EDITORIAL: On gay rights, it’s good to be out of step

Baltimore Sun
May 4, 2008
The Rev. James Lawson is an icon of the civil rights movement; it was he who invited the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis to support the striking sanitation workers. He is also an advocate for marriage equality. (Link)

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McCain’s Catholic Committee Full Of Controversial Figures

Huffington Post
May 5, 2008

Sam Stein of Huffington Post profiles McCain’s Catholic Committee and quotes Evan Wolfson: "Their role has been to try to give the veneer of scholarship and objectivity onto what is really an attack effort to cement discrimination against gay couples into the law." (Link)

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Some Young Religious Voters Steering Away From Anti-Gay Measures

Associated Press
April 25, 2008

The AP reports a growing number of religious youth are placing social justice issues, instead of divisive wedge issues, at the center of their moral and political decision making. (Link)

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United Church of Christ sees donation gain after supporting marriage equality

Bay Area Reporter
April 3, 2008
Donations to the connectional ministries of the United Church of Christ increased by over a million dollars in 2007 following its endorsement of marriage equality in 2005. [Link]

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Think Evangelicals Vote in Lockstep? Meet the Routhe Family

Campaigns & Elections
April 1, 2008
Shifting demographics are affecting the views and votes of evangelical Christian voters, moving some to adopt more nuanced views of issues, including marriage equality. Peter Ilyan, who describes himself as a Christian environmental evangelist says, "So now when James Dobson says it's only gay marriage and abortion we should care about? One of our jokes is that gay married couples have the fewest abortions of anybody." [Link]

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From the altar, a vow of protest

Baltimore Sun
March 31, 2008
A Baltimore rabbi joined a small but growing band of clergy who have decided that they won't sign any marriage licenses as agents of the state until it allows gays and lesbians to marry. Some rabbis and ministers in states including Virginia, Minnesota, Michigan and Connecticut have told their congregants that when it comes to weddings they are in the business of religious ceremonies - only - and they have redirected couples to the local courthouse for the paperwork. [Link]

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Islam ‘recognizes homosexuality’

The Jakarta Post
March 28, 2008
Moderate Muslim scholars said there were no reasons to reject gay people under Islam, and that the condemnation by mainstream ulema and many other Muslims was based on narrow-minded interpretations of Islamic teachings. [link]

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God spoke via MA court

Washington Blade
February 29, 2008
The 2003 ruling on marriage equality was a turning point for me in learning to accept my lesbian daughter. [Link]

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It’s Not a Mortal Sin to Work for Justice

Pioneer Press
January 30, 2008

My husband and I have been married 49 years. We are the parents of five grown daughters, one of whom is a lesbian. I speak with passion concerning our experience, which is marked by intense sadness because of the alienation my daughter and others like her continue to suffer, especially at the hands of the Catholic Church. [Link]

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Impatient witness: Reflections on the long struggle for gay rights

Providence Journal
January 21, 2008
M. Charles Bakst, a non-gay columnist, wrote with powerful support for marriage equality saying, “I identified with the gay rights movement because I am Jewish, and because, the way I was brought up, you treat people decently and if there’s something amiss in the world you try to fix it… I believe discrimination against gays is evil, and marriage equality is not rocket science. Society benefits from loving, stable relationships. A man and a woman should be able to wed; two men or two women, that’s fine too. And if it’s not for you, don’t do it. I don’t get hung up on ideological or theological details.” [link]

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