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Thursday, March 12th, 2015

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USA, Indiana: More Ban Opposition; Gov Pence Wants Ban Passed; Church Objects to Firing

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

IndianaWe have three marriage equality-related stories out of Indiana this morning.

First off, two more Indiana cities are standing up against the proposed gay marriage ban.

Edge Boston reports:

The South Bend and Muncie councils both voted Monday night to adopt resolutions against the proposed constitutional amendment being considered by state legislators. The South Bend resolution was approved on a 6-2 vote, while the Muncie resolution was adopted in a 9-0 vote. South Bend Councilman Dave Varner, the council’s only Republican, said he voted against the resolution because he believed voters should be allowed to decide the issue in a statewide referendum. About 15 people spoke in favor of the resolution before the council voted, which didn’t sway Varner, the South Bend Tribune reported.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) is eager to get the controversy off his plate.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Republican Gov. Mike Pence says the debate over whether to amend Indiana’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage should be decided “once and for all” this year. Pence reiterated his support for traditional marriage during his State of the State address Tuesday and said voters should decide the matter in November. He urged “civility and respect” during the debate that already has brought hundreds of activists to the Statehouse.

“Let’s have a debate worthy of our people with civility and respect. Let’s protect the rights of Hoosier employers to hire who they want and provide them with benefits that they earn. And then let’s resolve this issue this year once and for all,” he said, to applause from the assembled lawmakers, a majority of whom are Republicans.

And finally, an Indiana church saw 80% of its flock leave after a gay choir director was fired.

On Top Magazine reports:

A United Methodist Church congregation in Alexandria, Indiana dwindled by 80 percent after the church forced out its gay choir director. Adam Fraley told The Herald Bulletin that he lost his job because of his sexual orientation. Fraley – who attended services with his partner but was not open about his sexuality while working at the church – held the position for six years. He resigned in the spring, saying that a new minister made him uncomfortable.

In September, David Mantor was appointed as new interim minister. David Steele, who represents the congregation, asked Mantor to bring back Fraley. Mantor initially agreed, but three weeks later he fired Fraley and the following day told Steele he could no longer serve. Steele refused to quit, but church leaders backed Mantor. Church law states that non-celibate gay people cannot be “appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.”

Anyone hear when the Indiana House committee will actually take a vote on the proposed ban?

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New Zealand: Church Backs Out of Same Sex Wedding, Cites Policy

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

St. Matthew's in the City - Auckland - Apple Maps

from Apple Maps

An Anglican Church that was slated to host one of the first same sex weddings in the country has backed out, according to Pink News:

St Matthew’s in the City vicar Glynn Cardy said the decision to not hold the wedding came down to policy. He said: “And that policy says that the marriage between a same-gender couple can’t happen inside St Matthew’s church, can’t be taken by an Anglican priest within St Matthew’s church.” He went on to say that the policy is discriminatory and that he is committed to working towards changing it. “I’ve got a motion before the Auckland Synod in September that is asking the synod to engage with that and then we’d see what happens at general synod in May 2014,” he continued.

The wedding will go on in another venue, although it may be preceded by a planned Air New Zealand wedding.

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Italy: Local Church Celebrates Same Sex Union

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Italy - Google Maps

from Google Maps

A church near Naples, Italy celebrated the union of a gay couple this weekend. Gay Star News reports:

A minor Italian Church has celebrated a same-sex ‘pact of love’ between two men near Naples, Italy, Saturday morning. It was the first same-sex union celebrated in the Campania region and one of the first unions celebrated in southern Italy. The pact, called ‘marriage’ by the two newly-wed husbands and by the local press, is not valid under the Italian law, but has been welcomed by the Italian LGBT community.

Italy’s long cold shoulder to gay rights may finally be starting to thaw, after a civil unions law was proposed this week and a mayor who supports gay unions in Rome pulled ahead in the race.

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Delaware, USA: Senate Committee Hearing Planned for Next Wednesday

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Photo by twitter user @zafojones

Photo by twitter user @zafojones

After it passed the Delaware House this week, the Delaware Senate is set to take up the bill next week. The Washington Blade reports:

A Delaware Senate committee on Wednesday will hold a hearing on a bill that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in the First State. The Senate Executive Committee will hear testimony on House Bill 75 a week after the state House of Representatives approved it by a 23-18 vote margin. Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins (D-Elsmere,) who chairs the committee, is among the measure’s 23 co-sponsors. She joined Gov. Jack Markell, Attorney General Beau Biden and other same-sex marriage supporters at the Wilmington press conference at which state Rep. Melanie George Smith (D-Bear) announced HB 75’s formal introduction on April 11.

What happens then? Think Progress reports:

The six-person executive committee includes supporters Blevins, Henry, McBride, and McDowell. This means the bill will pass 4-2, regardless of the votes of Republican Minority Leader F. Gary Simpson and Minority Whip Gregory Lavelle. In the full Senate, the bill would require 11 votes (2 more than currently pledged) should all Senators be present. In the event of a tie, marriage equality supporter Matt Denn (D), the state’s Lt. Gov., could cast the deciding vote. Gov. Jack Markell has promised to sign the bill should it reach his desk.

Think Progress counts seven sure yes votes (all Democratic sponsors of the bill). Two other democratic votes and two republican votes are maybes, which would get us to 11.

Meanwhile, a Delaware church is making fun of the HRC red equality symbol. The Huffington Post reports:

A photo of a Delaware church’s symbolic sign meant to oppose same-sex marriage is making the blogosphere rounds. The snapshot of the Glasgow Church’s sign, which has since appeared on Good As You and Towleroad among a number of other media outlets, was taken by Twitter user @zafojones.

As always – two steps forward, one step back.

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England, United Kingdom: Some Vicars Plan to Defy Ban on Performing Gay/Lesbian Weddings in Church

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Some UK Vicars Plan to Defy Ban on Performing Gay/Lesbian Weddings in ChurchVicars from the Church of England have threatened to find a way of bypassing the ban on the church performing same-sex weddings in upcoming marriage equality legislation, by blessing ceremonies held in other churches.

Campaigners from the Church of England have said that banning the church from performing same-sex wedding ceremonies would lead to worshippers and clergy marrying in Quaker and Unitarian services, before returning to the Church of England.

A letter to the Telegraph, which contains 150 signatures, said that gay Anglicans should do so, if the legislation on marriage equality goes through as it currently stands, with the ban intact.

Authored By Joseph Patrick McCormick – See the Full Story at Pink News

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England, UK: Marriage Equality the Biggest Fight Between Church and State Since Reformation?

Monday, November 26th, 2012

United Kingdom: Anti Marriage Equality Rally at Tory ConferenceAndrew Pierce writing for the Mail Online says:

“Not only does David Cameron risk triggering what could easily lead to the biggest schism between a Prime Minister and his own parliamentary party in modern times, but if gay-marriage becomes law, he will have set up the biggest clash between the Church and State since the Reformation in the 16th century.”

UK’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron plans to support legislation that would legalize gay marriage. Cameron is facing fierce opposition from his own party. Numerous members of the Conservative Party plan to vote against it. Ministers plan on introducing a bill by 2015, but Cameron is planning to fast-track it in to early next year.

Authored By Joel Palmer – See the Full Story at the Examiner

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Minnesota, USA: Pastor Who Supports Marriage Equality Might Lose Church

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Minnesota: Marriage Equality Pastor Might Lose ChurchA Minnesota pastor who watched most of his congregation leave after he voiced his support for gay marriage is now at risk of losing his church, unless he can collect enough donations to keep the doors open.

The Rev. Oliver White, 69, runs Grace Community United Church of Christ. He needs to raise $200,000 by June 30 to pay off a loan the St. Paul church took out in 2007.

While the odds are steep, supporters from around the country have taken up his cause. Most of White’s fundraising efforts have entailed asking supporters to each mail in $1, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports ( ). As of last week he had raised $13,000, he said.

Full Story from The Wall Street Journal

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Rev. Dyson Challenges Black Pastors who do not support Obama on Equality

Monday, May 14th, 2012

On Friday, May 11, Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, guest host of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, challenged Black pastors who are critical of President Obama’s historic endorsement of marriage equality.

“Black leaders of faith should not use the Bible to suppress the rights of LGBT community just like the Bible was used to suppress the rights of Black Americans,” said Dyson.
If Black pastors tried to “take all the [gay people] out of the Black church, there wouldn’t be a Black church,” he added. “And I never heard of any pastors refusing tithes from gay people.”

Dyson joins numerous of Black pastors who have spoken out in support of the President’s freedom to marry stance.


Read NBJC’s statement commending President Obama for his courageous leadership

NC, USA: Someone Stole Banner Opposing Amendment One From Church

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Someone Stole Banner Opposing Amendment One From North Carolina ChurchMembers of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem say they will replace a banner stolen off on their property that expressed opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Members of the church on Robinhood Road had put up the banner two weeks ago, said Janet Owen, the chairwoman of the church’s social action council. Owen said the banner was gone Monday morning. Someone had taken the banner out of the metal frame, she said.

The proposed constitutional amendment is on the May 8 ballot and would define marriage between a man and a woman as the only legally recognized domestic union in North Carolina.

Full Story from the Winston-Salem Journal

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