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WASHINGTON (RNS) The Southern Poverty Law Center is adding the Family Research Council and four other conservative religious organizations to its list of hate groups because of “falsehoods” in their anti-gay statements. Mark Potok, director of the center’s Intelligence Project, said the groups were not chosen because of their beliefs that homosexual activity is sinful. […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) As the Pentagon readies a long-awaited survey of military personnel on lifting the Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell policy, a new poll suggests broad support across religious groups for allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly. The Pentagon report, expected to be released Tuesday (Nov. 30), will include a survey of some 400,000 military personnel, […] Read More

(RNS) The Department of Health and Human Services unveiled regulations on Wednesday (Nov. 17) that will require hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid financing to drop any visitation policies that discriminate against gays, lesbians and transsexuals. The new rule, which will take effect in January, requires that hospitals have a written policy that must be […] Read More

BERLIN (RNS) Gay and lesbian Lutheran ministers in the conservative German state of Bavaria may live with their partners in parish parsonages, but only if they enter into a state-sanctioned civil union. Although the move may seem bold for what is generally considered one of Germany’s most traditional states, Bishop Johannes Friedrich of the Evangelical […] Read More

(RNS) A newly published compilation of guidelines used worldwide by leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has softened the language about gay Mormons. The book, known as the Church Handbook of Instructions, lays out Mormon policies on everything from baptism to running a worship service to counseling troubled marriages. The updated […] Read More

(RNS) Most Americans believe messages about homosexuality coming from religious institutions contribute to negative views of gays and lesbians, and higher rates of suicide among gay youths, a new poll reports. While split on whether same-sex relations are sinful, Americans are more than twice as likely to give houses of worship low marks on handling […] Read More

JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel, like the United States, is a largely secular society with deep religious roots. And Israel, like the United States, is home to vocal religious conservatives who frown on homosexuality. But Israel, unlike the United States, has allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military for 17 years. In fact, they […] Read More

WARSAW (RNS/ENInews) Polish Catholic leaders have defended the right of Catholic schools not to hire gay or lesbian teachers after human rights groups called for a government minister who supports the policy to resign. “We must defend someone’s right to declare their views and convictions publicly,” Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw told the Gazeta Wyborcza […] Read More

TEANECK, N.J. (RNS) After enduring “a firestorm” of criticism from all factions of Judaism, New Jersey’s oldest Jewish newspaper says it overreacted in printing and then rescinding its first published same-sex wedding announcement. “We did not expect the heated response we got. We believe now that we may have acted too quickly in … responding […] Read More

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) An assistant attorney general in Michigan is defending his rights as a “Christian private citizen” to denounced the openly gay student body president of the University of Michigan. Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday (Sept. 28) that his online campaign against UM’s Chris Armstrong is conducted […] Read More