Religion and Faith
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News of LGBT and allied people of faith, and stories that show the ways in which people of faith interact with the LGBT community
Welcome to the first LGBT Religion News Summary of 2013! See what's new, and what has stayed the same.
Now that both Washington DC and Maryland have both legalized marriage for all loving couples, the National Cathedral, which is affiliated with the Episcopal Church, will perform weddings for gay and lesbian couples. The marriage rite for LGBT members was adopted by the Episcopal Church in 2012, though individual congregations can choose whether or not to implement it.
Yesterday, Scott Lively was in court, arguing for a judge to dismiss charges of human rights violations against the LGBT people of Uganda. Today, the plaintiffs, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), will be appearing on HuffPost Live at 3:00 PM EST to discuss the case, yesterday’s hearing, and what they hope for the future.
Noted anti-LGBT activist, Scott Lively, will appear in court today. He is being charged with “crimes against humanity” by the Ugandan LGBT advocacy organization, Sexual Minorities in Uganda (SMUG). Today, a judge will hold a hearing on Lively’s petition to dismiss the charges.
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Uganda's "Kill the Gays" bill did not pass by the end of 2012, but it may be taken up again when the legislature reconvenes in February 2013. An LGBT advocate has been arrested for "acts of homosexuality" and has spent several days in jail. Leaders from Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) are gearing up for a January 7, when they will try to prevent Scott Lively from having their case against him dismissed. Lively's 2009 anti-LGBT conference in Uganda sparked worsening conditions for LGBT Ugandans.
Chicago's Cardinal Francis George is getting much media attention for a letter to parishioners in which he condemns civil marriage equality for same-gender couples in the state of Illinois. But there's another element to this story that deserves the same amount of media attention.
Too few trans people or trans-related issues were included in LGBT end-of-year lists. An even greater number of trans-related stories received little to no media attention at all this year, despite efforts to have them covered by bloggers and journalists.