same-sex marriage http://wrkf.org en Southern Baptist Leaders Seek Softer Approach To Homosexuality http://wrkf.org/post/southern-baptist-leaders-seek-softer-approach-homosexuality Some Christian denominations around the U.S. have been slowly warming to the idea of gay marriage. A few have even made an about-face.<p>Not so with the country's largest protestant group, Southern Baptists. The Southern Baptist Convention still preaches that marriage can only be between one man and one woman. But some pastors are softening their message.<p><strong>A Change Of Tone</strong><p>The Southern Baptist Convention held a gathering of pastors at its Nashville headquarters in April. Sat, 17 May 2014 21:07:00 +0000 editor 26731 at http://wrkf.org Southern Baptist Leaders Seek Softer Approach To Homosexuality Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back http://wrkf.org/post/gay-marriage-battle-moves-south-and-religious-right-fights-back The legal battle over gay marriage is moving to the Deep South. Buoyed by federal court victories in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia, gay-rights activists are taking on traditional marriage laws in the very states where those laws enjoy overwhelming public support.<p>Take Alabama, where Paul Hard is suing the state for violating his constitutional rights to equal protection and due process following the death of his partner, David Fancher, whom he legally married in Massachusetts. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:41:25 +0000 Debbie Elliott 22857 at http://wrkf.org Gay-Marriage Battle Moves South, And Religious Right Fights Back Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings http://wrkf.org/post/flood-gay-marriage-cases-releasing-stream-federal-rulings A federal judge in Virginia struck down that state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage this week. It's just the latest in a string of similar rulings in conservative states, and it indicates that the strategy for winning marriage equality in federal courts is moving faster than many had expected.<p>In her ruling, U.S. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:14:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 22625 at http://wrkf.org Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples http://wrkf.org/post/holder-orders-equal-treatment-married-same-sex-couples Attorney General Eric Holder has for the first time directed Justice Department employees to give same-sex married couples "full and equal recognition, to the greatest extent under the law," a move with far-ranging consequences for how such couples are treated in federal courtrooms and proceedings.<p>The directive specifies that such couples can decline to give testimony in U.S. cases that might incriminate a spouse, known in the law as marital privilege. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 17:18:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 22341 at http://wrkf.org Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples Virginia's New Attorney General Will Not Defend Gay-Marriage Ban http://wrkf.org/post/virginias-new-attorney-general-will-not-defend-gay-marriage-ban Virginia's new attorney general has decided to switch sides in an important case that is challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.<p>In an interview with <em>Morning Edition</em>'s Steve Inskeep, Democrat Mark Herring said his office will no longer defend the state's ban on same-sex marriages.<p>"As attorney general, I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians' rights," Herring said. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 05:16:00 +0000 editor 21590 at http://wrkf.org Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings http://wrkf.org/post/chris-kluwe-what-cost-him-his-job-minnesota-vikings Just before a big playoff weekend, the sports website Deadspin published an open letter by former Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe, titled "<a href="http://deadspin.com/i-was-an-nfl-player-until-i-was-fired-by-two-cowards-an-1493208214">I Was An NFL Player Until I Was Fired By Two Cowards And A Bigot</a>." Kluwe, a straight man, says his outspoken support of same-sex marriage cost him his job.<p>"In my mind, there's no logical conclusion that can be drawn, other than that I was fired for my activism," Kluwe tells Michel Martin, host of NPR's <em>Tell Me More</em>.<p>"My numbers and my stats were e Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:20:00 +0000 editor 20986 at http://wrkf.org Chris Kluwe On What Cost Him His Job With The Minnesota Vikings How 2013 Became The Greatest Year In Gay Rights History http://wrkf.org/post/how-2013-became-greatest-year-gay-rights-history Any day now, the New Mexico Supreme Court may grant same-sex couples the right to get married.<p>At this point, such a ruling may not seem like such a big deal. Prior to last year's elections, gays and lesbians had a civil right to marry in only six states. Now, they have it in 16.<p>"This year represented the true tipping point," says Eric Marcus, author of <em>Making Gay History</em>. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:37:00 +0000 editor 19564 at http://wrkf.org How 2013 Became The Greatest Year In Gay Rights History Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://wrkf.org/post/pentagon-pushes-states-benefits-same-sex-couples Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.<p>The Pentagon <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/14/211978987/pentagon-details-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-same-sex-spouses">started to recognize same-sex marriages</a> soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.<p>Alicia Butler is the same-sex spouse of a member of the National Guard living in Austin, Texas. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 18271 at http://wrkf.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban http://wrkf.org/post/gays-and-lesbians-turn-fight-workplace-discrimination-ban With new momentum for same-sex marriage from the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/174965583/same-sex-marriage-and-the-supreme-court" target="_blank">Supreme Court</a>, gays and lesbians are hoping for progress in another sphere: the workplace. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 13103 at http://wrkf.org Gays And Lesbians Turn Fight To Workplace Discrimination Ban Gay Marriage Now A State-By-State Battle http://wrkf.org/post/gay-marriage-battle-shifts-states Gay rights activists celebrated two big victories this week before the U.S. Supreme Court, as justices overturned the Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California.<p>Now gay marriage opponents and supporters are turning their attention to individual states, like New Jersey, where polls show most residents support same-sex marriage. So far, one person, Gov. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:21:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 12652 at http://wrkf.org Gay Marriage Now A State-By-State Battle