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Equality Act

Black faith leaders’ proud legacy on civil rights should include LGBTQ rights

By Sabrina E. Dent — January 14, 2022
(RNS) — Black Christians know too well how discrimination can hide behind appeals to religious freedom.

‘Refusal to engage’: Gen Z sees gap in support of LGBTQ+ rights among faith groups

By Josh Packard and Robyn Henderson-Espinoza — January 3, 2022
(RNS) — Those looking for accepting communities may need to look outside of traditional houses of worship.

LGBTQ freedoms — all of our freedoms — depend on restoring voting rights

By Frederick A. Davie and Jacqui Lewis — August 16, 2021
(RNS) — Our democracy has long been improved by marginalized communities pursuing a place in American life.

Lil Nas X is inviting the Black church in with ‘Montero’

By Don Abram — April 6, 2021
(RNS) — 'Montero' is the anthem of a Black gay man roaring back from years of self-hate caused by anti-LGBTQ+ theologies. As a queer child of the Black church, it’s an anthem that resonates with me.

Black religious leaders, stand with our LGBTQ family

By Cornel West and Frederick A. Davie — March 30, 2021
(RNS) — Black LGBTQ leaders have labored alongside us so that all Black Americans could experience equality.

Why the Equality Act is no big threat to religious freedom

By Mark Silk — March 25, 2021
(RNS) — If push comes to shove, expect the Supreme Court to step in.

Study: Americans overwhelmingly support LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws

By Yonat Shimron — March 23, 2021
(RNS) — The 2020 American Values Atlas study from PRRI finds that at least 60% of every U.S. religious group favors laws that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. But religious leaders are another matter.

As Equality Act hearing begins, faith leaders meet with Sen. Coons to voice support

By Jack Jenkins — March 17, 2021
(RNS) — Wednesday’s hearing is the furthest the legislation, versions of which have been floating around Capitol Hill since the 1970s, has gotten in the legislative process.

Black pastors sign letter supporting compromise bill on LGBTQ equality

By Yonat Shimron — March 16, 2021
(RNS) — They expressed support for LGBTQ civil protections but are asking that the Senate take up a rival bill called Fairness for All, which includes religious exemptions.

LGBTQ rights bill ignites debate over religious liberty

By David Crary — March 8, 2021
(RNS) — The bill maintains exemptions for houses of worship, but faith-based homeless shelters and adoption or foster-care agencies that get federal funding would not be permitted to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

What’s in store for the Equality Act, and why do some religions want a revision?

By Yonat Shimron — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — The Equality Act likely won't pass in the US Senate, as is. But if the Senate were to include religious exemptions, it might.

Republicans introduce bill to protect LGBTQ rights and religious freedom

By Yonat Shimron — December 6, 2019
(RNS) — The ‘Fairness for All’ bill, introduced by Rep. Chris Stewart and eight other Republican legislators, is the culmination of a three-year effort to bridge the divide between LGBTQ people and religious conservatives.

Equality Act vote again pits Catholic nuns against bishops

By Thomas Reese — May 20, 2019
(RNS) — What's different this time around is that the nuns are divided, with some sisters objecting that the Equality Act could force Catholic hospitals to perform services that they consider immoral.

Russell Moore: “Equality Act is a threat to religious freedom”

By Eliel Cruz — August 12, 2015
The Southern Baptists are preparing to battle LGBT protections legislation. Should they?
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