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Northaven UMC takes historic vote to celebrate same-sex weddings

by Christy Thomas “I cried in church today. I cried because something deep within me felt like my church is standing with me, taking risks for me. They told me that I wasn’t disposable.” This statement was made by Cody McMahan, a member of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. The Rev. Eric Folkerth […]

With Presbyterians in the Yes Column, Mainline Protestants Solidify Gay Marriage Support

(RNS) With the largest Presbyterian denomination’s official endorsement Tuesday (March 17), American mainline Protestants have solidified their support for gay marriage, leaving the largest mainline denomination — the United Methodist Church — outside the same-sex marriage fold. Methodists, with more than 7 million members, rejected same-sex marriage at their last national conference, in 2012. They are likely to revisit […]

Handwriting on the wall for gay marriage (ANALYSIS)

The Supreme Court will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage nationwide later this year. But it’s leaving little doubt which way it’s leaning.

Top Catholics and evangelicals: Gay marriage worse than divorce or cohabitation

“If the truth about marriage can be displaced by social and political pressure operating through the law, other truths can be set aside as well,” say the nearly 50 signers of the statement

If the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in 2015, how will evangelicals respond?

Conservative Christians have been among the most ardent opponents of gay marriage and rights for decades. How will they respond if the Supreme Court makes gay marriage legal nationwide?

Houston withdraws pastors’ subpoenas

The mayor of Houston on Wednesday withdrew the subpoenas of sermons from five pastors who opposed an ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT people.

Supreme Court allows gay marriage to expand to 30 states

The Supreme Court refused to get involved in the national debate over same-sex marriage on Monday (Oct. 6), leaving intact lower court rulings that will legalize the practice in 11 additional states.

Will Frank Shaefer’s reinstatement be overturned?

The United Methodist Judicial Council will hear an appeal for a church trial case in which Frank Schaefer had his clergy credentials returned after being defrocked for violating church law on gay marriage.

Bishop Lowry on Moving Through The Issues of the Church

Bishop Mike Lowry of the Central Texas Conference sits down with Ministry Matters to discuss the issues the church faces in regards to gay marriage and clergy. He also addresses his views on how the church can move forward, who may take the leads, local church perspectives, and the obstacles to overcome within the greater […]

Utah to appeal gay marriage case to Supreme Court

By MICHAEL WINTER c. 2014 USA Today (RNS) The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday (July 9) that he will go straight to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge an appellate ruling that declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Attorney General Sean Reyes decided to leapfrog the full 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

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