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Judge in N.J. same-sex marriage case has deep Catholic roots

BAYONNE, N.J. — — The judge who declared same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey was raised a Catholic in Bayonne, … Continued

Evangelical ‘Messy Middle’ is more accepting of gays

RNS () — A new voice is emerging in the evangelical community, and it’s turning away from the church’s vocal … Continued

Queen approves same-sex marriage bill in England, Wales

CANTERBURY, England — England and Wales became the 16th and 17th countries in the world to recognize gay marriage after … Continued

Joel Hunter pays a price for political activism

LONGWOOD, Fla.  (RNS)  There’s a price to pay for becoming the voice of moderate conservatism and coalition politics. Even more … Continued

Jewish embrace of LGBT people recognizes the dignity of all

Attitudes toward same sex marriage in Judaism have undergone a dramatic change in the last quarter century. The prohibition recorded … Continued

Supreme Court marriage rulings: Anything but simple

If the range of possible Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage this month requires a scorecard, the potential confusion arising … Continued

Religious groups OK with gay Scout ban for years now say no problem. What gives?

For years, the biggest faith groups in the Boy Scouts Mormons, Catholics and Methodists supported the organization’s ban on openly … Continued

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Why I disobeyed the United Methodist Church’s unjust teaching on same-sex marriage

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Marrying Tom and Nick was for me a profoundly personal and quintessentially pastoral act.

ANALYSIS: Are Catholics shifting tone or substance on gay issues?

When New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan told national news programs on Easter Sunday that Catholic leaders need to do a … Continued

With a ‘pragmatist’ pope, LGBT hope?

A recent front-page New York Times article called Pope Francis a “pragmatist” on LGBT issues, detailing his support of civil … Continued

ANALYSIS: How long will the pope’s honeymoon last?

Since the moment of his election on March 13, Pope Francis has been warmly embraced by his own flock and … Continued

Poll: Americans see gay marriage as inevitable

WASHINGTON — Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S. is inevitable, according to a study by … Continued

White House takes stance against gay-marriage ban

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration came out forcefully Thursday (Feb. 28) against California’s ban on same-sex marriage and, by extension, … Continued

Vatican signals options for protecting gay couples

VATICAN CITY — A high-ranking Vatican official on Monday (Feb. 4) voiced support for giving unmarried couples some kind of … Continued

Chicago cardinal leads new fight against gay marriage

Chicago Cardinal Francis George has launched a last-ditch campaign to convince the lame-duck Illinois legislature not to legalize same-sex marriage, … Continued

Obama endorses gay marriage push in Washington, Maine

President Barack Obama on Thursday (Oct. 25) endorsed the same-sex marriage referendum on the Washington state ballot and also formally … Continued

Episcopal bishop says yes _ and no _ to gay blessings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Episcopal Bishop Kee Sloan of Alabama voted in favor of his church’s new ritual for blessing same-sex … Continued

A right to discriminate against gay couples?

WASHINGTON — Attorneys for a Christian wedding photographer say they will appeal a New Mexico court decision that ruled she … Continued

North Carolina approves ban on same-sex marriage

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The sign outside the polling station at Devon Park United Methodist Church exemplified this state’s struggle with … Continued

For most Americans, religious liberty important but not absolute

The past six weeks of political sparring over the White House’s contraception mandate have brought the issue of religious liberty-and … Continued