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  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Marriage equality is vulnerable' under President-elect Trump says Harvey Milk's nephew

    12/01/2016 10:38:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Evening Standard ^ | December 1, 2016 | Amy Ashenden
    ‘Marriage equality is vulnerable’ under Donald Trump’s presidency, says nephew of gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Stuart Milk warned of ‘dark days ahead’ due to a rise in anti-gay rhetoric spurred on by the US election of Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who supports gay conversion therapy. The nephew of Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected in public office in California and was assassinated 38 years ago, was speaking exclusively to the Standard on his disappointment that friend Hillary Clinton lost out to Trump. He said: “It was very tough, but having been...
  • Taiwan's march to LGBT rights stumbles

    11/30/2016 8:36:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | 11/30/2016 | KENSAKU IHARA
    TAIPEI -- Taiwan's momentum toward becoming the first republic in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage has run up against religion. President Tsai Ing-wen, who came into office in May, supports legalizing marriage rights for all. Last month, in the lead-up to Taiwan's annual pride parade, expectations rose that the Legislative Yuan would pass a bill to that effect by the end of this year. On Nov. 17, the legislature began fully debating a revision to the civil code. That same day, some 10,000 opponents demonstrated in the streets. A week later, when the Yuan's Legal System Committee held a public...
  • Same-Sex 'Marriage' Is Doomed

    11/28/2016 8:49:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/26/2016 | Trevor Thomas
    I believe that the two most difficult jobs in the world are being a good spouse and a good parent. The reason: after our relationship with our Creator, the most important relationship in the universe is that of a husband and his wife. As I’ve often pointed out, the biblical family model is at the foundation of every institution in the history of humanity. This is what makes the infamous Obergefell ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in late June of 2015 so egregious. It strikes at the heart of America. As my new book, The Miracle and Magnificence of...
  • AMEN! Oregon Democrat who put Christian bakers out of business gets served JUSTICE

    11/16/2016 2:17:04 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Allen B. West ^ | 11/15/16 | Allen B. West
    You’ve seen the story multiple times already: a Christian baker declines to cater a gay wedding, and gets sued in the process. The most publicized came out of Oregon, where the bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa chose not to bake a wedding for a same-sex wedding. Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her mother visited Sweet Cakes planning to order a wedding cake. Bowman-Cryer had purchased a cake previously from the Kleins for her mother’s sixth wedding. Bowman-Cryer wanted to have the same cake she had purchased for her mother. That’s when Aaron Klein asked what the name of the bride and groom...
  • GOP President-Elect Donald Trump Says Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Settled' Law

    11/13/2016 6:39:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 141 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/13/2016 | Benjamin Siegel
    Republican President-elect Donald Trump said he’s “fine” with same-sex marriage as the law of the land, calling the issue "settled" by the Supreme Court. The comments – in his first television interview since winning the presidency – sharply contrast with his party’s orthodoxy, his running mate’s longtime position and comments the New York Republican made during the primary. “It’s law,” he said in an interview with CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’ that aired Sunday. “It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done.” “These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m – I’m fine with...
  • The ACLU Care$

    11/03/2016 9:14:51 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 20 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 3, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Your grievances could be worth millions, to the ACLU. The legendary "public interest" lawyers are suing a florist from the state of Washington for refusing to do floral designs for an "alternative" wedding. "The attorneys’ fees in the case alone come to one to two million dollars," the florist, Barronelle Stutzman, said in the other Washington--D.C.--last week at a conference sponsored by the Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF), which is representing her. Of course, the case could bankrupt Mrs. Stutzman and her husband. By the way, ADF works pro bono, or free. "Barronelle Stutzman, the sole owner of Arlene's Flowers...
  • Boy dresses as Hillary for Halloween; Twitter boils

    10/31/2016 1:47:05 PM PDT · by kevcol · 26 replies
    Miinesota Public Radio ^ | October 31, 2016 | Tracy Mumford
    A mother from Brooklyn, N.Y., took Twitter by storm yesterday when she shared a picture of her 8-year-old son in his Halloween costume: He dressed up as Hillary Clinton. In a bright yellow blazer, with his hair blown out in Clinton’s signature ‘do, he’s waving to the people and toting a candy box with the campaign’s logo on it. And that’s his real hair, his mother notes — #notawig.
  • Australian parliament gets bill to set up gay marriage vote

    09/13/2016 8:46:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 13, 2016 11:34 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s prime minister introduced legislation to Parliament on Wednesday that would allow a public but non-binding vote on gay marriage early next year. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a marriage equality advocate who is the only serving prime minister to attend the Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, introduced the bill on the first anniversary of his ascension to the top government job. […] Although such a vote appears to be a move toward changing the law, most gay rights activists are against a plebiscite, saying it should be decided in Parliament without the potential divisive public debate. They fear that...
  • Kaine Predicts Catholic Church Will Change its Teaching on Gay Marriage

    09/10/2016 7:38:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/10/16 | John Wagner
    Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic, on Saturday described his evolution on same-sex marriage and predicted that his church would change its views as well. “My full, complete, unconditional support for marriage equality is at odds with the current doctrine of the church that I still attend,” Kaine said at a dinner celebrating gay rights. “But I think that’s going to change, too.” Kaine, a senator from Virginia, spoke to a crowd of about 3,700 attending the 20th Annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, at which he also touted reasons why his running mate, presidential nominee...
  • Battle lines of church and state: Fired over same-sex marriage, educator sues Paramus Catholic

    08/23/2016 7:14:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 08.18.16 | ALLISON PRIES
    By 2015, she had risen through the ranks at Paramus Catholic High School, her alma mater, to dean of guidance in just four years, and she had been serving as head coach of the elite Lady Paladins basketball team since the retirement of the longtime coach, Al Roth, the year before.But in January, she lost it all.  Drumgoole, of Bogota, says the school fired her from both of her jobs after administrators learned that she was married to a woman.  Now, she has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in Hackensack alleging that Paramus Catholic; its president, James P. Vail;...
  • Homosexual In South Africa Rapes And Sodomizes 18 Month Old Baby Boy

    08/16/2016 3:20:22 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 56 replies
    http://shoebat.com ^ | 08/16/2016 | Theodore Shoebat
    <p>A homosexual in Georgia raped and sodomized an 18 month old boy.</p> <p>An 18-month-old baby boy was allegedly sexually assaulted by a male suspect last month.</p> <p>The case was only recently reported to authorities after the little boy’s grandmother took him to hospital for an examination.</p>
  • People in homosexual ‘marriages’ almost 3 times more likely to commit suicide: study

    08/06/2016 9:45:54 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 81 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 5, 2016 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Aug. 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Homosexuals who “marry” each other are almost three times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts, even in very gay-friendly Sweden, according to a study published in the May issue of the European Journal of Epidemiology. The authors of the study noted that social intolerance of homosexual behavior could not so easily be blamed for increased suicide risk, given that Sweden is known for its accepting attitude towards same-sex relationships. “Even in a country with a comparatively tolerant climate regarding homosexuality such as Sweden, same-sex married individuals evidence a higher risk for suicide...
  • [Canada] Anglicans recount same-sex votes, resolution now passes

    07/13/2016 7:09:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2016 7:03 PM EDT | Charmaine Noronha
    A day after the Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted not to authorize gay unions, questions about the integrity of the voting process emerged Tuesday, leading to a reversal of the result with the church approving the measure.More than 200 delegates attending the six-day General Synod 2016 narrowly rejected the resolution Monday night after hearing from more than 60 speakers, most of them in favor of gay marriage. However, on Tuesday — the last day of the triennial conference — some members stood up to say their ballot had not been recorded during voting late Monday, when the resolution failed...
  • If Trump Picks This Guy for VP, It’s All Over For Him

    07/11/2016 7:46:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 156 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | July 11, 2016 | Gary DeMar
    “U.S. won’t ‘collapse’ because of same-sex marriage and abortion.” — Lt. General Michael Flynn Evangelicals are already reluctant to vote for Trump. The only thing that’s giving many of them pause is seeing Hillary Clinton sworn in as President in January 2017. I view Trump as a way to rid our nation of the Clintons once and for all. We may actually end up with a working Congress if Trump is elected. That’s a good thing. No one will be able to pull either the race or woman card when Congress opposes something unconstitutional Trump does. Trump could blow any...
  • Republicans to consider softening party's official language on LGBT (dropping Biblical marriage)

    07/10/2016 7:02:03 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 43 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/9/16 | JACQUELINE ALEMANY
    With the Republican National Convention less than two weeks away, moderate Republicans are drafting an amendment that would soften the GOP's official position on gays and lesbians, CBS News has learned. The party's official stance on LGBT issues will be debated during next week's meeting of the RNC's platform committee, a 112-member group of Republican activists from around the country. ... Currently, the language adopted during the 2012 platform calls the "redefinition of marriage" by state courts an "assault on the foundations of society." It's unclear whether or not this language will be eliminated. But the compromise that some delegates...
  • Top Trump VP candidate on abortion: “I think women have to be able to choose”

    07/10/2016 4:55:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 10, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Is it fair to call him the frontrunner? Yesterday’s splashy WaPo story about Flynn’s rise through the VP ranks didn’t use that word specifically, but it sure made it sound like he’s the guy Trump is looking at most closely right now. He’s a Democrat, pro-choice, and apparently a friendly acquaintance of Vladimir Putin. He’ll fit right in. After weeks of focusing on a group of current and former elected officials in his search for a running mate, Donald Trump is increasingly intrigued by the idea of tapping retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to project strength and know-how on...
  • Gay Marriage and Civil Disobedience: The Place of Conscience

    07/02/2016 9:03:59 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies
    The Beacon ^ | September 10, 2015 | Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli
    In the fifth century before Christ, the Greek playwright Sophocles wrote the tragedy entitled Antigone. The protagonist, Antigone, is one of theater’s most powerful women. Antigone faces a conflict that is profound and poignant. The newly crowned King of Thebes has forbidden a proper burial for her brother. Does she obey him or does she show the proper respect for her brother? Antigone places conscience above human law. She refuses to obey a man-made law. Instead, she insists on obeying the law of the gods. Not even the threat of death deters her. In the figures of Antigone and the...
  • Judge blocks Mississippi law on objections to gay marriage

    07/01/2016 2:10:14 AM PDT · by cardinal4 · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 1 July 2016 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people.
  • Surprise! Barry Manilow Has Married His Manager Garry Kief

    04/08/2015 5:01:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 93 replies
    People ^ | April 8, 2015
    Barry Manilow and his longtime manager Garry Kief tied the knot last year in a private ceremony, multiple sources confirm to PEOPLE. "It was a surprise," a friend of the couple says of the wedding, which was held at Manilow's Palm Springs, California, home and attended by "20 to 30 guests" who had been told they were attending a "lunch."
  • Alvin Toffler, 'Future Shock' Author Who Predicted Disconnection of Modern World, Dies at 87

    06/29/2016 10:45:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    NBC News ^ | JUN 29 2016 | Alex Johnson
    Alvin Toffler, the far-seeing futurist who predicted humanity's rising anxiety with digital and technological progress in his hugely influential 1970 book "Future Shock," has died at the age of 87, his consulting company confirmed Wednesday. Toffler — who is also credited with having coined the term "information overload" to describe people's struggle to keep up with exponentially expanding data — died Monday night at his home in Los Angeles, Toffler Associates said in a statement it released at the request of Toffler's widow, Heidi Toffler. No cause of death was given. Alvin Toffler during a talk at the Astrobiology Roadmap...
  • What Christians Can Do in the Wake of Orlando (in response to what the Left says we must do).

    06/13/2016 5:31:37 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 23 replies
    Self ^ | 06/13/16 | daniel1212
    What Christians Should Do in the Wake of Orlando (in response to what the Left says we must do). Time magazine was quick to employ a homosexual Christian — a contradiction in terms — to tell us "What Christians Must Do in the Wake of Orlando" (http://time.com/4366465/christians-after-orlando), and true to form, it was quick to blame Christians for causing "deep, lasting pain in LGBT people’s lives," even asserting that "Unless you’ve long been a vocal advocate for LGBT people, you’ve likely contributed to that suffering—intentionally or not." (In contrast "gay clubs" were described as providing "a unique place of refuge,...
  • In West Hollywood, Pope Francis' Stand On Gays Is Unimpressive [Pope: Gay Marriage "Work of Devil"!]

    03/15/2013 9:31:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 14, 2013
    In West Hollywood, Pope Francis' Stand On Gays Is Unimpressive March 14, 2013 For Giancarlo Urey, a 29-year-old lawyer who spent the day in West Hollywood when Pope Francis was named to the papacy, the new leader's anti-gay stance is not a good sign. Like his predecessor in the Vatican, Francis is equally committed to conservative, traditional doctrine, people who know him say, a sensibility fostered in part by his theological studies in Germany. He was a staunch opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage, issues that an increasingly secular Argentina has embraced. He once said allowing gay couples to adopt...
  • Calling Out Jonathan Rauch

    05/19/2016 9:10:49 AM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 5 replies
    Ethics Forum ^ | May 15, 2016 | Alice C Linsley
    Alice C. Linsley Gay activist Jonathan Charles Rauch describes himself as "an unrepentantly atheistic Jewish homosexual" which is to say that he has completely rejected the traditional wisdom of his ancestors. Jonathan Rauch is so lacking in critical thinking skills as to be dangerous. Rauch’s “Case for Gay Marriage” is full of fallacious arguments, as I have demonstrated to my Ethics students. J. Rauch’s First Premise: Marriage is necessary to providing reliable caregivers. This assumption is not true. It is, in fact, verifiable false since we are able to observe that reliable caregivers exist who are not married to the...
  • Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission files ethics charges against Chief Justice Roy Moore

    05/06/2016 8:38:54 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 14 replies
    ABC33/40 ^ | 5/6/2015 | ABC33/40
    MONTGOMERY,Ala.-The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission has filed ethics charges against Chief Justice Roy Moore over his effort to keep gays and lesbians from marrying in the state. In April, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed complaints accusing Moore of violating judicial ethics when he told Alabama probate judges to refuse issuing same-sex marriage licenses despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling making gay marriage legal across the country. "Moore has disgraced his office far too long," SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement released Friday night. "He's such a religious zealot, such an egomanaiac, that he thinks he doesn't have...
  • Kim Davis Finally Gets Religious Freedom Accommodation to Keep Name Off Gay Marriage Licenses

    04/15/2016 6:35:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2016 | Samuel Smith
    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill Wednesday that removes the names and titles of county clerks from marriage licenses, giving legal "finality" to the religious accommodation that Rowan County clerk Kim Davis was looking for. Davis, who made headlines when she spent over five days in jail last September for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses with her name and title on them because of her Christian beliefs, had called on the state's then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to create a religious accommodation allowing her to drop her name and title from marriage certificates that her office issued. The accommodation,...
  • Norway's Lutheran Church Votes in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

    04/14/2016 7:30:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/16
    Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the latest of a small but growing number of churches worldwide to do so. Last year the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the U.S. Presbyterian Church approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage. In a vote at the annual conference of the Norwegian Lutheran Church on Monday 88 delegates out of 115 in total backed same-sex marriage. "Finally we can celebrate love independently of whom one falls in love with," said Gard Sandaker-Nilsen, leader of the Open Public...
  • NY gov bans state-funded travel to Mississippi

    04/05/2016 4:09:40 PM PDT · by kevcol · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 5, 2016
    JACKSON, Miss. — The Latest on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signing a bill law that allows religious groups and some private employers to refuse service to gay couples based on religious beliefs (all times local): New York's governor has banned nonessential state-funded travel to Mississippi after that state's governor signed a law allowing religious groups and some businesses to refuse service to gay couples. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the ban Tuesday, the same day Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the measure, which supporters say will protect those who have religious objections to same-sex marriage. . . . Last week Cuomo,...
  • Christian Wedding-Venue Owners Fined $81,000 by Illinois Vow to Never Host Gay Weddings

    04/03/2016 9:45:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/02/2016 | Samuel Smith
    The Christian owners of an Illinois wedding venue have vowed that they will never host same-sex wedding ceremonies at their family-run bed and breakfast even after they were forced to pay over $80,000 in fines. Jim and Beth Walder, the owners of Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton, Illinois, were fined by the state's Human Rights Commission on Tuesday for declining to host the wedding of Todd and Mark Wathen in 2011. After the Wathens reached out to Timber Creek to express interest in having their wedding there, Jim Walder responded with an email saying that they could not...
  • Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill Designed to Protect Gay Marriage Opponents

    03/30/2016 9:17:29 AM PDT · by IChing · 54 replies
    NBC4 Washington ^ | 3/30/16 | AP
    <p>Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation he said would legalize discrimination against LGBT people.</p> <p>The Democratic governor signed his veto of Senate Bill 41 Wednesday morning while on WTOP.</p> <p>"We're not going to tolerate discrimination. Virginia will be open and welcoming," he said.</p>
  • Of Cruz and Trump, Religious Freedom and Big Corporations

    03/30/2016 4:34:42 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    3/30/2016 | Self
    "I thought that was very disappointing to see Governor Deal in Georgia side with leftist activists" Ted Cruz reacts to Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's veto of religious freedom legislation 3/28/2016 While there were "leftist" forces who opposed the religious freedom bill in Georgia, more important than that big corporations including those based in Georgia and professional sports organizations like the NFL were in the forefront of opposition. Their involvement was ignored by Ted Cruz in his response. So far I have seen no response from Donald Trump to Governor Deal's veto of the watered down religious freedom bill aimed...
  • Elton John's former bodyguard sues him for sexual harassment after alleging...

    03/29/2016 6:11:36 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 28, 2016 | Sam Tonkin
    Elton John's former bodyguard sues him for sexual harassment after alleging the star attempted to grab his genitals, told him to expose himself and 'say hello to Uncle Elton' Elton John is being sued for sexual harassment by his former bodyguard who alleges the singer twisted his nipples and said, 'You gorgeous thing you' and also attempted to grab his genitals. The 69-year-old star is accused of putting his hands down the trousers of Jeffrey Wenninger while the pair were in a car together in 2014. It is also alleged Sir Elton tried to place his fingers between Mr Wenninger's...
  • N.C. Gov. McCrory signs into law bill restricting LGBT protections

    03/24/2016 4:07:06 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 57 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 3/23/2016 | Steve Harrison
    RALEIGH-The N.C. General Assembly on Wednesday approved a bill that invalidates Charlotte's new legal protections for LGBT individuals, doing far more than striking down a controversial provision that allowed transgendered people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law hours later. The vote in the House was 84-25 after three hours of debate, with all Republicans voting for it and 11 Democrats breaking ranks with their party to support the bill. In the Senate, the vote was 32-0 after the Democrats walked out in protest, saying they had not been...
  • Long Island foster dad charged with molesting 7 boys in his care says he’s innocent

    03/23/2016 4:55:58 PM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 22, 2016 | Ryan Sit, Graham Rayman, Larry Mcshane
    Gonzalez-Mugaburu was jailed on $1 million bond last Friday after Suffolk County prosecutors accused him of sexually abusing seven of his foster kids — at least one as young as 8. . . According to authorities, the accused pervert hosted 140 foster kids in his homes over the past two decades. He had as many as eight boys simultaneously living with him at times. His house of horrors in Ridge, L.I., featured a well-worn waterbed and a VHS porn tape that contrasted with the two-car garage and ordinary brick exterior of the two-story suburban residence.
  • Business to Play Key Role as Georgia Weighs Bill on Religion and Gay Rights

    03/22/2016 8:03:30 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 22, 2016 | Alan Blinder
    ATLANTA — The Georgia General Assembly’s approval of a proposal to strengthen legal protections for opponents of same-sex marriage has set in motion a high-stakes showdown that has drawn some of the nation’s most influential companies into a battle between gay rights activists and religious conservatives. The bill, which lawmakers approved on Wednesday, now faces the scrutiny of Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican. But it is clear that companies and sports organizations, including Apple, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and the National Football League, will have a significant effect on public debate and the governor’s decision to sign or veto the...
  • Why can’t three get married?

    03/21/2016 8:23:58 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 52 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 3/21/16 | Michael Cook
    You might think that this is grotesque. I certainly think it is grotesque. But should we be so judgemental about the unorthodox connubial arrangements of Anna and Lucy Decinque, 31-year-old identical twins who are sharing a bed with their 32-year-old electrical mechanic boyfriend Ben Byrne? The trio have lived together for the last four years in Perth, Western Australia, with the girls’ mother. The girls are inseparable, so much so that they have spent A$240,000 on various cosmetic improvements to look even more alike. They imitate each other and share everything. Even their boyfriend. When Anna and Lucy appeared on...
  • Rep. Honda Introduces Bill to Allow Homosexual ‘Partner’ Overseas to be Deemed ‘Spouse’ for…(tr)

    03/18/2016 12:05:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 18, 2016 | 11:00 AM EDT | Penny Starr
    Representative Mike Honda (D-Calif.) reintroduced the Reuniting Families Act (RFA) with added language that would allow homosexuals in the United States to petition to bring their “spouse” here from countries that do not allow same-sex marriage. Even though the two persons are not legally married, the bill would allow the homosexual partner abroad to be labeled a “spouse” for immigration purposes to expedite the process. The bill defines the relationship as a “permanent partnership.” …
  • "Religious liberty" bill passes Georgia Legislature

    03/17/2016 2:18:05 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    AJC.com ^ | 3/16/2016 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    The Georgia Legislature over the course of a few hours Wednesday unveiled changes to a controversial 'religious liberty" bill and gave it final passage, setting off a collision with corporate leaders and gay rights advocates over charges it would legalize discrimination in Georgia. House Bill 757 now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature to become law, a culmination of two years of debate, attacks, counter-attacks and emotional speeches from both supporters and opponents. When introduced early this year, the bill originally promised pastors forced to perform a same-sex wedding ceremony. The Senate, however, added language last month that...
  • Gay ‘marriage’ leaders: ‘LGBT rights and abortion rights are inseparable’

    03/14/2016 9:28:10 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3-14-16 | Ben Johnson
    March 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – While some in the pro-life movement do not see a connection between the right to life and the struggle to preserve traditional sexual morality, those on the other side see how the efforts coincide quite clearly. The plaintiffs in the case to force California to redefine marriage say the LGBT political movement and actions to expand abortion “are inseparable.” John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney, a homosexual couple, won a California Supreme Court decision in 2008 stating that refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is a form of discrimination that violates the state constitution....
  • Ohio high court adopts use of gender-neutral language

    03/14/2016 9:27:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 15, 2016 12:03 AM EDT
    The Ohio Supreme Court is adopting the use of gender-neutral references in family court cases in place of words such as husband and wife following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country. […] The Ohio order also includes father, mother, parent and spouse in its description of terms expressing familial relationships. …
  • The Missouri Senate has passed religious protections for those objecting to gay marriage.

    03/14/2016 9:00:13 AM PDT · by theBuckwheat · 19 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Mar 10, 2016 | AP via ABC News
    The Missouri Senate has passed a proposal creating religious protections for those objecting to gay marriage. The Republican-led Senate voted 23-7 Thursday for the proposed constitutional amendment after this week halting a Democratic filibuster that lasted 37 hours. The measure would prohibit government penalties against those who cite religious beliefs while declining to provide wedding-related services to same-sex couples. The religious protections would apply to clergy, religious organizations and some businesses such as florists and photographers. Senate Democrats criticized the proposal as discriminatory against same-sex couples.
  • Missouri State Senators End Marathon Filibuster Over 'Religious Freedom' Bill

    03/09/2016 7:29:49 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 9, 2016 | Erik Ortiz
    A 39-hour filibuster led by Democratic legislators in Missouri ended Wednesday morning when Republicans forced a vote on a controversial measure to add more religious protections to people opposed to same-sex marriage. The bill, known as Senate Joint Resolution 39, passed 21-11 after the GOP senators broke the filibuster using a procedural move. The talk-a-thon on the Missouri State Capitol floor in Jefferson City — perhaps the longest continuous filibuster in the state's history — began 4 p.m. Monday. The Democrats took turns criticizing the hot-button bill. It proposes to amend the Missouri Constitution and prohibit the state from "penalizing...
  • Gay Marriage on the Rocks

    03/08/2016 6:32:57 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 8, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Outside of academia, even gay marriage supporters are dubious about the Supreme Court’s legal logic in legalizing it. "When I read Justice Kennedy’s decision, I wanted to embroider it on a pillow but wondered if it was a sound legal opinion," openly gay conservative columnist Guy Benson said at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Benson spoke on a panel which, primarily, focused on the SCOTUS decision. "This conversation could not be held at a left-wing conference," he claimed, noting that the Left demands more unanimity of thought, and action, on this issue than does the Right. "One of the most...
  • John Kasich’s Shameful Treatment of the Victims of Left-Wing Hatred

    02/28/2016 7:07:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/26/2016 | Maggie Gallagher
    Presidential candidates can have an impact on culture. Above everything else, they have the capacity to decide how to frame the issues and push them to their opponents, in the primary and in the general election. I was very grateful to Hugh Hewitt for bringing up religious liberty at the CNN GOP debate in Houston, as the question that is "keeping him up at night." Here's the full exchange with all the candidates: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO But the way he asked the question made it far easier to punt or even, as John Kasich did, to...
  • Marco Rubio’s deputy campaign manager is a gay ‘marriage’ activist

    02/28/2016 12:53:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 18, 2016 | Ben Johnson
    CHARLESTON, South Carolina, February 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - A pivotal member of Marco Rubio's campaign actively encouraged the Supreme Court to impose gay "marriage" on the entire nation by judicial fiat. Senator Rubio's deputy campaign manager, Rich Beeson, signed a legal brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to redefine marriage in last summer's Obergefell v. Hodges case. The amicus curiae brief, which was signed by 300 Republican operatives whose names spill over 24 pages, argued that having the court discover a nationwide right to same-sex "marriage" served "conservative values." The state marriage protection amendments defining marriage as the union of...
  • Has John Kasich blown his Christian cred? [He tells Christians to Service Gay Weddings]

    02/26/2016 6:55:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    New Republic ^ | 02/26/2016 | Elizabeth Bruenig
    Has John Kasich blown his Christian cred? Kasich has built some of his following on his reputation as a sincere (if somewhat offbeat) Christian conservative. In November, for example, he called for a new government agency to promote "Judeo-Christian values." But tonight, when presented with a question about religious liberty, Kasich seemed to advance a rather different set of priorities. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO ... While Kasich defended the right of religious institutions to practice their faiths however they please, he seemed to argue that people "in the business of commerce" should "conduct commerce, and if you don’t...
  • Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Attack Gay Marriage in Joint Statement – VIDEO

    02/18/2016 12:32:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Towleroad ^ | 02/12/2016 | Sean Mandell
    Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church issued a joint statement on Friday denouncing same-sex marriage and expressing their “regret” that opposite-sex marriage is “being banished from the public conscience.”The two leaders issued the statement after a historic meeting in Cuba, marking the first time leaders from the Catholic and Orthodox churches have met in nearly 1,000 years.ABC Local 10 reports:After two years of secret planning, the clerics met in a wood-paneled room at the Jose Martin International Airport in Havana. They talked for about three hours, exchanged gifts and signed a joint declaration. Francis brought...
  • Boxing star Manny Pacquiao draws flak for same-sex comment

    02/16/2016 3:22:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 16, 2016 5:42 AM EST | Teresa Cerojano
    World boxing star Manny Pacquiao has drawn an outcry in the Philippines after publicly denouncing people in same-sex relationships as "worse than animals." Pacquiao, a high school dropout from a poverty-stricken rural family who went on to become a boxing legend, made the remark when he and other Philippine senatorial candidates were asked by the local TV5 network about their views on same-sex marriage. His remarks were posted online Monday by TV5, sparking criticism, including by some fellow Filipino celebrities. "It's just common sense," said the 37-year-old Pacquiao, who is currently a member of the House of Representatives. "Have you...
  • Trump Would "Strongly Consider" Move To Overturn Same-Sex Marriage

    02/04/2016 9:35:45 AM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/31/16 | Marisa Schultz
    Donald Trump would "strongly consider" appointing Supreme Court justices as president to overturn same-sex marriage, the Republican presidential front-runner said Sunday. Courting evangelical voters in Iowa, Trump told "Fox News Sunday" he disagreed with last year's landmark ruling that legalized same-sex marriage because states should decide. "If I'm elected I would be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things, but they have a long way to go," Trump said....
  • Ted Cruz, a Public Firebrand on Social Issues, Is Cooler When Wooing Donors

    02/03/2016 8:27:18 PM PST · by Amntn · 31 replies
    NY Times.com ^ | 2/3/16 | JEREMY W. PETERS and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Ted Cruz sounded despondent at the possibility that same-sex marriage could become legal when he called into the radio show of Tony Perkins, a vehement opponent of gay rights, in February 2014. "Our heart weeps for the damage to traditional marriage that has been done," Mr. Cruz said, urging conservatives to pray but also to fight back. "Be as wise as serpents and gentle as doves," he said, quoting Scripture. But seven months later, when Mr. Cruz visited the Midtown Manhattan office of a major Republican supporter of same-sex marriage, he sounded almost indifferent: If New York politicians wanted to...
  • I’ve changed my mind on the gay cake row. Here’s why

    02/02/2016 8:11:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/02/2016 | Peter Tatchell
    Like most gay and equality campaigners, I initially condemned the Christian-run Ashers Bakery in Belfast over its refusal to produce a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan for a gay customer, Gareth Lee. I supported his legal claim against Ashers and the subsequent verdict -- the bakery was found guilty of discrimination last year. Now, two days before the case goes to appeal, I have changed my mind. Much as I wish to defend the gay community, I also want to defend freedom of conscience, expression and religion. The saga began in 2014 when the bakery said it was not...