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On July 8, over a hundred high-level faith leaders from diverse religious traditions signed and sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to minimize religious exemptions in his upcoming executive order protecting LGBT people from discrimination.
In the strong religious disputes over marriage equality, many claims arise that these issues cause schisms within congregations and split up religious communities. How accurate are these speculations? A recent Huffington Post article takes up the question and congregates the scholarly research on the subject, and concludes that, actually, debates involving marriage equality and issues of sexuality affect local congregations very little.
Anti-trans but pro-gay Baptists, Methodist church may officially split over marriage equality, lots of projects reconciling faith and being LGBTQ, and more.
Disturbingly, opponents of equality are using our guaranteed freedom of religious expression as a justification for discrimination.
Matt Brown, the lead pastor of Sandals Church in Riverside, California, preached to his congregation about whether they should attend the wedding of a gay or lesbian couple. He spoke of being the best neighbor possible to the LGBT couple, but had particularly violent words for clergy who bless the marriage.
In an interview with the Huffington Post last Friday, Sojourners CEO and Christian leader Jim Wallis spoke out in favor of marriage equality. A big thank you to Jaweed Kaleem is in order for asking the question many have been wondering.
Anti-LGBT video done by conservative evangelical Christian targets queer Americans and employs hackneyed stereotypes.
An LGBTQ club was denied its charter this week at Point Loma Nazarene University, a conservative Christian college in San Diego, CA.
In light of Chick-Fil-A COO Dan Cathy’s statement that his opposition to marriage equality is rooted in his belief in the “biblical definition of the family unit,” GLAAD would like to point to the many Christians who understand that the “biblical” definition of family is not limited to husband, wife, and children, and who support marriage equality for all couples, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
On August 8, 2012 Matthew Vines will be at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City to discuss his speech that went viral and to talk with the audience about what it means to be gay and Christian.