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

Time for Mormon Support for Marriage Equality

"Hi, my name is Brad Carmack, calling on behalf of Protect Marriage Maine. Will you vote to maintain the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman?" This was my phone pitch in October of 2009. Calling from Provo, I was a volunteer in the effort to persuade Maine voters to oppose same-sex marriage. The following month the Maine referendum prevailed by 53 percent to 47 percent. Victory! Now it’s coming up on 2 1/2 years since my anti-same-sex marriage activism and I find myself on the opposite side of the fence.

Salt Lake Tribune
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April 4, 2012
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Gay Couples Find a Place at Welcoming Local Churches

Jolene Capozzi remembers the first time she received Holy Communion at Open Door Metropolitan Community Church in Boyds, 17 years ago. After the wafer was placed on her tongue, tears began to stream down her face. “I cried my eyes out,” she said. “I was like, this feels really good.” A lifelong, devoted Catholic, Capozzi said she had never before felt welcome at church. Constrained by her own religious beliefs, Capozzi hid her sexuality until she was 44, was married and had two children. At Open Door, Capozzi, 61, said she can be a lesbian and still feel loved by God.

Gazette.net
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April 4, 2012
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UPDATED: Ohio Teen Sues School District for Prohibiting "Jesus Is Not a Homophobe" T-Shirt

An openly gay Ohio teen has filed a lawsuit against his high school for refusing to allow him to wear a t-shirt featuring a rainbow-colored fish and the words “Jesus is Not a Homophobe.” Maverick Couch first wore the t-shirt, and was told to remove it, during last year’s Day of Silence, a campaign organized by GLSEN to bring awareness to the silencing of LGBT students through bullying and harassment.

Theater Instructor Alleges Lamar University Discriminated Against Her Religious Beliefs

A theater and dance instructor is suing Lamar University, alleging the college discriminated against her after she failed to attend and LGBT-inclusive performance.

Claiming that she was punished because of her religious beliefs, Linda Ozmun filed suit against Lamar and Judith Sebesta, chair of the Department of Theater and Dance, on March 26 in Jefferson County District Court.

Southeast Texas Record
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April 3, 2012

Roman Catholic Hierarchy Supports NOM's Divisive Strategy

HRC recently revealed that the Church and other Catholic organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, have financially supported NOM’s efforts to increase “hostility” between the LGBT and black communities; and to drive a wedge between LGBT Latinos and members of their own families by making "support for [so-called traditional] marriage a key badge of Latino identity."

As Culture War Rages, What's the Status of LGBT Rights on Catholic Campuses?

At the beginning of the year, five U.S. bishops, included Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan joined a coterie of evangelical and fundamentalist church leaders in signing the open letter “Marriage and Religious Freedom: Fundamental Goods That Stand or Fall Together.” It was latest epistle in the growing canon of hierarchical statements aimed at gaining exemptions from federal and state laws that protect the rights of same-sex couples. But as the church leaders fortify their culture-war defenses, some Catholic universities seem to be taking a decidedly different approach to LGBT issues.

Religion Dispatches
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April 2, 2012
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