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Bishop Comes Out As Gay After ‘A Lifetime Of Denying’ The Truth

 | Huffington Post | July 27, 2015

A bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America came out as gay during the denomination’s recent youth conference in Detroit.

Bishop Kevin Kanouse, head of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana area of the ELCA, released a letter to church leaders explaining his announcement, saying he hoped his revelation would inspire hope in young people who may be struggling with their sexuality or with “other issues of self-esteem, rejection, and self-loathing.”

“We are keeping Bishop Kanouse, his family and members of the ELCA Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod in prayer,” ELCA presiding bishop Elizabeth Eaton told The Huffington Post.


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The Latest: Gay rights activist pleased with papal message

People line the street where Pope Francis passes in his popemobile as he makes his way to the Leon Condu stadium for an event in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, July 11, 2015. Pope Francis lauded the strength and religious fervor of Paraguayan women on Saturday while visiting the country's most important pilgrimage site, where thousands of his fellow Argentines joined with hundreds of thousands of local faithful to welcome Latin America's first pope. Photo: Victor R. Caivano, AP / AP

People line the street where Pope Francis passes in his popemobile as he makes his way to the Leon Condu stadium for an event in Asuncion, Paraguay, Saturday, July 11, 2015. Pope Francis lauded the strength and religious fervor of Paraguayan women on Saturday while visiting the country’s most important pilgrimage site, where thousands of his fellow Argentines joined with hundreds of thousands of local faithful to welcome Latin America’s first pope. Photo: Victor R. Caivano, AP
News Times | July 15, 2016

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis’ trip to South America:


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The Paraguayan gay rights activists who attended a gathering that Pope Francis held with 1,600 members of so-called civil society says some in his own movement thought he should have skipped it.

But Simon Cazal told The Associated Press after Saturday night’s event that he accepted the Paraguayan bishops’ conference’s invitation because he doesn’t think the Catholic Church will use his attendance for publicity purposes.

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What ‘Scandalous’ Changes Could Be Coming To The Catholic Church?

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Antonia Blumberg | Huffington Post | July 9, 2015

Pope Francis began a weeklong trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay on Sunday, where he has focused much of his attention on the church’s embrace of the poor, as well as promoting ecological awareness.

But on issues of the family, the pontiff hinted that “scandalous” changes could be on the Catholic Church’s horizon after bishops gather in Rome for a meeting on the topic later this year.

The meeting is a continuation of a synod that began in fall of 2014 and which addressed contentious issues, such as allowing communion for divorced Catholics and extending a welcome to people in the LGBT community.

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Gene Robinson, former first openly gay Episcopal bishop

Gene Robinson, former first openly gay Episcopal bishop


Brady McCombs, Rachel Zoll | Associated Press | South Florida Gay News | July 1, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

In 2003, the denomination made the trailblazing move of electing the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Since then, many dioceses have allowed their priests to perform civil same-sex weddings.

Still, the church hadn’t changed its own laws on marriage.

The vote on gay marriage is expected around midday in Salt Lake City at the denomination’s national assembly.

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Texas pastor denies plan to set self on fire if gay marriage was legalized, was only quoting a song

 | Raw Story | June 27, 2015

A Texas pastor who thundered that he would “Burn, if necessary” to stop the Supreme Court from legalizing gay marriage, claims he was only quoting from an old spiritual and that he has no intention on setting himself on fire, reports the Advocate.

In — literally — a ‘fire and brimstone‘ proclamation, Pastor Rick Scarborough said he and his fellow pastors should band together to halt the growing threat of same sex marriage, saying, “We are not going to bow, we are not going to bend, and if necessary, we will burn.”

Twenty-four hours after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage, Scarborough explained that he wasn’t really going to set himself on fire — he was just using the words of a Christian spiritual to rally the troops.

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Supreme Court’s Marriage Ruling is Shocking Abuse of Power, Will Never Be Accepted

Contact: J.P. Duffy or Alice Chao, Family Research Council, 866-372-6397

WASHINGTON, June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision forcing the people in all 50 states to embrace same-sex “marriage,” regardless of their votes to define marriage in their states as a man-woman institution.

Of the decision FRC President Tony Perkins said:

“Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature.

“In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution, in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its own legitimacy.

“No court can overturn natural law.  Nature and Nature’s God, hailed by the signers of our Declaration of Independence as the very source of law, cannot be usurped by the edict of a court, even the United States Supreme Court.

“Marriage is rooted not only in human history, but also in the biological and social reality that children are created by, and do best when raised by, a mother and a father. No court ruling can alter this truth.

“It is folly for the Court to think that it has resolved a controversial issue of public policy. By disenfranchising 50 million Americans, the Court has instead supercharged this issue.

“Just as with Roe v. Wade in 1973, the courts will not have the final say on this profound social matter. The American people will stand up for their right to have a voice and a vote, especially as they experience the ways in which redefining marriage fundamentally impairs their freedom to live and work in accordance with their beliefs.

“With this ruling, the Supreme Court has set our government on a collision course with America’s cherished religious freedoms, explicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution.

“Americans will not stop standing for transcendent truth, nor accept the legitimacy of this decision.  Truth is not decided by polls or the passage of time, but by the One who created time and everything that exists therein.

“We will not lapse into silence but will continue to speak uncompromisingly for the truth about what marriage is, always has been, and always will be: the union of one man and one woman,” concluded Perkins.

Family Research Council’s amicus brief in this case can be found here:

Chief Justice Gives Ominous Warning on Marriage & Faith

Contact: Kenneth Chan, National Religious Broadcasters, 703-331-4520,

MANASSAS, Va., June 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — NRB is repulsed by the Supreme Court’s decision today to undermine the institution of marriage by imposing “gay marriage” nationwide. Moreover, taking note of Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissenting opinion, NRB is concerned about the Court’s intentions for the clearly delineated guarantee in the U.S. Constitution that citizens may freely exercise their religion.

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, declared, “This judicial activism is a slap at democratic governance and shows disdain for a holy institution that has been the bedrock of human society for millennia.”

While the Court’s majority ruling, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, does not completely ignore the First Amendment, its wording is alarming. Justice Kennedy emphasizes that people of faith “may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned” and that the Constitution protects them “as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths.”

However, in his dissenting opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts warns that “accommodations” for the faithful are at risk. He cautions, “The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to ‘advocate’ and ‘teach’ their views of marriage…. The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to ‘exercise’ religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses.”

“Christians citizens must be free to believe, free to speak, and free to obey what the Bible says about marriage – in and out of church, seven days a week,” stated Dr. Johnson. “Especially after the Obama Administration’s shocking admission to the Court, which somehow did not dissuade this ruling, we need the First Amendment Defense Act.”

During oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges before the Supreme Court, when asked if a ruling imposing “gay marriage” nationwide could lead to a college potentially losing its tax-exempt status for adhering to its convictions on marriage, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli stated, “…it’s certainly going to be an issue…. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is – it is going to be an issue.”

NRB supports the First Amendment Defense Act (S. 1598, H.R. 2802) and similar state legislation that would bar the government from threatening the tax treatment, grant, contract, license, or certification of individuals or organizations that uphold their religious conviction that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

“Roe did not end the debate on abortion; rather it sparked new energy in the battle to defend the sanctity of human life. This ruling will not be the end for marriage,” Dr. Johnson proclaimed.

About NRB
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at

About the NRB Convention
The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB 2016 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. For more information, go to

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