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    O'Malley seeks religious support for same-sex marriage bill 

    By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun - January 25, 2012

    It is highly unlikely that there will be a gay wedding at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Prince George's County, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. But its pastor, the Rev. Delman Coates, went to Annapolis on Tuesday to support Gov. Martin O'Malley's same-sex marriage bill.

    Coates said he feels comfortable that the legislation would not force his church to do something against its beliefs, and he thinks that gay marriages can co-exist with traditional ones. "I think everyone is protected here," he said. "You don't have to agree with same-sex marriage as a matter of personal religious choice." [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Kim Hairston, The Baltimore Sun


    Vanderbilt's Christian Legal Society says anti-bias policy discriminates

    By Nancy DeVille, The Tennessean - January 21, 2012

    Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos sent an email Friday assuring students and others the school doesn’t want to limit religious freedom.

    But at least one campus Christian group claims that’s exactly what Vanderbilt’s nondiscrimination policy does, and its leader said the group will move off campus at the end of the semester. 

    Vanderbilt’s policy drew national attention last fall, when it came to light that a gay student was dismissed from Beta Upsilon Chi, a Christian fraternity. [Read Full Story]


    Faith leaders support gay rights initiative

    By Scott Christiansen, Anchorage Press - December 15, 2011

    Three ministers-a Lutheran, an Episcopalian and a Unitarian-walked into a political debate on Thursday, Dec. 8. They were joined 47 more ministers and lay ministers from around Anchorage.

    The faith leaders (Presbyterians, Methodists, Unitarians and some non-denominational Christian leaders among them) gathered in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church on Northern Lights Boulevard to announce the formation of Christians for Equality, a group created to support the initiative for gay rights in Anchorage. [Read Full Story]


    Gay marriage - a Lutheran leader's plea to Catholic bishops

    By Herbert W. Chilstrom, Minnesota Star-Tribune Commentary - December 8, 2011

    To My Brothers -- The Catholic Bishops of Minnesota: 

    In 1976 I was elected a Lutheran bishop in Minnesota -- one of seven such Lutheran leaders in the state. Over the next years one of the highlights of my time in office was the annual noon-to-noon retreat with our eight Catholic counterparts in the state.

    The bond that developed between us was deep and respectful. We shared our differences; we celebrated our likenesses. My friendship with Archbishop John Roach and Bishop Raymond Lucker, in particular, is a blessing I will treasure as long as I live. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Justin Sullivan, Getty Images


    Prince George's UUs continue crusade for marriage equality in Maryland

    By Ahmar Mustikhan, Baltimore Gay Issues Examiner - December 1, 2011

    Marvin E. Holmes is sitting on the fence when it comes to gay marriage in Maryland.

    Activists who met at the Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church in Adelphi Tuesday want him to say yes to gay marriage bill when it comes before the Maryland General Assembly in January  2012.  Holmes is a house delegate representing district 23rd in Prince George's County. [Read Full Story]