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Rockford Diocese urges continued partnership with Scouts

The Catholic Diocese of Rockford is calling for its churches to continue working with the Boy Scouts of America despite the group's new acceptance of gay members — a change that led one Crystal Lake church to announce plans to sever ties with a troop it sponsors.

In a statement on the diocese's website, Bishop David Malloy said the Scouts' new policy "does not seem to provide an obstacle to our continued sponsorship of those troops or of Scouting, as long as Catholic principles of morality are followed."

Chicago Tribune
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June 7, 2013

With New Legal Challenge, Marriage Equality Debate in New Mexico Heats Up

Under pressure from legislators and a vigorous campaign by religious and civil rights groups to legalize same-sex marriage in New Mexico, the state’s attorney general, Gary King, cautioned city clerks on Thursday against issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples — but at the same time invited litigation, saying that the state’s statute was “vulnerable to challenge.”

The New York Times
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June 7, 2013

Yet again, anti-LGBT groups drag transgender debate into the toilet

Focus on the Family and the Delaware Family Policy Council are teaming up to fight basic protections for transgender people in the one way they believe to be effective. The groups are hauling out an old ad that suggests recognizing transgender people and offering basic protections will lead to men who identify and present as male scaring little girls in the restroom.

Celebrating real diversity (even when it feels dangerous)

On May 26, 2013 Indianapolis blogger Steph Mineart put up a post on her Commonplacebook blog, "Anti-gay Churches have Booths at Indianapolis Gay Pride Event," that was quickly shared by many in the Indianapolis LGBT community via social media. In the post, she provided a well-researched report on two anti-gay Christian groups which had reserved booth space at the 2013 Indy Pride celebration.

Chicagopride.com
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June 6, 2013

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