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Ireland Gay Marriage Vote a ‘Reality Check’ for Church
Originally Posted: 05/26/2015 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

Ireland seems an unlikely place to make history on the issue given the Catholic Church’s dominant role in the country and its open opposition to passage of the referendum. In many ...

Ireland’s Gay Marriage Referendum a Sign of Roman Catholic Decline
Originally Posted: 05/21/2015 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

Many Catholics wonder what right the Catholic Church has to oppose gay marriage when those charged with proclaiming and upholding Christian morality were abusing children. “In Ir ...

Lessons from Massachusetts on Gay Marriage — and Divorce
Originally Posted: 05/20/2015 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Same-­sex marriage is so last decade in Massachusetts. Same-­sex marriage is so last decade in Massachusetts. These days, the earliest pioneers in gay and lesbian matrimony are de ...

Eyeing gay marriage case, evangelicals and Catholics rally around battling poverty
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 4:09pm | Type: Press

May 14, 2015 Sojo in the News Sarah Pulliam Bailey ...

‘The New Black’ Opens New Dialogue About LGBT and Religion in Black Community
Originally Posted: 05/15/2015 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Americans should condemn? Is gay marriage a civil right like black equality? Or is it a sin African-Amer ...

Texas Takes Defiant Stance as Gay Marriage Decision Looms
Originally Posted: 05/12/2015 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

Don’t count Texas out without a fight. The U.S. Supreme Court is now weighing arguments in the same-sex marriage case it heard on April 28 that could lead to a landmark decision r ...

An Open Letter to the Supreme Court as You Consider Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/06/2015 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

I support striking down these bans because of my faith, not in spite of it. Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the court: As you and the other justices of the Supreme Court co ...

5 Faith Facts about Carly Fiorina: ‘What You Make of Yourself Is Your Gift to God’
Originally Posted: 05/04/2015 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

Carly Fiorina formally launched her 2016 presidential run on May 4. Carly Fiorina formally launched her 2016 presidential run on May 4. But she’s long been working the Christi ...

Engaging Both Sides of the Church's Debate on Gays
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:15pm | Type: Blog

The conversations at Q — both onstage and off — do not mirror the raging debates common on cable news networks. Only a few dozen worshippers attend Boston’s Tremont Temple Baptist ...

Legislating Love in the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 04/27/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Isn’t it time we stop putting people into categories and denying their identity? One of the hot button topics in America today is same-sex marriage. This issue has been in the new ...

Faith Leaders Call for Religious Protections Ahead of Gay Marriage Hearing
Originally Posted: 04/24/2015 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

Arguments over how or whether believers must accommodate gay people have become a flashpoint in the culture wars and a source of political and legislative debates. As the U.S. Sup ...

Gay Marriage Fight Centers on What’s Best for the Kids
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

It is perhaps the most controversial component of the national debate over same-sex marriage: Who should raise children? It is perhaps the most controversial component of the nati ...

Poll: Americans Say There’s No Turning Back on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 04/21/2015 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a landmark case on gay marriage, but most Americans already have made up their minds. The Supreme Court will hear arguments next ...

5 Arguments to Watch as the Supreme Court Considers Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

State bans on same-sex marriage have been justified based on judicial precedent, states’ rights, regulating procreation, optimal child-rearing, and centuries-old tradition. State ...

Lonely Widower Takes Lead in Landmark Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 04/14/2015 - 2:52pm | Type: Blog

Since the justices agreed in January to consider the case, his life has become a whirlwind of media interviews and speaking engagements. Jim Obergefell and John Arthur spent more ...

Republicans, Religious Groups Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Gay Marriage Bans
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Republican officials and religious organizations dominate a growing list of more than 60 groups urging the Supreme Court to uphold state bans against same-sex marriage. Republica ...

Predictions of Evangelical Concessions on LGBT Rights Are Premature
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Some evangelicals have indeed shifted on LGBT issues, but it’s no avalanche — at least not yet. Pardon the yawn. The 1.8 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) on March 17  ...

Presbyterian Church (USA) Approves Same-Sex Marriage Amendment
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) approved an amendment to include same-sex relationships in its constitutional definition of marriage on March 17. The Presbyterian Church (USA) appr ...

Oklahoma Bill Would Abolish State’s Role in Granting Marriage Licenses, Leave It in Clergy Hands
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

In an effort to block the state’s involvement with gay marriage, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill March 10 to abolish marriage licenses in the state. In an effo ...

Gay Marriage Gains Rapid Support with U.S. Public, Including Conservatives
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

As the Supreme Court readies to hear a group of cases that could make same-sex marriage legal from coast to coast, support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry is piling in from all directions. ...

San Francisco Archbishop Rejects Lawmakers’ Criticism on Morality Clauses
Originally Posted: 02/23/2015 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Five members of the state Assembly and three state senators sent Cordileone a letter urging him to remove the clauses, which they said were discriminatory and divisive. San Franci ...

Handwriting on the Wall for Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage nationwide later this year. But it’s leaving little doubt which way it’s leaning. The Supreme Court will decide w ...

Alliance of Catholics and Evangelicals: Gay Marriage Worse Than Divorce or Cohabitation
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

A high-profile group of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage that calls same-sex unions “a graver threat” than divorce or cohabitation, o ...

If the Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage in 2015, How Will Evangelicals Respond?
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

Even though about half of conservative Christians now believe that gay marriage is inevitable, don’t expect them to slip quietly into the night. Ten years after Massachusetts bec ...

Did Jesus Really Never Say Anything About Homosexuality?
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

In the realm of biblical arguments in support of same-sex relationships, I’ve always found one — “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality” — to be particularly weak. In th ...

Gay Marriage Hits Major Bump in Federal Appeals Court
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation’s circuit courts that virtually guarantees re ...

Frank Schaefer Wins Final Reinstatement with Methodists
Originally Posted: 10/27/2014 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

Seven years after officiating at the wedding of his gay son, the Rev. Frank Schaefer has been reinstated as a clergyman in the United Methodist Church. Seven years after officiati ...

Methodists Resolve Gay Marriage Complaint Against 36 Pastors Without a Trial
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

United Methodists in Pennsylvania have agreed to resolve a complaint filed against three dozen clergy who blessed a gay wedding without taking the case to trial. A complaint was filed against 36 United Methodist pastors who officiated at a Nov. 9, 20 ...

Mormon Apostle: Be Civil in Fighting Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 10/06/2014 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

If Mormon opposition to same-sex marriage does not prevail in the United States, Mormons should respond graciously and “practice civility with our adversaries,” a leading church apostle counseled Oct. 4 at the ...

Religion Loses Clout: Why Many Say That’s a Bad Thing
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

More Americans today say religion’s influence is losing ground just when they want it to play a stronger role in public life and politics. More Americans today say  religion’s in ...

Three Reasons It Doesn’t Matter What We Think About Homosexuality
Originally Posted: 07/11/2014 - 1:01pm | Type: Blog

Though I do believe this dialogue is important, mainly because it will almost certainly lead to greater understanding and open-mindedness among the body of believers, I actually don’t think our opinion on the ...

Report: Minnesota Archbishop Nienstedt Under Scrutiny for Same-sex Relationships
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Blog

A Roman Catholic archbishop in Minnesota who had been one of the hierarchy’s most vocal opponents of gay rights is the target of an investigation into allegations that he had a series of sexual relationships w ...

Forget Republican or Democrat: Americans Divide by Their Values
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

Toss out the party and ideology labels: Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal. Toss out the party and ideology labels: Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal. The Pe ...

Could Baptizing Children of Gay Couples Become a New Battleground?
Originally Posted: 06/26/2014 - 3:16pm | Type: Blog

The default position for most bishops — reiterated in a major Vatican document released on Thursday — is that if the parents pledge to raise the child Catholic, then no girl or boy should be refused baptism. ...

Orrin Hatch Says Gay Marriage as 'Law of the Land' Is Inevitable
Originally Posted: 05/29/2014 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Orrin Hatch says legal gay marriage is almost certain to become a reality throughout the United States. Sen. Orrin Hatch says legal gay marriage is almost certain to become a ...

Listen to the Silence: Thoughts on World Vision and the Pitfalls of Modern Communcation
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

When it comes to issues so central to the Christian life, faithfulness requires thoughtful dialogue, tenacious endurance, and meaningful change from the bottom up. These are impor ...

Getting Beyond Infighting to a Unified Church
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

The mission of God is reconciliation and the vocation of God’s people, the church. When we spend more time attacking each other rather than attacking the areas of brokenness in our world, we become a reflectio ...

World Vision's Gay Marriage Flip-Flop Reflects Evangelical Angst as Culture Shifts
Originally Posted: 03/28/2014 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

World Vision may have gone back to the status quo, but the larger issue of how religious institutions will handle a growing acceptance of same-sex marriage will not go away. If anything, this is just the begin ...

Cardinal Dolan: Pope Francis Opened Door to Gay Civil Unions Debate
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Sunday that Pope Francis is asking the Catholic Church to look at the possibility of recognizing civil unions for gay couples, although the archbishop of New York said that he would ...

Gay Teacher Sues Catholic High School Claiming Wrongful Dismissal
Originally Posted: 03/10/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Forced out of his Catholic school job for marrying his same-sex partner, a gay teacher in suburban Seattle has filed a wrongful-dismissal suit against his former school. Forced ou ...

Religious Liberty vs. Civil Rights: A Balancing Act
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may have ended the latest controversy in her state by vetoing a “religious freedom” bill that threatened gay men and lesbians, but the nation’s legislatures and courts are just getting ...

Survey: Americans Turn Sharply Favorable on Gay Issues
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Americans’ attitudes toward the lives and choices of gays and lesbians have changed radically since Massachusetts first legalized same — sex marriage a decade ago. Americans’ atti ...

U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke: Pope Francis Opposes Abortion and Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 02/21/2014 - 6:01pm | Type: Blog

As Pope Francis led the world’s cardinals in talks aimed at shifting the church’s emphasis from following rules to preaching mercy, a senior American cardinal took to the pages of the Vatican newspaper on Frid ...

Cardinals Gather in Rome as Debates on Church Reform Heat Up
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

High-level debates over Catholic teachings on marriage and divorce and other hot-button issues heated up on Wednesday as a highly anticipated effort to overhaul the Vatican bureaucracy slogged through the devi ...

Catholic Teacher Fired for Marrying Partner Starts Anti-Discrimination Foundation
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

A lifelong Roman Catholic, Mark Zmuda took a job as a teacher at Eastside Catholic School in part because he believed he could be a good Catholic role model. A lifelong Roman Cath ...

God, Same-Sex Marriage, and 33 Weddings at the Grammys
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

The Grammys trivialized marriage because it trivialized the need all couples have for a supportive community from the beginning of marriage to the end. Call me old fashioned, but ...

2013 Marked Shifts in Views on Social Issues
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

The year 2013 ushered in a number of data milestones in American public opinion. Here is a sampling reported by the Pew Research Center. The year 2013 ushered in a number of data ...

Serving Two Masters: When Church and Justice Don't Agree
Originally Posted: 11/26/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

Methodist minister Rev. Frank Schaefer (not to be confused with Frank Schaeffer) has come up against what some might call a conflict of interest in living out his call as a minister of the gospel. ...

Catholic Bishops Challenged to Adapt to Pope Francis’ Priorities
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

As the U.S. Catholic bishops began their annual fall meeting on Monday, they were directly challenged by Pope Francis’ personal representative to be pastors and not ideologues — the first step of what could be ...

Vatican Seeks Input from the Pews on Marriage and Family Issues
Originally Posted: 11/01/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

In an unusual move, the Vatican has asked the world’s bishops to quickly canvas the faithful for their views on topics like gay marriage, divorce, and birth control ahead of a major meeting of church leaders s ...