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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

Marriage Equality Will Not End LGBT Discrimination

Gay and lesbian support rallyAs the Supreme Court decides who can say “I do,” finally passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is something that Congress must do.

by Sally Steenland | Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Ever-Evolving Institution of Marriage

DOMADespite 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

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

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.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

Twin Freedoms

Catholic support of gay marriage holds sign saying so 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

Gay and Transgender Issues

Rev. Mark TiddAmericans are becoming less opposed to marriage equality and increasingly unlikely to base their vote on antigay and antitransgender measures.

by Jack Jenkins | Wednesday, October 3, 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

From Harvey Milk to the White House: Gay Marriage Evolutions

The late Harvey Milk is smiling at the president's support for marriage equality, writes Bishop Gene Robinson.

by Bishop Gene Robinson | Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Support Shows Diversity in African-American Religious Community

I commend President Obama for doing the right thing in expressing his support for marriage equality. As a president who has championed the cause of justice and equality for all Americans, his statement sends the right message at the right time. While some ponder the political impact of his pronouncement, I applaud him for exhibiting […]

by Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley | Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Will Black Voters Follow Obama on Gay Marriage?

Madison T. Shockley II explores whether black voters will follow the president's leadership to grow in support of gay and transgender equality.

by Madison T. Shockley II | Sunday, May 13, 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