June 21, 2012
Southern Baptists: Gay Rights Not Civil Rights

Way to go, Southern Baptists - the DAY AFTER you elect your first black president, you pass a resolution that marriage is “the exclusive union of one man and one woman” and that “all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful.”

You pat yourselves on the back for shrugging off one shame, while cloaking yourselves in another.

History will tell, it always does.

June 13, 2012
Denmark Approves Gay Weddings In Church

Guess some things ain’t so rotten in the state of Denmark anymore!

June 5, 2012
Race and Radical Welcome << The Revealer

Becky Garrison’s latest post for The Revealer: An interview with Rev. Oliver White, pastor of the only predominantly African American Congregational Church in Minnesota, on his support for same-sex marriage–and what it’s cost.

A media landscape that relies primarily on the voices of those with the microphone tends to miss out on the smaller, quieter voices for justice, such as the Rev. Oliver White, a United Church of Christ pastor and social studies teacher based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At present, his church is facing foreclosure–a result, many say, of his decision to speak out in favor of same sex marriage at the 2005 UCC General Synod.

Read the full article here.

May 16, 2012
Playing Amendment One

Becky Garrison covers coverage of North Carolina’s new Amendment One for The Revealer:

14 May 2012

Becky Garrison: On May 8, 2012, with 2,136,277 votes cast, 61% of voters in North Carolina voted in favor of an amendment that makes “marriage between one man and one woman… the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” While North Carolina already has a law prohibiting same-sex marriage, Republicans deemed this vote necessary to ensure that the law could not be struck down by “activist” judges.

With this amendment’s passage, North Carolina becomes the 31st state to pass an amendment upholding “traditional marriage.”  The Pew Center for the States reports that “a similar ban is on the ballot later this year in Minnesota. In four other states, supporters of gay marriage are on the offensive. In Maryland and Washington, voters may be asked to decide whether to allow new laws permitting same-sex marriage to take effect, although neither measure has not qualified for the ballot yet. And in Maine, a citizen initiative later this year would authorize gay marriage. Proponents are trying to get a similar proposal on the ballot in Ohio.” An infographic map charting the state of gay marriage in the United States can be found on their website.

The New York Times outlined the concern, raised by a group of family law professors from across the state, that this vague language could also apply to the more than 150,000 straight couples in the state who live together but are unmarried. The amendment could also invalidate domestic-violence protections, undercut child custody arrangements and jeopardize hospital visiting rights.”

Read the rest here.

May 14, 2012
Preaching Out of the Closet « The Revealer

Amy Levin did a great piece of analysis for The Revealer on President Obama’s “coming out” last week:

While the majority of pundits across the spectrum are wondering if this is anything more than a political ploy for re-election, a few medialites focused in on Obama’s confession as an expression of faith. Today at The Washington Post, Elizabeth Tenety highlights Obama’s evolution (yes, she believes in evolution) on the issue, as he calls it, as well as that fact that he “ invoked Christ and the Golden Rule in detailing how he has changed.”

Are faith statements and politiking mutually exclusive? Because last I checked, God seems to love presidential elections. 

Read the full article here.

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