LGBT Religion News Summary: Banned Muslim Films, Catholic Protest, and Christian LGBT Advocacy

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An ecumenical gathering of Christian leaders discussed how denominations can more effectively do LGBT advocacy. One step taken by the Indiana Disciples of Christ was to remove barriers for LGBT inclusion in the denomination. A music teacher fired from a Christian school describes how music helped him through his ordeal.

The new San Francisco Archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, is worrying Catholics, and even drawing a protest from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Bishop Cordileone is still working against the tide of Catholics who support LGBT equality in America as well as in Ireland. African-American Christians are also increasing support for marriage equality as well.  One man in Minnesota vandalized several churches with anti-LGBT and anti-religious messages, but seems to not be connected to the proposed constitutional amendment in the state. But all the state campaigns are highlighting faith in their television ads

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation banning so-called “ex-gay” therapies in California, which was advocated for by a coalition of religious organizations and celebrated by Pagans. Jewish organizations are joining the legal case against DOMA.

Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson has been promoting his new book, God Believes in Love. The Methodist organization Church Within A Church celebrates its 10th anniversary. Films about gay Mormons were screened while a film about gay Muslims was banned. And personal stories tell us what it means to be gay and Jewish or gay and Seventh Day Adventist.



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