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Church denies Communion to married, same-sex couple; suggests they divorce

| Friday, September 19, 2014
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Lewistown, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A gay couple has been told they can no longer receive Communion or participate in church ministry after a new priest at a Roman Catholic church in central Montana learned they had been married in a civil ceremony more than a year ago. The decision set off a split that has cut attendance at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown...

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Tenn. billboard proclaiming homosexuality ‘is an abomination’ divides town

| Thursday, September 18, 2014
Gallatin News Examiner
PORTLAND, Tenn. -- Residents in Portland, Tenn., are divided over a billboard proclaiming homosexuality "is an abomination." Resembling an open Bible, the left side of the billboard quotes an Old Testament passage of Leviticus Chapter 18, Verse 22, "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination. - God." The billboard's right side states...

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Religious oppression and abuse still pervasive in the LGBTQ South

| Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Those of us living in the South are very aware of the multi-generational religious oppression and abuse that many LGBTQ people face coming from our Christian families, churches, and communities. For many LGBTQ people living here our hopes, dreams, and fears are the product of generations of religious traditions and expectations. We know that the religious oppression ...

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New study finds religious congregations are more accepting of gays

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
AP (File)
Overall acceptance of gays and lesbians in American religious congregations rose significantly between 2006 and 2012, but it declined in Catholic congregations, according to a new survey. Duke University’s National Congregations Study, derived from interviews with representatives of 1,331 American congregations, was released Thursday.

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Catholic League bowing out of NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
Bill Donohue
NEW YORK -- The Catholic League says it will sit out next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York because parade organizers aren't letting an anti-abortion group march. Bill Donohue heads the Catholic League, a group that fights prejudice against the church. He said Thursday that his organization won't participate in the March 2015 parade for the first time in 20 years.

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Churches urge U.S. Supreme Court to act on same-sex marriage

| Sunday, September 7, 2014
Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church and four religious organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a statement Friday, said it joined a friend-of-the-court brief asking the high court to hear Utah's marriage case.

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Pastor: Christians should not ‘repent’ for homophobia, gays ‘must be put to death’

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Robby Gallaty
A Tennessee pastor this week said Christians would never repent for discriminating against gays like they had for racism because African-Americans could not change the color of their skin. Raw Story reports that Brainerd Baptist Church Senior Pastor Robby Gallaty devoted his entire hour-long sermon on Sunday to justifying Christian opposition to the sexual orientation ...

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A Minnesota pastor’s pulpit: Not just your ordinary food truck

| Sunday, August 24, 2014
Pastor Margaret Kelly runs a food truck ministry she calls "Shobi's Table" where she serving free calzones she makes from scratch and reads some Bible verses to those assembled on the sidewalk on Payne Avenue in St. Paul, on Thursday, August 14, 2014.
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There are a couple of clues that the mobile kitchen parked every Thursday at lunchtime on Payne Avenue on St. Paul's East Side this summer isn't just another food truck. First of all, the food -- hot calzones -- is free. And the person who drives the truck is a young woman in a clerical collar who likes to say, "Peace be with you."

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Mennonite pastor under scrutiny for presiding over same-sex wedding

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
Karl Shelly
GOSHEN, Ind. -- Two Mennonite conferences will review the credentials of a Goshen pastor who presided over the marriage of a same-sex couple in violation of the religion's rules. Assembly Mennonite Church Pastor Karl Shelly wrote in a statement he submitted to the Indiana-Michigan conference that he performed the service in May after determining that ...

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Culture wars, gay rights movement transforms the politics of religious liberty

| Saturday, August 9, 2014
The child of a same sex couple sits next to a protest sign during the court hearing on same-sex marriage in Miami on July 2, 2014.
Not long ago, when religious liberty cases reached the courts, the people seeking protection for their beliefs were mostly from small faith groups and their lawyers were liberals. The contested issues were narrow: a demand that plain, black Amish buggies carry bright safety triangles, for instance, or bans on hallucinogenic tea in a Native American ritual...

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