Blogs by Ross Murray, Director of News
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Many may not realize that Valentine's Day has a historic and religious roots that make this the perfect day to publicly call for marriage equality.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed sat down with a local news and politics show, to discuss his support for marriage equality. Mayor Reed has only recently endorsed full marriage equality, previously having only supported civil unions. In so doing, Mayor Reed tells the story of his own personal evolution on marriage equality.
The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict will resign due to age and health concerns. News like this tends to make people wonder what sort of change a transition like this might mean in the Roman Catholic Church. LGBT people and allies – many of whom are Catholic – have a particular interest in seeing what direction the church is heading.
It was reported earlier this week that a top Vatican official voiced support for gay and lesbian couples. Yesterday, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, backtracked from that statement, and blamed the media for "derailing" his words.
National Boy Scouts of America (BSA) leadership have communicated to local and regional that some of the biggest religious organizations with the most Boy Scout charters have come out in support of policy change.
Leaders of two United Methodist agencies — United Methodist Men and United Methodist Board of Church and Society — have joined the chorus of people and organizations calling for the Boy Scouts to drop its ban on gay scouts and leaders.
The anti-gay Family Research Council is finding a way to push their radical anti-gay agenda on "Scout Sunday". But the United Church of Christ has plans for the celebration as well!
Media coverage of the Boy Scouts policy change has fallen into a familiar trap, leading to the conclusion that there is no religious support for changing the ban on gay scouts. But religious groups have been advocating for a Boy Scout policy change, some for years.