Charlie Van Dyke
Simply Loving
Posted May 16, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in GLBTQ
James Martin, S.J.

Everybody knows that same-sex marriage and homosexual acts are contrary to Catholic moral teaching. Yet that same teaching also says that gay and lesbian people must be treated with “respect, sensitivity and compassion.” As more states pass laws legalizing same-sex marriage, more gay and lesbian Catholics are entering into these... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
This week Bishop Martin McLee of the New York Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church announced that he was dismissing a church trial against the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree. Ogletree, an 80-year-old retired United Methodist pastor and former seminary dean, officiated at a same-sex wedding in the fall of 2012. The wedding was of his son, T... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Same Sex Marriage in Oklahoma
Posted January 17, 2014 by Charlie Van Dyke in GLBTQ
The last thing most people want to do is read a court ruling. They’re tiresome, filled with legal jargon, footnotes, and all sorts of oddities.

So I did.

Yesterday, United States District Judge Terence C. Kern ruled that Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it “violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Ame... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Not Welcome Here...
Posted December 5, 2013 by Charlie Van Dyke in GLBTQ
By Suzanne Brockman

"Oh!" my mom said as we chatted on the phone. "Dad and I would love it if you and Ed could come with us to Christmas Eve services." And there it was, the conversation I desperately didn't want to have. "Our friends would love to see you," Mom continued, and inwardly I winced.

I knew my parents got a lot from their church, not ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
(CNN)– For more than two decades, the Rev. R. Guy Erwin couldn't officially be a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. On Friday, he was elected a bishop.

Erwin's election signals a shift not only for the ELCA – the nation's seventh largest church – but also for American Christianity. Only one other mainline Protestant denomination... read more
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