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

Anchorage Prop 5: Desiring the Truth About LGBT People

The fact is, if you don’t want to be near gay people, for the most part you don’t have to under Prop 5. It has a huge allowance for religious organizations. The ordinance would not apply to churches. Religious schools wouldn’t even have to hire a gay janitor, and certainly not a gay teacher. Rental wise, the protection only applies to complexes larger than four units. People with smaller places are free to discriminate.

Anchorage Daily News
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March 29, 2012

One Psalm, two causes, two meanings

Initially, gay Christians looked to Bible verses privately. Gradually the verses [in Psalm 139] surfaced in the public rhetoric of activists and those who support the "personhood" of gays and lesbians.

Religion News Service
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March 29, 2012
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Largest Lutheran Church in St. Paul Picks Openly Gay Pastor

An Atlanta pastor once ousted from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for being in an openly gay relationship will now lead the biggest Lutheran church in St. Paul. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church's congregation of 2,300 members voted overwhelmingly Sunday to appoint the Rev. Bradley Schmeling as its new senior pastor, according to a statement from the church on Tuesday.

Minneapolis Star Tribune
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March 28, 2012
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Okla. Methodists Organize to Support Marriage Equality

In conservative Oklahoma, a group of United Methodists are signing a statement in support of marriage equality ahead of an April global policy conference of the church, which prohibits marriage equality.
Retired Oklahoma City minister Jim Gragg is collecting signatures and said 62 clergy and 203 members have signed the statement calling for “full equality and inclusion to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the life of the Church.”

Associated Press
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March 23, 2012

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