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Is the marriage equality debate causing religious congregations to split? The research says no

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.

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Being Christian is Not a Barrier to Accepting LGBT People

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.

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