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Kansas governor issues order shielding clergy from same-sex marriage

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order in response to last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The order said the "imposition" of same-sex marriage could lead to "potential infringements" of religious liberties. ...

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Texas House approves bill protecting clergy from officiating same-sex unions

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
The Texas state House is has given preliminary approval to a GOP-backed bill allowing clergy members to refuse to perform marriages that violate their beliefs. ...

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Oklahoma lawmakers approve bill allowing clergy, others to refuse same-sex weddings

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
Legislation that protects members of the clergy who refuse to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony has been approved by the Oklahoma House and Senate. ...

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Okla. Senate approves bill allowing clergy to refuse to officiate gay weddings

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
Critics say the bill was a waste of lawmakers time because religious institutions are already protected under federal law from having to solemnize same-sex unions. ...

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Ireland Catholic priest comes out as gay during sermon, gets standing ovation

Saturday, January 10, 2015
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Father Martin Dolan, a priest at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra for 15 years, took the unusual step of coming out in support of same-sex marriage, adding, "I’m gay myself." ...

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Equality Illinois lists clergy ready to officiate same-sex wedding ceremonies

Friday, April 25, 2014
A program and an Illinois rainbow flag is placed on a seat for spectators who witnessed Gov. Pat Quinn sign the marriage bill into law.
CHICAGO -- Equality Illinois, an LGBT advocacy group, has put together a list of religious clergy who are ready to perform same-sex marriages. ...

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Church of Scotland takes step to allow gay clergy

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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LONDON — Senior members of the Church of Scotland voted Monday to let some congregations choose ministers who are in same-sex relationships — an important compromise that must still pass further hurdles before it can become church law. ...

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Black ministers robocall against same-sex marriage in Illinois

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
James Meeks
CHICAGO — A coalition of Chicago-area black clergy have started "robocalls" in opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois. ...

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Chicago-area black clergy members amp up support for same-sex marriage

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Rev. Dr. B. Herbert Martin
CHICAGO — A group of black Chicago area clergy members say they're supporting gay marriage not as a religious issue, but because it's a matter of equality. ...

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Black clergy air radio ads opposing Illinois marriage equality bill

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Chicago-area black clergy amped up opposition to a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, airing radio ads and "robo-calling" residents in black communities urging them to ask their representatives to vote against the bill. ...

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