The next fight for gay marriage proponents: religious exemption

religious exemption

Ryan Ebersole, of Mesa, Ariz., and Rev. Stephen Govett, of Glendale, Ariz., protest a proposed “religious freedom” bill that would have allowed discrimination against LGBT people. The measure, SB 1062, was eventually vetoed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer.

Associated Press: Oct. 15, 2014 – Next fight for gay marriage advocates: religious exemptions – LGBTQ Nation.


Vatican document released today proposes dramatic shift by Church toward gays, same-sex couples

Catholics and gaysReuters: Oct. 13, 2014 – Vatican Proposes Dramatic Shift In Attitude Towards Gays, Same Sex Couples.

LGBT groups cautiously welcome Catholic Church shift in tone toward gays

Pope Francis

Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi as he arrives for an afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

Associated Press: Oct. 10, 2014 – LGBT groups cautiously cheer Catholic Church shift in tone toward gays – LGBTQ Nation.

Methodist Church to hear appeal of minister who officiated gay son’s wedding

Frank Schaefer

Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim’s wedding to another man, then re-instated by an appeals panel in June. That decision has since been appealed to the Judicial Council, the church’s highest court.

Associated Press: Oct. 6, 2014 – Methodist church to hear appeal of pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding – LGBTQ Nation.