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Gender & Sexuality

Southern Baptists cut ties with LGBTQ-friendly church

By Peter Smith — September 21, 2022
(AP) — The committee on Tuesday approved a statement that College Park Baptist Church was not in 'friendly cooperation' due to its 'open affirmation, approval and endorsement of homosexual behavior.'

Belgian bishops propose prayer for gay couples, not marriage

By Samuel Petrequin and Nicole Winfield — September 20, 2022
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Yeshiva University halts clubs amid high court LGBTQ ruling

By Associated Press — September 19, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this week that ordered the school to recognize an LGBTQ student group, Yeshiva University officials said on Friday that they will halt all undergraduate student club activity.

SCOTUS says Yeshiva University must recognize LGBTQ club as legal battle continues

By Kathryn Post — September 15, 2022
(RNS) — Yeshiva University must first pursue relief through the state courts before the Supreme Court can intervene.

Faculty, students sue Christian school over LGBTQ hiring ban

By David Crary — September 12, 2022
(AP) – A group of 16 students, faculty and staff at the Christian Seattle Pacific University sued the leaders of the school's board of trustees for an employment policy barring people in same-sex relationships from full-time jobs.

Indiana abortion ban challenged under religious freedom law

By Tom Davies — September 9, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit filed on Thursday by the ACLU of Indiana argues that the abortion ban set to take effect next week violates a state religious-freedom law that was approved by Republican lawmakers in 2015.

Serbia Orthodox church head publicly supports EuroPride ban

By Jovana Gec — September 7, 2022
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's Orthodox Church head said he is supporting a ban on the pan-European LGBTQ event EuroPride, which is due to take place in Belgrade next week.

She was an early church deacon. Catholic women now want to reclaim her example.

By Yonat Shimron — September 2, 2022
(RNS) — On Saturday (Sept. 3), 56 pilgrims from four countries will gather in Mexico City to celebrate St. Phoebe’s feast day and consider how they might urge the church to reclaim the diaconate for women.

Indiana court sides with Catholic diocese in teacher firing

By Tom Davies — September 1, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana teacher who was fired from his job at a Catholic high school after entering a same-sex marriage cannot sue the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Yeshiva University petitions Supreme Court to intervene in LGBTQ club dispute

By Kathryn Post — August 30, 2022
(RNS) — The Orthodox Jewish university filed an emergency request to the Supreme Court on Monday.

Retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland dies at age 95

By Associated Press — August 23, 2022
(AP) – The liberal archbishop, who pushed for social justice and spoke openly about his struggles with being gay, has died at age 95, according to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Australian Anglicans split over same-sex marriage

By Kathryn Post — August 18, 2022
(RNS) — A conservative Anglican splinter group launched in Australia this week, citing the Anglican Church of Australia’s failure to condemn same-sex marriage.

Vatican finds ‘insufficient elements’ to open investigation into Cardinal Ouellet

By Marika Proctor — August 18, 2022
(RNS) — A woman has accused Cardinal Marc Ouellet, formerly the archbishop of Quebec, of inappropriately touching her lower back and kissing her on the cheek during public events that took place in 2010 and 2008.

Report: Nonreligious LGBTQ people face heightened stigma, conceal their beliefs

By Alejandra Molina — August 17, 2022
(RNS) — A new report details the extent to which nonreligious LGBTQ people experience both religious oppression and anti-LGBTQ sentiment.
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