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

Dominican Cardinal calls U.S. Ambassador nominee anti-gay slur

When President Barack Obama nominated a gay man as the new ambassador to the Dominican Republic on June 21, he touched off a firestorm of debate in the Caribbean nation — which has devolved even to derogatory name-calling.

Catholic Cardinal Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez referred to Brewster as a “maricón” — which is usually translated as “faggot” — during a press conference. At his side, Monseñor Pablo Cedano promised the nominee such an unpleasant stay in the country that he will have to return home.

Buzzfeed
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July 3, 2013

Op-ed: The religious people ARE with us

I get asked a lot by progressive friends, who know my long involvement in the fight for marriage equality, “How are we going to beat the church folk?”

Here’s the thing: The “church folk” are with us. In fact, we couldn’t have gotten this far without them. And we aren’t going to win full equality nationwide unless we meet them where they are and bring them with us.

The Advocate
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July 2, 2013

Let the Wedding Bells Ring! Marriage to Resume in California Immediately

This afternoon the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay of the Federal District Court decision that found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. The plaintiffs who successfully challenged California’s Proposition 8 in Hollingsworth v. Perry, including Plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, will be the first to marry

UCC National Offices, local churches sponsor Cleveland Pride 2013

"The LGBT community needs to know that there is a familiar place to worship, and that no matter where they are on life's journey, they are welcome at Mt. Zion," said the Rev. Detra Evans, pastor of Cleveland's Mt. Zion Congregational Church UCC and participant in Cleveland Pride. "Our members love to love, and the community needs to be loved."

UCC.org
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June 28, 2013

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