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Married — Before God

Tweet Each of these stories is in the chapter of the book “Walking the Bridgeless Canyon –Repairing the Breach between the Conservative Church and the LGBT Christian Community.” (May 2014) A Biblical case for same-sex marriage is based upon the covenant, selfless, sacrificial requirements of Ephesians 5 and the one flesh demand for covenant of […]

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Equality Issues in Nevada

Tweet I participated in the third annual Nevada State Legislature Equality Days in Carson City. Four issues of concern were the focus: marriage equality, deletion of “infamous crimes against nature” and the disparity of legal age of consent for same sex couples, the religious freedom act and comprehensive sex education in Nevada. Marriage Equality Nevada […]

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Three Ways Marriage Equality “Harms” Marriage, So They Say

Tweet This week the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in two important cases concerning Marriage Equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans — Prop 8 and DOMA. It’s been interesting  watching my Facebook walls turn to red with support for marriage equality. Hundreds of friends, acquaintances and supporters have changed […]

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GOP, You Want to Know Why You Lost the Election? Because You Could Not Count on Evangelicals Like Me

Tweet The Republican Party and conservative Evangelicals and Protestants that supported and voted for Mitt Romney are now analyzing the after-election tallies and theorizing the shortfall they expected in votes. The statistics showed that 78% of Evangelicals voted for Romney and 21% for Obama. Mike Huckabee, and others, posit that much of the blame for […]

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Restrict Marriage & Go Spit in Their Faces

Tweet As you consider voting on marriage issues in your state, replace the nameless, faceless people and couples in your voting process with the names and faces of real people. The vote in all four states (Washington, Maryland, Maine and Minnesota) is an issue of legal rights and has not one thing to do with […]

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Same-Sex Marriage Does Not Impact Religious Liberty

Tweet On Election Day 2012, four states, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington will all have marriage equality on their ballots. Maryland, Maine and Washington would be the first states to enact marriage equality through voter referendums. In Minnesota, the issue on the ballot is an anti-gay marriage equality constitutional amendment. Many of the “religious liberty” or […]

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“Traditional Family Values” | Which Traditions? Whose Families? What Values?

Tweet   Traditional family values is a packed cliché. The (ab)use of the term “family values” began in 1976 when it was introduced into the Republican Platform. It became a rally cry at the 1992 GOP Convention when Vice President Dan Quayle bemoaned the collapse of the family because the then-popular show, “Murphy Brown,” portrayed the main […]

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Pastor Sean Harris Continues the “Apology” on the Day of Prayer

Tweet Pastor Sean does not understand  apology. He just does not get it. I taught my children at a very young age how to apologize appropriately . It requires honesty about your actions and the  humility  to accept responsibility. Pastor Sean believes he offered such words after his intensely offensive rant about gay people and gay […]

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To Christians in North Carolina | Four Reasons to Vote Against Amendment One

Tweet Christian voters in North Carolina will be the deciders for or against the inclusion of Amendment One in the Constitution of that state.  As a fellow Christian and heterosexual that has worked for inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians in the church for several years, I offer a few fundamental yet largely overlooked […]

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The Bible and Homosexuality | A Biblical Presentation with Matthew Vines

Tweet Matthew Vines, 22, of Wichita, KS attended a conservative Presbyterian church growing up. He excelled in school and went to Harvard in 2008, and in that less restrictive social and academic environment, Matthew came to understand and accept that he was gay. In conservative denominations, there are only a few options for gay, lesbian, […]

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Jesus Left Room for Same-Sex Marriage | Mazel Tov! Come On In

Tweet Jesus left room for people who do not fit inside the “one man + one woman marriage” paradigm.  One by one, individual states are wisely challenging the law and moving into the room left for same-sex couples so long ago by Jesus.  After speaking directly about marriage and divorce (Matt. 19: 1-9), Jesus says […]

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Jesus Left Room for Same-Sex Marriage and New York State Moved In | Mazel Tov

Tweet Jesus left room for people who do not fit inside the “one man + one woman marriage” paradigm and New York State wisely, and finally rushed in.  After speaking directly about marriage and divorce (Matt. 19: 1-9), Jesus says “Not all men can accept this statement (about man/woman marriage), but only those to whom it […]

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Equality IS a Jesus Value

How is the Christian church responding the the GLBT community in their quest for equality? Looking back at in our involvement in abolition, the suffrage movement and the Civil Right Act of 1964, have we learned lessons that we can now apply to gay/trans people as they struggle for equality?

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Marriage Equality: “I Do” for Who?

I never cared about marriage equality; I rarely thought about marriage equality and I was ignorantly clear on my stance on marriage equality. That is, until the 2006 national elections. My opinions were impersonal, theoretical and cost me nothing. Watching the election results with a friend as he cheered on the defeat of a version of marriage equality in 19 states started the shift in me. He had ruined his own marriage of over twenty years, one faithful wife and three teenage children with his intentional adultery yet, he, in a smug glee, rejoiced at the voting results, “Good! They are destroying the American family.” “They”, of course, are homosexuals.

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MARRIAGE | “I DO” FOR WHO?

Tweet I never cared about marriage equality; I rarely thought about marriage equality and I was ignorantly clear on my stance on marriage equality.  That is, until the 2006 national elections.  My opinions were impersonal, theoretical and cost me nothing.  Watching the election results with a friend as he cheered on the defeat of a […]

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