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Some Mont. clerks won’t issue same-sex marriage licenses for religious reasons

Friday, November 21, 2014
Ted Ribey with the Clerk of District Court's office in Yellowstone County attaches a seal to the wedding license of Jill Houk and Randi Paul, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Billings, Mont. At least 5 other clerks in the county are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A few county clerks in Montana's Yellowstone County are refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, citing their religious opposition to same-sex marriage.

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Archbishop bans speaker from Catholic support group meeting at Detroit parish

Friday, November 21, 2014
Francis DeBernardo
DETROIT -- The Archdiocese of Detroit has banned a Catholic support group from using a Detroit parish for a meeting with a pro-gay rights speaker. The Detroit Free Press reports Archbishop Allen Vigneron prohibited a talk by Francis DeBernardo for Catholic families with gay members that was scheduled for Saturday.

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Pope reinforces ‘traditional’ family values in opening religious conference

Monday, November 17, 2014
Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis said Monday that children have the right to grow up with a mother and a father, emphasizing traditional family values as he opened an interreligious conference on the "complementarity" of men and women in marriage.

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Hardline anti-gay U.S. cardinal loses another Vatican job

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Cardinal Raymond Burke
VATICAN CITY -- American Cardinal Raymond Burke, a fervent opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage, was removed by Pope Francis from another top Vatican post on Saturday. The removal of Burke as head of the Holy See's supreme court was widely expected in church circles.

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The Christian Right’s version of religious liberty is equality you can’t access

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Religious-freedom
The Christian Right’s fight against LGBTQ rights is different from their fight against abortion in many ways — but there are also striking similarities. The Christian Right is already seeking to redefine religious liberty as a way of allowing LGBTQ rights to remain intact, but to obstruct — and sometimes eliminate — people’s ability to exercise them. Indeed, many of the same Christian Right leaders and organizations that have been seeking to reduce access to abortion are now seeking to limit the scope of LGBTQ rights and marriage equality.

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Religious institutions struggle to find their place amid advances in LGBT rights

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Gordon College
WENHAM, Mass. -- D. Michael Lindsay thought he was on safe political ground when he signed the letter. President Barack Obama was about to expand job protection for gays employed by federal contractors. Under the proposed changes, faith-based charities with federal grants worried they could lose the right to hire and fire according to their religious beliefs...

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Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Elton John performs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in New York.
NEW YORK -- Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit.

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At religious liberty conference, pastors told to hold the line on gay relationships

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
SBC conference
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others - gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful - were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage?

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Methodist pastor who officiated at gay son’s wedding to keep ordination

Monday, October 27, 2014
Rev. Frank Schaefer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. The Judicial Council of the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not...

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A survival guide for Christians who have been fighting against marriage equality

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Members of the Family Foundation and traditional marriage, Barbara Kerns, of Midlothain, Va., left, and Linda Gagliardo, of Chester Va., pray outside the Federal Appeals Court in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 as the court considered the constitutionality of Virginia's gay marriage ban.
Many of us have been in the Marriage Equality war for a long, long time. I remember a drag queen host taking the microphone at San Jose Pride about a dozen years ago. She saw a group with “Freedom to Marry” t-shirts, and with a twinge of sadness remarked, “Oh honeys, they are NEVER going to let us get married, ever. You may as well give that one up right now.” She was wrong. As in all wars, there is a foe. In the United States, the foes tend to call themselves “Christians” ...

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