Demnark announced this week it plans to allow same-sex couples to get married in formal church weddings, instead of the short blessing ceremonies that the state Lutheran Church currently offers them. Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex unions, in 1989.
Thirty years ago Christ Chapel opened its doors to do ministry and provide services to people who were suffering from HIV and AIDS. Christ Chapel opened in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, when the disease was not well understood. Christ Chapel will be celebrating 30 years of ministry with a gala on December 3.
As we gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving to give thanks GLAAD asks you to remember those LGBT-supportive faith communities who are doing the work of justice in the world. This week the Raleigh News Observer brought us a story this week of Pullen Baptist Church. The church voted unanimously to discontinue performing legal weddings in the church building until all couples are able to have their marriages recognized by the state of North Carolina.
Marriage ceremonies at the Raleigh church will continue to be conducted, but the pastor won't sign a certificate the state requires to establish a legal marriage. No one spoke out against the marriage statement Sunday in a gathering that filled a meeting hall with mostly gray-haired churchgoers.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was held in Baltimore last week. Many in the media responded to the claims by Catholic leadership that the church's religious freedom needs to be protected because of marriage equality.