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(RNS) Gay and Muslim groups say they are relieved after a Michigan lawmaker agreed to drop a provision in an anti-bullying bill that would have carved out an exemption for religious or moral beliefs. State Sen. Rick Jones, a Republican, inserted a carve-out for a “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction” in the Senate […] Read More

(RNS) Mitch Mayne is not the first openly gay person to hold a key leadership post within the all-volunteer clergy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but he may be the first to announce it from the pulpit. On Sunday (Aug. 28), Mayne was installed as the “executive secretary” to the local […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Monday (May 2) declined to hear a Catholic group’s appeal accusing San Francisco supervisors of violating the Constitution when they disparaged the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay adoptions. The refusal lets stand last year’s ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said the New York-based Catholic […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) House Speaker John Boehner said on Friday (March 4) that he and fellow lawmakers will defend the Defense of Marriage Act after the Obama administration dropped its support for the law last month. “The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts—not by the president unilaterally—and this action by the House […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) If President Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice no longer want to defend the Defense of Marriage Act from challenges by gay rights activists, who will? Leading conservative law firms say they’re eager to defend the 1996 law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but that may not […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration announced on Wednesday (Feb. 23) it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, a nearly 15-year-old law that defines marriage as heterosexual unions. In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder said President Obama has determined the law, widely known as DOMA, is unconstitutional when applied to […] Read More

Members of a controversial Baptist church said they were undeterred after a federal jury ordered them to pay nearly $11 million for protesting at the funeral of a marine killed in Iraq, claiming publicity from the trial will help them to spread their message that God hates homosexuals around the world. “We are the No. […] Read More