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This week, progress is made as the Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional, and strikes down Prop 8 in California. Washington National Cathedral holds special prayer service for LGBT families in celebration of SCOTUS decisions, and faith leaders are overjoyed.
Exodus International, the infamous ‘ex-gay’ Christian organization announced that it would be shutting down after a public apology for the hurt it has caused over the years. View The Naming Project co-founder Jay Wiesner’s open letter to Alan Chambers, calling him to action to not only apologize for the hurt, but help fix what has been done.
The Catholic hierarchy has always been vocally anti-gay, but every day people feel as though the Catholic Church is experiencing a split reality. One former Catholic university student explores the present-day environment at varying Catholic schools and universities in an attempt to understand what it’s like to be gay at a Catholic university in 2013, and the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans apologizes for the lack of sympathy in the tragic Upstairs Lounge fire of 1973.
A gay Jewish man explains how he reconciled being gay with his Jewish upbringing by getting a tattoo, and Kenya’s first openly gay artist released a Christian gospel song. Meanwhile, gay Muslims continue to struggle with sexual discrimination and dealing with the frustrating and sometimes intrusive process of seeking sexual asylum.
Being gay at a Catholic university
Religion & Politics, 6/18/13
Pennsylvania, USA: Catholic Church Survey Finds many Leaving the Church Over Anti Gay Stance
Catholic Church Rules Gay Men Can Get Married -- to Lesbians
Freedom Through the Eyes of Bishops and Filmmakers
RD Magazine, 6/19/13
Catholic Church Unfriendly to LGBT People? No, Living a Split Reality
Huffington Post, 6/17/13
Catholic Church apologizes for lack of sympathy over New Orleans gay bar fire that killed 32
Gay Star News, 6/23/13
Yes, you can be gay and Christian
Washington Post, 6/19/13
“Ex-gay” Christian group to LGBT people: We’re sorry
Tenn. Professor Requires Students to Support Gay Rights, Calls View of Those Opposed to Assignment 'Ignorant'
Christian Post, 6/19/13
Can Christianity and Gay Marriage Coexist in America?
The Philly Post, 6/19/13
Exodus International, criticized for ‘reparative therapies’ for gay Christians, to shut down
Washington Post, 6/20/13
An open letter to Alan Chambers
Washington Post, 6/21/13
For One Gay Christian, a Search for Understanding While Hanging on to Faith
Kenya's First Openly Homosexual Artist Releases A Christian Gospel Song
Christians' views vary on gay marriage
Post Gazette, 6/23/13
The LGBT Gap, by religion
Religion News Service, 6/18/13
I’m 6’3”. I’m a Jew. And I’m a Lesbo.
Heeb Magazine, 6/18/13
Eshel to sponsor retreat for LGBT Orthodox Jews in Midwest
Windy City Media Group, 6/18/13
Gender and the Syntax of Being: Joy Ladin on Identity and Transition
On Being, 6/20/13What if I told you that I was gay?
The Jewish Chronicle, 6/21/13
I Reconciled My Gay Identity With My Orthodox Upbringing—Through a Tattoo
For LGBT Orthodox Jews, Growth of Social Media Creates a Safe Space Online
ELCA's first gay bishop barely newsworthy
From Voting Rights Act to Today's DOMA Repeal—LGBT Orgs Are Missing the Rainbow
RD Magazine, 6/26/13
Orthodox Union Statement on Supreme Court Ruling
Orthodox Union, 6/26/13
Movement for Justice: Changing the Story
Huffington Post, 6/26/13
ReconcilingWorks Rejoices at Supreme Court Decisions on Same-Gender Marriage
After Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, next steps for Catholics
Washington Post, 6/26/13
Mormons Absorb SCOTUS Prop 8 Ruling
RD Magazine, 6/26/13
Religious leaders see tragedy and justice in Supreme Court gay marriage decisions
Washington Post, 6/26/13
Mormon Church “Remains Irrevocably Committed To Strengthening Traditional Marriage Between A Man And A Woman”
UCC leaders celebrate marriage equality’s return to California
`Jesus wept' or tears of joy? Faithful react to gay marriage rulings
Washington National Cathedral to hold special prayer service for LGBT families
Youth director at University United Methodist Church barred from ordination because of sexuality
The Daily Texan, 6/20/13
Metropolitan Community Church
‘Gay Lobby’ in the Vatican - Really?
Huffington Post, 6/19/13
Mormon Mom Who Supported Proposition 8 Later Discovered Her Son is Gay: VIDEO
Gay, Muslim, and seeking asylum
The Daily Beast, 6/19/13
South African Gay Muslim Cleric: Open About Your Sexuality To Have An Authentic Life
D.C. imam provides counseling, weddings and prayer space for gay Muslims
Religion News Service, 6/20/13
Moldova Orthodox Church Bans Govt. Leaders from Communion Over Gay Rights, Wants Laws Repealed
United Church of Christ
Gay pride ribbon assignment leads to fight over religion
The Tennessean, 6/19/13