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John Oliver explains why religion shouldn’t be used to discriminate

Monday, August 24, 2015
John Oliver
The host of Last Week Tonight tears into people who use their religious beliefs to refuse services to LGBTQ people. ...

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Evangelical pastor apologizes for teaching LGBTQ hatred

Thursday, August 6, 2015
"Don't worry, this is what God wants," Rev. Manuel Gallo Espinoza allegedly told a 15-year-old boy before raping him.
"I almost feel like I owe a debt to the LGBT community," he writes. ...

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Progressives ‘Twitter challenge’ Christian Right over what #ReligiousFreedomIs

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Some organizational supporters of marriage equality took to social media in the wake of the historic Supreme Court decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges.  The occasion was a “Tweet Storm,” held for an hour on Monday, June 29, to celebrate the ...

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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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