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Desmond Tutu leaves no doubt about his opinions regarding LGTB rights, declaring:

“I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”

He added: “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.”

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Pope Francis

Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?’ the pontiff said, speaking in Italian. ‘You can’t marginalize these people.

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Muslim congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), the Representative for the 5th district of Minnesota, released a short, but cute, video to celebrate the first day of same-sex marriage in his home state.While strumming a guitar and singing ‘This Land Is Your Land,’ Ellison congratulates the people of Minnesota for standing up for marriage and making a difference in their state. As he says in the video, ‘Tomorrow, marry who you want, marry who you love.'”

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Rabbi Laura Geller

Now I can invoke the power vested in me by the State of California and declare them married in accordance with the laws of the State of California and our Jewish faith. Now we are so much closer to the truth of their experience: a gay or lesbian Jewish wedding, like a Jewish heterosexual wedding, is a Jewish wedding pure and simple, the inheritance of every loving Jewish couple.

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Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of the Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization.

In a recent interview with Believe Out Loud, she discussed why she supports LGBT rights and modernizing the Roman Catholic Church. “The Catholic hierarchy has done very poorly at engaging the issues of sexuality, period—their own, or anybody else’s,” she said. “I have said that what we need is a real spiritual renewal among our leadership because for me, following the gospel means be not afraid—welcome everyone, hug them, welcome them close, and live and love.”

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Dalai Lama

The February/March, 1994 issue of OUT magazine, which quoted the Dalai Lama as saying: “If someone comes to me and asks whether it is okay or not, I will first ask if you have some religious vows to uphold. Then my next question is, What is your companion’s opinion? If you both agree, then I think I would say, if two males or two females voluntarily agree to have mutual satisfaction without further implication of harming others, then it is okay.”

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On gay marriage- “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” Rabbi Wolpe said. “I was doing it on my internal timetable in the synagogue, which was to try to bring people along slowly because I knew this would be very difficult for many people. I think it’s the most controversial thing I’ve ever done or will do.”

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

I mean I know plenty of gay couples whose relationships are an example to plenty of other people and that’s something that’s very important, I’m not saying that gay relationships are in some way, you know that the love that there is less than the love there is between straight couples, that would be a completely absurd thing to say.

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Ani Zonneveld, president of Muslims for Progressive Values

“We can’t move forward as a society, as a faith system, if we subscribe to these old draconian ways of practicing Islam,” says Ani Zonneveld, who is the president of Muslims for Progressive Values. A 49-year-old singer-songwriter who lives in Los Angeles, she leads prayers for men and women together and tells gay Muslims, often shunned in other mosques, that their religion welcomes them.

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even…Pat Robertson

Instead of criticizing the trans individuals, Robertson approached the situation in a seemingly level-headed manner.

“I think there are men who are in a woman’s body,” he said. “It’s very rare. But it’s true — or women that are in men’s bodies — and that they want a sex change. That is a very permanent thing, believe me, when you have certain body parts amputated and when you have shot up with various kinds of hormones. It’s a radical procedure. I don’t think there’s any sin associated with that. I don’t condemn somebody for doing that.”

Images and quotes from the Huffington Post…

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