Defying Bishops’ Alarms, Catholics Express Support for Equality Act Which Passed a Legislative Hurdle

Catholics have been expressing their support for the Equality Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week, defying episcopal opposition with a pro-LGBTQ faith witness. Read More

Catholic Principal Departs School Possibly Over Anti-LGBTQ Censorship

Today's post features news about two LGBTQ-related disputes happening at Catholic schools in Ohio, including the departure of one principal potentially over anti-LGBTQ censorship concerns. Read More

Majority of US Catholics Oppose Religious Service Refusal to LGBTQ Customers

Almost 60% of American Catholics oppose the idea that businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gay and lesbian people on religious grounds.  Read More

Is U.S. Bishops’ Opposition to LGBTQ Equality Finally Backfiring on Them?

For nearly a decade, the U.S. bishops have used a campaign about upholding religious liberty to mask (thinly) their efforts to suppress equal rights for women and for LGBTQ people. But a social service agency's recent discrimination against a Catholic client raises the possibility that the bishops' advocacy may be backfiring on them. Read More

Pro-LGBT Equality Act Would Be “To the Detriment of Society as a Whole,” Say U.S. Bishops

Leading U.S. bishops have announced their opposition to the Equality Act recently introduced in Congress, saying passage would be "to the detriment of society as a whole." Read More

Between Ruddock and a Hard Place: Australia’s Cautionary Lessons on Religious Freedom

As the Masterpiece Cakeshop’s legal saga continues to unfold, LGBTQ people of faith are again caught between two legal aims: LGBTQ equality and religious freedom.  How can we use the law to curtail unjust religious discrimination against LGBTQ folk without inadvertently setting precedents that limit religious liberty? Read More

Leading Catholic Bishop Supports New DOJ Religious Liberty Task Force

A leading U.S. bishop was present at a gathering where the Trump administration announced its new religious liberty task force, showing a sign of support for an initiative with great potential to harm LGBT equality.  Read More

Navigating the Difficult Passage Between Conscience and Justice

Responses to the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop decision are generating a library’s worth of commentary,... Read More

Catholic Therapist Refused to Help Gay Couple, Sues Agency

A therapist in Saginaw, Michigan was fired after refusing to provide marriage counseling to a gay couple, citing her Catholic faith as the impetus behind her decision. Believing her dismissal was unjust, Kathleen Lorentzen has now filed a lawsuit claiming religious discrimination. Read More

Oregon Church Is Sued Because of ‘Moral Clause’ Damage

A Catholic parish in Portland, Oregon, is being sued by an event center because the church’s moral clause forced the event company to turn away an LGBTQ client. Read More