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World Vision Decides to Honor the Legal Marriages of Their Same-Sex Employees

Tweet Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, Inc., with a mission of “Building a better world for children,” announced today that the organization is recognizing and extending benefits to legally married gay Christian couples employed in their American branch. World Vision is a parachurch organization headquartered in Tacoma, Washington.  Upon employment, staff members agree to: […]

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My Hour with Edie, the Woman Who Brought Down DOMA

Tweet Edie Windsor, 84, loved her partner, Thea Spyer, for 42 years before losing her to multiple sclerosis.  They met in a lesbian bar in 1963 and got engaged in 1967.  “It was purely symbolic,” says Windsor. “It was a way for us to say we wanted to spend our lives together.” Because of their professional […]

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Nevada Marriage Equality Starts in Senate with 12-9 Approval

Tweet The Nevada State Senate passed SJR13 the Marriage Equality Amendment late last night, April 23rd with a vote of 12-9. The Senate is composed of 11 Democrats and 10 Republicans; the sole Republican to cross party lines was Sen. Ben Kieckhefer (District 16, South Washoe County and Carson City). SJR13  states “Proposing to amend […]

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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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Why Does it Take Us So Long to Comprehend Equality?

Tweet In the past few weeks, several high profile people announced their support for Marriage Equality. Three had actively worked against same-sex unions and one had been publicly silent on the issue. Former President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law in 1996. Section 3 of DOMA codifies marriage as between […]

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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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Matthew Vines | Reforming the Gay Christian Debate

Tweet “What does the Bible say about loving, same-sex relationships?” Nothing. Not a thing. And in that absence of Biblical direction of support for or condemnation of these relationships, Christians need to follow the general principles of the Bible: love, justice and kindness. This was the point Matthew Vines wanted to emphasize at his recent presentation […]

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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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Edie Windsor vs The People of the United States in DOMA | Edie (4), US (0)

Tweet UPDATE: On Wednesday, March 27th, the Supreme Court will hear the plaintiff, Edie Windsor, in her case to struck down DOMA. When I spoke with Edie in January, 2012, she thought it might be 5 to 6 years before her case  got to the Supreme Court. Now, just 14 months later, her case will […]

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President Obama Seeks to Include as a Minority (21%) of Registered NC Chooses to Exclude

Tweet On May 9, 2012, President Obama became the first sitting United States President to support same sex marriage.  There are at least 8 million  adult gay Americans. Although they are still a minority, this is equivalent to the entire population of  the state of North Carolina who on May 8th voted by in majority at […]

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The 61% in North Carolina Miss the Message of Christ and Civil Rights on Amendment 1 Voting

Tweet Amendment 1 passed in the State of North Carolina. The definition of marriage as one man and one woman is now codified in that state’s constitution. Discrimination is now codified in that state’s constitution. Christians did this. Christians who believe they have the right to deny equality to minority groups; Christians who believe they […]

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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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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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Ten Things I’ve Learned About Gay People in Ten Years | A Christian Perspective

Tweet In 2001, if you had asked me, “Kathy, can you be gay and Christian?”  I would have hedged a bit and fallen on the side of “No”.  I did not have any close relationships with gay people nor had I ever studied the issue in the Bible.  I did not even know one gay […]

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