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Cardinal Dolan Denies Catholics Entry At Cathedral Because Of Dirty Hands

Today, we knocked at the door of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, but the door was not opened. Rather, it was slammed in our faces. As I began to write this article, I’m cognizant of the raw emotions that I feel deep inside my heart. It’s a feeling that I’m unfamiliar with because until today, I have never been denied a seat at Christ’s table. In fact, today marks the first day that I have ever felt disowned, abandoned, and lost.
Believe Out Loud
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May 5, 2013

Caught in Methodism's Split Over Marriage Equality

It started out as a deeply personal act, that of a father officiating at the wedding of his son. But it was soon condemned as a public display of ecclesiastical disobedience, because the father, the Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree, is a minister in the United Methodist Church, which does not allow its clergy to perform same-sex weddings.
New York Times
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May 5, 2013

Gay Catholics in NYC barred from entry to mass, threatened with arrest

A group of gay and allied Catholics gathered to worship together at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City with dirty hands in response to comments made by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. However, even as they were gathering, they were told by the police that they would be barred from entering the Cathedral unless they washed their hands.
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LGBT and allied Catholics gather in Detroit amid protest

Dignity/Detroit’s 39th anniversary celebration is being held this Sunday and anti-gay organizations, including the American Family Association, are planning to bring protesters to the anniversary celebration.

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Fired Catholic school teacher, Carla Hale, files complaint with city of Columbus

On Tuesday, former Catholic school teacher, Carla Hale, who was fired from Bishop Watterson High School after being outed filed a complaint with the city of Columbus. In the complaint, she said her dismissal goes against the city's anti-discrimination ordinance. Hale has also filed a grievance through the local Catholic teachers union.

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Smith College to form committee addressing discrimination against trans women applicants following advocacy

Students at Smith College delivered more than 4,000 signatures from a Change.org petition to school administrators, calling for Smith to treat trans women applicants equally in the admissions process.

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May 2, 2013

Rhode Island Becomes 10th State to Bring Marriage Equality to Same-Sex Couples

Loving and committed couples will soon have the freedom to marry in Rhode Island as the House of Representatives voted 56-15 to bring marriage equality to the Ocean State. Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law this evening.

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May 6, 2013

Former Boy Scouts bike 1,800 miles to end ban on gay members

David "Old Scout" McGrath and his son Joe will be biking 1,800 miles from their home to the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) headquarters to urge the Boy Scouts to support a non-discriminatory policy for gay members and leaders. They have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise funds so they can document the process.

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Cleveland city council member demands the murder of Cemia Dove be treated as a hate crime

A Cleveland City Council member wants the murder of Cemia "Ce Ce" Dove investigated as a hate crime. "Too often we lose loved ones because of fear or hate. Violence should not be tolerated against anyone regardless of race, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation."

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