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LGBTQ Rights and Religious Freedom
Seeking Balance Between Equality and Sanctity

The debate over marriage equality has always been a divisive issue.

For many religious institutions which believe that queer sexuality violates God's norms and jeopardizes the family, gay marriage threatens their religious freedom. For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, denying access to the protection and status that marriage affords violates their civil rights and excludes them from full participation in society. Here we ask the question: does the struggle for LGBTQ equality threaten religious freedom?


Obergefell in the Shadow of Orlando: Same-Sex Marriage One Year Later

It's Been a Year, and We're Still Not Equal

It's Been a Year, and We're Still Not Equal

Camille Beredjick

We have it so much easier than generations of LGBT people before us, but even we're not off the hook yet.

The Church After Obergefell

The Church After Obergefell

Chelsen Vicari

So, one year later, how has the Obergefell decision affected the body of Christ? Well, "Not much. And a great deal."

How Many Pastors Were Forced to Perform Gay Marriages?

How Many Pastors Were Forced to Perform Gay Marriages?

Dan Arel

Well, here we are, one year later and I am shocked by the number of pastors, priests, and religious leaders forced to take part in same-sex marriages.

From No You Can't, to I Do

From No You Can't, to I Do

David Khalaf

I once voted against same-sex marriage, and now I'm married to a man.

Gay Male Looking For More: A Reflection on Liberation

Gay Male Looking For More: A Reflection on Liberation

Julian Alvarez

Approaching the first anniversary of "marriage equality," I'm impelled to look back at the last year with gratitude, sadness, and prayer.

Real Weddings and Real Weddings

Real Weddings and Real Weddings

Rev. Catharine Clarenbach

For us, as for many people who have been legally prevented from marrying, what we built was ours, what we made was ours, the ceremony we wrote and the wedding we had was ours.

Get Off the Fence: Why

Get Off the Fence: Why "We Welcome Everyone" Isn't Enough

Erin Wathen

It is way past time to keep placating the handful of people who are uncomfortable with being "the gay church," or who don't want to be "So in your face about it."

Obergefell and Orlando, What Do We Do Now?

Obergefell and Orlando, What Do We Do Now?

Susan Cottrell

It was just a year ago that we cried tears of joy when marriage equality became the law of the land. Now we cry tears of unspeakable pain and grief.

Lord and Lady Peter and Marriage Equality

Lord and Lady Peter and Marriage Equality

Christy Thomas

In the midst of the mess that the U.S. is right now, we got this one right.

One Year Later: Still Afraid, But Still Proud

One Year Later: Still Afraid, But Still Proud

Pat Mosley

Same-sex marriage has been law of the land for a year. But I'd be lying if I said I'm not still afraid.

Most Recent Posts

Standing With Community on Pride Weekend

Standing With Community on Pride Weekend

Brandy Williams

We stand together, we remember the ones we have lost, we fight fiercely for the freedom of all.

About Pope Francis: Evaluating a Catholic LGBT Apology

About Pope Francis: Evaluating a Catholic LGBT Apology

Luciano Gonzalez

I have to wonder if this means he'll apologize for attempting to block marriage equality in Argentina.

Love Marches On

Love Marches On

Amy Butler

As preachers rail for "traditional values" and bakeries screen wedding cake customers, marriage equality is now legal in all fifty states, because...

My Neighbor Is Gay?

My Neighbor Is Gay?

Dan Chappell

Far too many of us would rather LGBT people keep their distance and keep our churches free from their influence.

How We Nonbelievers in Orlando Grieved

How We Nonbelievers in Orlando Grieved

David Williamson

Every 10 seconds, the bell tolled. The bells divided the longest eight minutes of silence the city of Orlando has ever heard.

Father's Day After Orlando

Father's Day After Orlando

Amy Beltaine

We need images of the divine masculine to model for us how men can break free of toxic masculinity.

Sex in the Kingdom of God

Sex in the Kingdom of God

Nancy Rockwell

What the Christian tradition can do for the world... in response to Orlando, is to talk more and teach more about the evolution of our understanding of human sexuality and the grace of God.

Not the Time or Place

Not the Time or Place

Melinda Selmys

It was less than 24 hours after the Orlando shooting that I saw the first Catholic in a combox complaining about LGBTQ identities.

What Does Islamic Law Say About Homosexuality?

What Does Islamic Law Say About Homosexuality?

Mastura Debra Graugnard

Was the shooter acting in accordance with Islamic Law? Could such an act really be condoned by the religion of Islam?

Are Christians Responsible for the Orlando Shooting?

Are Christians Responsible for the Orlando Shooting?

Gene Veith

The left is blaming Christians for the Orlando attack on gays and lesbians, while defending Islam.

Understanding LGBTQ Rights

Same-sex Marriage & Religious Freedom

Same-sex Marriage & Religious Freedom

Richard Ostling

The Supreme Court's decision to abolish the Defense of Marriage Act suggests the eventual legalization of same-sex marriage. What exactly will this mean?

Beyond Sexual Identity: Not Whether, But How

Beyond Sexual Identity: Not Whether, But How

Eve Tushnet

Gay, straight, heterosexual, homosexual: All these terms represent the fears and desires of specific cultures and moments.

Gay Marriage: Getting the Conversation Right

Gay Marriage: Getting the Conversation Right

Gregory Popcak

The discussion about gay marriage is a terrifically sensitive topic and for the faithful Catholic, it's an incredible easy conversation to lose.

The Gay Marriage Debate & Christians' Rights

The Gay Marriage Debate & Christians' Rights

Roger E. Olson

My concern is about conservative Christians having the right to refuse service to gays when they truly believe it would cause them (the Christians) to sin.

More Commentary

DoJ's Threat to NC, a Threat to States' Rights

DoJ's Threat to NC, a Threat to States' Rights

Mark Meckler

The will of the people in North Carolina is not the priority of the federal government.

The Lie Behind the Transgender Bathroom Predator Myth

The Lie Behind the Transgender Bathroom Predator Myth

Libby Anne

Laws barring trans bathroom access don't just keep trans women out of women's bathrooms, they also keep trans men in women's bathrooms.

Big Business vs. Religious Liberty

Big Business vs. Religious Liberty

Gene Veith

This is a reminder that big businesses—from WalMart to the NFL—for whatever reason, tend to be socially liberal. Why do you think that is?

Whatever Happened to Small Government Conservatives?

Whatever Happened to Small Government Conservatives?

Libby Anne

You can't have a small government that dictates who can use what restroom.

What Does the Episcopalian Suspension Mean?

What Does the Episcopalian Suspension Mean?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Bishops of the Anglican Communion have suspended the Episcopal Church of the USA over their decision to endorse same sex marriage.

Polygamy and the New LDS Policy

Polygamy and the New LDS Policy

Michael Haycock

The Church's recent coupling of polygamy and gay marriage makes this particular issue worth pointing out.

Privilege: You Have Religious Freedom

Privilege: You Have Religious Freedom

Caryn Riswold

Deny other people rights to the afterlife all you want, but you can't deny legal rights in this life.

Missing Morality in a Case for Natural Marriage

Missing Morality in a Case for Natural Marriage

Robert R. Reilly

Why have the pro-natural family forces been losing in court?

LGBTQ Affirming Christians:

LGBTQ Affirming Christians: "False Teachers"?

Brandan Robertson

Somehow, we've believed that on this issue, there is no room for grace or disagreement.

There's No Third Way on Gay Marriage

There's No Third Way on Gay Marriage

Tony Jones

I contend there's no third way for the church on this issue. You either affirm marriage equality in your practices, or you do not.

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