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Episcopalians vote to allow same-sex wedding ceremonies in churches

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington D.C., known by the more familiar name of Washington National Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church.
Episcopalians overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop. ...

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U.S. Anglicans to vote on allowing same-sex marriage in churches

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Bishop Gene Robinson addresses the congregation at Christ Church in Philadelphia, Sunday, May 1, 2005. Robinson, now retired, said he is breathless about how quickly the gay rights movement has progressed since he was getting daily death threats and forced to wear a bulletproof vest to his consecration 12 years ago.
Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. ...

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Marriage equality fight turns to clerks, probate judges who refuse licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Erica Seagraves, right, has a discussion with Malinda Andrews on the steps of the Rowan County Judicial Center Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to all couples until further notice as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
Legal experts are dubious that religious freedom arguments will protect public officials who not only refuse to participate due to their own beliefs, but also decline to make accommodations so that others who don't object can serve the public instead. ...

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Religious liberty is conservative’s rallying cry after same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Alex Brandon, AP
Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, religious conservatives are focusing on preserving their right to object. Their concerns are for the thousands of faith-based charities, colleges and hospitals that want to hire, fire, serve and set policy ...

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Christian Right issues anti-LGBT manuals teaching legal discrimination

Sunday, June 21, 2015
AP (File)
Christian Right leaders may be assuming they’ll lose their battle against equality for LGBTQ people, and they are hunkering down for what they foresee as a long siege against conservative Christian churches, businesses, and organizations. ...

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Report: Former Twin Cities archbishop tried to limit probe into sexual misconduct

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Former St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt
The former archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Rev. John Nienstedt, interfered with an investigation by an outside law firm into allegations of his misconduct. ...

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Southern Baptist leader vows never to officiate same-sex union

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Pastor Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, gives the presidential address to the Southern Baptist Convention at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, in Columbus, Ohio, June 16, 2015. Floyd exhorted members to stand united against same-sex marriage and vows that he will never officiate a same-sex union.
The president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination vowed never to officiate a gay union, and the Southern Baptist Convention called on the Supreme Court not to declare same-sex marriage a constitutional right. ...

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Organized Religion – Oy

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
bullshit
I’m tired of the Christian religion showing up in my government and my schools and anywhere else they deem it necessary to save humanity. It irritates me that Christians believe that their religion should dictate the laws of the land ...

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Vatican: Ireland same-sex marriage vote a ‘defeat for humanity’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Pope Francis
The Vatican's secretary of state has called the Irish vote to legalize same-sex marriage a "defeat for humanity," evidence of the soul-searching going on in Catholic circles after the predominantly Roman Catholic country overwhelmingly rejected traditional church teaching on marriage. ...

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The Christian Right’s claims of persecution by the secular state ring hollow

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Bayard Rustin
As a society we have long wrestled with religious objections to a wide range of public interests, from African American civil rights, to mandatory vaccinations, and even public schooling... ...

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