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Pope Suggests Church Shift on Gay Rights

September 19, 2013 By Josh Steichmann

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In a move that signals softening of the Vatican rhetoric on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Pope Francis has spoken out about the “obsessive” focus of the Catholic church on abortion and LGBT issues.

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality,” he said to Jesuit priest Fr. Antonio Spadaro, who conducted the interview for La Civilta Cattolica. “I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.”

This holistic approach has annoyed some hardline conservative Catholics, including Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., who said he was “disappointed” because Pope Francis hadn’t spoken out about abortion or marriage for same-sex couples.

The Pope’s new statements come a few months after, when asked about gay priests, Pope Francis said, “Who am I to judge?”

DignityUSA, an organization that represents LGBT Catholics, took his earlier comments as a step forward toward the respect for all members of the Catholic community.

We here at EQCA hope that the Pope’s shift toward tolerance and away from restrictive doctrine finds a way to Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone’s heart; Cordileone is an arch conservative and major proponent of both Prop. 8 and DOMA.

John Kerry: Same-Sex Visa Applicants Given Equal Treatment

August 2, 2013 By Jesse Melgar
U.S. Department of State updates policy pertaining to U.S. visas for same-sex spouses.

U.S. Department of State updates policy pertaining to U.S. visas for same-sex spouses.

Secretary of State John Kerry announced today that effective immediately the United States will treat the visa applications of same-sex spouses in the same manner as opposite-sex spouses.

The policy change will apply to American citizens as well as foreign same-sex couples, dependent only on the marriage having taken place in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage.

“Effective immediately, when same-sex spouses apply for a visa, the Department of State will consider that application in the same manner that it will consider the application of opposite-sex spouses,” announced Kerry at the U.S. Embassy in London.

“If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, your visa application will be treated equally. If you are the spouse of a noncitizen your visa application will be treated equally.”

The State Department posted a new FAQ document which can be found here that addresses U.S. Visas for Same-Sex Spouses.