Religion News Summary: Baylor to retain gay ban, Methodist pastor "guilty" of marriage

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Read about the movement for marriage equality in the United Methodist Church

United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer has been found "guilty" of performing the wedding of his gay son. He has been given 30 days to decide if he will "repent" or lose his credentials. He says he will not repent from his ministry of love. Meanwhile, former Methodist bishop of San Francisco Melvin Talbert still faces a church trial. The United Methodist Council of Bishops formally voted during a meeting in North Carolina to formally charge the bishop for his violation of canon law. As the governor of Illinois plans to sign into law the state's marriage equality bill, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield plans to hold an exorcism to rid the state of the bill which he believes is a product of the devil.

Read more about Rev. Frank Schaefer's sentence for performing his son's wedding

The Employment Non-discrimination Act, which recently passed in the Senate would not have passed without the support of Mormon senators, may be a reflection of what Harry Reid claims is an evolution on LGBT rights within the church. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops still remains opposed to the legislation.

Read about the people of faith whose hunger strike helped pass ENDA in the Senate

A Teen from the Bronx claims that she was expelled from a Catholic school for being a Lesbian. Meanwhile in Texas, a gay teen was suspended for three days for ripping out a passage in Leviticus from his Bible. Finally, Baylor University chose to retain its clause prohibiting "homosexual behavior".

Baptist group votes not to hire gays
Park City Daily News, 11/8/13
Baylor retains ban on "homosexual behavior"
The Baptist Standard, 11/8/13

Roman Catholic
LGBT Catholic's assess social change as catalyzed by Pope Francis
Washington Post, 11/17/13
Chicago cardinal pens anti marriage equality letter
The Advocate, 11/16/13
Illinois bishop plans exorcism to atone for marriage equality
CNN, 11/15/13
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops opposes ENDA
The Christian Post, 11/8/13
US Bishops: sexual activity justifies discrimination
Religion Dispatches, 11/5/13
Bronx teen says she was expelled from Catholic school for being gay
Towleroad, 11/5/13

Church of Scotland (Presbyterian)
Stornoway church votes to leave Kirk
STV News, 11/18/13

Gay teen who ripped out Bible passage suspended from Texas school
News One, 11/8/13
Portman's religious provisions added to ENDA, 11/6/13
Joel Olsteen's gay problem
Salon, 11/3/13

Gene Robinson claims Jesus must be embarrassed about religious opposition to ENDA
Towleroad, 11/8/13

Liberal Jewish groups praise the Senate for passing ENDA
JTA, 11/8/13

Pastor on trial for marrying his son
ABC, 11/17/13
Bishops formally charge one of their own for solemnizing marriage of two men
Washington Post, 11/15/13
The Tenneseean profiles Bp. Talbert
Box Turtle Bulletin, 11/6/13
Methodist pastor found guilty of officiating at gay son’s wedding
Religion News Service, 11/18/13
VERDICT: Methodist Pastor Has 30 Days To Renounce His Gay Children Or Be Defrocked
Think Progress, 11/20.13

Advocating for your LGBT Mormon family members
Patheos, 11/8/13
ENDA passes with Mormon support
The Salt Lake Tribune, 11/7/13
Mormon's are evolving on LGBT rights
The Advocate, 11/7/13
Transgender woman seeks recognition from LDS church
KUTV, 11/6/13

Lesbian, Muslim and proud
Gay Star News, 11/8/13

LGBT Quaker group receives Stonewall Award
Ekklesia, 11/8/13

United Church of Christ
UCC pastors rejoice as Illinois lawmakers approve marriage equality
UCC, 11/6/13