Religion and Faith
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News of LGBT and allied people of faith, and stories that show the ways in which people of faith interact with the LGBT community
This weekend, a man named Pastor Robert Hall will join John Stemberger, Tony Perkins, Gov. Rick Perry, and others at a Family Research Council event called "Stand with Scouts Sunday," and he'll be bringing his history of particularly demonizing rhetoric with him.
The LDS Church announced on Thursday that it would officially endorse The Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) recent proposal to change their anti-gay policies and allow gay youth members, but not adults, to join the organization.
Carla Hale, the Catholic school teacher who was fired for being gay, has stated that he intends to fight to keep her job. Carla was a physical education teacher at Bishop Watterson High School for 19 years. After her mother died, the obituary in the local paper listed Carla and her partner as survivors.
The Community of Christ—an offshoot of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints—voted this week by more than the requisite majority to begin performing marriage ceremonies for lesbian and gay couples in states where it is legal.
On April 11, Nicholas Coppola delivered over 18,000 signatures gathered through Faithful America to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, asking that Nicholas be once again allowed to volunteer with his parish, after getting married to his husband. On April 23, Bishop William Murphy mailed them back, accompanied by one sentence: "FROM YOUR FAITHFUL ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP."
Amy Grant, the singer who first made a name for herself as a Christian singer, then crossed over into the pop genre, sat down with her fist ever interview with an LGBT publication, Between the Lines. The singer talked about her forthcoming album, "How Mercy Looks From Here," as well as her awareness of her gay fan base.
GLAAD is a core supporter of the Drop the I-Word campaign, which delivered a petition with more than 70,000 signatures to The New York Times calling on the newspaper to stop describing people as "illegal.”
Yesterday, the Boy Scouts of America proposed maintaining its ban on adult gay leaders, while dropping the ban on gay scouts. Several faith leaders quickly expressed their disappointment in the proposed policy change. All faith leaders continued to call for a fully inclusive scouting program that included qualified gay leaders, even while some expressed joy that gay scouts would no longer be removed.