From Huffington Post: Discrimination Is Never a Religious Value by Rev. Debra Haffner
We have reached a time when there is no turning back from the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in our society or in our faith communities. The national outrage over the Indiana law is surely a sign that we are approaching a time when sexual and gender diversity will be seen as a blessing that enriches all as surely the Creator intended.
CINCINNATI —On Wednesday, City Council passed a resolution supporting marriage equality and appreciation for the work of Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a grassroots public education campaign to build support for marriage equality in Ohio. continue
We applaud Cincinnati City Council for their support of this major social justice issue.
From NCR: It was the women who stayed by Christine Schenk:
Yesterday was the feast of the Annunciation. While I can't pretend to understand the mystical encounter narrated in Luke's Gospel, Sojourner Truth's take on the story always brings a smile:
Church Of England Appoints Alison White, Second Woman Bishop In Three Months:
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Church of England appointed its second woman bishop on Wednesday (March 25), only two months after it consecrated its first.
Alison White, 58, will become the next suffragan bishop of Hull, following closely on the heels of Bishop Libby Lane, who was consecrated in January as a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chester. A suffragan bishop is a bishop subordinate to a metropolitan or diocesan bishop. continue
From NCR: Where Pope Francis stands when it comes to women by Thomas Reese
When it comes to women, Pope Francis has five strikes against him, but he also has some good points.
From New York Times: French Parliament Debates Weight Standards for Fashion Models
NYT - PARIS — France, which often seems to have style and elegance written into its genetic code, is again confronting one of the dark sides of fashion: the glamorization of too-thin women.
Anorexia is a real problem. Is our cultural insistence, that beautiful women fashion models must be impossibly and unhealthily thin, part of that problem? Wouldn't these women be better role-models if their weight was more realistic, more healthy? The French Government should move forward with this legislation.
From Huffington Post: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Embraces LGBT-Inclusive Definition Of Marriage
The tide has turned for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to be married in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).
With this change, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) becomes one of the increasing number of Christian Denominations embracing a more loving and inclusive interpretation of Gospel Values. Congratulations.
Saturday in Orlando Florida, Luz Galilea was ordained to the Priesthood. The Ordination Homily was given by presiding Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan (ARCWP):
Mary, Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community, this is the day God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it as we ordain a woman priest!
From RNS via Huffington Post: San Francisco's Evangelical City Church Will No Longer Ask LGBT Members To Be Celibate
Senior pastor Fred Harrell Sr. and six board members of City Church, one of the largest members of the Reformed Church in America denomination, wrote in a letter emailed to members Friday:
We will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining…
We congratulate City Church for their evolution on this issue and for now taking a more loving approach to gospel values.
The Washington Blade profiles one of the Ohio plaintiffs in the marriage equality case which will be heard by the US Supreme Court this spring.
Two years ago when James Obergefell decided to sue the state of Ohio to recognize his marriage to his dying spouse, he didn’t envision his could be the case that decides the fate of marriage equality for the nation. continue
From Huffington Post: This Is What A Little Over A Year Of Religious Women Breaking Down Barriers Looks Like
Reverend Libby Lane - the Church of England's first female bishop
From NYT: Women See Themselves as Left Out Amid Talk of Change in Catholic Church by Elisabetta Povoledo
VATICAN CITY — In the first two years of his papacy, Pope Francis has stirred great expectations for change among Roman Catholics who believe that the church has not kept pace with the social transformations of secular society.
Slovenia has become the first Central European nation to approve Marriage Equality.
From Human Rights Campaign (HRC): Marriage Equality Comes to Slovenia
Today, HRC commended the government of Slovenia for passing legislation that will make it the 21st nation to grant full marriage rights to all of its citizens. continue
The 21 nations with full legal marriage equality are: