Archive for the ‘Roman Catholic’ Category

Evangelicals, Catholics Softening Stances

January 15, 2011

Jay Bakker, son of televangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner, has become a gay-rights advocate among evangelical Christians.

According to two recent news reports, Catholics and evangelical Christians may be softening their views on lgbt rights and same-sex marriage. Follow the links for the full stories.


Catholic Parents Hold Illinois Meeting

October 3, 2010

Fortunate Families, a group of Catholic parents work to support their LGBT daughters and sons, will be holding a conference October 22 to 24 in Techny. For full information, visit the Fortunate Families web site.

Catholics Form Marriage Equality Group

October 1, 2010

A group of Catholic activists advocating for same-sex marriage equality have formed a new coalition called Equally Blessed. The coalition was formed by four existing Catholic organizations: Call to Action, DignityUSA, Fortunate Families, and New Ways Ministry. The press release announcing the groups formation is here.

Although the church leadership remains strong in its opposition, marriage equality enjoys strong support among lay members of the church.

Freedom to Marry Comes to South America

July 15, 2010

Argentina today became the first South American nation to grant same-sex couples the right to marry. The decision followed a marathon senate debate and giant public demonstrations from both supporters and opponents of the bill.

Although the opposition was led by Catholic and Evangelical Christians, at least one Catholic priest has vowed to defy church policy and marry same-sex couples.

South America is now the fourth continent on which at least one nation now grants marriage equality. The other three are North America (Canada), Africa (South Africa), and Europe (seven nations). Dare I say this feels like momentum?

Catholic Theologian Supports Freedom to Wed

July 11, 2010

Mary Hunt

Mary Hunt, a feminist Catholic theologian, makes a case for the freedom of same-sex couples to marry in the latest edition of The National Catholic Reporter.

Research Shows Tolerant Trend Among Religious

June 23, 2010

A study just released from the Public Religion Research Institute dispels many sterotypes about religious people’s views on social issues.  The study, called “Beyond the God Gap,” focused on four Christian groups that the researchers say make up 75 percent of the U.S. population: white evangelical Protestants, white mainline Protestants, African-American Protestants, and Roman Catholics. In all four groups, the researchers found that views on homosexuality and other topics were more progressive than commonly believed. An article by the authors in Huffington Post sums up some key findings.

Key findings in relation to homosexuality:

  • White Evangelical Christians: Although most White evangelicals hold negative views of homosexuality, they nonetheless 63% said they support protection from employment discrimination for gay and lesbian people and 67% believe that they should be able to serve in the military. They oppose legal recognition for same-sex couples, but the picture among young evanglical Christians is different A majority of 52% support either civil unions or legal marriage for same-sex couples.
  • White Mainline Protestants: Among this group, 86% support the right of gay and lesbian people to serve in the military and 78% support employment non-discrimination protections. On the issue of marriage, mainline Protestants are more supportive than other religious groups and the general population, but fall well short of majority support. More than one-third (34%) of mainline Protestants support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, and nearly the same number (36%) support civil unions for same-sex couples. Nearly half (48%) of young (age 18-34) mainline Protestants support marriage for same-sex couples.
  • African-American Protestants: More than 6-in-10 (63%) black Protestants support laws that would protect gay and lesbian people from job discrimination (Pew RLS 2007). However, a  majority (57%) oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. And nearly half say they support either marriage (27%) or civil unions (20%), compared to a similar number (48%) who do not favor any legal recognition for same-sex couples.
  • Roman Catholics: Catholics are strong supporters of most policy issues concerning gay and lesbian people. Approximately three-quarters (77%) of Catholics support allowing gay and lesbian people to serve in the military, and laws that would protect gay and lesbian people from job discrimination (75%). A solid majority (55%) of Catholics believe that gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to adopt children. On the issue of relationship recognition for same-sex couples, Catholic views largely mirror the general public. Approximately 6-in-10 Catholics support either marriage (30%) or civil unions (31%), compared to approximately one-third (32%) who say there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.