The Vatican has denied rumors that Pope Benedict XVI's resignation was influenced by a "Gay Lobby" or network of gay bishops. Tim Tebow opted not to visit an anti-LGBT church in Dallas, Texas. A Southern Baptist Church wants to uphold the ban on gay Boy Scouts, but many Jews feel differently.
Students in Cincinnati, Ohio are rallying around Purcell Marian assistant principal Mike Moroski. Moroski was placed on administrative leave last week after refusing to remove an entry from his personal blog that spoke out in support of marriage equality.
It was reported earlier this week that a top Vatican official voiced support for gay and lesbian couples. Yesterday, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, backtracked from that statement, and blamed the media for "derailing" his words.
2012 witnessed religious people and organizations at the forefront of LGBT advancement. By the end of the year, we saw several religious leaders stepping out and speaking up. The support came from some pretty surprising places.
When the issue of marriage equality is raised, one of the most common objections raised by the anti-LGBT crowd – and one of the most ironic - is that it will violate religious liberty. What is not being shared in these fear mongering speeches is that much of the public's support for LGBT people actually comes from within the religious communities.
James J. Martin, a leading Catholic theologian and Culture Editor of the Jesuit magazine America, has tweeted his support for Spirit Day. Millions of Americans will be wearing purple on October 19 to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
Catholics and African-American pastors speak out about marriage. Evangelicals continue to hear pro-LGBT arguments. And Jews worry whether marriage equality is too...equal? The LGBT Religion News Summary elevates the week’s LGBT and faith related stories.
Roman Catholic leaders throughout the United States continue to demonstrate that they will not support equality for LGBT people, despite widespread support among American Catholics. The next leader of the Catholic Church in San Francisco was recently announced as Salvatore Cordileone, one of the architects of Proposition 8. Meanwhile, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago and Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle both reiterated their opposition to marriage equality in public statements.
Nearly 30,000 people (and rising) have now watched Roman Catholic Priest Bob Pierson tell Minnesota Catholics why their faith can advise them to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban marriage equality – despite what other Catholic leaders in the state are saying.