Gay Rights: The Struggle For Civil Rights

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While with the struggle for civil rights and social justice for African Americans and Hispanics, the determination for women's equality and gay rights have both energized and fractured America's religious institutions. When it came to gay rights, two issues in particular have stood out for their levels of contestation: the ordination of gays and lesbians to the ministry and the ceremonial blessing of the same-sex unions. As a United Methodist minister in North Carolina, Jim Creech became a local leader in the late 1980s of the Raleigh Religious Network for Gay and Lesbian Equality. Creech not only supported an array of antidiscrimination measures but urged for the legal recognition of gay relationships, the rights of adoption for gay parents,