LGBT Religion News Updates for September 28, 2011

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Jayson Littman writes about his experience with JONAH, the Orthodox Jewish so-called “ex-gay” program, and credits it with giving him the strength to come out as a gay Jew. Affirmation, the Mormon LGBT organization, gathers at a historic Mormon temple. The priest who ran anti-gay advertisements in the El Paso Times has been transferred to a new parish. The Diocese of El Paso cited excessive political check-in. Meanwhile, a more pro-gay Catholic parish strike out on their own as independent Catholics. Lastly, Candy Olson, a self-identifying Christian and fiscal conservative, marked the anniversary of end of Florida’s ban on adoptions by gay people, by reflecting  on her own family and her relationship with the her child's father who now lives openly as a gay man.

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