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DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional; SCOTUS Declines Ruling on Prop 8
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 9:58am | 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 - 8:33am | 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 ...

QUIRK: 'Daily Show' Takes On 'Bullying' of Christians (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee talks LGBT-on-Christian 'bullying' in comedy show segment. Daily Show  correspondent Samantha Bee's latest segment for the ...

Both Sides See Gay Marriage as ‘Inevitable’
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 11:28am | 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 - 9:01am | 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 - 9:34am | 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. ...

The End of Bully Christianity
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

A tipping point has been reached, not only on the issue of marriage equality, but on the broader political force of bully Christianity, a pernicious brand of the faith that tells people who don't have con ...

Christians: It's NOT a Sin to Change Your Beliefs
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

But theology — our study and beliefs about God — should be a natural process involving change instead of avoiding it. Our God is too big and too wonderful to completely understand by the time we graduate high ...

Top Mormon Leader Warns Against ‘Tolerance Trap’
Originally Posted: 04/08/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Blog

The President of the Mormons’ Quorum of Twelve Apostles and next in line to take over the church’s reins didn’t specifically mention gay marriage, but his comments came amid controversy on the issue nationwide ...

ANALYSIS: Are Catholics Shifting Tone Or Substance On Gay Issues?
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 12:32pm | 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 - 2:44pm | 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 - 4:37pm | 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 ...

Ohio’s Rob Portman Becomes First GOP Senator to Support Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday announced he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex marriage after reconsidering the issue because his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay. ...

Converted, But Still Wrestling
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 8:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism. Ave Maria Press SOME BOOKS ...

Poll: Americans See Gay Marriage as Inevitable
Originally Posted: 03/14/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S. is inevitable, according to a study by LifeWay Research, a Nashville polling firm with ties to the Southern Baptist Convention. ...

Gay Marriage Opponents Make Their Case to Supreme Court
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 4:27pm | 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 ...

‘Are You My Mother?’ Sometimes, There’s No Easy Answer
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 7:16pm | Type: Blog

In a classic 1960 children's book, a baby bird toddles up to one critter after another asking, "Are you my mother?" For some babies today, there's no simple answer — biologically or legally ...

Both Sides Brace for Supreme Court Battle on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 6:50pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court's decision to take up the explosive issue of same-sex marriage will thrust the high court into a policy debate that has divided federal and state governments and courts, as well as voter ...

New Mormon Website Features Softer Tone on Gays
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 9:03am | Type: Blog

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn't changing its tune about homosexuality, but it has launched a new website to alter the tone. SALT LAKE CITY—The Church of ...

Chastened Catholic Bishops Told They Have to Reform Themselves
Originally Posted: 11/13/2012 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

After sweeping setbacks to the hierarchy’s agenda on Election Day, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Monday told U.S. Catholic bishops that they must now examine their own failings, confess their sins and ref ...

Christians and Marriage After the Election
Originally Posted: 11/12/2012 - 11:52am | Type: Blog

The Minnesota marriage amendment failed. Though my side won, the divisions created trouble me. As an Episcopalian working within a Catholic law school, I saw the pain of those on both sides. ...

Religious Consistency and Hypocrisy: Election 2012
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Let’s be clear: On Nov. 6, neither a Republican nor Democratic victory will bring in the Kingdom of God. Most people in America, whether they are religious or not, prefer consist ...

Chick-fil-A Draws Crowds (Not Just for the Waffle Fries)
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 8:36am | Type: Blog

It could get pretty crowded at Chick-fil-A this week — and not because of the fast-food restaurant's famous waffle fries.Supporters and opponents of gay marriage plan to appear at Chick-fil-A locations na ...

Scotland to Legalize Gay Marriage by 2015
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 6:52am | 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 ...

Episcopal Bishop on Gay Weddings: Yes, But No
Originally Posted: 07/26/2012 - 9:16am | Type: Blog

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Episcopal Bishop Kee Sloan of Alabama voted in favor of his church's new ritual for blessing same-sex unions — but he won't allow priests in his diocese to perform it. ...

Black Preachers Divided on Same-Sex Marriage, Not Obama
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:06am | Type: Blog

WASHINGTON — The 200 or so African-American pastors gathered here for the Conference of National Black Churches feel strongly about the topic of gay marriage, some for, many against. But there's one thing ...

Polls: Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Endorsement Not Likely to Affect Election
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

President Obama’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriage opened a torrent of speculation on what his newly enunciated position will mean politically, but the latest polls indicate the public largely backs his ...

Obama and Gay Marriage: In U.S. Religion, the Golden Rule Rules
Originally Posted: 05/11/2012 - 8:29am | Type: Blog

As pundits and politicians struggle to divine the political fallout from President Obama’s sudden endorsement of same-sex marriage, one thing has become clear: The Golden Rule invoked by Obama to explain his c ...

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's ABC News Interview on Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/10/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

"At a certain point, I've just concluded that — for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that — I think same-sex couples should be able to get married. Now — I have to tell yo ...

North Carolina Approves Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

The sign outside the polling station at Devon Park United Methodist Church exemplified this state's struggle with a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. "A true marriage is male and fe ...

President Obama Backs Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 3:09pm | 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 ...

Why the United Methodist Church Canceled Votes on Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Clergy
Originally Posted: 05/08/2012 - 12:17am | Type: Blog

United Methodists concluded their General Conference last Friday (May 4) without voting on gay clergy or same-sex marriage, a surprising end to a disappointing week for gay activists. ...

United Methodists to Debate Allowing Gay Clergy and Same-Sex Marriage
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

As nearly 1,000 delegates from across the world gather in Tampa, Fla., for the United Methodist Church's General Conference , gay and lesbian activists have printed pamphlets promoting their cause in five languages, including Portuguese and ...

Pope Benedict XVI Denounces Cultural Shift Toward Gay Marriage in U.S.
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 4:29pm | 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. ...

Minnesota Church Finds the High Price of Supporting Gays
Originally Posted: 03/04/2012 - 7:05pm | Type: Blog

A small Minnesota church is finding out the high cost of standing up for same-sex equality — as well as an unexpected lifeline from the very people it decided to support. A small ...

Both Sides Gearing Up for Same-Sex Marriage Fight in North Carolina
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 1:21am | 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 ...

Washington Becomes 7th State to Legalize Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 02/14/2012 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

In an emotional ceremony Monday (Feb. 13), Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation that makes Washington the seventh state to legalize gay marriage. In an emotional ceremony Monday ...

Are Millennials Conflicted About Morality?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:55pm | Type: Blog

The Public Religion Research Institute recently released the results of their newest survey, "Committed to Availability, Conflicted About Morality," which shined new light on the complexity of opinio ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Korean-American youth. Soldiers vs. Schools. Movies. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> Korean-American youth. Soldiers v ...

DC Catholic Charities: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Few people expect their workplace benefits to be a casualty of the culture wars, but in Washington, DC, the battle over same-sex marriage hit local employees of Catholic Charities square in the poc ...

The Sad State of Dialogue on Civil Unions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I am an evangelical Christian who attends church regularly, so I was surprised to see a worship service on the grounds of the Hawaii state capitol this past Sunday. I am an evange ...