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Texas United Methodist Minister Burns Himself to Death to Protest Homophobia

RELIGION | By Jason St. Amand | Jul 15
A retired United Methodist minister from Texas burned himself to death last month to protest discrimination, sexism, racism and homophobia.

N.C. Pastors Call for Support on Marriage Ban

Pastors from across the state will rally to call on Gov. Pat McCrory to defend traditional marriage before a Court of Appeals judge is set to rule on the issue.

Student: Expelled From Christian College After Gay Marriage

RELIGION | By Ken Miller | Jul 15
A woman said Monday that she was expelled from a private, Christian college in suburban Oklahoma City because she married her same-sex partner.

Christian Minard was expelled for marrying her same-sex partner

Southwestern Christian University Expels Student Who Married Her Partner

RELIGION | By Winnie McCroy | Jul 14
An Oklahoma religious university expelled a lesbian student on July 9 who married her partner, saying that doing so violated the "lifestyle covenant" she signed upon admission.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, second right, and unidentified members of the clergy, arrive for the General Synod meeting.

Church of England Says Yes to Women Bishops

RELIGION | By Matthew Knight | Jul 14
The Church of England ended one of its longest and most divisive disputes Monday with an overwhelming vote in favor of allowing women to become bishops.

Tony Perkins Warns Support of Gay Rights by 'Liberal Jewish Folk' Hurts Israel

INTERNATIONAL | By Bobby McGuire | Jul 10
Anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins once again tested the waters of "backdoor anti-semitism" last month when during an address to the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America, he took aim at what he called "liberal Jewish folk"

Gay Wedding Complaint Filed vs. Methodist Pastors

A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in defiance of church law.

Members of a conservative group pray outside a Miami courthouse.

Rift Over Religious Exemption in Anti-Bias Order

RELIGION | By David Crary and Lisa Leff | Jul 10
In the intensifying debate over religious liberty, President Barack Obama faces pressure from opposite flanks as he prepares to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender people in hiring.

Interfaith Leaders Ask Obama to Not Include Religious Exemption in Executive Order

NATIONAL | By Bobby McGuire | Jul 9
On Tuesday, 100 interfaith leaders signed a letter to President Barack Obama, asking him not to include a religious exemption in the executive order he plans to enact that will bar anti-LGBT workplace discrimination for government contractors.

South Carolina Episcopalians Take Fight to Court

RELIGION | By Jeffrey Collins | Jul 8
About 50 conservative Episcopal churches in South Carolina that left the national denomination over the ordination of gays and other issues are suing, saying they should be able to leave without losing their property.