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    Monday
    Jan072013

    French Muslims join opposition to same-sex marriage

    By Tom Heneghan, Reuters/NBC - January 7, 2013

    PARIS — French Muslims have begun joining a mostly Catholic-led movement against same-sex marriage, widening opposition to the reform that the Socialist-led government is set to write into the law by June.

    Fifty Muslim activists issued an open letter on Monday urging fellow Muslims to join a major Paris protest against the law on Sunday. That followed a similar appeal last Saturday by the influential Union of French Islamic Organizations, or UOIF. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Thibault Camus, AP

    Wednesday
    Jan022013

    Gay mass services in Soho abolished by archbishop of Westminster

    By Caroline Davies, The Guardian - January 2, 2013

    The Archbishop of Westminster, head of Roman Catholics in England and Wales, has ordered that special fortnightly "Soho masses" for gay and lesbian churchgoers in central London are not appropriate and are to be axed.

    The services, intended to be particularly welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, had been held at Our Lady of the Assumption church in the West End for six years with the blessing of senior clergy but had attracted criticism from traditionalists. [Read Full Story]

    Monday
    Dec312012

    Bishop Simeon Hall, Bahamas Church Leader, Says Clergy Who Attack Gays May Be 'Closet Cases'

    By Meredith Bennett-Smith, The Huffington Post - December 31, 2012

    An evangelical religious leader in the Bahamas has apparently softened his stance on the LGBT community, criticizing peers for the type of anti-gay comments he himself used to espouse.

    Bishop Simeon Hall, the former leader of the New Covenant Baptist Church and ex-president of the Bahamas Christian Council, accused church leaders of focusing negative attention on the LGBT community while ignoring other more important issues like gambling addiction, according to The Tribune. [Read Full Story]

    Thursday
    Dec272012

    Dutch Catholics “de-baptize” to protest Pope Benedict comments against gay marriage

    By Sara Webb, Reuters - December 27, 2012

    Thousands of Dutch Catholics are researching how they can leave the church in protest at its opposition to gay marriage, according to the creator of a website aimed at helping them find the information.

    Tom Roes, whose website allows people to download the documents needed to leave the Church, said traffic on ontdopen.nl – “de-baptize.nl” – had soared from about 10 visits a day to more than 10,000 after Pope Benedict’s latest denunciation of gay marriage this month.

    “Of course it’s not possible to be ‘de-baptized’ because a baptism is an event, but this way people can unsubscribe or de-register themselves as Catholics,” Roes told Reuters. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Reuters/Osservatore Romano

    Monday
    Dec242012

    Senior Roman Catholic Bishop links push for gay marriage to Nazi attack on religion in controversial Christmas sermon  

    By Daniel Martin, Daily Mail - December 24, 2012

    A senior Roman Catholic will today use his Christmas sermon to liken plans for the legalisation of gay marriage to the way the Nazis and Communists tried to undermine religion.

    The Bishop of Shrewsbury will launch a vociferous attack on the Coalition’s decision to fast track a vote on same-sex marriage in the New Year.

    The Right Reverend Mark Davies will use his midnight Mass to say marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

    And he will accuse the Prime Minister of attempting to redefine the institution of marriage for ‘generations to come’ without any mandate from the electorate. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Damien McFadden