LGBT Religion News Summary for January 11, 2012

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It is our first Religion News Summary since mid-December. You will note a few 2011 Year in Review” posts, including one from Believe Out Loud. We also saw several thought pieces about the LGBT perspective on religious observances, including Hanukkah and Three Kings Day (in both English and Spanish!).

Since mid-December, a lot of Roman Catholic news has taken place. Most notable were the comments of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, in which he compared the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan. You will need to read the links in order, as the saga unfolded before Christmas, when he initially made the comments, to this week when he issued an apology. Other Roman Catholic news broke in Minnesota, Connecticut, Spain, and even from the Vatican itself!

It also appears that LGBT religious stories will be a major part of politics this spring. As the Republican primary continues, we will see more stories about how candidates view the relationship between religion and LGBT people.

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