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  • This Lesbian's Daughter Has Had Enough

    10/20/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies ^ | 10-20-2014 | Rivka Edelman
    My name is Rivka Edelman, and I am the product of same-sex parenting. Recently I published an essay on Public Discourse about the ruthless misogyny that pervades LBGT culture.  I pointed out it that it can and will victimize women and children with impunity and then, in America’s narcissistic fugue, get hailed as brave and heroic. Since my essay was published, there have been hundreds, maybe thousands, of posts calling me a liar or trying to shame, discredit, intimidate, and threaten me.  Read this for details.  People I do not know have gone directly after my family and my job....
  • Gay Totalitarians in Texas

    10/15/2014 9:27:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 15, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Churches have received subpoenas issued by the city of Houston demanding copies of sermons. Houston is probing opposition to a ballot referendum pertaining to an ordinance proposing a local discrimination law affecting gays. (Bryan Preston posted this summary of the lawlessness taking place in Houston.) Over 50,000 petition signatures were gathered opposing the ordinance. Now the city, run by the first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, is retaliating and demanding that churches turn over sermons. You read that correctly. This is the sort of government behavior that used to be confined to two-bit third-world regimes. The gay rights movement was...
  • City Subpoenas Pastors' Sermons in Equal Rights Ordinance Case

    10/14/2014 8:20:13 PM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 14,2014 | Katherine Driessen
    Houston's embattled equal rights ordinance took another legal turn this week when it surfaced that city attorneys, in an unusual step, subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose the law and are tied to the conservative Christian activists that have sued the city. Opponents of the equal rights ordinance are hoping to force a repeal referendum when they get their day in court in January, claiming City Attorney David Feldman wrongly determined they had not gathered enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. City attorneys issued subpoenas last month during the case's discovery phase, seeking, among other communications,...
  • The Jealous God of Tolerance: Gay Rights Trump Religious Rights Again?

    10/08/2014 9:02:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/08/2014 | BY JOHN STONESTREET
    Recently, my colleague Eric Metaxas told you about how the city of Lynn, Massachusetts, no longer will allow student teachers from Gordon College to teach or mentor inner city students. Why? Because Gordon's president dared to sign a letter to the President requesting that religious institutions be exempt from federal gay rights laws. The city's outrageous and shortsighted action brings more harm to its inner city students, who are now without mentors, than it does Gordon College. But the same cannot be said about the latest challenge the college is facing in fallout from the letter. In late September, the...
  • U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution

    09/29/2014 8:31:42 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 6 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    U.N. Adopts Latin American Homosexual Resolution By Julio Severo The United NationsHuman Rights CouncilFriday adopted a resolution, by a 25-14, against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination that was pushed forward by Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia nations mostly Catholic, but relentlessly affected by Liberation Theology and other forms of socialism. Brazil is the largest Catholic nation in the world. The Human Rights Council has taken a fundamental step forward by reaffirming one of the United Nations key principles that everyone is equal in dignity and rights, said Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human...
  • Ex-British PM Tony Blair named top 'Gay Icon'

    09/26/2014 11:20:03 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    FRANCE 24 ^ | 2014-09-26 | FRANCE 24
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blairs political legacy may not be universally admired, but on Friday he was named one of the top "gay icons" of the last thirty years in recognition of his work for gay rights. British magazine Gay Times awarded the politician the accolade in an edition marking the newspaper's 30th anniversary. [....] During his time in office the UK introduced civil partnerships, the lowering of the homosexual age of consent from 21 to 16, and the abolition of the "Section 28" law that banned authorities from "promoting homosexuality".
  • Tolerance, Freedom and Hypocrisy in an Age of Confusion

    08/01/2014 5:48:27 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 1, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Necessary Firing of a Gay Music Director... and the fine line between liberty and licence. (Reflections on a private matter, turned public, at a suburban church) This is a difficult column to write but its an issue thats been so twisted by the media and the pop culture, it calls out for correction, so, as a moderate libertarian and imperfect Christian, I will give it a try. Lets begin with alcohol. Some will say that occasionally consuming any alcoholic beverage is a sin (I completely disagree with them). Others will say that consuming it regularly is a sin (I...
  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 8:53:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    National Journal ^ | 07/14/2014 | Michael Catalini
    Inside the offices of Republican gay-rights groups, a strategy is forming to convince party leaders to strip opposition to gay marriage from the GOP platform. The target, operatives say, is to see party leaders drop their support for a gay-marriage ban in time for the Republican National Convention in summer 2016. It's a long shot, but Republican gay-rights lobbyists think they can build on the momentum provided by courts nationwide and the belief that, philosophically, the GOP's social conservatives are fighting a battle that puts them well out of step with the majority of the country, and that could demographically...
  • Homosexuals Destroy Israeli Messianic Business [in Israel!]

    07/12/2014 3:51:22 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 77 replies
    Israel Today ^ | June 27, 2014 | David Lazarus
    The Jerusalem District Court has ordered Moshav Yad Hashmonah, a community of Messianic Jews and Evangelical Christians, to pay compensation to two lesbians after it refused to host a same-sex wedding reception. "We knew we were breaking the law. Somebody needed to do it." says Ayelet Ronen, general secretary for the village. Judge Moshe Yoad Cohen upheld a lower court ruling that the Moshav violated a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. During the trial, representatives of the Moshav quoted from both Old and New Testaments. "We do not hate homosexuals or lesbians. We love them. We simply told...
  • Salem ends Gordon Colleges use of town hall Cites schools policy on gays

    07/11/2014 12:22:36 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 18 replies
    boston globe ^ | July 10, 2014 | Matt Rocheleau
    Salem officials declared Wednesday they will end a contract allowing Gordon College to use the city-owned Old Town Hall because of the Christian schools opposition to expected federal hiring protection for gays and lesbians. Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, who also cited the colleges longstanding policies prohibiting gay activities among students, said Gordons policies violate a city ordinance prohibiting Salem from contracting with entities that discriminate. But she said it would be even more troubling to have the city do business with an institution that enables, and now advocates for, discrimination against the [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] community... The colleges website...
  • In New Poll, Marriage Equality Beats Religious Objections

    06/30/2014 8:08:04 AM PDT · by koanhead · 27 replies
    First Amendment Center ^ | 6/24/14 | Charles C. Haynes
    A solid majority of Americans now support equal treatment for same-sex couples despite religious objections, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released this week by the First Amendment Center. Sixty-one percent of respondents agree that the government should require religiously affiliated groups that receive government funding to provide health-care benefits to same-sex partners of employees even when the religious group opposes same-sex marriage. And 54% of the public agree that a business providing wedding services to the public should be required to serve same-sex couples, even if the business owner objects to gay marriage on religious...
  • Thousands of Singaporean Christians wear white to support traditional marriage

    06/30/2014 12:32:31 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 6 replies
    Yahoo News Singapore ^ | 30 June 2014 | Yahoo Newsroom
    Over 6,400 Christians dressed in white on Sunday afternoon to attend a special family worship service conducted by Singapores Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC), according to organisers. The service was held at a full-house Suntec Convention Centre and led by FCBC founder and pastor Lawrence Khong, who earlier called on his followers to wear white over the weekend to protest the annual Pink Dot gay rights rally on Saturday. Khong, who supports keeping a Singapore law that criminalises sex between men, released a statement on Friday pointing to the Pink Dot movement as a decline of moral and family values".
  • Joe Biden Says Protecting Gay Rights Trumps Culture, Social Traditions

    06/25/2014 8:42:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/25/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Vice President Joe Biden said during a speech on Tuesday that protecting gay rights trumps national cultures and social traditions, as President Barack Obama's administration continues promoting LGBT rights around the world. "I don't care what your culture is," Biden told about 100 guests at the Naval Observatory's vice presidential mansion, The Associated Press reported. "Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice." He added that the cause is a "defining mark of a civilized nation" and met with a number of religious, human rights and HIV health care advocates in a forum dedicated to promoting gay rights...
  • PCUSA (Presbitarian Church USA) endorses gay marriage

    06/21/2014 7:13:05 AM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | June 20, 2014 | David Roach
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) became one of the largest Christian denominations in America to endorse gay marriage when its General Assembly voted in Detroit yesterday (June 19) to allow pastors to conduct same-sex weddings and approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between "two people" rather than "a man and a woman." The authorization for pastors to perform gay weddings takes effect immediately and applies only to ministers in the 19 states where the practice is legal. The measure passed by a vote of 317 (61 percent) to 238 (39 percent) and was classified as an "Authoritative Interpretation" of the...
  • Another Gay Rights Victory: Sentence for Man Who Exposed Other Man to HIV Thrown Out

    06/17/2014 9:47:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/17/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    I’m not sure how a ruling that frees gay men to expose their sex partners to a deadly virus is a gay rights victory, but clearly I’m not keeping pace with the frenzied rush of liberalism through the gates of madness.If gay marriage was marriage equality, what’s this? Viral equality? State Sen. Matt McCoy of Des Moines cut off Nick Rhoades’ ankle bracelet at a gathering in Grinnell. The crowd was cheering. People were crying.“It was totally moving and made all the work worthwhile,” said Terry Lowman, who attended the event. “To me, the drama played like Jesus washing the...
  • (Houston) Council passes equal-rights ordinance

    05/28/2014 9:06:09 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 42 replies
    Chronicle. ^ | 5/28/14 | Mike Morris
    After nearly nine hours of chanting and tears from seas of opponents and supporters in color-coded T-shirts, Houston City Council passed an ordinance on Wednesday extending equal rights protections to gay and transgender residents.
  • Marylands New Show and Tell

    05/20/2014 10:04:56 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 19, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    If you need proof that same-sex marriage is about more than love, look no further than Montgomery County, Maryland. There, parents are dealing with the fallout of the states redefinition of marriage with a sweeping new sex education curriculum. Moms and dads, who were already fighting an uphill battle on the content of the lessons, are now coping with the news that homosexuality will be woven throughout shattering families fragile hold on parents rights. Yesterday, the Montgomery County School Board took up the issue in a debate over the districts health curriculum. Not surprisingly, there were calls for an...
  • Gay Rights: An Unnecessary Battle

    04/08/2014 7:04:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/08/2014 | Chad Felix Greene
    As a gay American I am repeatedly warned throughout the media that my status as a citizen and my constitutionally held rights are at the very mercy of an angry, bigoted and unreasonable mob of Christian authoritarians controlling the country. This is evidenced by the opposition to same-sex marriage and states like Arizona and Mississippi (among others) passing “anti-gay” segregation laws. Liberal articles declare that even my ability to receive HIV treatment is at risk, as did the Huffington Post in an article stating: "...restaurants could turn away same-sex couples celebrating an anniversary, and pharmacists could refuse HIV... drugs.” Allow...
  • Do Gay Rights Trump Religious Rights? Supreme Court Won't Hear Wedding Photographers' Case

    04/07/2014 12:04:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 115 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/07/2014 | Todd Starnes
    Gay rights trump religious rights. Thats the rule of law in New Mexico after the U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to consider whether a wedding photographer was within her rights when she refused to film a gay couples commitment ceremony. The high courts decision not to hear the case lets stand a New Mexico Supreme Court decision that the owners of Elane Photography violated the states anti-discrimination laws. As one New Mexico justice ominously noted, Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives. The states demand that the Huguenins...
  • Mozilla Chief Learns, if You Dont Support Gay Marriage, You Dont Deserve a Job

    04/04/2014 8:13:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies ^ | April 4, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    As we enter this golden age of tolerance and diversity, the nations gay rights community is sending a warning message to Americans: If you dont support gay marriage, you dont deserve a job. Apparently, Brendan Eich did not get that message. Hes the former chief executive officer at Mozilla, the technology group that gave us the Firefox Web browser. Eich resigned under a firestorm of controversy after it was revealed he had donated $1,000 in support of Californias Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that protected traditional marriage. Its unclear who outed Eich. But that really doesnt matter. Once his donation...
  • Same-Sex Marriage and Civil RightsNot the Same Thing

    03/31/2014 7:24:24 PM PDT · by Clintons-B-Gone · 11 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | March 31, 2014 | R.G. Yoho
    Almost sixty years ago, there were many places in this country where a black person couldnt sit at the lunch counter of a local diner. Sometimes they were forced to sit in the back of the bus or give up their seat to a white passenger. Blacks often couldnt use the same restroom, find a vacancy in the same hotel, or take a drink from the same water fountain as that used by white citizens. Those were certainly some of the bleaker days in our nations proud history. However, in much the same way that slavery was abolished in this...
  • Why No One Minds His Own Business Anymore

    03/19/2014 8:53:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/19/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    When I was a kid -- which wasn't that long ago, given that I just turned 30 in January -- I recall hearing a popular phrase on the playground: "Mind your own business." MYOB reared its head whenever somebody threatened to rat out a fellow student for anything from harmless roughhousing to juvenile delinquency. The phrase is sometimes attributed to the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, a rough translation of which states: " ... make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,...
  • Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps: The Unsung Hero of the Gay Rights Movement

    03/19/2014 8:49:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/19/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    If there is one man who can be credited for the success of the gay rights movement, it’s Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps.Phelps did more than anyone to make opposition to homosexuality seem as toxic as possible by picketing the funerals of soldiers with anti-gay slogans. There probably wasn’t a more inspired way to make anti-gay sentiments seem as unacceptable as possible.If the Phelps clan had deliberately set out to implement gay marriage in America, they could not have chosen a better method and who is to say that they didn’t.The Phelps, with their background in civil rights...
  • Raining on their parade: Fight over rights of gays to march openly on St. Patrick's Day dampens mood

    03/17/2014 1:36:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 03/17/2014 | By Caitlin Nolan AND Ginger Adams Otis / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Protestors chanting pro-gay slogans and advocating for equal rights could be heard along Fifth Ave. as the annual St. Patricks Day Parade proceeded through Manhattan. Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians skipped attending the festivity after organizers said gay groups were not allowed to carry gay-friendly signs or openly identify as LGBT. That caused beer brands Guinness and Heineken to drop their sponsorship of the event. Not all Irish eyes were smiling Monday as the citys annual St. Patricks Day Parade kicked off in midtown Manhattan amid a protest over participants carrying pro-gay signs. Half a city block was...
  • Supposed Christian Dad Claims Gay Son is No Sinner

    03/16/2014 3:03:11 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 45 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 16, 2013 | JP
    Chris has a gay son. He neglected to mention that when I met him at a business event the week before last, when we talked a little politics, when he invited me to join him and his buds for their weekly golf game. All was amicable on the golf course. As it turned out, two of the guys were fellow conservatives. And two others happened to be members of my church. But things got twisted when our two foursomes sat down for post-round libations and conversation. Thats because Chris, a social liberal, an Obama-loving Democrat, insisted on talking politics. And...
  • Cross Purposes: Should Anti-Discrimination Laws Trump Religious Freedom?

    03/10/2014 7:14:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2014 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    The good news coming out of the just-concluded legislative battle in Arizona is that religious freedom remains what it has been there, undiminished by Governor Jan Brewers veto of a bill meant to protect it. The bad news is that the debate over religious freedom has taken an ominous turn. Here are six takeaways from the controversy. The media cannot be trusted to report accurately on social issues. I mention this first not because it is the most important part of the Arizona story though it is very important but because it has made understanding that story...
  • Muslim barber refuses to cut hair of lesbian: Whose rights trump whose?

    03/09/2014 7:12:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | 03/03/2014 | Howard Portnoy
    Being a believer in all -isms can get hairy at times. Take as an illustration a case reported in the Toronto Sun by Ezra Levant: So a lesbian walks into a Muslim barbershop, and asks for a businessmens haircut.It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it really happened, and now a government agency called the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario will hear her complaint.Faith McGregor is the lesbian who doesnt like the girly cuts that they do at a salon. She wants the boys hairdo.Omar Mahrouk is the owner of the Terminal Barber Shop in Toronto. He follows...
  • Why Gay Rights Groups Care About a Supreme Court Birth Control Case

    03/04/2014 4:09:28 PM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | March 4, 2014 | Liz Goodwin
    Access to hormonal birth control hasnt typically been a goal of the gay rights movement. But after a near miss on an anti-gay bill in Arizona last week, LGBT advocacy groups are rallying around a Supreme Court birth control case, arguing that gay peoples rights will be collateral damage if the court rules that for-profit businesses do not have to provide contraceptives to female employees. On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments from the Oklahoma-based crafts store chain Hobby Lobby that the federal health care law is infringing on its religious liberty by forcing the company to provide...
  • The New Morality: Crying Over Served Cake

    02/28/2014 8:49:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/28/2014 | Susan L.M. Goldberg
    In this day and age, why would you be stupid enough to use your religious beliefs as an excuse to deny someone services?There are plenty of ways to avoid entering into a business transaction without having to appear discriminatory at all. When I worked for a private repair shop and encountered a client who seemed to be more trouble than they were worth for whatever reason, we used to simply say, “I am sorry, but we cannot provide service.” If people questioned why (which they did, very often and with plenty of attitude), we just kept repeating the same phrase:...
  • On Gay Issue Arizona May Heed National Outcy

    02/25/2014 9:44:23 PM PST · by lbryce · 30 replies
    LATimes ^ | February 25, 2014 | Cindy Carcamo
    Arizona has resisted national pressure before to its controversial laws. But this time leaders are urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to gay patrons. TUCSON When Arizona took controversial stands in the past refusing to create a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and enacting a tough anti-illegal immigration law state leaders shrugged off the criticism from out of state as the meddling of outsiders. But now, after the Legislature passed a measure to bolster the rights of business owners to refuse service to gays and others on the...
  • A Gay-Rights Cave-In at Sochi? What happened to all that outrage?

    02/13/2014 10:56:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/13/2014 | Bruce Bawer
    <p>Over the last few months, while well-intentioned people around the Western world were protesting antigay actions by Russia, conditions for gay people in much of Africa were going from terrible to even worse. Last month, the president of Nigeria signed a law prescribing 14 years behind bars for individuals in same-sex marriages and up to ten years for members of gay organizations, and since then dozens of people have been arrested and gay-rights activists have gone into hiding. In the northern (which is to say Muslim) city of Bauchi, a gay man was whipped 20 times in a courtroom a disappointment to the crowd outside, which wanted him to be stoned to death in accordance with sharia law.</p>
  • MEP receives 41,000 emails against gay rights (European Parliament; Austrian MEP)

    02/04/2014 3:02:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 04.02.14 @ 18:21 (Feb. 4) | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A MEP who drafted a resolution on securing the basic rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) people in the EU has so far received almost 41,000 emails against the proposal. My website was hacked as well. I dont know who it was from. It might be coincidence; it might not be a coincidence, Green Austrian MEP Ulrike Lunacek told the Strasbourg assembly on Monday (3 February). [] Deputies adopted her report anyway and passed a resolution on Tuesday by 394 in favor. It calls for the EU to draw up a road map to protect the fundamental...
  • ACLU Bankrolling Gay Nuptials in My Big Gay Illegal Wedding Contest

    01/30/2014 7:32:32 AM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 30, 2014 | Liz Goodwin
    Brian Jensen and Jeromy Manke, a same-sex engaged couple in Nevada, are in the running to win a free trip to New York City, $5,000, and help from a wedding planner to fund their spring nuptials in California. Who would bankroll their nuptials? An organization that spends far more time defending civil liberties in court than at wedding receptions. The American Civil Liberties Unionworried that the public thinks the same-sex marriage battle is over after the Supreme Courts twin decisions expanding gay rights last summeris paying five same-sex couples who live in states that still outlaw the practice to get...
  • Gay Marriages Interrupt Grammys' Universal Reach

    01/26/2014 9:50:52 PM PST · by servo1969 · 38 replies ^ | 1-26-2014 | Christian Toto
    While the Oscars routinely go political and the VMAs pull out all the shock stops, the annual Grammys telecast eschews overtly dividing moments. Assuming you don't mind musical genre mashups worth rubbernecking over. Tonight, LL Cool J emceed another Grammys telecast aimed at the widest audience possible until rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis sang Same Love while 33 couples--both straight and gay--got married. "This song is a love song not for some of us, but for all of us," said Queen Latifah who officiated the live wedding in front of a church-like setting complete a gospel choir. "Strip away the...
  • India's Supreme Court Surprise Hinders Gay Rights

    12/11/2013 6:28:53 PM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 11, 2013 | Staff
    Video:Hundreds protested in New Delhi Wednesday after India's Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling that had decriminalized gay sex, a surprising setback for the gay-rights movement. Via The Foreign Bureau, WSJ's global news update.
  • Australian (American) pedophile gets 30 years in US jail for abusing Russian-born boy

    12/10/2013 4:24:10 PM PST · by mgist · 10 replies
    Mark Newton, right, with Peter Truong and their son outside their Cairns home. An Australian, who together with his domestic partner, bought a newborn boy in Russia and allowed men around the world to abuse him, has been sentenced in a US court to 30 years in jail. Peter Truong, 36, born in Vietnam, and his partner Mark Newton, 42, born in the US, both Australian citizens, bought a newborn boy in Russia for US$8,000, according to prosecutors. The boys birth papers were falsified to list Newton as his biological father. The fraud then allowed the boy to be adopted...
  • White House releases handwritten note Obama penned in tribute to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

    11/20/2013 5:37:14 PM PST · by Kenny · 76 replies
    Mail On-Line ^ | 20 November 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The White House released a letter Tuesday handwritten by President Obama .....< snip > OBAMA'S LETTER COMMEMORATING LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS In the evening, when Michelle and the girls have gone to bed, I sometimes walk down the hall to a room Abraham Lincoln used as his office. It contains an original copy of the Gettysburg Address, written in Lincoln's own hand. I linger on these few words that have helped define our American experiment: "a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Through the lines of weariness etched in his face,...
  • Religious Dissenters Should Not Be Required to Work at Gay Weddings, Gay Rights Advocate Argues

    11/21/2013 10:29:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/21/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Andrew Koppelman, a long time supporter of gay rights and gay marriage, argued that those who disagree with him should have the freedom to live according to those beliefs. "I've worked very hard to create a regime in which it is safe to be gay. I would also like that regime to be one in which it is safe to be a religious dissenter," Koppelman said to the applause of a group of mostly conservative lawyers. Koppelman, professor of law and political science at Northwestern University School of Law, was speaking on a panel, "Religious Liberty & Conflicting Moral Visions,"...
  • LDS Church responds to inquiries about Harry Reid comment (Gay Rights)

    11/07/2013 10:05:38 PM PST · by Ripliancum · 19 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Nov. 7 2013 | Tad Walch
    SALT LAKE CITY Politico reported Wednesday night that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had said The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members are changing their views on gay rights. The church reacted Thursday evening by issuing a statement that indicated its doctrine about traditional marriage has not changed... ..."As the church has said before, elected officials who are Latter-day Saints make their own decisions and may not necessarily be in agreement with one another or even with a publicly stated church position..." "...On the question of same-sex marriage, the church has been consistent in...
  • Obama Turns Blogger To Make Pitch for Gay Rights Bill

    11/04/2013 5:25:07 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 4, 2013 | Joel Roberts, Yahoo! News
    President Obama turned blogger on Sunday night, making an impassioned plea in the Huffington Post for Congress to pass a long-delayed measure to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. The bill, called the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, is set for a Senate vote on Monday, and proponents are upbeat about its prospects for passage.
  • Gay rights legislation gains bipartisan support

    11/02/2013 9:50:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 2, 2013 12:33 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    Gay rights advocates from both parties are newly upbeat about the prospects for Senate passage of legislation that would bar employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In a sign of the times, the anti-bias legislation has traditional proponents such as the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay and lesbian advocacy group, plus the backing of a relatively new group, the American Unity Fund. That organization has the financial support of big-name Republican donorshedge fund billionaires Paul Singer, Cliff Asness, Dan Loeb and Seth Klarmanand former GOP lawmakers Norm Coleman of Minnesota...
  • Ban on Discrimination Against Gays Gains Ground in Senate

    10/30/2013 12:32:54 PM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 30, 2013 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, said Wednesday that he would vote for a nondiscrimination bill that protects gay men, lesbians and transgender people, putting the measure within one vote of gaining the support it needs to overcome a filibuster. Mr. Manchin was the only Democrat who had not signaled how he would vote. His support means that all 55 members of the Democratic majority are expected to get behind the bill, known as the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which has languished in various forms in Congress for nearly 40 years. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader,...
  • Comparing Black Civil Rights to Gay Civil Rights

    09/27/2013 9:11:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/27/2013 | Michael Brown
    The cover of the December 16, 2008 issue of The Advocate, the flagship gay publication, proclaimed boldly that, Gay is the New Black, stating that this is The Last Great Civil Rights Struggle. But whenever I mention this topic on my national talk radio show, asking my listeners if they believe it is fair to equate the black Civil Rights movement with todays gay rights movement, I am flooded with African American callers who take strong exception to this comparison. Some of them remind me of the public lynchings, of blacks being hosed down with fire hoses and attacked by...
  • March on Washington paved way for gay rights too (o rly?)

    08/28/2013 10:39:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 10:07 AM EDT, Wed August 28, 2013 | Malcolm Lazin
    When Dr. King began I Have a Dream, I was struck as if by lightning. It was akin to hearing Moses speak to the heavens. His speech was a defining moment for those assembled and for Americans watching television in living rooms across the nation. The March led to a Civil Rights Act of 1964 and a Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the late 1980s, I came out as a gay man and became increasingly involved in LGBT civil rights. I met Barbara Gittings and Frank Kameny, the mother and father of the LGBT civil rights movement. Gay...
  • Obamas Gay-Rights Hypocrisy

    08/14/2013 6:59:11 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/14/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The president wags his finger at Putin while kowtowing to Islamic leaders. What, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani was asked, is [Islams] judgment on sodomy and lesbianism? Forbidden, he curtly pronounced. Those involved in the act should be punished. In fact, sodomites should be killed in the worst manner possible. So what does Barack Obama have to say about that? Cynically mounting his high horse last week in the cozy confines of Jay Lenos late-night TV comedy program a venue popular with his ill-informed admirers, one where hypocrisy wont be noticed, much less challenged the president declaimed, I have no...
  • Gay Rights Group Calls For The International Olympic Committee To Condemn Russias Anti-Gay Laws

    08/07/2013 4:06:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Buzzfeeed ^ | August 7, 2013 | Lily Hiott-Millis
    All Out is an organization that takes action against gay rights violations across the world by creating petitions and organizing protests. All Out, along with Olympic athletes and ambassadors from Athlete Ally, created this petition in light of Russias recent human rights violations and anti-gay laws. Some have called for a boycott or move of the Olympics, but this petition calls for a complete reform of Russias laws.The petition received more than 300,000 signatures from all over the world. All Out traveled to Switzerland to personally deliver the petition along with a letter from Stephen Fry that condemns the current...
  • Why Do We Boycott 'Ender's Game' But Give Roman Polanski An Oscar?

    08/03/2013 12:43:41 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 76 replies
    policy mic ^ | 7/1/2013 | Angie Hartley
    Orson Scott Card, whose science-fiction book Ender's Game is being released as a film, is a conservative Mormon with a long history of attacking gay people and their rights. He's also one of the most respected sci-fi writers of all time. This has really got sci-fi fans and gay rights activists in a moral dilemma as the momentum for the film builds up to its November 1 release. Orson Scott Card has gone far beyond opposing gay marriage. In 1990, he wrote in Mormon publication Sunstone Magazine, Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately...
  • Gay Couples Marry in Minn., Prepare To Do So in Rhode Island

    08/01/2013 6:49:54 AM PDT · by lbryce · 6 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | August 1, 2013 | Patrick Condon
    Gay couples began tying the knot at Minneapolis City Hall early Thursday and preparing to do so once town clerks' offices opened in Rhode Island, as the two states became the latest to allow same-sex marriage. The Minnesota law allowed weddings to begin just after midnight Wednesday, and 42 couples were to be married by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and several Hennepin County judges in the hours before dawn. "I didn't expect to cry quite that hard," said a beaming Cathy ten Broeke, who with Margaret Miles was the first gay couple to be wed at City Hall. The attending...
  • UN human rights office unveils gay-rights campaign

    07/26/2013 11:31:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 26, 2013 10:53 AM EDT | David Crary
    Amid a surge of anti-gay violence and repression in several countries, the United Nations human rights office on Friday launched its first global outreach campaign to promote tolerance and greater equality for lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals. Called Free & Equal, its an unprecedented effort by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to change public attitudes around the world on issues that have bitterly divided the U.N.s own member states. The multi-pronged campaignannounced at a news conference in Cape Town, South Africawill include videos and public-service announcements distributed through social media, a new website, a...
  • DOMA: Scalia Was Right About Rulings Impact, Pro-Gay Rights Lawyer Says (BARF ALERT)

    07/03/2013 8:19:44 AM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Christian Science Monitor Via Yahoo News ^ | July 3, 2013 | Warren Richey
    The US Supreme Court has laid the legal groundwork to directly attack and overturn state bans on same-sex marriages, a lawyer involved in the recent historic gay rights cases at the high court said Tuesday. Therese Stewart, chief deputy in the San Francisco City Attorneys Office, said that Justice Anthony Kennedys majority opinion last week striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act provides a roadmap for gay rights groups and same-sex couples to pursue the next phase of litigation to achieve full marriage equality in the US. *SNIP* Justice Kennedy wrote that states that recognized same-sex marriages...