Friday, March 2, 2012

RNS GAYS CHURCH

The Cathedral of Hope recently made a generous donation to a small Minnesota church that will keep it from closing for the next several months. RNS photo courtesy Phoebe Sexton / Cathedral of Hope.

Tags: cathedral of hope, dallas, donations, gays, minnesota, same-sex marriage

Wash. moves closer to legalizing gay marriage

SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) Opponents of same-sex marriage promised a fight at the ballot box after Washington lawmakers took steps to make the state the seventh to legalize gay weddings. By Tracy Simmons.
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Yes, Mormons tithe, but most others don’t

(RNS) Across the religious landscape, tithing is often preached but rarely realized.  Research into church donations shows a wide range of giving, with Mormons among the most generous relative to income, conservative Christians next, followed by mainline Protestants and Catholics last. By Bruce Nolan.
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N.J. lawmakers approve gay marriage, but veto looms

NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Even as Gov. Chris Christie's threat of a "swift" veto looms, gay rights activists are celebrating after the state Assembly voted on Thursday (Feb. 16) on a bill to legalize same sex marriage in New Jersey. By Maryanne Spoto.
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Nonprofit groups oppose Obama’s change in charitable deductions

WASHINGTON (RNS) For the fourth year in a row, President Obama is proposing lower tax deductions for the wealthy on donations to churches and other nonprofit organizations. And for the fourth year in a row, nonprofit groups say the change would lead to a dramatic drop in charitable giving. By Annalisa Musarra.
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Both sides gear up in N.C. gay marriage fight

WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) Here in the only Southern state that does not have a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, both sides are gearing up for a fight at the ballot box on May 8. By Amanda Greene.
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