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

Mormons Working To Overturn Maryland Gay Marriage Bill

Mormons are gathering signatures to bring a referendum on Maryland’s marriage equality law to the ballot in November, as the state’s pro-gay marriage coalition hires a new leader and a recent poll shows more support in Maryland for the law.

Huffington Post
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April 13, 2012
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A Second Seattle Catholic Parish: No Anti-Marriage Equality Petitions

A second big Catholic church in Seattle, St. Joseph Parish on Capitol Hill, says it will not circulate ballot petitions on a referendum to repeal the state’s new same-sex marriage law. The pastor at St. Joseph, the Rev. John D. Whitney, S.J., warned two months ago that a Catholic bishops’ letter denouncing marriage equality “will bring great pain” among those “so often marginalized in our church.”

Seattle PI
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April 13, 2012

BYU Student "It Gets Better" Video Is Not in Violation of Honor Code, Says Administrator

The students featured in a video about being gay at Brigham Young University are not in obvious violation of the honor code, according to Carri Jenkins, an assistant to the president of BYU.

Jenkins went on to say that for the video alone, the students would not be punished. The honor code, Jenkins said, is “based on conduct, not on feeling, and if same-gender attraction is only stated, that is not an honor code issue.”

Belief Blog (CNN.com)
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April 10, 2012

Gay Brigham Young University Students Come Out in Web Video Promoting Understanding

Students from a strict Mormon college that prohibits “homosexual behavior” have launched a Web video aimed at reassuring other gay and lesbian youth struggling with their faith and sexual orientation.

The video recently posted to YouTube by 22 Brigham Young University students is the first of its kind with ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which forbids gay sex and marriage. By posting the video, the students could face excommunication from the church and expulsion at BYU, where gay students are prohibited from touching or kissing.

Associated Press
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April 9, 2012

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