The Catholic Church, in a letter to Scouts for Equality (SFE), states that it is "hopeful" about the future of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) even if it votes to include openly gay scouts later this week.
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After announcing that she supports marriage equality, singer Carrie Underwood has come under fire from some fans.
In an interview with U.K.'s The Independent, Underwood said, "As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love, and want to marry. I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."
Father Bob Pierson, a Roman Catholic priest in Minnesota, speaks out against the proposed anti-LGBT marriage amendment in that state. Father Pierson’s video demonstrates that even those within the priesthood do not agree with the anti-LGBT antagonism of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.
Sadly, we have seen a spate of sermons calling for violence against LGBT people in recent weeks. Check out some pro-LGBT voices of faith and be sure to share with your friends and family.
American Idol winner and country star Carrie Underwood has come out firmly in support of marriage equality.
Yesterday, GLAAD and several other LGBT, civil rights, faith and labor organizations held a press conference at the historic Stonewall Inn to rally together against New York’s “Stop and Frisk” policy and to announce joint support for the June 17th silent march against police harassment.
Taking A Chance on God, a new documentary on the life of gay pioneer priest John McNeill is screening at festivals around the world. The film highlights McNeill’s role as hero and pioneer of the international LGBT civil rights movement.
On Saturday, the New York Times highlighted the LGBT-inclusive ministry at Rivers at Rehoboth, a Harlem-based congregation in New York City, in its article “A Rare Haven for Gay Men and Lesbians in Harlem.” The congregation, which is formed as the merger of Rivers of Living Faith and Rehoboth Temple, has its roots in the Black church tradition, while maintaining an active outreach to the Black LGBT population.
Earlier this week, a video featuring Providence Road Baptist Church Pastor Charles Worley went viral much to the chagrin of LGBT and affirming faith leaders. Rev. Worley has no visible support from those outside of his congregation. His sermon elicited strong words of condemnation from neighboring pastors. Others have been moved to action.
Though Catholic leaders continue to attack same-sex marriage in Rhode Island, a group of over 100 religious leaders from 13 different denominations throughout the state has come together to support equality.
The leader of Rhode Island's Roman Catholic Diocese has again entered the debate over gay marriage, calling it "immoral and unnecessary." Bishop Thomas Tobin released a statement Monday urging lawmakers to drop legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
The Church of England on Friday (Jan. 4) confirmed that it has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops -- but only if they agree to remain celibate.
Lawyers for a Massachusetts evangelist are headed to court to ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges his actions in anti-gay efforts in Uganda constitute persecution.
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As gay supporters push for more acceptance, the issue is increasingly being framed worldwide as one of fundamental human rights. In many countries, even where the law is unclear, members of the gay community are subject to enormous societal pressure. They are ostracized, bullied and sometimes physically attacked.
In December of 2001, Cameron Partridge was a 28-year-old candidate for the Episcopal priesthood in Massachusetts when he informed his bishop he would be transitioning from female to male.
Last night President Obama signed the funding authorization bill for the Department of Defense which includes "protections" against the punishment of military members and clergy who harass gay soldiers.