Hillary Rodham Clinton received the endorsement of the United States' largest gay rights group, further cementing her support among socially liberal groups.
The Human Rights Campaign released a statement earlier this week in support of the current Democratic primary frontrunner, declaring "HRC for HRC."
"She has stood with us, and now it's our turn. Her fight is our fight," stated the HRC group, listing various positions that Clinton has taken in support of gay marriage and antidiscrimination laws. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham praised the Anglican Communion's decision last Thursday to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church over its embrace of same-sex marriage, calling it a "major scolding they deserve."
In a Facebook post issued Sunday morning, Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian aid group Samaritan's Purse, argued that the three-year suspension and sanctions put in place by the Archbishops of the Worldwide Anglican Communion last Thursday during their meeting in Canterbury, England, should help the Episcopal Church realize that they have moved in a direction "contrary to the Bible."
"The Episcopal Church in the U.S. has just received a major scolding. The worldwide Anglican Communion voted to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church this week because it has embraced same-sex marriage, allowing the election of homosexual priests and allowing same-sex marriages to be performed," Graham wrote. "They deserve to be called out for this — it is wrong and is against what Almighty God clearly teaches in His Word." more >>
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has declared that the denomination will not cease its support for gay marriage despite its three-year suspension by the Anglican Communion last week.
"They heard from me directly that that's not something that we're considering," Bishop Michael Curry told The Associated Press on Friday, talking about the sanctions imposed on the denomination after its leaders refused support the biblical definition of marriage. "They basically understand we made our decision, and this is who we are, and we're committed to being a house of prayer for all."
At the same time, however, Curry said he wants to continue working toward Anglican unity despite the different points of view on the divisive issue. more >>
Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, has claimed that one of the reasons so many Muslims are joining the Islamic State is because they want to escape the world's "godless" embrace of homosexuality.
In the interview, Kirill says: "[ISIS] is creating a civilization that is new by comparison to the established one that is godless, secular and even radical in its secularism," he said. more >>
An appeals court ruled that the owners of a farm in New York State must pay a $13,000 fine for refusing to have a same-sex wedding on their property despite their religious objection to gay marriage.
The Third Judicial Department of the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division ruled on Thursday that Cynthia and Robert Gifford engaged in unlawful discrimination when they refused to have a gay wedding performed on their property in 2012.
In their ruling the New York court concluded that the Gifford's farm, which is known as Liberty Ridge Farm, fit the legal definition of a place of public accommodation. more >>
Leaders representing 88 million Anglicans have decided to suspend the U.S.-based, theologically liberal Episcopal Church for its pro-gay marriage position.
At a meeting of Anglican Primates hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, leaders representing the worldwide body announced Thursday that they were suspending The Episcopal Church.
"The traditional doctrine of the Church in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union. The majority of those gathered reaffirm this teaching," stated the Primates. more >>