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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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Christian right undermines marriage equality with religious supremacism

Sunday, October 26, 2014
religious-supremacism
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” That vision of history’s progression has been well illustrated by the past year’s landslide of advances for marriage equality.  And as we move closer to a more just society, the nature of the opposition is revealed in the nature of the backlash. The Christian Right has been operating on multiple fronts to stop -- or at least limit -- the scope of the advance of marriage equality...

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Methodist panel hears appeal over pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Rev. Frank Schaefer, center, and his son, Tim Schaefer, second from left, walk to a meeting of the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Rev. Schaefer was suspended and defrocked in 2013 for officiating at his son’s wedding to another man.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Methodist pastor who became a gay rights activist after he was disciplined for officiating at his son's wedding to another man will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination. The Rev. Frank Schaefer was suspended and then defrocked last year following ...

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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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