Archive for July, 2010

Rabbi Changes from “Homophobe” to Advocate

July 6, 2010

Rabbi Peter Knoebel

On the occasion of his retirement, The Chicago Tribune features a profile of Rabbi Peter Knobel, who served Congregation Beth Emet of Evanston for 30 years.

In the story, Knobel says he was once a “homophobe,” but changed his views after serving on a rabbinic committee studying the issue of same-sex relationships. After changing his mind, he began to officiate at same-sex weddings and has become an advocate on the issue. Knobel says that one should always be prepared to change one’s mind on issues.

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Giannoulias Discusses His Marriage Equality View

July 6, 2010

Freedom to Marry has posted a new interview with Senate candidate and Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, explaining his reasons for supporting marriage equality. In the interview, he cites his spiritual beliefs as a motivating factor. He also says that he knows his view could offend some voters, but he is doing what the thinks is right.

More on the Marin Foundation

July 2, 2010

Following on yesterday’s post, I just want to be clear about something. Simply reporting about an organization in a blog post or offering a link does not imply any relationship between the Illinois Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry and that organization. I have found that there are mixed opinions about the Marin Foundation out there. This coalition does not endorse The Marin Foundation and The Marin Foundation does not endorse us. We have no relationship at all at this time.

Some accuse them of believing that homosexuality is a sin and using reconciliation only as a rapport-building strategy with LGBT poeple before then trying to convert them to homosexuality. I don’t know whether that is true, but there did seem to be something genuine in the hug story.

Pride Offers Chances for Reconciliation

July 1, 2010


I had a great time a Pride last weekend riding on the Unitarian Universalist float. My friend Katie and I also visited with  and gathered petition signatures from folks from a lot of other groups before the parade stepoff, including the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming ChurchesMCCUnity in Chicago, and others.

But there was one religious group I’m sorry I missed. They didn’t march in the parade, but they stood on the side of the streets wearing T-shirts and carrying signs that said, “I’m sorry.” They were Christians from a group called The Marin Foundation expressing regret for their sins against LGBT people. A blogger named Nathan was one of those wearing the “I’m sorry” T-shirts and he tells a moving story about the hug featured in the picture above. I really suggest you follow the link and read it.

This story gives me hope for a future of greater understanding and respect for LGBT people from Christians and other people of faith. Please share any pictures or stories you have from Pride.