Charlie Van Dyke
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota is set to become the 12th U.S. state where gay couples can get married after a final legislative vote Monday that will let the weddings start on Aug. 1.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has pledged to sign the bill, and scheduled a ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the front steps of the Capitol in St. Paul to do so.

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Charlie Van Dyke
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Rev. Robert Jeffress has changed the way he talks about homosexuality from the pulpit.

The pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas hasn't stopped preaching that homosexual sex is sinful, but he no longer singles it out for special condemnation. Now, Jeffress says he usually talks about homosexuality within "a bigger... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By Sharon Groves
From washingtonpost

The coming weeks will provide ample opportunity for minute, precinct-by-precinct analysis of how marriage equality advocates secured victory on ballot measures in Maryland, Minnesota, Maine and Washington. We’ll all learn more about inroads made in unlikely communities—African American Protestants in Prince Geo... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By Eric Rosswood
From examiner.com

The 2012 election was a historic moment for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. For the first time, a marriage equality ballot initiative went up for vote in the United States and actually passed. The National Organization for Marriage has continuously used the argument that marriage equality h... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
From examiner.com

With a stroke of his pen on Saturday, California Governor Jerry Brown made history. The Golden State is the first in the nation to ban the controversial and discredited practice known as "conversion therapy" for use on minors. The bill, SB1172 was sponsored by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance. It prohibits ment... read more
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