Feeling the spirit of political rules

The Salt Lake Tribune
July 19, 2008
Derek Price writes, "When The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced it would jump into California politics by supporting a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, many Mormons -- including myself -- were appalled. "[Link]

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Pastors defy United Methodist officials to conduct gay weddings

Los Angeles Times
July 17, 2008
Scores of United Methodist Church ministers in California are putting their careers on the line in an open revolt against religious edicts that forbid them to conduct weddings for gay and lesbian couples. [Link]

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LDS Professor Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Amendment

KCPW
July 1, 2008
Nielsen, who is Mormon but not gay himself, says marriage equality would strengthen the institution of marriage. [Link]

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OP-ED: The framing of mutual joy

The Guardian
June 26, 2008
John Bryson Chane, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington DC, writes, "Christians who want to deny others the blessings they claim for themselves should not assume they speak for the Almighty." [Link]

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Open Letter to California Mormons

Affirmations
June 24, 2008
Jeffrey Nielsen, a member of the Mormon Church, writes, “We should never allow our constitutions, whether state of federal, to become weapons in a crusade to impose a particular religious value system upon a pluralistic democracy.” (Link)

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Pew Forum surveys denominations’ views on marriage equality

Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2008
A Pew Forum study finds a wide range of attitudes on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. (Link)

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Rev. Peter Gomes: What Would Jesus Say to Gay Marriage?

FORA.tv
June 22, 2008
View Rev. Peter Gomes talk on what would Jesus say to gay marriage? (Link)

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Marriage equality does not impact religious freedom

The Volokh Conspiracy
June 17, 2008
Examples of conflict arising from antidiscrimination law are often exaggerated and oversimplified. Catholicism and Orthodox Judaism, for example, refuse to recognize secular divorce. But few argue that we should refuse to let people divorce for this reason. [Link]

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Religious views and a free society can co-exist

Christian Science Monitor
June 17, 2008
"Our society has done a pretty good job balancing personal views, including religious views, with the need to have basic rules protecting everyone against discrimination in the public sector, and there is no need now for a special gay exception," says Evan Wolfson. [Link]

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Texas same-sex couples heading to California to wed

Dallas Morning News
June 1, 2008
Dr. Love, a former Dallas pastor who now heads Metropolitan Community Churches in Abilene, discusses the importance of California honoring the freedom to marry: "It's just really important to us to have that moment, that acknowledgment and that piece of paper all our straight friends have." [Link]

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