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Gay rights vs. religious rights: 7 issues to watch

NEW YORK — The rights of religious groups or individuals that object to same-sex marriage continue to clash with those … Continued

Writer sees growing gay acceptance among Mormons

RNS () — Jerry Argetsinger never felt a twinge of tension between being gay and being Mormon. Nobody talked about … Continued

Ex-gay group Exodus International shuts down, president apologizes

Exodus International, a group that bills itself as “the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality,” announced … Continued

Yes, you can be gay and Christian

A same sex marriage advocate waves a rainbow flag at a protest in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP ) The … Continued

Why Johnny can’t Scout: If he’s gay, he’s out at 18. But if he’s atheist, he’s out immediately.

Picture little Johnny as a Cub Scout. He is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and … 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

Still opposed to gay rights? The shame of being on the wrong side of history.

In 1964 Barry Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act. He was labeled a racist and much worse for his … Continued

Gay Catholic delivers 18,000 signatures to bishop asking to be reinstated

NEW YORK — A gay man ousted from posts at his Long Island parish after a critic complained that he … Continued

Longtime gay parishioner booted from church posts

NEW YORK — As Catholic leaders try to signal a new tone of welcome for gays in the church, fresh … Continued

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