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On gay bishops, what a difference a decade makes

Religious institutions of all stripes are asking this big question: Could the church have gotten it wrong in using a few verses of scripture to condemn homosexual people, just as it got it wrong about using isolated verses to justify slavery and the denigration/subjugation of women? More and more religious people and institutions are moving toward a “yes” in response to that question. The church has misunderstood God’s will before, but over time, we get it right. I believe that this is one of those moments.

Washington Post
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June 7, 2013

Church of England gives up fight against marriage equality

The Church of England has issued a statement officially declaring that they will no longer work to obstruct the passage of the marriage equality bill that is currently going through Parliament.
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Take action now! #StandWithMaryAnn

Take action to help support a candidate for ministry in the United Methodist Church. In breaking news, Mary Ann Kaiser was removed from the ordination process by the Southwest Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for her sexual orientation.

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LGBT organizations in Turkey participate (and are accepted) in Gezi Park Protests

Much of the news coming out of the Gezi Park protests in Turkey has been focused, rightfully, on the police violence

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Approval of marriage equality is rising for every religious group, Pew finds

A slideshow study released this week by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows that “Americans’ opinions on same-sex marriage have changed markedly since 2001,” when 57% of the overall U.S. population said they opposed the practice. Now, the tide has shifted so that half of Americans favor the practice and only 43% do not.

 

Religion News Service
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June 7, 2013

Celebrating pride month outside the big cities

June, as Pride Month, is celebrated by millions of LGBT people and their allies around the world with parades, parties, festivals, picnics and much more. But members of the LGBT community residing in smaller, more rural areas are often deprived of that experience.

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Ohio Pro-LGBT Catholic uninvited to speak at graduation

Two months ago, Franklin County Commissioner in Ohio, John O'Grady, was given the honor of delivering the commencement speech at Bishop Ready High School. Just prior to the graduation ceremony, O'Grady was contacted by school officials to tell him he would no longer be needed for the commencement speech because of O'Grady's position as co-chairman of the Freedom to Marry initiative supporting marriage equality in the state of Ohio.

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