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    Don Mario Bonfanti, Italian Catholic Priest, Comes Out As Gay On Facebook

    Huffington Post - October 17, 2012

    A Catholic priest is shaking up the Italian media after reportedly coming out on Facebook.

    As Gay Star News is repotorting, Don Mario Bonfanti declared his sexuality on Coming Out Day, Oct. 11.

    Bonfanti is quoted as writing on Facebook, "I am gay. Or, better, I am a happily gay priest."

    He went on to note, "Truth makes us free, so Jesus said. But, strangely, the Church denies this sentence. Catholic LGBT people must come out. They have to accept the truth." [Read Full Story]

    Photo courtesy of Facebook


    African-American clergy deliver powerful video message for marriage equality in Maryland

    By Connie Larkman, United Church of Christ News - October 13, 2012

    Prominent African-American clergy from around the country are featured in a new video campaign for same-sex marriage in Maryland, delivering a powerful message in defense of equality for all people.

    Marylanders for Marriage Equality released the video in a social media campaign to explain that religious liberty is not threatened by Question 6, a referendum that asks voters to vote for or against the law that would legalize same-sex marriage. The faith leaders featured in the campaign are urging Marylanders to vote for the ballot issue in November. [Read Full Story]


    Black, gay and Christian, Marylanders struggle with conflicts

    By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun - October 13, 2012

    While growing up in an African-American Baptist church, Harris Thomas was taught homosexuality is an "abomination in the eyes of God." As a young minister, he disparaged the gay lifestyle even while secretly pursuing it. Today he heads a Baltimore church that serves gay Christians of color "right where they are."

    Grace Harley, too, grew up in a mainstream black church. She discovered the gay underground as a teen and lived as a lesbian for nearly 20 years. But God freed her from homosexuality, she says, a "blessing" she gladly recounts as a straight minister based in Silver Spring.

    Both longtime Marylanders began their spiritual journeys in a similar place, as black Christians who felt strong same-sex attractions. Both faced rejection from family and community, and particularly forceful disapproval from fellow African-Americans, a group whose values have long been shaped by conservative religious thinking. But on a key question of the day, Thomas and Harley could not be more different. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun


    Bible study group bridges religion and sexual orientation

    By Tiffanie Reynolds, Flagler College Gargoyle - October 12, 2012

    Anthony Coy realized he was attracted to other men about the same time he became attracted to God, and it’s been a conflicting battle ever since.

    He started attending an United Methodist Church the summer of his eighth grade year, and became baptized a year later. It wasn’t until his sophomore year of high school that he began to hear the messages that being gay is a sin and God doesn’t accept homosexuals. It sent his own identity into crisis.

    “That’s who I was, but at the same time I was feeling things that people said were wrong. I started a period of study where I was in the Bible praying, you know, all the time that God would take it away,” said Coy. [Read Full Story]


    Episcopal Church approves same-sex blessing service

    By Michael Pearson, CNN - July 10, 2012

    (CNN) – Episcopal priests will be allowed to conduct services blessing same-sex relationships under a policy approved Tuesday at the church's national convention in Indianapolis.

    The convention's House of Bishops approved the provisional policy 111-41 with three abstentions Monday, clearing it for consideration by the House of Deputies, which approved it Tuesday evening.

    The policy was approved in the House of Deputies, following more than an hour of debate, by 78% of the voting lay members and by 76% of clergy. [Read Full Story]

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