Grace on the Margins: Church leaders are convinced they know the truth about the realities of LGBT people; LGBT people can only claim to have an opinion.
LGBT rights in the United States
Simply Spirit: It seems just yesterday that everybody in the gay community was either in the closet, dying of AIDS, or both. We've come a long way.
"This is something that religious groups can work with," one person said. "[The] executive order is unprecedented and extreme," said the bishops.
Analysis: The president may have finally found a small patch of middle ground in balancing competing claims of gay rights with the traditional prerogatives of religious freedom.
The Utah attorney general announced Wednesday 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 in Denver after a three-judge panel last month upheld a lower-court ruling and declared that the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process extend to gay men and lesbians who want to marry. It was the first time a federal appeals court had ruled on the issue.
While listening to NPR this morning, I was dismayed to hear that a Catholic school teacher in the diocese of Savannah, Ga., was fired because he intends to marry his male partner in Minnesota this summer.
The dividing line: Should the directive banning discrimination based on sexual orientation among federal contractors contain a religious exemption?
Conversations with Sr. Camille: Francis DeBernardo's days are filled with joy because of the good things that happen in our world, especially for the LGBT movement.
San Francisco public officials and many religious leaders are angry -- very angry -- at the plans announced by Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. He is listed as a speaker at the June 19 March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Family Research Council, two groups that have taken some of the most hostile stances against same-sex marriage and LGBT people generally.
Parish Diary: Our parish is a fairly typical middle-class American parish. It would also be fair to say that our approach to same-sex couples is evolving.