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New study finds religious congregations are more accepting of gays

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Overall acceptance of gays and lesbians in American religious congregations rose significantly between 2006 and 2012, but it declined in Catholic congregations, according to a new survey. Duke University’s National Congregations Study, derived from interviews with representatives of 1,331 American congregations, was released Thursday.

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Tampa church evicts Boy Scout troop after 60 years over policy to allow gay youth

| Thursday, August 29, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa church has told a Boy Scout troop that it won't renew its sponsorship because of the national organization's decision not to ban openly gay Scouts.

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N.C. churches drop Boy Scout charters over policy to allow gay scouts

| Monday, August 26, 2013
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GASTONIA, N.C. — A handful of churches in North Carolina say they're not renewing their charters with the Boy Scouts of America after the organization announced this year that it would no longer deny membership to openly gay boys.

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Del. church draws protest for sign opposing same-sex marriage

| Saturday, April 27, 2013
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BEAR, Del. — A sign at a Delaware church opposing same-sex marriage has been drawing national attention online.

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Residents suspect LGBT-tolerant church targeted by arsonist

By Debra Tobin| Logan Daily News | Tuesday, August 21, 2012
This entrance and sign are all that remain of South Bloomingville Christian Church. It was burned nearly to the ground Friday morning. Some suspect arson.
SOUTH BLOOMINGVILLE, Ohio — All that remains of South Bloomingville's last historic landmark are smoldering embers and the bell that once could be heard throughout the community. Residents woke early Friday morning saddened to find that the South Bloomingville Christian Church was burned nearly to the ground.

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Lawmaker: gay marriage is ‘an active effort to desecrate a sacrament of the church’

By Brian Tashman | Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Less than a month after his speech to the Values Voter Summit, in which he claimed that marriage equality was an “assault” by the left to destroy America’s foundations, U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) equated legalizing marriage for same-sex couples to desecrating the Eucharist. Speaking...

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Presbyterian minister rebuked, praised for performing same-sex unions

| Friday, August 27, 2010
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A retired Presbyterian minister was found guilty Friday by a church tribunal of presiding at the marriage of same-sex couples in 2008 and will be censured, pending an appeal. The six-member panel announced its verdict in the case of the Rev. Dr. Jane Spahr, of...

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Memphis church bans gay softballers, says it won’t condone their ‘deviant’ lifestyle

| Saturday, June 19, 2010
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A softball coach in Memphis says she has been banned from a local church softball league because she is gay. Jana Jacobson said officials from Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, TN, disqualified her team from competing in their adult women's softball league because it would...

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