13
Vatican polls Catholics on social issues
Washington Post, 10/31/13
The secert gay life fo the Vatican
Vanity Fair, 10/31/13
Former Catholic priest solemnizes first NJ wedding
Creative Minority Report, 10/21/13
Interfaith Thanksgiving service moved because of gay organist
Opposing Views, 10/21/13
Pope Francis calls Christian fundamentalism an “illness”, 10/22/13
Illinois bishop bans marriage equality supporters from cathedral
Towleroad, 10/23/23
Creighton University stops Macklemore ticket give away over his pro-LGBT track
Towleroad, 10/25/13
Catholic parishioners move to lend hand, not judgment, 10/27/13

United Church of Christ
UCC activists for LGBT rights in Ecuador
United Church of Christ, 10/24/13