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Mass. Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Pledge of Allegiance
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday will consider whether the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of students’ rights. Massachusetts’ highest court o ...

Study: Evangelical ‘Messy Middle’ More Accepting of Gays
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 9:21am | Type: Blog

A new voice is emerging in the evangelical community, and it’s turning away from the church’s vocal opposition to homosexuality in favor of a more tolerant attitude. A new voice i ...

Gov. Chris Christie, a Catholic, Tiptoes on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

As activists push states to recognize gay marriages, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — conservative Republican governor in a blue state and a 2016 presidential possibility — is walking a fine line between two e ...

Queen Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill in England, Wales
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

England and Wales became the 16th and 17th countries in the world to recognize gay marriage after Queen Elizabeth II gave “royal assent” to a same-sex marriage bill. England and W ...

Gay Marriage Fight Shifts to the States
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

The legal battle over same-sex marriage has shifted from the Supreme Court to state capitals and lower courts as supporters seek to build on their recent victories and opponents hope to thwart that progress. ...

4 Things Religious Conservatives Might Do After High Court Rulings:
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

The twin Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday that further opened the door for gay marriage in the U.S. were not entirely unexpected, and the condemnations from religious conservatives angry at the verdicts were ...

On Scripture: Resistance is Futile
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

For others with different theological and political perspectives, these decisions will be a difficult test, and they will struggle to accept them. I pray for their comfort and consolation. ...

ANALYSIS: A Cultural Wave on Gay Marriage Reaches the Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 26-page decision Wednesd ...

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional; SCOTUS Declines Ruling on Prop 8
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court this morning struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, 5-4, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states. Also by a 5-4 vote, the Court ruled ...

Waiting for the Courts: Hopes and Fears Over DOMA & Prop 8
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

This week the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down decisions on two significant cases for same-sex marriage: United States v. Windsor (regarding the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA), and Hollingsworth ...

One Man's Uphill Fight to Change Young Minds on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 8:50am | Type: Blog

Ryan Anderson, 31, has planted himself on arguably the most unpopular stance for his generation: opposing gay marriage. Ryan Anderson has planted himself on arguably the most unpo ...

Ex-Gay Group Exodus International Shuts Down, President Apologizes
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

Exodus International, a group that bills itself as “the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality,” announced late Wednesday that it’s shutting its doors. ...

Supreme Court Marriage Rulings: Anything But Simple
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

If the range of possible Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage this month requires a scorecard, the potential confusion arising from those decisions may demand a manual. If the ra ...

What Will the Supreme Court Do on Gay Marriage?
Originally Posted: 06/11/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

Houston lawyer Mitchell Katine came to the Supreme Court 10 years ago for the final chapter of Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark gay rights case in which the justices struck down state sodomy laws. ...

Both Sides See Gay Marriage as ‘Inevitable’
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

About 72 percent of Americans say legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable,” according to a survey released Thursday. About 72 percent of Americans say legal recogni ...

Church of England Drops Opposition to Gay Marriage Bill
Originally Posted: 06/07/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Bishops in the Church of England, who had strenuously opposed a bid to allow same-sex marriage, signaled that they won’t try to derail the bill after an overwhelming vote of support in the House of Lords. ...

Can Gay Catholics Find a Home in the Catholic Church?
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

As Americans — and American Catholics — grow increasingly accepting of homosexuality, and as foes of gay rights grow increasingly determined, conflict at the parish level seems inevitable. ...

After Rhode Island, Is Gay Marriage ‘Inevitable’? Conservatives Say No
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — Rhode Island on May 2 became the 10th state to approve same-sex marriage, and the Delaware Legislature holds a key vote on May 9 on the same issue. But Brian Brown, president of the National Orga ...

Catholic Bishop Returns Petitions to Ousted Gay Man
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

The story of a Long Island Catholic ousted from his parish jobs for marrying his male partner generated headlines, outrage and an 18,000-signature petition to Bishop William Murphy to have Nicholas Coppola rei ...

Gay Catholic Delivers 18,000 Signatures to Bishop Asking to be Reinstated
Originally Posted: 04/12/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

A gay man ousted from posts at his Long Island parish after a critic complained that he had married his partner delivered a petition with more than 18,000 signatures on Thursday to Bishop William Murphy, askin ...

ANALYSIS: Are Catholics Shifting Tone Or Substance On Gay Issues?
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

When New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan told national news programs on Easter Sunday that Catholic leaders need to do a better job of showing that their opposition to gay marriage is not “an attack on gay people, ...

Cardinal Dolan: Catholic Church Could Do Better on Gay Outreach
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the top U.S. Catholic prelate, says the Roman Catholic Church has to make sure that its defense of traditional marriage is not reduced to an attack on gays and lesbians. ...

ANALYSIS: Supreme Court Searches for Way Around Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, it was arcane arguments over matters of legal standing that seemed to most animate the justices, reflecting what seemed to be a desire to find a way for the court to sidestep a definitive up-or-d ...

On Gay Marriage, Supreme Court Ponders Not ‘If’ But ‘How’
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

The question inside the courtroom was not so much can there be gay marriage, but “how do you establish marriage equality?” said David Boies, another attorney for Prop 8 opponents. ...

Opponents of Gay Marriage Say They’re No Bigots
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

Leading opponents of gay marriage are trying to stop an increasingly popular movement as it approaches two dates with history this week at the Supreme Court.     WASHINGTON ...

Gay Marriage Opponents Make Their Case to Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 5:27pm | Type: Blog

In about three dozen briefs filed in recent weeks, groups ranging from U.S. Catholic bishops and evangelicals to state attorneys general and university professors argue that upholding gay marriage could lead t ...

Vatican Backtracks On Support for Gay Couples
Originally Posted: 02/08/2013 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

A top Vatican official blamed the media for “derailing” his recent remarks on possible legal protections for unmarried couples, while reaffirming his support for British and French bishops who have been vocal ...

Chick-fil-A and An Unexpected Friendship
Originally Posted: 07/26/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

Shane L. Windmeyer, a nationally recognized LGBT leader in higher education, recently ‘came out’ as a friend of Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s president and COO, who found himself embroiled in a PR battle after maki ...

Fewer Americans View Homosexuality as a Sin
Originally Posted: 01/11/2013 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Americans’ acceptance of gays and lesbians is continuing to grow, with a new poll showing that just over a third of Americans view homosexuality as a sin, down from 44 percent a year earlier. ...

Parliament Bars Church of England from Hosting Gay Weddings
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

The British government unveiled a proposal on Tuesday that excludes the Church of England and the Church in Wales from planned legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in churches. ...

Supreme Court Takes Up Landmark Gay Marriage Case
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 5:15pm | Type: Blog

From TPM: The Supreme Court declared Friday that it will take up same sex marriage next year in what’s sure to be a blockbuster case with sweeping implications. Talking Points ...

Episcopal Leader Says S.C. Diocese Can’t Secede
Originally Posted: 11/19/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said on Nov. 15 that the Diocese of South Carolina can't unilaterally secede from the national church, as she urged conservatives to stay despite sharp ...

Is There a Political Plan B for the Bishops?
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Clearly the political strategy of the bishops is not working. So where do the bishops go from here? As the bishops gather in Baltimore this week for their annual meeting, they li ...

Obama Endorses Gay Marriage Push in Washington, Maine
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Late last week, President Barack Obama endorsed the same-sex marriage referendum on the Washington state ballot and also formally backed a similar measure on the ballot in Maine. ...

Roman Catholic Church in Scotland Campaigns to Stop Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

The Roman Catholic Church has sent a letter to its parishes across Scotland protesting a political race to legalize same-sex marriage. The letter was read Sunday (Aug. 26) by priests in 500 Catholic parishes u ...

Companies Taking A Stand on Political Issues
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

In an unconventional move, a number of high-profile business executives have come out on the issue of gay marriage. In an unconventional move, a number of high-profile business ex ...

Scotland to Legalize Gay Marriage by 2015
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Scotland has announced it will allow same-sex weddings as early as 2015, becoming the first country in the United Kingdom to do so. Scotland has announced it will allow same-sex w ...

Politics and Purchases
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 11:41am | Type: Blog

Underlying the question of funding is a fundamental distinction that too few Americans fail to recognize. Our society must begin to recognize that being "anti-gay marriage" is not the same as being & ...

Church of England 'Doesn't Practice What It Preaches' on LGBT
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

In a column Sunday in the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, Giles Fraser, the former canon chancellor of St. Paul's Cathedral, set a discussion about the Church of England and its stance toward gay marriage ...

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Gay Marriage Ban
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

Social conservatives on Thursday reacted sharply to a federal appeals court ruling that declared the law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Social ...

Black Churches Conflicted on Obama’s Gay Marriage Decision
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

The pulpits of the nation's black churches took measure Sunday (May 13) of President Obama's decision to support gay marriage, and the result was conflicted. The pulpit ...

How Congress Can Hinder a Presidential Campaign
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 12:57pm | Type: Blog

From yesterday's New York Times: "There is nothing a presidential campaign likes less than to be forced to answer for someone else’s actions." From yesterday's ...

Sojourners' Statement on President Obama's Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday, President Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage. Within the Christian community and the nation at large, there are a diversity of opinions regarding human sexuality. While often ...

President Obama Backs Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, Barack Obama became the first President to formally endorse same-sex marriage. In an interview with ABC ’s Robin Roberts ...

Opposition to Gay Marriage Lower in 2012
Originally Posted: 04/30/2012 - 9:09am | Type: Blog

Opposition to gay marriage is significantly lower in 2012 compared to the previous two presidential campaigns, a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows. ...

Britain Begins Talks on Legalizing Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 03/16/2012 - 4:00pm | Type: Blog

CANTERBURY, England — The British government on Thursday launched a 12-week consultation that is widely expected to lead to the legalization of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, despite strong opposition ...

Pope Benedict XVI Denounces Cultural Shift Toward Gay Marriage in U.S.
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 5:29pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI on Friday denounced the "powerful political and cultural currents" that are working to "alter the legal definition of marriage" in the United States. ...

Pat Robertson: What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been
Originally Posted: 03/07/2012 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. A million monkeys typing for a million years would eventually produce Shakespeare. And once in a blue moon, Televangelist and 700 Club head Pat Robertson and ...

Catholic School Teacher Fired for Gay Wedding Plans
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 2:05pm | Type: Blog

NORMANDY, Mo. — A popular music teacher at a Catholic Church was fired after church officials learned that he planned to marry his male partner of 20 years in New York, where same-sex marriage is legal. ...

Both Sides Gearing Up for Same-Sex Marriage Fight in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 2:21am | Type: Blog

WILMINGTON, N.C. — As the only Southern state without a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, North Carolina is the next battleground, with religious groups on both sides bracing for a high-stake ...