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Vatican criticizes US nun’s book on sexuality

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Monday sharply criticized a book on sexuality written by a prominent American nun, saying it contradicted church teaching on issues like masturbation, homosexuality and marriage and that its author had …

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Mormons march in Gay Pride Parade to build bridges

Before the drag queens in heels danced across Main Street, more than 300 members of the LDS Church left Utah Gay Pride Parade spectators in tears Sunday morning. One Mormon father turned to the crowd and thanked …

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American Nuns Vow to Fight Vatican Criticism

The American nuns who were harshly condemned by the Vatican in April as failing to uphold Catholic doctrine finally responded on Friday in their own strong terms, saying the Vatican’s assessment was based on “unsubstantiated accusations” and a “flawed process,” and …

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The War on Gays

The sentencing of Dharun Ravi for the hateful abuse that may have driven his gay roommate at Rutgers, Tyler Clementi, to commit suicide, or Barack Obama’s public acceptance of gay marriage, prevents many of us from seeing …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Otis Moss III To the Black Clergy Concerning the President’s Endorsement of Gay Marriage

The following words are from the Reverend Otis Moss, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois concerning President Obama’s recent public endorsement of Gay Marriage. The content of the letter is posted in …

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Black Community Poised to Follow Obama’s Leadership on Gay Rights

Two weeks after Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to declare support for marriage equality, we are still gauging the impact of his statement. At first blush, some regarded his evolution as a nonevent, since his …

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Quote from Gulley’s “Evolution of Faith”

An evolved Christianity will not insist we believe the absurd, affirm the incredible, or support a theology that degrades humanity. It will be a friend of science, working joyfully alongside the best minds in the world on a common mission to embrace and enhance life.

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NAACP Endorses Gay Marriage

Less than two weeks after President Barack Obama announced his public support forgay marriage, a prominent African-American civil rights organization is following suit. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s board of directors voted to …

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NPR Gives a Free Pass to Biblical Literalists

Dear NPR, As an early riser I am a fairly faithful Morning Edition listener. I am also an ordained minister who has been engaged in one way or another with the great “Bible & homosexuality” controversy for far longer …

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Gay Marriage and the First Amendment

There is much discussion in the public arena about homosexuality, access to birth control and access to abortion. I have not heard one person say anything about First Amendment Rights in connection with homosexuality or access to birth control.

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When Same-Sex Marriage Was a Christian Rite

Prof. John Boswell, the late Chairman of Yale University’s history department, discovered that in addition to heterosexual marriage ceremonies in ancient Christian church liturgical documents, there were also ceremonies called the “Office of Same-Sex Union” (10th and 11th century), and the “Order for Uniting Two Men” (11th and 12th century).

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Obama Says His Faith Informed His Support for Gay Marriage

In his interview with ABC News, released just this afternoon, President Obama said that his faith played a role in his decision to finally endorse same-sex marriage. He noted that he and his wife Michelle “are both practicing Christians,” …

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Obama and Marriage: A Turning Point in Presidential Politics

“It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” With those words, President Obama made history as the first sitting president to support marriage equality for …

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Transcript: Robin Roberts ABC News Interview With President Obama

ROBIN ROBERTS: Good to see you, as always– PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good to see you, Robin. ROBIN ROBERTS: Mr. President. Thank you for this opportunity to talk to you about– various issues. And it’s been quite a week …

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Methodists Vote to Keep Homosexuality “Incompatible”

The United Methodist Church voted today to keep intact its section in the Book of Discipline that call homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching” and sanctions only heterosexual marriage. New wording would have removed those passages. The vote came after a debate that became …

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Joe Biden Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed same-sex marriage, becoming the highest ranking American official to back marriage for gay and lesbian people. His comments signify a split within the Obama administration and may pave the way for …

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Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Pope’s Representative, Calls For Christians, Jews, Muslims To Unite Against Gay Marriage

Archbishop Antonio Mennini, a Vatican representative, has called onto other religious leaders to take a stand against allowing gay marriage in the United Kingdom. Archbishop Mennini serves as the “Apostolic Nuncio” to Great Britain, which means he serves as Vatican’s …

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Israeli Conservative Movement Will Ordain Gay Rabbis

Six years after its American counterpart, the Conservative movement’s Israeli rabbinical school voted last month to admit gay and lesbian students. It’s one small step for LGBT people, one foot-dragging schlep for the Jews. As progressives celebrate this milestone, …

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