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General Synod adopts Coalition resolution against proposed laws that would create “religious exemption” from LGBTQ civil rights

General Synod adopts Coalition resolution against proposed laws that would create “religious exemption” from LGBTQ civil rights

By a vote of 567 to 41 (with 15 abstentions), the 30th General Synod of the United Church of Christ voted June 30 to adopt the Coalition’s proposed resolution reaffirming protection for LGBTQ Americans and opposing laws that would allow private business owners and public…

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Marriage Equality Day: This is the day that God has made!

Marriage Equality Day: This is the day that God has made!

The Supreme Court ruled this morning that state bans against marriage equality are unconstitutional. After lower courts move to enforce this ruling, the right to marry–our long-sought dream–will be the law of the land. I know your hearts are full this moment. For more than…

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Bob Strommen, hero of the ONA movement, dies at age 80

Bob Strommen, hero of the ONA movement, dies at age 80

The Rev. Bob Strommen, a strong supporter of the movement for LGBT liberation in the United Church of Christ and beyond, passed from this life on Friday, June 19. We join with his wife, Joyce, and their family in grief for Bob’s passing and gratitude…

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Coalition asks General Synod to oppose ‘religious exemption laws’

Coalition asks General Synod to oppose ‘religious exemption laws’

“Religious Exemption” laws—an attempt to give private business owners and public officials a legal basis for discrimination—is the latest threat to LGBT civil rights, says Andy Lang, executive director of the UCC’s Open and Affirming Coalition. The Coalition is asking General Synod to approve a resolution…

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RIPPLES: Ready for marriage equality? New legal threat to LGBT rights. More news….

RIPPLES: Ready for marriage equality? New legal threat to LGBT rights. More news….

RIPPLES June 12, 2015 Open and Affirming Coalition of the United Church of Christ Are you ready for marriage equality? The Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on marriage equality. If the decision overturns the remaining state laws banning same-sex marriage, UCC clergy and…

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Don’t miss the ONA Dance Cruise at General Synod!

Don’t miss the ONA Dance Cruise at General Synod!

If you’re attending National ONA Gathering or General Synod, or both, you’re invited to the Coalition’s Open and Affirming Cruise at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 28! View America’s famous North Coast at night and relax with UCC friends old and new! Your host is the…

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Rainbow Family Camp August in Illinois

Rainbow Family Camp August in Illinois

Rainbow Family Camp August 7-9, 2015 DuBois, IL Rainbow Camp is all about being family together, any way you define it. LGBTQ kids can have a safe and respectful place to be themselves. LGBTQ parents can enjoy time with their kids, while meeting other families…

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GLSEN national survey for LGBT youth

GLSEN national survey for LGBT youth

GLSEN (Gay and Lesbian Student Education Network) conducts this survey every two years to understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in our nation’s schools. GLSEN is a national organization devoted to fighting anti-LGBTQ bias against students and teachers in K-12…

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Coalition joins UCC Collegium in opposition to Indiana “religious freedom” law

Coalition joins UCC Collegium in opposition to Indiana “religious freedom” law

The Open and Affirming Coalition Tuesday joined the Collegium of the United Church of Christ in a statement opposing Indiana’s law legalizing anti-LGBT discrimination on the basis of “religious freedom.” “Public businesses should not be allowed to deny service in restaurants, evict tenants from their…

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Join the “National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry”

Join the “National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry”

Mark April 24-26 on your calendars: that’s the “National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry.” On April 28, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on challenges to laws banning marriage equality in several states.  “Let’s send up prayers throughout the church that the…

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