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    Sunday
    Nov252012

    Some Maine Ministers, Rabbis Eager to Marry Gay Couples

    By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News - November 25, 2012

    Municipal clerks around the state are scheduled to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples next month. Those who prefer to have a religious rather than civil ceremony will find a welcome mat outside many, but not all, churches in Maine.

    The referendum, which passed Nov. 6 with the support of 53 percent of Maine voters, exempts clergy from having to perform ceremonies if gay marriage is against their religious beliefs. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Joel Page, Associated Press

    Wednesday
    Nov142012

    Former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt Compares Supporting Gay Marriage to Crucifying Jesus Christ


    By Michael Allen, Opposing Views - November 14, 2012

    Former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt recently claimed on 'The David Pakman Show' that people who vote to support same sex marriage are the same as those who wanted to crucify Jesus Christ [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    Nov092012

    Faith leaders on both sides of Maryland’s same-sex marriage legislation take stock

    The Washington Post - November 9, 2012

    For months, the Rev. Delman Coates, 39, pastor of the Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, led the coalition of religious leaders in support of the Marriage Equality Bill in Maryland. Meanwhile, the Rev. Derrick McCoy, associate pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, led the effort to overturn the law through the Maryland Marriage Alliance.

    After Maryland’s same-sex marriage law was approved by voters on Tuesday, staff writer Hamil R. Harris interviewed both men. [Read Full Story]

    Wednesday
    Nov072012

    2012 shows a social sea change on gay marriage

    By Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service/The Washington Post - November 7, 2012

    Three times over, voters made history on Election Day, endorsing moves to allow gay marriage in Maine, Maryland and Washington state.

    At the same time, Minnesota voters rejected a ballot measure that would have enshrined an anti-gay marriage law in their constitution, and neighboring Wisconsin elected Tammy Baldwin as the country’s first openly gay U.S. senator. [Read Full Story]

    Wednesday
    Nov072012

    Same-Sex Marriage Wins on the Ballot for the First Time in American History

    By Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic - November 7, 2012

    It was a pretty good night for marriage equality.

    In this year's general election, four states' ballots offered voters an opportunity to weigh in on marriage rights for same-sex couples. In three states, voters held the power to legalize same-sex marriage: Maryland voters chose between adopting or rejecting a new law permitting same-sex marriage, Maine voted on whether to overturn or ratify a 2009 measure that prohibited same-sex marriages, and Washington's vote was between endorsing or precluding a law similar to Maryland's that would make same-sex marriage legal and available. Minnesota, meanwhile, voted on whether to adopt a constitutional definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. [Read Full Story]