LGBTQ Rights

Christian Designer Who Won’t Make Same-Sex Wedding Websites Loses Case

On July 26th, the U.S. Court of Appeals held the lower court’s decision to deny a web designer’s petition to discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado. There have been many other court rulings in the United States deciding if a business that denies service to LGBTQ+ people is considered prejudice or exercising their right to religious freedom. 

Top Catholic Official Resigns After Being Caught Using Gay Dating Apps

On July 20, Archbishop Jose Gomez directed a memo to bishops in the US. In the message, he announced the resignation of Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, the General Secretary of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) since November. Archbishop Gomez added that the monsignor’s resignation is immediate and cited “possible improper behavior,” referencing his presence in gay dating apps.

Christian Teacher Won’t Use Transgender Name, Sues School and Lost

John Kluge, a former orchestra teacher in Brownsburg Community School from 2014 to 2018, sued the school over the transgender name policy. According to Kluge, he was “forced to resign,” citing the steep differences in the school’s policy and his religious beliefs. The Brownsburg Board of School Trustees accepted Kluge’s resignation on June 11, 2018. In the following year, he decided to sue the school.

Minnesota Bans Conversion Therapy for Minors, Angers Christian Group

By Abdulla Gaafarelkhalifa

On July 15, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (US) signed an executive order that effectively bans the practice of conversion therapy to minors. A win for the LGBTQIA+ community in the state, and yet a divisive move in the politically mixed state. Many on the religious right-wing have expressed their outrage on the executive order with bad-faith arguments that go beyond the first amendment. 

UK’s Methodist Church Allows Same-Sex Marriage & Bans Conversion Therapy

In a sweeping 254 to 46 vote, the Methodist Church, the second-largest Christian church in the United Kingdom, has voted to allow same-sex marriage, defining marriage as “between two people.” The church also voted to ban “all and any form of conversion therapy in the same conference.

Vatican intervenes to stop proposed anti-homophobia law in Italy

The Vatican had sent a letter to the Italian government to request a change in a new anti-homophobia law to be passed. On June 17th, a "verbal note" by the Vatican's secretary of relation with states, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, was delivered to the Italian embassy, as confirmed by a spokesperson of the Vatican.

 

Christian Baker Fined For Refusing to Make Cake For Transwoman

In Lakewood, Colorado, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, had won a partial victory in a 2018 Supreme Court case for refusing to design a wedding cake for a gay couple on account of his own religious beliefs. Now again, he finds himself being the subject of another case regarding state discrimination laws for refusing to bake a birthday cake for a trans woman.

Christian Billionaires Fund Push to Kill the Pro-LGBT “Equality Act”

The Equality Act, if passed, would ban discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, federally funded programs, credit, and jury service. In February 2021, the bill passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan majority, and Biden has promised to sign the final bill. More than two-thirds of Americans also support the bill.

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