Religion and Faith

News of LGBT and allied people of faith, and stories that show the ways in which people of faith interact with the LGBT community

Black Leaders and Gay Advocates March in Step

For years, gay rights organizations and major civil rights organizations viewed each other warily. African-American leaders often saw the gay rights groups as insensitive to racial concerns, and some resented the movement’s use of civil rights language to make the case for marriage. Advocates for gay rights, in turn, sometimes blamed socially conservative African-Americans for their defeat in crucial electoral battles.

The New York Times
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June 12, 2012

Gentle Dissent in Mormon Church on Gay Marriage

The congregants wore church clothes to the annual gay pride parade here in the heartland of Mormonism. Waving rainbow signs and urging love and acceptance, they marched at the front of the line, vanguards of a new movement of Mormons challenging their church’s staunch opposition to gay people.

The New York Times
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June 12, 2012
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Minnesota Teacher Fired for Marriage Equality Stance

A Catholic school in Moorhead terminated a fifth grade teacher after she told administrators she disagreed with the church’s stance on marriage for same-sex couples.

Trish Cameron was notified June 1 that she wouldn’t be offered a new contract at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. The decision came after Cameron filled out a self-evaluation form in which she admitted to personally disagreeing with the church’s stance on some issues, but said she never brought those opinions into the classroom...

Associated Press
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June 12, 2012

The Village Voice Covers LGBT Involvement to End 'Stop & Frisk' Policy

An historic coalition of traditional race-oriented civil rights organizations, labor unions, and LGBT groups met yesterday at the Stonewall Inn to endorse the upcoming SIlent March to End Stop and Frisk on Father's Day, June 17. The "press conference" featured an impressive roster of speakers -- including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and NAACP President Benajmin Jealous -- and had anyone wanted to wipe out nearly every LGBT leader in the city, they could have done it with one strike.

The Village Voice
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June 6, 2012

West Hollywood Parish Leaves Presbyterian Church Over Gay Rights

Well before the national gay-rights movement sprang from the Stonewall riots, West Hollywood Presbyterian Church started Los Angeles’ first gay men’s rap group. The year was 1965.

The congregation launched the Lazarus Project in 1977, sending gay men and lesbians into Presbyterian churches across the country to share their stories of faith and family at a time when the denomination was poised to declare that “homosexuality was not God’s wish.”

The Los Angeles Times
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June 5, 2012
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Vatican Criticises a Pro-Gay Book By US Nun

The Vatican has criticised sharply a 2005 book by a US theologian and nun on sexual ethics, where she defends gay rights and equal marriage.

The BBC reports that the Holy See’s Orthodoxy Office said that Sister Margaret Farley’s book, Just Love, posed ‘grave harm’ to the faithful, and that her ideas on masturbation, homosexuality, equal marriage and remarriage were in ‘direct contradiction’ to traditional Catholic teaching on sexual morality.

Pink News
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June 5, 2012
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