At the same time, it forbids clergy from officiating at same-sex weddings — and has cracked down of late by suspending pastors who do. The Robertsons looked for a new church after their son died. Ryan never did. But many gay Christians grew up in the evangelical tradition and are most comfortable with its rhythms. Still, he said, the failure to do so raises questions about groups whose mission is to help marginalized people.
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Calico and Latousek say they have been enthusiastically received as members. State and federal anti-discrimination laws offer an exemption for religious organizations, many of whom hire people only of their faith. Her wife, a child-and-family therapist, volunteers in the nursery. Last year, Union Gospel Mission got hit with a different kind of backlash.
Traditionalists dismiss that reasoning.