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    Monday
    Nov212011

    Religion and Acceptance of Gays

    By Dr. Michael C. DaSala, Psychology Today - November 21, 2011

    What about homosexuality and religion? My clients and my research respondents who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or love someone who is, have shared with me the painful conflicts they face as they fear that their religion will not allow them to accept their children or themselves. As stated by this mother of a lesbian

    "I worry because of the religious aspect because I would hate that she wouldn't get to Heaven because of that."

    This quote reflects the fears and concerns for many of the parents interviewed for my book Coming Out, Coming Home: Helping Families Adjust to a Lesbian or Gay Child (www.comingoutcominghome.com) [Read Full Story]

     

    Sunday
    Nov202011

    Columnist says gay marriage would make the institution of marriage stronger

    By Mahan Siler (Former Pastor), Guest Columnist Winston-Salem Journal - November 20, 2011

    The topic of marriage will soon return to front-page news. The closer we come to the vote on amending the state constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage the louder will be the strident voices for and against. For some, same-sex couples threaten the sanctity of marriage; for others, same-sex couples deserve the legal rights of marriage.

    As we hold together these two opposing forces, a surprising truth emerges: both sides value marriage. Both movements care about the sanctity of marriage. Both opposing voices speak for marriage in a time when the institution of marriage is itself being questioned. For many gays and straights alike, marriage appears unduly confining, a burden they choose to avoid. [Read Full Story]

    Thursday
    Nov172011

    God vs. Gay: Does it Really Have to be a Choice?

    By Emily Henry, Berkeley Patch - November 17, 2011

    Jay Michaelson, author of "God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality," says that being religious and gay is not a Biblical contradiction.

    Jay Michaelson was almost 30 years old when he came out to his Jewish parents and community. At first, Michaelson thought being gay meant the end of his religious life — but it was just the beginning. [Read Full Story]

    Monday
    Nov142011

    I’m Christian, unless you’re gay

    By Dan Pearce, SDL - November 14, 2011

    Today I want to write about something that has bothered me for the better part of a decade. I’ve carved out no fewer than a dozen drafts of this post, all strangely unalike, all ultimately failing to accomplish the job I’ve set out to do. Truth is, I’ve been trying to write it off and on for more than a year now, and the right words have been seemingly impossible to come by.

    In the end, and in order to post it, I guess I had to care more about the message than I do about potential backlash. I’m not being facetious when I say that I hope I can get this message across without offending… well… everybody. [Read Full Story]

    Saturday
    Nov122011

    If you believe in freedom of religion, you must support marriage equality

    By Eric Luedtke, Maryland House of Delegates - November 12, 2011

    This week Maryland's Catholic bishops, men of deeply help moral and theological convictions, issued a call to their parishioners and to the public to protect freedom of religion in Maryland ("Bishops assail same-sex marriage," Nov. 10). It is an impressive rhetorical defense of one of the most basic of natural rights, one not only enshrined in our Constitution but one that led to the founding of our state.

    But the bishops fundamentally undermine their own argument when they attempt to use freedom of religion to justify their efforts to continue depriving same-sex couples in Maryland of another basic freedom: The freedom to marry. With all due respect, I would ask of the bishops the question posed in Luke 6:41, "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?" [Read Full Story]