LGBT Religion News Roundup - August 20, 2010

August 21, 2010
As marriages were put on hold by a court stay and Maggie Gallagher, head of NOM, was a no-show during their final anti equality event, reaction gave way to analysis.  A “must read” is religion scholar Rita Nakashima Brock’s Huff Post article on what the Bible REALLY says about marriage—you may be surprised. Rita just dropped me a note saying that the article is being translated into Korean. Candace Chellew-Hodge examined the conservative panic over the decision, and Pentecostal Pastor, O.C. Allen argued that same-sex marriage is about equality, not religion.  Kadin Henningsen, offered a personal response to the ruling, based on a Jewish view of blessings and curses. With her ever hopeful spirit, the Rev. Jane Spahr is being tried by the Presbyterian high court – again – for performing marriages for same-sex couples.  Her trial will be Tuesday, August 24 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Napa, Calif. Global marriage equality is booming as Eat, Pray, Love author, Elizabeth Gilbert, lobbied Congress for rights for bi-national gay couples, and the first marriage of a gay couple in Nepal was performed by a Hindu priest.  The mayor of Mexico City demanded an apology from the Catholic cardinal who suggested that he bribed Mexico’s Supreme Court to uphold the city’s law allowing gay couples to adopt. Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Schori did a worldwide tour of the Anglican world to gain new allies for the Episcopal Church, a branch of the Anglican family.  The U.K. “Protest the Pope” campaign moved forward with its plans to, well, protest the Pope, whose visit to the country is scheduled for next month. In the mix, Orthodox rabbis from Canada added their names to the groundbreaking document urging greater acceptance of LGBT people in the Orthodox community.  Kalil Cohen highlighted Jewish films at this year’s Los Angeles Transgender Film Fest.  Becky Garrison went deeply into recent progressive Christian transgender actions.  A play in Orange County, California, explored the lives of gay Southern Baptist teens. In Iowa, even the GOP condemned Republican candidate Jeremy Walters of Des Moines for writing on his Facebook page that the Bible says gay people should be put to death.  At the same time, the Religious Right went after another gay Obama appointee, David Hansell, while Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum claimed that his faith says gay people should not be able to adopt children. To receive a weekly list of LGBT religion articles by email, write “subscribe” to