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.


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.