Baker fined for refusing to make transgender transition cake

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DENVER (AP) — A Colorado baker who won a partial victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to make a birthday cake for a transgender woman, a state judge has ruled. In the ruling Tuesday (June … Read more

Sex abuse survivors call for system-wide audit of Southern Baptist Convention

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(RNS) — Eight survivors of sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention have issued a statement ahead of the opening session of the denomination’s 2021 meeting calling for an outside organization to oversee an audit of sexual abuse within the denomination. A motion calling for a system-wide audit was first announced by Todd Benkert, pastor … Read more

‘Serenade’ album celebrates LGBTQ youth ahead of Queer Youth of Faith Day

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Artist Mel Rottman talks about their new single featured in the Beloved Arise “Serenade” album. Video screengrab. Video by Rob Cooley (RNS) — When 19-year-old Mel Rottman came out as gay, they thought they would lose their community. Instead, Rottman was met with love from their parents, pastor and church. “A lot of my faith … Read more