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
We have it so much easier than generations of LGBT people before us, but even we're not off the hook yet.
So, one year later, how has the Obergefell decision affected the body of Christ? Well, "Not much. And a great deal."
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.
I once voted against same-sex marriage, and now I'm married to a man.
Approaching the first anniversary of "marriage equality," I'm impelled to look back at the last year with gratitude, sadness, and prayer.
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.
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."
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.
We stand together, we remember the ones we have lost, we fight fiercely for the freedom of all.
I have to wonder if this means he'll apologize for attempting to block marriage equality in Argentina.
As preachers rail for "traditional values" and bakeries screen wedding cake customers, marriage equality is now legal in all fifty states, because...
Far too many of us would rather LGBT people keep their distance and keep our churches free from their influence.
Every 10 seconds, the bell tolled. The bells divided the longest eight minutes of silence the city of Orlando has ever heard.
We need images of the divine masculine to model for us how men can break free of toxic masculinity.
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.
It was less than 24 hours after the Orlando shooting that I saw the first Catholic in a combox complaining about LGBTQ identities.
Mastura Debra Graugnard
Was the shooter acting in accordance with Islamic Law? Could such an act really be condoned by the religion of Islam?
The left is blaming Christians for the Orlando attack on gays and lesbians, while defending Islam.
Understanding LGBTQ Rights
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?
Gay, straight, heterosexual, homosexual: All these terms represent the fears and desires of specific cultures and moments.
The discussion about gay marriage is a terrifically sensitive topic and for the faithful Catholic, it's an incredible easy conversation to lose.
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.
The will of the people in North Carolina is not the priority of the federal government.
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.
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?
You can't have a small government that dictates who can use what restroom.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Bishops of the Anglican Communion have suspended the Episcopal Church of the USA over their decision to endorse same sex marriage.
The Church's recent coupling of polygamy and gay marriage makes this particular issue worth pointing out.
Deny other people rights to the afterlife all you want, but you can't deny legal rights in this life.
Robert R. Reilly
Why have the pro-natural family forces been losing in court?
Somehow, we've believed that on this issue, there is no room for grace or disagreement.
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.