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Religion News Summary Highlights for May 2, 2012

The above ad appeared Thursday in the Carolina Peacekeeper, a black community newspaper in Guilford County, NC. Pictured is a group of African-American interfaith clergy, all of whom are speaking out against North Carolina's Amendment One, a legal effort to ban marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

United Methodist’s God-given call to LGBT inclusion

Changing policies that prohibit United Methodist clergy from presiding at union or marriage services for same gender couples is an issue that ought to be a “slam dunk” for the United Methodist Church. Logic, let alone our United Methodist commitment to the ministry of ordained clergy, is torn to shreds when United Methodist clergy are able to bless buildings and animals and homes, etc., but are not allowed to bless the loving commitment of woman to woman and man to man.

Washington Post
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April 30, 2012
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The United Methodist Church Has Voted to Be Inclusive Before. Can We Do It Again?

This week, I'm watching and praying for the United Methodist Church as they meet in General Conference. Among all the issues, there are major decisions about whether lesbian and gay people can be married and serve as clergy. These deliberations are not new to me, or to the United Methodist Church. I pride myself on my United Methodist identity and heritage. My father and my grandfather were both United Methodist ministers.

Huffington Post
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April 30, 2012
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"When we are harmed, the Church is harmed" - LGBT Methodists Confront Church Bullying

Advocates for LGBT inclusion in the United Methodist Church lovingly confronted the dismissive and hurtful words, actions, and attitudes of anti-LGBT delegates at its General Conference. Retired bishops and African-American church leaders joined voices to call for the inclusion of LGBT people in the United Methodist Church, while advocates for full inclusion addressed the anti-LGBT statements and actions of conference delegates.

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United Methodists to Debate Allowing Gay Clergy and Marriage Equality

Gay rights activists argue that the UMC must become more inclusive to attract young Americans who view the sexuality prohibitions as hypocritical. Conservatives counter that only churches that hold fast to traditional doctrines are growing. United Methodists who support gay rights have proposed about 100 resolutions this year that would lift the bans and excise the “incompatible” phrase from the Book of Discipline. Leading up to General Conference, they argued that momentum is on their side.

Religion News Service
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April 25, 2012
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Straight Mormons Say It Gets Better

LGBT Mormons and their allies gathering at the Circling The Wagons Conference witnessed the premier of this video by Kendall Knox -- the same Kendall Knox who last month produced an It Gets Better video featuring gay Mormons at Brigham Young University. This vid, too, is part of the It Gets Better series. It, too, features Mormons. Only these are straightfolk -- het Mormons who maybe once disliked or feared the LGBT community, but were turned around after a friend or family member came out.

Towleroad
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April 23, 2012
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Cardinal Dolan Not So "Charitable," Says Young Gay Catholic

Joseph Amodeo, a 24-year-old New Yorker and openly gay Catholic, made a splash this month when he resigned from the junior board of Catholic Charities in response to Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s rude brush-off of a letter from Carl Siciliano, the founder of the Ali Fortney Center, a nonprofit that offers emergency help and ongoing support to homeless LGBT youth.

Religion Dispatches
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April 23, 2012
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