On Easter Sunday, weeks after he helped elect a new pope for a church struggling with declining numbers and controversy over social issues, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said that the Roman Catholic Church could be more welcoming of gay men and lesbians despite opposing same-sex marriage.
Mormon David Matheson launched a so-called "ex-gay" website, catering to LGBT Mormons and purporting to offer help while failing to address the dangerous harm that results from the kind of "therapy" they are suggesting.
Evangelical colleges likely face generational differences in attitudes toward sexuality as younger evangelicals develop friendships with people who are gay.About 40% of evangelicals between the ages of 18 and 29 are likely to say homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared to 24% of evangelicals who are older than 30, according to the 2007 religious landscape survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. But there is still less acceptance of homosexuality by evangelicals than by other young people.
On Easter morning, Cardinal Timothy Dolan appeared for an interview on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. George Stephanopoulos asked the New York City Archbishop and Chair of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops about the antagonistic relationship between the Roman Catholic hierarchy and LGBT people.
Easter is probably the most important of Christian holidays. Which is why it is galling, that the Family Research Council has asked pastors to take time away from preaching the resurrection of Christ in order to condemn gay and lesbian people, our lives, and our relationships.
Following public outcry after U.S. Representative Don Young (R-AK) used a racial slur to describe immigrant farm workers during a radio interview this week, Young issued what many are considering a half-hearted apology.
Emmett C. is a twenty-year-old community college student in the Pacific Northwest. Last year, he applied to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a religious obligation he had long prepared for and looked forward to fulfilling. But in the course of preparing his missionary application, Emmett came out to his local LDS Church leaders—not as a gay man, but as a straight Mormon who believes that LGBT people are equal in the sight of God and should treated the same as straight members of the LDS Church.
We must admit that our community has traveled a long journey when it comes to accepting gays and lesbians. It wasn’t that long ago that the Republican party actively had a strategy of trying to suppress the Black vote or get Blacks to vote against Democrats by placing gay marriage initiatives on ballots across the state. On Sundays in many of our churches, our ministers would stand up and speak about the evils of homosexuality from the pulpit, as if oblivious to who was sitting in the pews and the church choir.
While the US Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments on the discriminatory 'Defense of Marriage Act' and California's Proposition 8, millions of people turned social media red in support of marriage equality. Two leaders in the Roman Catholic Church took to the internet to make harmful attacks on LGBT people and their supporters.