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Will our prisons overflow with Christians?

Sunday, March 1, 2015
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Many leaders of the Christian Right, from megachurch pastors like Rick Warren to the top prelates in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, have repeatedly threatened civil disobedience (and worse) over marriage equality.  If they follow through on their claims, a summer of “martyrdom” may be at hand if the [...]

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Archbishop answers disapproving letter from lawmakers over morality clause

Friday, February 20, 2015
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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote the message in response to a letter sent to him earlier this week by California lawmakers urging him to remove from a teachers' handbook morality clauses they say are discriminatory and divisive. [...]

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Gay Catholics get Vatican welcome, but no papal shout-out

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Sister Jeannine Gramick, left, and Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of Catholic gay rights group New Ways Ministry, pose for a photo in front of St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, after attending Pope Francis' weekly general audience, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
The Vatican did something it has never done before by giving a group of U.S. gay and lesbian Catholics VIP seats at Pope Francis' weekly general audience Wednesday. [...]

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Previewing the next anti-marriage equality manifesto

Sunday, February 15, 2015
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Top leaders of the Christian Right plan to issue a fresh manifesto against marriage equality in March.  It may be the defining document for the anti-marriage equality forces in the run up to the legal show down at the Supreme Court this summer (not to mention the 2016 presidential elections). [...]

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United Methodist Church body proposes more open stance on homosexuality

Saturday, February 14, 2015
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Gay clergy and same-sex marriage may soon be allowed at United Methodist Churches under a proposal drafted by the Connectional Table, a respected international body of clergy members and lay people in the church. [...]

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Benham Brothers: Satan is behind homosexuality, same‑sex marriage

Saturday, February 14, 2015
The Benham Brothers with "700 Club" hosts Terry Meeuwsen and Pat Robertson.
Jason and David Benham have been making the rounds of conservative media outlets this week to promote their new book, “Whatever The Cost,” which gives their opinion on losing their planned HGTV reality show after being exposed as extreme anti-gay activists. [...]

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Oklahoma House OKs bill protecting ministers who refuse same-sex marriages

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Oklahoma state capitol in Oklahoma City.
The bill grants licensed ministers in the state immunity from any civil claim based on their refusal to recognize a marriage that violates the minister's "conscience or religious beliefs." [...]

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Indiana business leaders oppose ‘religious freedom’ law Pence backs

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Indiana state Rep. Timothy Wesco (R-Osceola), addresses a rally of supporters of a religious freedom bill at the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Monday.
Indiana business leaders differed with Gov. Mike Pence and some clergy on a proposed law that supporters say would protect people and businesses from having to take part in same-sex weddings and other activities they find objectionable because of religious beliefs. [...]

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Mormon man who runs website for doubting church members ousted

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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A Mormon man who gained notoriety over the past decade for supporting same-sex marriage and running a website that offers doubting Latter-day Saints a forum to chat has been kicked out of the religion. [...]

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Mormon says he’ll likely be excommunicated for website, gay rights support

Monday, February 9, 2015
John Dehlin sits in his basement studio where he broadcasts his podcast at his home in North Logan, Utah.
A Mormon man who runs a website for church members questioning their faith said Monday that he expects to be excommunicated based the tenor of a disciplinary hearing Sunday night, but he may not find out for days. [...]

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