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Archive for February, 2013

Leading to End Discrimination Against Trans Folk

As many Americans continue to struggle with unemployment, the transgender community is being hit especially hard. CNNMoney recently spoke with six transgender people struggling in the economy. Read more

To SCOTUS: Love Is the Heart of Marriage

Proposition 8 litigators David Boies and Theodore Olson filed a brief with the Supreme Court this past week previewing the arguments they will present to the Justices on March 26. In the brief, Boies and Olson criticize marriage equality opponents for their “cramped definition of marriage” that largely channels heterosexual potential into “responsible procreation.”

“Proponents do not even mention the word ‘love.’ They seem to have no understanding of the privacy, liberty, and associational values that underlie this Court’s recognition of marriage as a fundamental, personal right.” Read more

Marriage Equality Is a Conservative Cause

Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor and presidential hopeful, makes a conservative argument for marriage equality in The American Conservative this week. Huntsman writes about his support for civil unions and LGBTQ equality during his time as Utah’s governor. He advocates that the party of Lincoln “should stand with our best tradition of equality and support full civil marriage for all Americans.” Read more

Statement from MLP National Board of Directors

The More Light Presbyterians National Board of Directors met in Tampa, FL from February 15th. to 18th. and issued the following statement.

Meeting in Tampa, FL, the Board of More Light Presbyterians is grateful to God for the movement of the Holy Spirit clear to us in these times.

We are grateful for all the new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Presbyterians who have been ordained and installed to the office of Deacon, Ruling and Teaching Elder.  As we live into the reformed standard of the church for ordination, we rejoice in their gifts for service and leadership. Read more

Defining In God’s Diverse Creation of Sexuality and Gender

God’s creation is incredibly diverse and beautiful. For many young adults, the acronym “LGBT” has the potential of defining out more nuanced experiences of sexuality and gender.

“People are seeing all the things that fall out of the binary,” writes Michael Schulman at the New York Times, “and demanding that a name come into being.” Read more

Banning LGBT Students from Prom Is Not Christlike

A group of parents, teens and a teacher are fighting for a separate “traditional” prom in the town of Sullivan, Indiana. The prom would exclude LGBT students and is being organized at a local Christian congregation in the area. First Christian Church, whose pastor says the congregation has nothing to do with the group, just rented space. At the center of the controversy is special education teacher Diana Medley who stated on NBC 2/My Wabash Valley that LGBT people don’t have a purpose in life and need to change. Medley does not teach at Sullivan High School. Read more

Honoring the Whole Child of God

Rev. Tara Spuhler McCabe resigned as Vice Moderator of the 220th General Assembly three days after being confirmed. Her decision to perform a religious wedding ceremony for a same gender couple around the time she was asked to stand for Vice Moderator created “distracting tension in the church.” McCabe’s resignation came from “that same pastoral core that led me to be present with two women in their sacred moment in DC.” Read more

Ending Violence Against LGBT Students

Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in schools and colleges provide a safe, welcoming, and affirming physical and emotional space for LGBT students and today is National GSA Day. According to National GSA Day, “Violence and discrimination against LGBT students is the rule, not the exception, in American schools. It is a national disgrace that students feel threatened in school simply because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.” Read more

More Light in Delaware Marriage Campaign

“We believe 2013 is the right time for marriage [equality] in Delaware,” said Wilmington attorney Lisa Goodman, president of Equality Delaware. After winning passage of Delaware’s civil unions bill in 2011, Equality Delaware ramped up its marriage equality campaign last week. First and Central Presbyterian Church, a welcoming and affirming More Light Church in Wilmington, hosted one of two meetings to launch the campaign. The church also hosts weekly meetings for Equality Delaware. Read more