The son of a New York lawmaker who vehemently opposes marriage rights for same-sex couples on Wednesday announced he now supports nuptials for gays and lesbians.
“My decision, which comes after years of thought and reflection on the issue, is informed by the experiences I have had with close friends, family and loved ones,” Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., said in a statement.
As the Supreme Court considers two major same-sex marriage cases that could change marriage in the United States, religious leaders on both sides of the debate believe they are on God's side of the contentious issue.
At greater rates than older generations, young Catholics have distanced themselves from the Vatican's anti-LGBT rights stance, including electing openly gay student leaders. Nate Tisa became the first gay president of Georgetown University Student Association (GSA) on March 17.
On Sunday, March 24, the LGBT community gathered on the west steps of the Los Angeles City Hall for a candlelight vigil in support of marriage equality. Gay and lesbian couples and families told their personal stories of love and commitment as the Supreme Court gets ready to hear testimonies in the 'Defense of Marriage Act' (DOMA) and Proposition 8 cases this week.
As the world comes to know more about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the man who is now Pope Francis, new details about his background in Argentina are emerging. On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that ahead of a fractious debate in his country over gay marriage, then-Cardinal Bergoglio floated civil recognition of same-sex unions as a possible compromise.
On March 7, Brazil’s House of Representatives elected Marco Feliciano, a right-wing Pentecostal pastor from the country’s Social Christian Party (PSC), as president of the lower chamber’s Human Rights and Minorities’ Commission (CDHM).
Rob Bell created a splash earlier this week when he came out in favor of marriage equality. Bell, a former pastor who is on a book tour for “What We Talk About When We Talk About God,” says that God is inviting us to see things in new ways. “What we’re seeing right now in this day, I believe God pulling us ahead into greater and greater affirmation and acceptance of our gay brothers and sisters and pastors and friends and neighbors and co-workers,” Bell said. “And we’re realizing that God made some of us one way and some of us another.”