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LGBT: Faith and Equality

Religious Liberty + Marriage Equality = Harmony, Not Dissension

Despite opposition activists’ rhetoric, support for nondiscrimination laws and religious liberty are positively connected.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Partners for LGBT Equality

The recent Supreme Court decisions supporting marriage equality underscores the successful alliance that has been forged between the religious community and LGBT advocates.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, July 10, 2013


The Ever-Evolving Institution of Marriage

Despite claims by many conservatives and religious leaders, marriage has not always been a union between one man and one woman but over the years has embraced practices that even most strident marriage traditionalists might abhor.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Carri Jo Anderson holds a bucket of Kuntucky Fried Chicken and a gay pride sign as she joins the protest in front of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Pompano Beach, Fla.

‘Religious Liberty’ Does Not Give People a License to Discriminate

Claims of threats to “religious liberty” are all too often not about the free exercise of religion but instead about discriminating against gay Americans.

By Crosby Burns | Monday, October 15, 2012

Catholic support of gay marriage holds sign saying so

Twin Freedoms

book_alt2 icon Report The freedoms to worship and to marry are both important American values, and they are wholly compatible with one another.

By Crosby Burns and Jeff Krehely | Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Freedom to Work, the Freedom to Worship

article icon Issue Brief Crosby Burns and Jeff Krehely examine the religious exemption of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in more detail and compare it to religious exemptions found in the nation’s major employment nondiscrimination law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

By Crosby Burns and Jeff Krehely | Monday, June 11, 2012

LGBT Equality Within the Church

Aisha Moodie-Mills and Sally Steenland talk with Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley, co-pastor of the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C., about his work toward LGBT equality within the church.

By Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, Sally Steenland, and Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley | Thursday, October 27, 2011

House Holds Defense Bill Hostage to Social Prejudices

The House-passed National Defense Authorization Act seeks to prevent military chaplains from performing same-sex marriages, setting up a possible failure to pass a defense funding bill, explain Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Friday, October 14, 2011

National Coming Out Day in Church

Eleni Towns presents five ways that major Christian groups support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality in our nation.

By Eleni Towns | Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gays Are Us, Part II

Rev. Dr. Dennis Wiley unpacks some of the arguments used to claim that LGBT equality is not a black issue.

By Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley | Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gays Are Us

LGBT equality is just as important as other social justice issues, all of which are interconnected, writes Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley.

By Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley | Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Time to Stop Death in Uganda Is Now!

The Ugandan Parliament is set to vote this week on an extreme bill that targets gays and lesbians for imprisonment and even death. Bishop Gene Robinson and Andre Banks explain what you can do to help stop it.

By Bishop Gene Robinson and Andre Banks | Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Nation of Support for Marriage Equality

For the first time ever, a majority of Americans support marriage equality, proving that the public is moving ahead of the religious institutions and politicians living in the past, writes Sally Steenland.

By Sally Steenland | Monday, March 21, 2011

Keeping the Faith

book_alt2 icon Report Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite and Marta Cook highlight the efforts of faith communities and LGBT advocates in Tennessee.

By Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite and Marta Cook | Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Working for Equality in the Great Lakes State

book_alt2 icon Report In order to achieve human rights and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in Michigan, both the faith and LGBT communities need to more fully understand each other and work together, write Sally Steenland and Susan Thistlethwaite.

By Sally Steenland and Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Thursday, January 27, 2011

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