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WATCH: Gay Priest Speaks Against Minnesota Marriage Amendment

Father Bob Pierson, a gay priest in Minnesota, told a group of 200 Catholics last month that they can vote against the amendment that would place a marriage equality ban in the state constitution this November. Pierson, who belongs to a monastic community at St. John’s University in Collegeville, gave the advice in a speech June 10 at an event in Edina, according to MinnPost. The speech has received more than 30,000 views on YouTube, where Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition working to defeat the ballot measure, posted it.
The Advocate
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July 17, 2012
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Queer Eye for the Mormon Bishop Guy

Probably like many fans, I could see in my mind’s eye what they might do if they came into my home. Carson perhaps would want to look through the “Mormon underwear” drawer, from which I would probably have to redirect him quickly, since Mormons view their garments as sacred. The “Fab 5” would certainly have their work cut out for them if they came to my home, and I’m sure they would do an amazing job at doing a “make better.” But what I would thank them for most of all is for helping me have a change of heart. That gift is priceless.

Advocate
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July 13, 2012
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July 13, 2012

Baltimore Sun Editorial Board Supports Marriage Equality

On Thursday, The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board endorsed marriage equality, urging MD voters to reject an attempt to repeal the state's marriage law this November.
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July 13, 2012

Priest tells MN Catholics they can vote against banning marriage equality

Nearly 30,000 people (and rising) have now watched Roman Catholic Priest Bob Pierson tell Minnesota Catholics why their faith can advise them to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban marriage equality – despite what other Catholic leaders in the state are saying.
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STUDY: 40 Percent Of Homeless Youth Are LGBT, Family Rejection Is Leading Cause

It has previously been estimated that as many as 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, and a new Williams Institute study of youth shelters confirms this estimate. Between October 2011 and March 2012, 354 agencies completed surveys about their clients and found that about 40 percent of their homeless and non-homeless clients were LGBT (9 percent of whom identified as bisexual). About 30 percent of clients using housing-related services (like emergency shelter and transitional living programs) were LGBT.

ThinkProgress
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July 12, 2012

5 Tips for Bullied LGBT Youth

The type of bullying I experienced in middle school was subtle, and its effect even more so. I never expressed the pain they inflicted on me, simply because I did not want any more attention. Within me, however, their bullying and words had sparked a battle between my culture's machismo, my Roman Catholic background, and a sexual part of me that just wouldn't go away. I thus graduated middle school very disturbed, dreading the possibility of my homosexuality and the future it held. I was scared of potential abandonment and of the teachings of people in positions of power in my church.
Huffington Post
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July 12, 2012

In Sleepy Minnesota Suburbs, Church Ladies Launch Marriage Equality Crusade

In the bedroom communities of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka, Minnesota, billboards promoting right-wing candidates and talk show hosts frequently pop up between car dealerships and golf clubs. But a sudden proliferation of rainbow flags has made these neighborhoods into unexpected battlegrounds in the state's marriage debate. It started with Gwin Pratt, a senior pastor at St. Luke Presbyterian Church, which has a long history of advocating for LGBT equality.

The Atlantic
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July 12, 2012

The Episcopal Church Authorizes New Blessing for Gay and Lesbian Couples

The Episcopal Church has authorized a new blessing for the union of gay or lesbian couples. The resolution allows provisional use of a liturgical rite for gay and lesbian couples on their wedding day. Titled “The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant,” the rite is crafted specifically for gay and lesbian commitment ceremonies.

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July 10, 2012

Closure: Priest Who Denied Communion to Lesbian No Longer Employed by Diocese

The Roman Catholic Priest who denied communion to a lesbian woman at her mother’s funeral is no longer with the Diocese of Washington, according a Diocese spokesperson.

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Episcopal Bishops OK Trial Gay Blessing Prayer; Full Church Affirms Transgender Ordination

Episcopal bishops approved an official prayer service for blessing same-sex couples Monday at a national convention that also cleared the way for transgender ordination. At the Episcopal General Convention in Indianapolis, the House of Bishops voted 111-41, with three abstentions, to authorize a provisional rite for same-sex unions for the next three years. The liturgy next goes to convention’s deputies for their authorization.
Associated Press
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July 10, 2012

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