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Furor over block to gay clergy candidate: #StandWithMaryAnn

Members of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, who met June 6-9 in Corpus Christi, faced the question of whether a lesbian can be a certified candidate for ordained United Methodist ministry. More than 200 United Methodists and other Christians took to Twitter on the afternoon of Friday, June 7, to protest Mary Ann Kaiser’s removal from the ordination process

The United Methodist Reporter
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June 12, 2013

Pope Francis bemoans "gay lobby" at Vatican

Pope Francis lamented that a "gay lobby" was at work at the Vatican in private remarks to the leadership of a key Latin American church group — a stunning acknowledgment that appears to confirm earlier reports about corruption and dysfunction in the Holy See.

CBS News
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June 12, 2013

Call your NY State senator: pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act!

Today, June 11th, is the statewide call-in day to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) in New York State, organized by Empire State Pride Agenda. Polls indicate that 78% of New York State residents support the act, which if passed would prohibit discrimination based on a person's gender identity or expression in employment, education, housing, and public accommodations.

BREAKING: Supreme Court strikes down DOMA and returns marriage to California

In a landmark victory for equality, the United States Supreme Court today struck down the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act' or DOMA, a law that prohibited the federal government from recognizing legally married same-sex couples, and rejected an appeal that would have protected California's anti-gay Proposition 8 or Prop. 8, a statewide ban on marriage equality.

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