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    Bishop's Claims Fail to Derail Marriage Equality in Uruguay

    By Peter Montgomery, Religion Dispatches Magazine - December 11, 2012

    On Tuesday night, the House of Deputies in Uruguay voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality. The marriage equality bill is also expected to pass the Senate easily; President Jose Mujica has pledged to sign it into law. Uruguay will soon join Argentina, which legalized marriage between same-sex couples in 2010.

    As in Argentina, marriage equality advanced in Uruguay over the objections of the Catholic hierarchy. Bishop Jaime Fuentes said last month, in language that will be familiar to marriage equality advocates in the U.S., that “children have a right to be raised by a father and mother, by birth or adoption.” [Read Full Story]


    Parliament Bars Church of England From Hosting Gay Weddings

    By Trevor Grundy, Religion News Service - December 11, 2012

    CANTERBURY, England - The British government unveiled a proposal on Tuesday (Dec. 11) that excludes the Church of England and the Church in Wales from planned legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in churches.

    Culture Secretary Maria Miller told Parliament the new plan would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in some churches, synagogues, temples and mosques, but definitely not in the established church, where both the outgoing and incoming archbishops of Canterbury insist that marriage remain between a man and a woman. [Read Full Story]


    An Urgent Call from U.S. Faith Leaders in Support of Gay Ugandans

    By Human Rights First - December 6, 2012

    Washington, DC—In response to news that Uganda’s Parliament will discuss and vote on a proposed anti-homosexuality bill by December 15, a group of prominent American Christian leaders have united to reiterate their firm opposition to this deeply discriminatory piece of legislation, the adoption of which the Ugandan speaker of parliament recently suggested would be a “Christmas gift” to the Ugandan people.

    In an open statement issued today, American Christian leaders denounce the fundamental injustice of labeling lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people as criminals. They also decry propagation of the dangerous myth that LGBTI persons pose an inherent threat to children. The signatories of the statement reiterate their belief that the criminalization of homosexuality in any form is incompatible with Christian faith in democratic societies. [Read Full Story]

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    ‘Europe’s First Gay-Friendly Mosque Sparks Controversy

    By Ben McPartland, - December 5, 2012

    The opening of what has been dubbed Europe’s first gay-friendly mosque in Paris has been condemned by some of the city’s Muslim leaders for going “against the spirit of Islam”.

    The new “mosque”, which opened on Friday in a small room inside the house of a Buddhist monk, has smashed a taboo in Islam by welcoming transgender and transsexual Muslims.

    But the prayer room located in the eastern suburbs of Paris is not supported by any formal Muslim institution and many imams in France oppose it. [Read Full Story]


    France to Open World’s First ‘Mosque For the Gay Community’  

    By Sam Webb, Daily Mail - November 28, 2012

    A French-Algerian homosexual man is planning to open a 'mosque for gays' in France and hopes to eventually conduct same-sex Muslim marriages.

    Mohammed Ludovic Lütfi Zahed, an Algerian Muslim living in Paris who is married to his gay partner, hopes to open the doors by the end of the month, according to the Jersualem Post.

    Mr Zahed says the mosque, situated in a Buddhist chapel in Paris, will also break another Islamic taboo by refusing to segregate women and men. [Read Full Story]

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