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The True Story of Sodom and Gomorrah

Arguably, the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is the biblical story most often used to condemn homosexuality. Yet as popular as Genesis 19 is with religious zealots, this story is the weakest of all passages used against gays and lesbians. A close reading of the

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Leviticus and Homosexuality

The Bible clearly and succinctly states in Leviticus 18:22 that “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination,” and in Leviticus 20:13, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman both of them have committed

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The First Step: Coming Out to God

“I am a lesbian.” I was 16 years old, staring into the mirror when I first uttered those words out loud. They were hard to say, even harder to hear. I knew by saying it I had to make a choice. My father was a

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Get the Word Out!

The Essential Guide to Gay and Lesbian Weddings by Tess Ayers. Harper San Francisco, 1994. $17.00, pb. For anyone who ever considered a Holy Union, a Commitment Ceremony, or any other formalized relationship agreement, this book holds all the answers. From the basic question of

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Marriage: The Ultimate Perk

For months now, the news has echoed with angry sound bites from enemies of same-sex marriage. Homosexual nuptials, it’s being said, will tarnish the “sanctity” of heterosexual marriage. Gosh, do these folks ever read the newspaper? Or a history book? Marriage has already been deeply

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A Change of Heart on Tying the Knot

“She barred me from his hospital room!” “How could she do that? I thought you had power of attorney!” “Well, I do. But she went to court and had herself declared his guardian and had the power of attorney revoked.” “I didn’t know she could