Some Christian denominations do not consider homosexuality or transgender identity to be sins. These include entire religious denominations , as well as individual churches and congregations. Additionally, some denominations which are not LGBT-affirming have member-organized groups which are not officially sanctioned by the denomination. There are also ecumenical or para-church programmes that are explicitly outreaches to LGBT people, but do not identify with any particular faith tradition or denomination.
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A bakery owned by a Christian family in Longview, Texas is being deluged with threats and hate mail after the owners declined to bake a wedding cake for a gay marriage. Others made actual threats against the business and their family. The redoubtable popular Christian evangelist Franklin Graham was quick to voice support for the Delormes. The evangelist, who is the son of Billy Graham, is an ardent supporter of religious freedom in the face of attempts to force Christians to act against their moral conscience. Graham wrote.
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N eil Cazares-Thomas began his job as senior pastor at the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas in June , only a couple of weeks before the US supreme court legalised same-sex marriage nationwide. Much of the energy behind movements for and against the bill is being driven by Christians, underlining the split between progressive and conservative faith groups and the relationship between religion and politics in an increasingly diverse Bible belt state. Liberal church leaders rallied against the bill on Tuesday, at an interfaith event outside the capitol building in Austin. Founded in the early s, the Cathedral of Hope has 4, members. Cazares-Thomas is gay and married with a young daughter.
A number of adoption agencies in Texas are faith-based organizations, and the bill's author noted that agencies already use religious beliefs as part of their screening process. Signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott R in June , House Bill would also require agencies to refer children or parents to another organization if they deny them service for religious reasons. While not an outright ban on adoption by non-Christians, the majority of agencies working with the state to provide services do reference Christianity, either officially or on their individual websites. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services DFPS spokesperson Patrick Crimmins said that his agency, which partners with adoption providers, does not ask about religious affiliation during their application process.