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    Wednesday
    Jan092013

    Washington National Cathedral to wed same-sex couples

    By Ben Brumfield, CNN - January 9, 2013

    When laws went into effect in three states for same-sex couples to marry, many were quick to line up at their city halls to exchange vows. Now they may do so in one of the nation's most prominent churches - the Washington National Cathedral.

    Most Americans know the house of God, also called the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, as a place where sacred rites are carried out on behalf of the nation. It has been host to the funerals of numerous presidents and of inaugural prayer services for four presidents, including Barack Obama. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    Dec072012

    Catholic Notre Dame Announces Services for Gay Students

    By Moni Basau, CNN - December 7, 2012

    Mia Lillis knew that she was gay when she was 12. She felt lucky to attend a public high school in Austin, Texas, that was highly supportive and had a gay student alliance. Then she arrived at the University of Notre Dame.

    She enrolled there because Notre Dame's reputation as a premier Catholic school appealed to her family. But from the very first day, Lillis was scared.

    She searched for a gay and lesbian student organization. There was none. She sought out literature for gay students. Again, nothing. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    Nov302012

    After Gay Marriage Successes, Activists Look to Build on New Faith Outreach Techniques

    By Dan Mercia, CNN - November 30, 2012

    It may not sound very powerful, but gay rights activist Debra Peevey said that a two-inch green button played a major role in convincing voters to legalize gay marriage this month in her home state of Washington.

    “Another Person of Faith Approves R. 74,” said the button, which refers to the ballot initiative that wound up legalizing gay marriage in Washington.

    As faith director for the statewide pro-gay marriage campaign, Washington United for Marriage, Peevey and her team distributed 5,000 of the buttons. They were conversation starters, she said, ways of letting people know they could relate to one another on the intimate level of religion. And that being religious didn’t meant you had to oppose gay marriage. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Minnesota United For All Families

     

    Tuesday
    Nov272012

    Gay Men Sue Counselors Who Promised to Make Them Straight

    By Alan Duke, CNN - November 27, 2012

    Before Sheldon Bruck told his orthodox Jewish parents he was gay, the teenager looked for a way out of homosexuality.

    His search led him to JONAH -- Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing -- which claimed on its website to help people "struggling with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions."

    JONAH co-director Arthur Goldberg promised Bruck, then 17, that "JONAH could help him change his orientation from gay to straight," according to a consumer fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against JONAH, Goldberg and a JONAH counselor. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    Nov022012

    By Amanda Greene, Religion News Service/The Washington Post - Nov. 2, 2012

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The night before the Diocese of South Carolina announced its secession from the Episcopal Church two weeks ago, the Rev. Tom Woodle met with members of his Myrtle Beach church, The Well by the Sea.

    He wanted to warn them and tell them what he knew. Most of his parishioners were relieved and felt the change was long overdue, Woodle said. [Read Full Story]