STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Minnesota gays' joy overflows
By Don Davis
Minnesotas gay community never has known such joy.
That joy showed Tuesday night as American and rainbow flags flew in front of the state Capitol when Minnesota became the 12th state to ... Posted on 5/14/13 at 8:02 PM
THE NEW FORTY Liberty and justice for all?
People are not born activists. Activists are created by circumstances. Circumstances that define our reality or circumstances that clarify the strength of our beliefs - circumstances that compel us to... Posted on 3/27/13 at 10:52 PM
MIDDLE AGED PLAGUE I'm a Believer -- So Are You
We disagree with one another a lot these days, but I think I've found three sentences we can all say, "Yes, that's true," to:
1) We are all born.
2) We all die.
3) In between, we operate each of ... Posted on 12/19/12 at 3:11 PM
PEACE GARDEN MAMA II faith fridays: 'getting the marriage conversation right'
The other day on the way to school, one of my daughters came up with what we in journalism call a bombshell question.
"So, Mom, what do you think about gay marriage?"
We were about a block from the ... Posted on 10/19/12 at 12:01 AM
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA NEWS Gay rights activist Judy Shepard to speak at UND Monday
Judy Shepard, gay rights activist and mother of Matthew Shepard who was murdered in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998, will speak at the University of North Dakota on Monday, March 7, from 7:15-9:30 p.m., at the... Posted on 3/6/11 at 2:55 PM
The congregation of the First Lutheran Church of Harvey has cast the first of two votes to split from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Two-thirds of the congregation voted in favor of the split last month. The congregation must wait 90 days before the second and final vote.
In one ad after another, voters in California and Maine were besieged with images of what would supposedly happen if same-sex marriage were legal: Students on a field trip to a lesbian wedding, elementary kids gobbling up books featuring gay couples, kindergartners learning about homosexuality from their teachers. The strategy worked.
Can, or should, homosexuals try to change their sexual orientation?
That’s the controversial question two Christian ministers who once lived then left homosexual lifestyles will address today in a conference in Hope Evangelical Covenant Church in the Grand Cities Mall, 1601 17th Ave. S.
Wisconsin’s attorney general said Friday he won’t defend a new law that grants same-sex couples spousal benefits such as hospital visitation and inheritance, saying lawmakers went against voters’ decision not to extend such privileges.
In breaking down barriers restricting gays and lesbians from the pulpit, the nation’s largest Lutheran denomination has laid down a new marker in a debate over the direction of mainline Protestant Christianity, a tradition that once dominated American religious life.
The Evangelical Church in America’s South Dakota Synod voted Saturday to urge the church’s highest governing body to keep its policy that would allow only celibate gay clergy to serve. The vote was 362-233.
Those at the weekend gathering at Augustana College represented the state’s 253 ELCA congregations.
Senators voted 27-19 to approve a bill that covers discrimination complaints dealing with employment, housing, credit, insurance and public accommodations. It prohibits discrimination in those areas based on a person’s sexual orientation.
Gina Powers has her own example of why North Dakota needs anti-discrimination protection for gays and lesbians. She and her partner, Steph Rindy, were booted from their West Fargo apartment once their landlord discovered Steph wasn’t a man. It was just before Christmas, about seven years ago, Powers said. “He literally came to our door, knocked on it, and said, ’Yeah, you guys are out of here,”’ Powers said. “I contacted my attorney, who assured me we had, really, no rights because we were being told to leave with no reason other than our orientation.”
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