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Catholic bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of church split

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Pope Francis talks to prelates as he arrives at the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that stripped away ...

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Updated translation of Vatican report much colder, less welcoming to gays

Thursday, October 16, 2014
St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays - but only if they speak English. After a draft report by bishops debating family issues came under criticism from conservative English-speaking bishops, the Vatican released a new translation on Thursday.

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Vatican mystery: Where did the ‘gays are welcome’ message originate?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Vatican City
VATICAN CITY -- It's one of the great mysteries of the meeting on family life taking place behind closed doors at the Vatican this week: Just where did the authors of a draft report come up with such ground-breaking language that gays had gifts to offer the church and that even homosexual partnerships had merit?

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Next fight for gay marriage advocates: religious exemptions

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, Ryan Ebersole, of Mesa, and Rev. Stephen Govett, of Glendale, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the state Capitol.
Alarmed by the broad expansion of same-sex marriage set in motion by the U.S. Supreme Court, religious conservatives are moving their fight to state legislatures - seeking exemptions that would allow some groups, companies and people with religious objections to refuse benefits or service for gay spouses.

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Rollback: Conservative Catholic bishops distance themselves from gay overture

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Bishops attend a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Conservative Catholic bishops concerned about an unprecedented opening to gays and divorced people are seeking to make their voices heard at a Vatican meeting on family life, emphasizing the benefits of faithful Catholics, the fundamentals of church doctrine and the dangers of sin.

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Catholic Bishops say gays have ‘gifts and qualities’ to offer church

Monday, October 13, 2014
Pope Francis attends a morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- Catholic bishops are showing unprecedented openness to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays have gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there are "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married. A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived ...

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Some Mormons pushing church to become more accepting of gay members

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Members of Mormons Building Bridges march during the Utah Gay Pride Parade, in Salt Lake City on June 8, 2014. Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.

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Real Religious Liberty is not Oppression

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Alex Brandon, AP
Religious liberty is one of the defining issues of our time — offering distinct challenges and historic opportunities for LGBTQ people and everyone who is struggling to create a more just society. As the Christian Right continues to use the term to frame their issues, we must not concede the definition of religious liberty to interlopers. Religious liberty is a progressive and liberatory value, over which theocratic factions, and the politicians who pander to them, have no claim...

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Kentucky Baptists want to sever ties with gay-friendly Louisville church

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Baptists will vote later this year on whether to sever ties with a Louisville member church that says it is open to performing gay marriages. A committee of the Kentucky Baptist Convention voted Thursday to end its relationship with Crescent Hill Baptist Church. The Louisville church last year announced that ...

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LGBT groups cautiously cheer Catholic Church shift in tone toward gays

Friday, October 10, 2014
Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi as he arrives for an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.
VATICAN CITY -- LGBT rights advocates are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church toward gays, encouraged that Pope Francis' famous "Who am I to judge?" position has filtered down to bishops debating family issues at a Vatican meeting this week. There is no discussion that church doctrine on homosexuality will change ...

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