Shifting Catholic opinions, overwhelming UCC support, and religious responses to the SCOTUS decisions - this week's Religion News Summary

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LGBT and allied leaders showed an outpouring of joy and relief with the most recent SCOTUS decisions on marriage equality. Though there were mixed reactions from varying faith leaders, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Many LGBT organizations, including GLAAD, expressed strong disagreement with SCOTUS’s decision on the Voting Rights Act.

Check out GLAAD’s response to the landmark SCOTUS decisions

A recent study showed that the views Catholics hold about gay people have dramatically shifted in the past 10 years. Additionally, the Ecumenical Catholic Communion chose to vocally support the DOMA and Prop 8 SCOTUS decisions. Despite the more strong LGBT support among Church people, Catholics like Justice Scalia’s son still seem to think that being gay isn’t even a thing.

GLAAD’s comments on the SCOTUS Voting Rights Act decision

The United Church of Christ met in its General Synod and focused a lot of its attention on responding to the SCOTUS decisions this week, as well as hosting a gay UCC pastor’s wedding, and focusing on the dangers of the evangelical missionary movement in Africa with the film God Loves Uganda. GLAAD also spoke out for Justice for Trayvon Martin. 

Read GLAAD's statement on the Trayvon Martin verdict.

Why Buddhists should support marriage equality
Washington Post, 7/3/13

Ecumenical Catholic Communion supports DOMA and Prop 8 Decisions
Religion Dispatch, 6/26/13
STUDY: Catholics dramatically shift views on gay people in last decade
Washington Post, 7/5/13
Justice Scalia’s son doesn’t think being gay is a thing
Huffington Post, 7/5/13

Movement for Justice: Changing the Story
Huffington Post, 6/26/13
Christians v. gay people: The damage done
Religion Dispatch, 6/26/13
The false polemic of gay vs. Christian 
Patheos, 6/27/13
For a mom, learning to accept a gay son was ‘non-negotiable’
NPR, 6/28/13
Christian colleges, gay faculty - and the Boy Scouts
Religion Dispatch, 7/2/13
“We did everything right”: an ex-gay tragedy
Box Turtle Bulletin, 7/3/13
Triumph and tragedy at SCOTUS
Washington Post, 7/3/13
Justice Scalia’s son doesn’t think you exist
Queerty, 7/6/13
The popes agree to hate your marriage
Queerty, 7/8/13

Episcopal / Anglican
Pasadena priest praises SCOTUS Prop 8, DOMA decisions
Pasadena Patch, 6/26/13
Episcopal churches welcoming displaced Boy Scout troops
CBS42, 6/27/13
Episcopalians welcome Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage
Church Times, 6/28/13
Gene Robinson: With Supreme Court rulings, it gets (so much) better
Washington Post, 6/28/13

Gay Catholic encounters evangelical passion at funeral
Christian Post Blog, 7/2/13
An Evangelical intellectual takes on marriage, grasps at straw men
Religion Dispatch, 7/8/13

Religious leaders see tragedy and justice in Supreme Court marriage decisions
Washington Post, 6/26/13
Not all religious convictions are set in stone
CNN, 6/27/13
After DOMA, the fading future of religious opposition to marriage equality
Washington Post, 6/27/13
Transgender religious movements grow as more groups ordain and welcome ‘T’ in LGBT
AOL, 6/30/13
Op-Ed: The religious folks are with us
The Advocate, 7/2/13

LGBT in Africa: Persecution and persistence
Religion Dispatch, 7/5/13
Church of England introduces campaign to stop homophobic bullying in school
Towleroad, 7/7/13

Short and sweet on gay marriage

JTA, 6/26/13
Orthodox Union’s statement on Supreme Court rulings
Orthodox Union, 6/26/13
For Orthodox LGBT Jews, growth of social media creates a safe space online
Tablet, 6/26/13
Jewish embrace of LGBT people recognizes dignity of all
Washington Post, 6/28/13
Maintaining a family fiction about my uncle - and his partner of 33 years
Tablet, 7/1/13
Rabbi’s marriage equality support provokes walk-outs at California synagogue
Towleroad, 7/8/13

ReconcilingWorks rejoices at Supreme Court decisions on marriage
ReconcilingWorks, 6/26/13

Marriage Equality
After DOMA, the fading future of religious opposition to marriage equality
Washington Post, 6/27/13
Pennsylvania lawmaker silenced on DOMA by colleagues citing ‘God’s Law’
Huffington Post, 6/27/13

Why many Methodists still oppose marriage equality
Washington Post, 7/1/13

Mormon Church “remains irrevocably committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman”
Queerty, 6/26/13
Mormons absorb SCOTUS Prop 8 ruling
Religion Dispatch, 6/26/13

United Church of Christ
UCC leaders celebrate major victory for equality in Supreme Court Ruling, 6/26/13
UCC leaders celebrate marriage equality’s return to California, 6/26/13
UCC pastor leads prayers at Supreme Courthouse moments before DOMA decision, 6/27/13
UCC National Offices, local churches sponsor Cleveland Pride 2013, 6/27/13
LGBT Coalition celebrates Moss’ courage, new ONA churches, 6/28/13
Hundreds turn out to celebrate marriage equality at UCC rally, 6/28/13
UCC General Synod to host local gay pastor’s marriage, 6/28/13
God Loves Uganda highlights dangers of evangelical movement in Africa, 7/1/13
LGBT-Inclusive Minnesota church vandalized with anti-gay graffiti for the second time
Queerty, 7/3/13