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Mitchell Gold Interview Excerpt: what happens when you serve #EveryoneOnly?

In response to the latest crop of state-level “religious freedom” legislative initiatives (aka “mini-RFRA’s”) Interfaith Alliance launched its #EveryoneOnly campaign – encouraging businesses nationwide to overtly express inclusivity, and underscoring the similarities between today’s political attempts to pander to the bias bloc of the religious right and discriminatory practices against other groups in the past.

Among the businesses who have joined the campaign so far is Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. On the May 23, 2014 edition of State of Belief Radio, company co-founder Mitchell Gold, a longtime activist for LGBT rights, described some of the reactions to the posting of the signs in their stores.

To hear the full interview and read the transcript, please CLICK HERE.

Interfaith Alliance is mailing 20,000 “We Serve Everyone Only” signs to supporters and allies. To print out the sign immediately and to learn more about the campaign, please CLICK HERE.

Cartoon attack plays into Fear, Inc.; Seva at the Pentagon; Secular Coalition legislative roundup – next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller gets what she wanted: violence in the name of Islam in Texas. We’ll talk about the ongoing hunger for hate that she and her allies feed, with the author of Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America, Ken Sofer from the Center for American Progress.

Also, filmmaker and Sikh activist Valarie Kaur spoke recently at the Pentagon commemoration of the faith. We’ll hear her message on inclusivity and the concept of Seva.

And the growing number of religiously-influenced laws in our statehouses. Where are they coming from, and what can we do to fight back? We’ll talk with the Secular Coalition for America’s Sarah Levin.

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As SCOTUS weighs ending the assault on marriage equality, here are some of our greatest hits on the subject…

In the past couple of years,  we’ve done dozens of State of Belief stories on marriage equality. Here are a few highlights, as the Supreme Court hears arguments that could well lead to the end of marriage discrimination nationwide.

Some Thoughts on the Road to the Supreme Court for Marriage Equality: Welton Gaddy Video and Transcript

A Sermon for Marriage Equality Weekend

Interfaith Alliance Executive Director Rabbi Jack Moline urges support for marriage equality as a moral act in houses of worship on the weekend prior to the Supreme Court’s hearing of marriage cases on April 28, 2015.

 

Marriage Equality and the National Prayer Breakfast

 

The First Legally Married Same-Sex Couple in Texas

While political leaders in Texas have been hostile to marriage equality, one Austin couple – Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant– became the first and only legally married same-sex couple in the state on February 19, 2015. The couple is facing a challenge to the legality of their marriage by Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton. Sarah and Suzanne speak with Welton about their lives since their wedding day, the actions taken by Attorney General Ken Paxton to challenge their marriage and the role the faith community is playing in fighting for equality for LGBT people in Texas.

 

Is the Southern Baptist Convention Ready for Civil Marriage Equality?

$150,000 for anti-gay bakers: Matt Stohlandske Extended Interview and Transcript

By Ray Kirstein on October 26, 2014

State of Belief Radio host Welton Gaddy talks with Evangelicals for Marriage Equality board member Matt Stohlandske about his faith-inspired offer to raise $150,000 for anti-gay bakery owners.

Matt explained his spirit-inspired reasoning in a recent Washington Post column, I’m a gay rights activist. I want to give $150,000 to someone who opposes gay marriage.

 

A Loss for Marriage Equality in Louisiana

And Now a Word From Our Sponsors… An Update on Interfaith Alliance’s Advocacy for LGBT Equality

 

The Right to Marry: Ben Guess Extended Interview Video and Transcript

 

What a Difference a Week Makes: A First-Hand Account of Marriage in Utah

 Last week, Nicole Christensen, who married her partner Natalie on that first day same-gender marriages were legal in Utah, joined Welton on State of Belief to talk about the excitement of getting married and the cautious optimism she had that there would be no turning back from the progress that’s been made. Following the Supreme Court’s decision halting marriages in order to allow the appeal to go forward and the governor’s assertion that same-gender marriages were not valid despite when ceremonies had been performed, Welton decided to check back in with Nicole. Listen in to State of Belief this week for a first-person take on what all this is doing to the Utahns who are most directly affected – the couples themselves.

 

Surprise in the Courts: Same-Gender Marriage in Utah

 

Methodist Marriage: Robin Hynicka Extended Interview Video and Transcript

32 Years of Same-Sex Weddings: Rev. Pat Bumgardner Extended Interview Video and Transcript

The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, senior pastor of the New York congregation of the Metropolitan Community Church, the world’s largest LGBT organization, on the Supreme Court’s taking on DOMA later this month, and why that should be important to all of us.