The importance of family is often central to the church’s advocacy for marriage for gay and lesbian couples. “Love, mutual respect and care are hallmarks of family,” adds Rev. Kenneth Samuel, pastor of Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain, Ga. “So all that the church can do to support, bless and sanction family, we should.”
On Sunday, Paul Mowry was ordained as Sausalito Presbyterian Church's newest pastor, the first openly gay pastor in the congregation's history. For the ministers and parishioners of the hillside church, the arrival of Mowry was cause for celebration.
The Sundance Film Festival is a launching pad for some of the world’s most important and influential cinema, including many films that tackle the issues faced by the LGBT community. GLAAD is proud to announce that one powerful film in particular, Love Free or Die, will partner with us to help advance LGBT equality in 2012.
At Pepperdine University, administrators have refused to officially recognize the school's only LGBT club, Reach OUT. Members of the club have started a petition on Change.org in hopes of persuading university officials to reconsider this discriminatory policy.
Today is the one-year anniversary of the murder of David Kato, a trailblazing Ugandan LGBT advocate. GLAAD encourages all people to observe a moment of remembrance in honor of David Kato, and encourages all congregations this weekend to recommit to being a welcoming space LGBT people of faith.
Rev. Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve on Tuesday were found guilty of second-degree trespassing for an October incident during which the couple refused to leave the Buncombe County Register of Deeds Office after being denied a marriage license. Judge Julie Kepple announced that they would each have to pay a $10 fine.
Mitt Romney 2012 tax returns reveal that the former Massachusetts governor donated more than $4 million to the Mormon Church, which is actively opposing marriage equality around the country. Last night, CNN reported that the Romneys' Tyler Charitable Foundation also gave to the anti-gay Massachusetts Family Institute over a period of several years.
The last Sunday of January has been designated annually as Welcoming Church Sunday, a day on which congregations—across denominations--celebrate and reaffirm their support for the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the church.
After distributing leaflets calling for the execution of gay people, three men have just been found guilty in the first-ever trial under Britain's revised Public Order Act, which now outlaws inciting anti-gay violence.