The Role of Faith in the Freedom to Marry Underscored In New Approve R-74 TV Ads

By: Monday October 1, 2012 3:13 pm

Today Washington United for Marriage is placing two new “Approve Referendum 74” ads into rotation on broadcast and cable tv. The first ad features “five different faith leaders [who] make clear that R74 fully protects religious freedom while allowing all, loving committed couples in Washington to marry the person they love,” (press release). In the [...]

Reform, Reconstructionist, and Conservative Rabbis Urge Conversations About Marriage Equality During Passover

By: Friday April 6, 2012 4:36 pm

As efforts to protect Washington’s new marriage equality law continue, it is beautiful to see the increasing amount of support that Washington United for Marriage has gotten from faith communities across Washington state. Their support helps people realize that civil marriage equality is completely consistent with religious liberty. In the tradition of seeking to do [...]

Defying Bisexual Invisibility, Presbyterian Clergy Style

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 4:17 pm

Coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender has its challenges no matter who you are, where you’re from or the age you come out. Some of those challenges are similar for all we LGBT, but there are unique challenges faced by each sub-community as well. Bisexuals, for example, face the special challenge of invisibility: [...]

Rep. Deb Eddy Speaks Out as a Christian Supporter of Marriage Equality

By: Monday February 6, 2012 7:38 pm

Frequently the religious opponents of marriage equality speak as if their personal religious beliefs are universal. For example, Shahram Hadian made the following claim before the Washington state House Judiciary Committee today in his testimony against the Washington marriage equality bill: This bill is discriminatory to the entire Christian community. Mr. Hadian, a Republican candidate [...]

Pro-Equality Clergy Ask the Washington Legislature to Stop Infringing on Their Religious Freedom

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 4:47 pm

Washington’s marriage equality bill got its first public hearings in House and Senate committees on Monday. Faith leaders both Jewish and Christian came forward to testify in support of the bill. Their message to the legislature was clear: stop discriminating against our right to solumnize marriages for gay and lesbian couples. Civil marriage laws should [...]

Episcopalians believe in nothing says Family Policy Institute of Washington

By: Sunday November 13, 2011 10:31 am

Episcopalians believe in nothing and attend the First Universalist Church of We Believe in Nothing, according to Joseph Backholm, Executive Director of Family Policy Institute of Washington. FPIW is an affiliate of Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council and is linked to National Organization for Marriage. Anti-Episcopalian Religious Chauvinist Joseph Backholm, E.D. [...]

MN: 70 United Methodist ministers pledge to join same-sex couples in holy matrimony

By: Tuesday June 7, 2011 12:51 am

With the ongoing debate within the United Methodist Church (UMC) over its problematic “Position on Homosexuality“, and the recent news that an anti-equality marriage amendment will be on the ballot in Minnesota in 2012, Rev. Bruce Robbins decided to speak out.   Robbins is pastor of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.  Hennepin belongs [...]

An orange on the seder plate

By: Tuesday April 19, 2011 3:25 pm

Seder at the home of Laura Ruderman, a former Washington State Representative, and her husband Craig Greenberg. Pictured are Laura’s mother Equal Rights Washington Board member Margaret Rothschild and Margaret’s husband George Heidorn. I’ve just learned about this wonderful tradition.  Many progressive Jewish homes put an orange on the Passover seder plate as a symbol [...]

Rabbi Jonathan Singer: Seek equal rights, not tolerance

By: Sunday March 27, 2011 11:20 pm

What a pleasure it was to sit down for an interview with Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Senior Rabbi at Seattle, Washington’s Temple Beth Am.  This uncompromising advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people brought a new perspective to the congregation when he arrived in 1995; while his predecessor was “pretty homophobic”, Rabbi Singer actively [...]

Maryland faith leaders stand up for transgender equality

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 3:32 pm

Last week when I watched videos of the prayer breakfast that Equality Maryland sponsored for pro-equality faith leaders, I realized that although it’s probably happened before, it was the first time the I’d seen clergy making public statements in support of gender identity and expression anti-discrimination legislation.  I wanted to hear more from these folks [...]

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