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    Reverend Phil Snider's 'anti-gay' speech takes surprising twist

    By News Limited Network/Herald Sun - October 23, 2012

    Pastor Phil Snider of the Brentwood Christian Church in Springfield, Missouri, was addressing a city council meeting on a proposal that would amend the community's discrimination laws to include sexual and gender identity.

    Snider began his address with arguments warning gay equality “goes against the plain truth of the word of God” and “is but another stepping stone toward the immorality and lawlessness that will be characteristic of the last days.”

    But his speech, which took place in August, takes a subversive twist when he then reveals that the quotes come directly from white preachers of the 1950s and ’60s defending segregation, and that he has replaced the phrase “racial integration” with “gay rights.” [Read Full Story]


    Catholic Church donating unprecedented funds to stop gay marriage

    By Carrie Mihalcik, - October 19, 2012

    What ever happened to love thy neighbor?

    The Catholic Church is pouring unprecedented funds into campaigns fighting marriage equality in the four states where the issue is on the ballot — Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington.

    Both the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal organization within the church, have spent at least $1.1 million fighting marriage equality in these states, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign. Public filings show that dioceses from across the country are sending money to anti-equality organizations in the states. [Read Full Story]


    Various Christian Leaders Unite to Defeat Marriage Amendment

    By - October 11, 2012

    It's a political issue that has galvanized Minnesota's religious communities like no other.

    On Thursday, dozens of clergy members who oppose the state constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to a man and a woman spent the day making phone calls. They're seeking support from other Christian leaders across the state.

    They gathered early, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in St. Paul, and started dialing. By early afternoon, they say they'd made more than 600 calls. According to Rev. Robyn Provis of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, "This is about being willing to publicly witness against the marriage amendment." [Read Full Story]


    Faith plays big role in gay marriage debate

    By Karla Hult, - October 11, 2012

    ST. PAUL, Minn. - For months, clergy members on both sides of the gay marriage amendment debate have weighed in across Minnesota.

    It's not a coincidence, since recent surveys showing 85 percent of Minnesotans consider themselves part of some kind of organized religion.

    But the challenge remains how do Minnesotans make a decision on a difficult ballot issue, while remaining true to their faith? [Read Full Story]


    Gay Marriage Supporters Rally People of Faith for Washington’s November Vote

    By Nicole Neroulias, Religion Dispatches - June 27, 2012

    SEATTLE – Members of Washington United for Marriage, the coalition working to keep the state’s new gay marriage law on the books by coaxing voters to approve Referendum 74 this fall, have a clear mission: to move people of faith.

    Four years ago, they watched in horror and disbelief as California’s marriage equality law was repealed by Proposition 8, aided by the money of religious conservatives, much of which came from outside the state. Washington could go the same way, now that its February law has been stalled by the successful referendum petition circulated by churches, endorsed by the Catholic bishops, and helmed by Joseph Backholm, a prominent evangelical Christian. [Read Full Story]