STAFF BLOG FAITH FORUM Divinity and Beyond talks to the ELCA's Jen Nagel
Faith blog Divinity and Beyond talked to Rev. Jen Nagel of Minneapolis who isone of four lesbian pastors in Minnesotawelcomed this month to the clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Am... Posted on 9/21/10 at 4:02 PM
PFund, the only Minnesota foundation dedicated exclusively to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, has announced it has more than $50,000 for scholarships to be awarded for the 2010-2011 school year.
Members of one small Red River Valley church that goes back 136 years say they’re not bothered by a new Lutheran church policy that allows gays and lesbians to serve as clergy, though not all embrace the idea.
The rustic Gran Lutheran Church has been used every week since it was built in 1881, eight years after Norwegian settlers formed Gran halfway between Mayville and Hillsboro.
I was disappointed and discouraged when the North Dakota House of Representatives failed to pass the bill providing human rights protection to gay, lesbian and transgendered people. What should have been an obvious “yes” vote based on basic civil rights was defeated by a group of legislators who held their personal religious beliefs above the fundamental principle of separation of church and state.
The North Dakota Senate voted 27 to 19 on Wednesday in support of a bill that adds gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals to the protected classes in the state Human Rights Act.
Senate Bill 2278 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in housing, employment, credit transaction and use of public accommodation.
By Amy Dalrymple , The Forum
, February 19, 2009
The North Dakota Legislature is about to vote on an important bill. If passed, SB 2278 will prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation — including gender identity — in areas such as employment and housing.
It’s no exaggeration to say it affects everyone. It might touch friends, family or colleagues. Perhaps your town or business has trouble retaining or attracting people that value in welcoming and diverse environments. Or maybe you’re one of the unlucky ones, and you’ve actually been fired or evicted because of your sexual orientation or gender identity.
Well, here I go again. I am writing in support of North Dakota Senate bill SB-2278. I would like to start by inviting those who disagree with me to respectfully do so, but not to anticipate any further rebuttal.
The Rev. Susan Lester
, February 06, 2009
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