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  • Gay Dallas man files Texas’ first same-sex divorce petition

    01/21/2009 6:10:58 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 58 replies · 1,296+ views
    Dallas Voice ^ | Jan 21 09 | Dallas voice
    A gay Dallas man who married his husband in 2006 when they lived in Massachusetts has filed what is believed to be Texas’ first same-sex divorce petition.
  • Caption the same-sex demonstrators

    11/07/2008 9:19:39 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 24 replies · 2,140+ views
    Protesters march down Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 during a 'No on Prop 8'' rally. In a heartbreaking defeat for the gay-rights movement, California voters put a stop to gay marriage, creating uncertainty about the legal status of 18,000 same-sex couples who tied the knot during a four-month window of opportunity opened by the state's highest court. Hundreds demonstrate outside the Los Angeles Mormon Temple against the Church's support of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that banned gay marriage, in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. Protesters hold signs...

    09/30/2008 9:41:14 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 2 replies · 410+ views ^ | 9/30/2008 | Unknown
    MISSOULA, Mont. — A judge ruled in favor of a woman who sought parental rights to a boy and girl adopted by her former same-sex partner, a decision described as a first for Montana. Michelle Kulstad sought joint custody of two children _ an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl _ adopted by Barbara Maniaci. In his ruling Monday, District Judge Ed McLean agreed. "To discriminate further against Ms. Kulstad because of her sexual preference in this day and age is no different than telling a person to go to the back of the bus because of her skin color,"...
  • Dancers, bikers and married couples, too [San Diego, Same Sex Pride]

    07/20/2008 9:36:40 AM PDT · by TheDon · 22 replies · 262+ views
    Union-Tribune ^ | July 20, 2008 | Penni Crabtree
    All the familiar trappings, the flamboyant and the tongue-and-cheek, were there. The buff guys in gold sequins. The leather-clad women riding Harley hogs. The vendors hawking necklaces with oversized rainbow-colored beads. The crowd of more than 150,000, piled six deep in some places along the parade route from Hillcrest to Balboa Park, cheerfully ogling the spectacle. Yet more than anything else, the 34th annual San Diego Pride parade and festival yesterday was an emotional celebration – after the California Supreme Court ruling in May that legalized marriage for gay and lesbian couples – of the absolutely ordinary. Of the shared...
  • Donation to Same-Sex Marriage Foes Brings Boycott Calls

    07/18/2008 4:25:37 AM PDT · by hocndoc · 9 replies · 92+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 17, 2008 | REBECCA CATHCART
    A hotel owner’s $125,000 donation to support a ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in the state has become a flashpoint, with opponents calling for a boycott of two of his hotels and supporters highlighting the donation in a fund-raising letter. The hotelier, Doug Manchester, donated the money to support the collection of signatures to qualify the initiative, which would amend the state’s Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, for the November ballot.
  • CA Voters Should “Recall” Why Prop 22 Was Abandoned

    05/17/2008 5:00:17 PM PDT · by GaryWiram · 11 replies · 120+ views
    A Few Days With Figgins ^ | Saturday, May 17, 2008 | Gary Wiram
    In 2003, California held a statewide circus known as the Gubernatorial Recall election. That election actually considered two questions … Yes or No, should their sitting Governor, Gray Davis, be recalled? … And, if Yes, who of the 154 candidates should replace him? The slate of candidates included Actors, a Lieutenant Governor, a State Senator, Business People, a Porn Star, a Comedian, etc., etc. In the lead-up to this election, it seemed likely that Davis would be recalled. This gave the Republicans the opportunity to capture the Governorship of the nation’s most populous State from the Democrats. In my opinion,...
  • Trying New School of Thought; Public Districts Experiment w/Separating Students by Gender

    04/30/2008 7:28:39 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 32 replies · 55+ views
    JSOnline ^ | April 29, 2008 | Alan J. Borsuk
    Reduce it to a yes or no answer - was it a good idea for you to be in a class that was all girls this year? Who says yes? Twenty-six hands shoot into the air. A 27th joins with hesitation. And that is every student present in this eighth-grade classroom at the Milwaukee Education Center, known as MEC, a Milwaukee Public Schools middle school in an old Schlitz Brewery building north of downtown. Note the word public in the previous sentence. Single-sex education has long been part of the private school scene in Milwaukee and nationwide. But single-sex classes...
  • The matter of civil unions (the new civil right : same sexual orientation equality)

    01/28/2008 8:01:12 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 7 replies · 71+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 27, 2008 | Sun Editorials
    The Maryland General Assembly will soon consider legislation to remove the state's ban on same-sex marriage. We wholeheartedly support the effort. Numerous are the rewards - to the individuals involved and society as a whole - that spring from this vital social institution. The broad range of benefits (and obligations) that come with marriage should not be denied certain people because of sexual preference. That's why we believe the time may be right for Maryland to authorize civil unions for same-sex couples. Admittedly, it is not the same thing as marriage. It would require creation of a separate legal structure...
  • Obama argues for civil unions for gays

    08/11/2007 3:01:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies · 1,314+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday he wanted to tap into the "core decency" of Americans to fight discrimination against gays and lesbians, and argued that civil unions for same-sex couples wouldn't be a "lesser thing" than marriage. At a televised forum focusing on gay rights, the Illinois senator was asked to explain how civil unions for same-sex couples could be the equivalent of marriage. He said, "As I've proposed it, it wouldn't be a lesser thing, from my perspective. Obama belongs to the United Church of Christ, which supports gay marriage, but Obama has yet to go that far. All...
  • Same-sex marriage under study

    07/27/2007 6:19:16 AM PDT · by Desron13 · 13 replies · 710+ views
    Burlington Free Press | July 26, 2007 | Terri Hallenbeck
    Homosexual agenda on the march. This poll badly needs freeping. I can't excerpt the article do to the cannot be posted due to copyright complaint.
  • Puerto Ricans Rally to Stop 'Civil Unions'

    06/29/2007 5:03:22 AM PDT · by joeu · 20 replies · 444+ views
    MassResistance ^ | June 29, 2007 | Mass Resistance
    David Parker addresses 20,000 at massive march and rally in Puerto Rico, with blanket TV coverage, as citizens take to streets over proposed “civil unions” law! "You need a zero tolerance policy," Parker tells crowds.
  •'s Upside-Down View of Marriage

    06/15/2007 10:25:33 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 11 replies · 514+ views
    NewsBusters, ABC News Online ^ | 6/15/07 | Robert Knight
    After the Massachusetts Legislature voted to crush the marriage amendment ballot measure yesterday, the networks largely ignored the story. But ABC’s Web site carried this headline: Gay Marriage Safe in Massachusetts: A Vote to Redefine Marriage as a Union Between a Man and a Woman Was Defeated To, defining marriage the traditional way is a radical “redefinition” of the institution. Is it any wonder that a majority of the American people, according to the National Cultural Values Survey, believe the news media are a major factor in America’s moral decline? (hat tip to Matt Barber at Concerned Women for...
  • Lawmakers pull same-sex marriage bill

    05/14/2007 8:45:19 AM PDT · by bedolido · 4 replies · 614+ views ^ | 5-12-2007 | KEN DIXON
    HARTFORD — Legislative advocates for expanded gay rights withdrew a pending bill Friday that would have provided marriage rights for same-sex couples. The decision came in the afternoon, when lawmakers realized that while the bill might pass the Senate, there weren't enough votes in the House and Gov. M. Jodi Rell promised to veto it. The bill will die on the House calendar. On Monday, the state Supreme Court hears a challenge from gay-rights groups to the 2005 civil union law that provides civil-rights protections for same-sex couples. "We obviously asked leadership not to call the bill," said Rep. Michael...
  • Classwork on gay marriage riles parents

    05/06/2007 5:40:17 AM PDT · by dcnd9 · 5 replies · 496+ views
    Columbia Tribune ^ | 5/4/07 | JANESE HEAVIN
  • What's good for kids? (Surprise: Religion!)

    05/01/2007 9:16:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 439+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | April 30, 2007 | Carl Olson
    A new study involving the parents and teachers of more than 16,000 kids reveals that—get ready for this!—religion is good for children. reports: Kids with religious parents are better behaved and adjusted than other children, according to a new study that is the first to look at the effects of religion on young child development. The conflict that arises when parents regularly argue over their faith at home, however, has the opposite effect. John Bartkowski, a Mississippi State University sociologist and his colleagues asked the parents and teachers of more than 16,000 kids, most of them first-graders, to rate...
  • Gay Rights Bill Passes Oregon House

    04/21/2007 9:44:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies · 1,029+ views ^ | Wednesday, April 18, 2007 | A/P
    Gay Rights Bill Passes Oregon House Wednesday, April 18, 2007SALEM, Ore. —  Same-sex couples would receive the same benefits as married couples, and gays and lesbians would be protected against discrimination under bills approved Tuesday by the Oregon House. The Senate is expected to pass the two bills and plans to sign both.The first bill would enable same-sex couples to enter into contractual relationships that grant them the same benefits offered to married couples under state law. The bill refers to the relationships as "domestic partnerships."Oregon would join Vermont, Connecticut, California and New Jersey in offering civil unions or domestic...
  • The ERA: IT Serves You 'Rights' (From the FRC newsletter - time sensitive for Arkansas)

    02/06/2007 4:19:27 PM PST · by right-wingin_It · 2 replies · 299+ views
    FRC Newsletter ^ | Feb. 06, 2007 | Tony Perkins
    Instead of lobbying for special rights in the face of growing opposition, the Left is promoting legislation that would quietly usher in their agenda through the backdoor at the state level.Arkansas is facing a powerful challenge by anti-family groups lobbying for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which, until recently, was a largely irrelevant piece of feminist propaganda dating back to the early 1970s. Now, state Rep. Lindsley Smith (D) is dusting off the amendment in a campaign to "protect women," when in fact, the U.S. Constitution already does so. Smith is pushing her state to ratify the ERA, which seeks...
  • Michigan court (of appeals): No same-sex benefits (for partners of gay employees)

    02/02/2007 10:04:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 717+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/2/07 | David Eggert - ap
    LANSING, Mich. - Public universities and state and local governments would violate the state constitution by providing health insurance to the partners of gay employees, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday. A three-judge panel said a 2004 voter-approved ban on gay marriage also applies to same-sex domestic partner benefits. The decision reverses a 2005 ruling from an Ingham County judge who said universities and governments could provide the benefits. "The marriage amendment's plain language prohibits public employers from recognizing same-sex unions for any purpose," the court wrote. A constitutional amendment passed by Michigan voters in November 2004 made the...
  • Students required to take controversial sex-ed class

    01/17/2007 8:53:47 AM PST · by dcnd9 · 48 replies · 1,577+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 1/16/07 | Dena Levitz
    Montgomery County - Although Montgomery County school officials have been making controversial new teachings on sexual orientation seem as if they’re optional, the reality is that all 10th-graders must take the class in question in order to graduate, officials said. Schools chief public information officer Brian Edwards explained to The Examiner that the 18-week health course — which includes two hotly contested lessons mentioning transsexuality and bisexuality within a three-week unit on family life — is required. Administrators have emphasized during meetings leading up to the approval of the new sex-ed curriculum that the lessons are “opt-in” — meaning parents...
  • N.J. Clergy Not Required to Do (Same-sex) Unions

    01/12/2007 8:44:40 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 5 replies · 389+ views
    ABC ^ | January 12, 2007 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    Clergy in New Jersey cannot be required to unite gay couples in civil unions, the state attorney general said in a decision that quieted the fears of some religious groups opposed to same-sex ceremonies. Attorney General Stuart Rabner's legal opinion, sent Thursday to the state registrar of vital statistics, came less than a month after the state became the third to approve civil unions for gay couples. The unions offer the legal benefits of marriage, but not the title. Couples may begin applying for licenses in New Jersey Feb. 19 and can be united 72 hours later. Under the law,...
  • Senate OKs bills to stymie gay benefits

    11/20/2006 10:21:09 PM PST · by skeptoid · 76 replies · 1,489+ views
    Juneau Empire ^ | November 20, 2006 | PAT FORGEY
    Members of the state Senate on Sunday followed through on what their counterparts in the House of Representatives did last week, continuing to advance two bills to fight employment benefits for partners of gay state employees. Facing a Jan. 1 deadline imposed by the Alaska Supreme Court to ensure employees in same-sex relationships get the same benefits as their heterosexual colleagues, the Senate Finance Committee approved on Sunday evening two bills aimed at thwarting that. The Senate was meeting in a special session called by Gov. Frank Murkowski to deal with the controversial issue. The House already has approved the...
  • Freep This Poll on Gay Marriage in NJ

    10/25/2006 9:17:46 PM PDT · by Intolerant in NJ · 36 replies · 1,237+ views
    Philadelphia TV Channel 10 ^ | 26 October, 2006 | NBC10
    Tell the legislature in New Jersey how to vote on gay marriage by freeping this poll "Should gay couples in New Jersey have the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples?" - not that the legislators pay attention to what the people want anyway......Poll is about two-thirds of the way down the page on the right hand side Link
  • Same sex marriage debate here in Colorado - 'Amendment 43' & 'Referendum I' (Audio)

    10/25/2006 12:07:24 AM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 62 replies · 2,249+ views
    Rosen Replay ^ | Tuesday October 24th, 2006 | Mike Rosen
    Earlier this morning there was a debate on two ballot initiatives here in Colorado, the 'Domestic Partnerships', Referendum I and the 'Marriage Amendment', Amendment 43. Mike Rosen of 850am KOA radio here in Denver was host and moderator. Mike Rosen is FOR 'Amendment 43' and UNDECIDED on 'Referendum I'. Mike is not a social conservative. He is a fiscal conservative and pro-military. --- Before the debate I thought "Ref I" was going to allow same sex couples visitation rights at hospitals, ability to will death benefits and a few other "rights". It is WAY WAY beyond just that. It will...
  • Unitarians oppose S.C. gay marriage ban (S.C. Constitutional Amendment on Same-sex Marriage)

    10/10/2006 6:37:32 PM PDT · by Livin_large · 19 replies · 515+ views
    The State ^ | Oct. 06, 2006 | Carolyn Click
    Columbia’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship congregation has gone on record as opposing a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. The Heyward Street congregation adopted the resolution Sunday, saying passage of the amendment on the Nov. 7 ballot “will jeopardize the physical, emotional, legal and financial well being of same-sex couples and their children.” Noting that constitutional amendments have historically expanded human rights, the congregation’s resolution warned the amendment would relegate homosexuals to second-class citizenship and “further polarize us as a community.”
  • Same-sex marriage debate threatens redefinition of parenthood (US judges use term psychological)

    09/26/2006 9:51:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 800+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | September 26, 2006
    Washington DC, Sep. 26, 2006 (CNA) - The next great frontier in law and culture, stemming from the same-sex marriage debate, is the legal redefinition of parenthood, says a new report issued by U.S. and Canadian family and law think tanks. The Revolution in Parenthood: The Emerging Global Clash Between Adult Rights and Children's Needs explores how the rights-based same-sex marriage movement places adult rights over the rights and needs of children. The report also explores the status of parenthood in society and the ways in which natural parenthood — the biological mother-father model — is being legally challenged and...
  • Photo from the "Other" Olympics: Caption Help needed

    07/20/2006 6:51:59 PM PDT · by JewishRighter · 6 replies · 365+ views
    Yahoo Photos | 7/20/06 | JewishRighter
    I guess I'm not politically correct if this makes me LMAO: Oh, yeah, while I'm at it: Stop the "Pride" parade in Jerusalem!!
  • Liberal Christianity is paying for its sins (DUH!)

    07/12/2006 6:19:31 AM PDT · by carlo3b · 70 replies · 1,611+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 12, 2006 | CHARLOTTE ALLEN ; Catholicism editor for Beliefnet
    Liberal Christianity is paying for its sinsOut-of-the-mainstream beliefs about gay marriage and supposedly sexist doctrines are gutting old-line faiths.By Charlotte Allen, CHARLOTTE ALLEN is Catholicism editor for Beliefnet and the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus." July 9, 2006The accelerating fragmentation of the strife-torn Episcopal Church USA, in which several parishes and even a few dioceses are opting out of the church, isn't simply about gay bishops, the blessing of same-sex unions or the election of a woman as presiding bishop. It also is about the meltdown of liberal Christianity. Embraced by the leadership of...
  • CA: Appeals court upholds rights for separated same-sex parents

    06/10/2006 9:06:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 501+ views
    A lesbian suing for parental rights over a daughter she had with a former partner is entitled to those rights if she meets several criteria for determining legal motherhood, a state appeals court ruled. The woman must have been integral in planning the conception, raising the child, treating the child as her own and accepting the responsibilities of parenthood, the Court of Appeal panel in San Francisco decided Friday in a 3-0 ruling. State law prefers for a child to be raised by two parents, and the child and parent are entitled to a relationship even if the parents are...
  • California homosexual activists' assault on

    05/17/2006 4:40:24 AM PDT · by dcnd9 · 19 replies · 652+ views
    WND ^ | 5/17/06 | Ben Shapiro
    California homosexual activists' assault on schoolchildren -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: May 17, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Benjamin Shapiro -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- © 2006 Creators Syndicate, Inc. On May 11, the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 1437. The bill demands "no teacher shall give instruction nor shall a school district sponsor any activity that reflects adversely upon persons because of their ... gender ... sexual orientation." Current California law already prohibits discrimination in teaching based on "sex, color, creed, national origin or ancestry." The addition of "sexual orientation" means that condemnation of homosexuality by public school employees would now be punishable by law....
  • Anti-gay extremism bad for Midland and Michigan [barf alert]

    05/14/2006 12:52:36 PM PDT · by dcnd9 · 13 replies · 674+ views
    AFA ^ | 5/14/06 | AFA Alert
    "Several years ago Gary Glenn came to Midland as a conservative political activist... Soon thereafter he rekindled the American Family Association of Michigan, based in Midland. Since that time, the AFA has been on a non-stop campaign to deny basic freedoms, safety and dignity to (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered) people. The American Family Association claims to be a 'pro-family' organization, but a recent study by the (National Gay & Lesbian Task Force) Policy Institute showed that the AFA and similar groups do little for families, but instead spend their time trying to outlaw abortions, stop equal rights for gay...
  • Actual demand for same-sex marriage very low.

    05/04/2006 10:23:09 AM PDT · by ghostmonkey · 16 replies · 598+ views
    What proportion of [Homosexual] people choose to marry, when the option is legally available? This research report offers estimates of [same-sex] marriage rates based on the best available data. The highest estimate to date of the proportion of [homosexuals] who have married in any jurisdiction where it is available is 16.7% (Massachusetts). More typically, our survey of marriage statistics from various countries that legally recognize same-sex unions suggests that today between 1% and 5% of [homosexuals] have entered into a same-sex marriage. In the Netherlands, which has had same-sex marriage as a legal option for the longest period, between 2%...
  • "Change is Possible Campaign"

    04/13/2006 6:08:28 AM PDT · by dcnd9 · 11 replies · 883+ views
    email | 4/12/06 | Liberty Counsel and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays
    Press Release April 12, 2006 Liberty Counsel and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays Launch the "Change is Possible Campaign" Virginia - Today, Liberty Counsel and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays ("PFOX") kicked off their joint "Change is Possible Campaign." Liberty Counsel is a national public interest law firm with offices in Florida and Virginia and hundreds of affiliate attorneys in all fifty states. PFOX is a national organization that supports families touched by homosexuality, advocates for the ex-gay community, and educates the public on sexual orientation. In the past several years, as "tolerance" and "diversity" have...
  • Defining Marriage

    04/09/2006 1:20:46 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 7 replies · 370+ views
    The Johnstown Tribune Democrat | 9 April 2006 | Pedro O. Vega
    With amendment, state would uphold rights of traditional family. As published in the Johnstown Tribune Democrat. “Only marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized in this Commonwealth, and neither the Commonwealth nor any of its political subdivisions shall create or recognize a legal status identical or substantially equivalent to that of marriage for unmarried individuals.” That’s the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment before the Pennsylvania state House and Senate. The bill and the amendment deserve our support. Let me tell you why. First, same-sex union contradicts the nature of marriage; It is not based...
  • Massachusetts gay marriage ruling seen invigorating movement in other states

    03/31/2006 4:59:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 456+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/31/06 | Denise Lavoie - ap
    Gay-rights opponents predict that a ruling from the Massachusetts high court barring out-of-state same-sex couples from marrying here could reinvigorate efforts in a handful of states that do not expressly prohibit such marriages. Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, a conservative legal group based in Florida, said the high court's ruling could strengthen opposition in states that now do not have either a law or a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. "I think that was already in process, but I think that this was just an extra impetus for a state to get a Defense of Marriage Act or a...
  • Same-sex marriage fight grips Capitol-State Senate again turns back floor vote; rallies planned

    03/21/2006 7:01:12 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 1 replies · 859+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-21-06 | RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER
    The consternation and controversy over gay marriage intensified Monday as the Minnesota Senate twice turned back attempts to force a vote on a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman. The votes, both on procedural motions, came the day before a rally that is expected to bring thousands of amendment supporters to the Capitol. And the votes were only hours after Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Russell Anderson strongly denied there was any truth to disputed comments Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson made about the court's position on the 1997 law...
  • Same-Sex Marriage arguments being used to support polygamy… It was inevitable!

    03/20/2006 9:29:38 AM PST · by Craig DeLuz · 7 replies · 352+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 03/20/2005 | Craig DeLuz
    Just as many conservatives predicted, the arguments being used by liberal politicians and judges to legalize same sex unions are now being used to support polygamy. Read More... Craig DeLuz Visit The Home of Uncommon Sense...
  • Mothers and Fathers are endangered expressions

    03/08/2006 4:33:17 AM PST · by The Ghost of JG · 15 replies · 594+ views
    Spero News ^ | Wednesday, March 08, 2006 | Robert Duncan
    So now, jump fast forward to last Friday. That’s when the Spanish government announced a ministerial order that new births would have to be registered at the State Civil Registries in the Family Book under the headings of Parent (progenitor) A, and Parent (progenitor) B. In other words, the terms "Father" and "Mother" were to be no longer used. In Spain, marriages, births and deaths are all recorded at Civil Registries, with most of those actions being noted in a Family Book (Libro de Familia). While the example isn’t perfect, think of the Family Book as an extended birth certificate....
  • Same Sex Marriage Splits UCC

    03/07/2006 5:13:45 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 31 replies · 829+ views
    The Union Leader ^ | March 7, 2006 | Paula Tracy
    ANDOVER – As controversy grows over the United Church of Christ's support of same-sex marriage, New Hampshire congregations are being urged not to defect, but to become involved in a movement to reshape the church. "It is a crisis of lost churches, lost funds and lost unity brought on by the actions of our national leadership," the Rev. Dr. Bob Thompson of Corinth Reformed Church, a UCC congregation in Hickory, N.C., told a group of about 50 gathered last night at Andover Congregational Church. "It is wrong, unbiblical, and at best, divisive . . .," Thompson said of the non-binding...
  • Same-sex marriage in California? Group collecting signatures for proposition

    02/28/2006 2:15:20 PM PST · by zippytmonkey · 13 replies · 402+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 2-28-06
    The proposal would add the following provision to the state constitution: "Marriage is a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between any two persons, without regard to the gender of those persons – persons in opposite-sex marriages and in same-sex marriages shall have the same rights and obligations." It would also repeal language approved by voters in Prop 22 six years ago, striking out the words: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." Karen England is
  • 50 public figures named in gay witchhunt by Cameroon's paper

    02/05/2006 11:43:27 PM PST · by Tyche · 11 replies · 797+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Feb 06, 2006 | Andrew Meldrum
    Cameroon has been rocked by an anti-gay crusade in newspapers that have accused more than 50 prominent figures of homosexuality. Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon as in many African countries, with jail sentences of up to five years, and editors say they are on a campaign against "deviant behaviour". The latest list by the weekly tabloid L'Anecdote sold out within hours and vendors resorted to selling photocopies. Those named included government ministers, news readers, popular singers and sports stars. "Men making love to other men ... is filthy. It may be normal in the west, but in Africa and Cameroon...
  • Pope: "Democracy Without Values Easily Turns Into Open Or Thinly Disguised Totalitarianism"

    01/31/2006 3:44:11 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 24 replies · 676+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1 February 2006 | John-Henry Westen
    VATICAN, January 30, 2006 ( - In an address to the leaders of the Christian Associations of Italian Workers Friday, Pope Benedict XVI warned, "As history demonstrates, a democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism." Benedict was in fact making his own the statement first uttered by his predecessor John Paul II, who made the statement in 2000. (see coverage: ) Benedict XVI highlighted how, in our time, science and technology "present huge possibilities for improving everyone's lives," but warned that "the misguided use of such power can provoke grave and irreparable threats to the...
  • Same-sex couple in tax protest - Refuse to pay on $2 million because they can't get married

    01/31/2006 5:59:24 AM PST · by NYer · 77 replies · 1,800+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | January 31, 2006
    Charles Merrill Calling it an act of civil disobedience, a North Carolina man is refusing to pay federal and state income tax on more than $2 million, claiming discrimination because he can't wed his male partner and receive the deductions granted married couples. "I think it's unfair because marriage is about love, it's not about two people who are different sexually," Charles Merrill, 71, told WND. "Two men can love each other, and two men can love each other just as a man and a woman." Merrill – an accomplished artist who lives on 100 acres near Hendersonville, N.C.,...
  • Europarliament Takes Stand for Same-Sex Unions

    01/21/2006 11:11:00 AM PST · by warpcorebreach · 19 replies · 581+ views
    Zenit News ^ | 01-20-06
    STRASBOURG, France, JAN. 20, 2006 ( European countries that do not recognize same-sex unions have been condemned as "homophobic" by a resolution of the European Parliament. The nonbinding resolution passed Thursday by a vote of 468-149. There were 41 abstentions. Mario Mauro, vice president of the European Parliament, said in statements to ZENIT that "an ideological document has been approved that has very little to do with the concrete protection of people's fundamental rights." Mauro said that the document, which refers to religious freedom as a "source of discrimination," is "in open contradiction with treaties and even common sense." Riccardo...
  • Could Same-Sex Marriage Lead to Legalized Polygamy ?

    01/20/2006 7:06:27 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 69 replies · 1,388+ views ^ | 01/19/2006 | Debra Saunders
    Could Same-Sex Marriage Lead to Legalized Polygamy? By Debra Saunders When social conservatives argue that legalizing same-sex marriage could lead to legalized polygamy, same-sex marriage advocates either laugh or sneer. It's a scare tactic, they say. It'll never happen. Last year, however, as Canada legalized same-sex marriage, Prime Minister Paul Martin commissioned a $150,000 study to debunk the polygamy argument. Big mistake: The study confirmed the scare tactic by recommending that Canada repeal its anti-polygamy law. It also suggested that a legal challenge to Canada's anti-polygamy laws would succeed. "Why criminalize behavior?" asked Martha Bailey, one of the study's three...
  • First Lesbian Civil Union Ends in Violence

    12/19/2005 6:55:12 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 111 replies · 3,205+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 12/19/2005 | Jim Kouri, CPP
    Two outspoken lesbians became the first same-sex civil union in the United States are splitting up amid allegations of violent behavior. Carolyn Conrad, 35, asked a court in October to end her relationship with Kathleen Peterson, 46. Conrad also obtained an order of protection against her former partner, claiming Peterson punched a hole in the wall during an argument and threatened to harm Conrad's friend. Conrad believes her former lover is capable of violent behavior and she needs protection to prevent further contact. "All I want to say is that the civil union was a big source of pride for...
  • Church takes aim at same-sex adoptions - Letter urges end Catholic Charities connection

    12/07/2005 6:00:59 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 426+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 7, 2005 | Eric Convey
    A top church official in Washington is urging Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley to stop Catholic Charities of Boston from brokering adoptions unless same-sex couples are excluded, a source close to the hierarchy in the capital told the Herald.     The recommendation was contained in a letter sent recently from the office of Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo Higuera, the papal nuncio, the source said on condition of anonymity. The archdiocese, asked about the letter, issued a statement saying, “As a matter of course, the archdiocese does not comment on any private communications it might receive from the Holy See. The dioceses of Massachusetts...
  • The Skeleton in the Closet, Divorce and Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

    12/01/2005 6:54:56 PM PST · by epow · 6 replies · 350+ views
    Prison Fellowship Ministry ^ | 01/04/05 | Mark Earley
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson January 4, 2005 Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley. On Election Day, initiatives defining marriage as one man and one woman passed overwhelmingly in all eleven states that had them on the ballot. But this victory isn’t necessarily permanent. Unless we continue to make a compelling case for the sanctity of marriage, public opinion is quite likely to drift in the other direction. And it’s going to be increasingly difficult to make that case unless we deal with some of the skeletons in our own closet. Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, a...
  • O'Malley won't attend dinner at which Menino is honored [Boston]

    11/25/2005 7:20:04 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies · 727+ views ^ | 11-24-05 |
    O'Malley won't attend dinner at which Menino is honored November 24, 2005 BOSTON --Disagreement over Mayor Thomas Menino's views on abortion and same-sex marriage has prompted Archbishop Sean O'Malley to cancel plans to attend the annual Catholic Charities Christmas dinner next month.Also, O'Malley is sending a letter to every parish in the archdiocese in which he says the church's opposition to gay marriage should not be interpreted as hostility toward homosexuals, and Catholics should strive to end discrimination toward gays and lesbians. snip-------------- The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, a conservative Catholic group, has called for a boycott of the dinner...
  • The sky doesn’t fall in a day

    09/30/2005 8:58:44 PM PDT · by gpapa · 9 replies · 570+ views ^ | September 30, 2005 | Alan Sears
    In the arena of political discourse, a “straw man” is often a weak or extreme argument one side in a debate falsely attributes to their opponents.  It’s an age-old tactic that presents a nice-sounding argument that is, in reality, easily refuted or “knocked down.” That is the tactic now being used to defend the court-ordered legalization of same-sex “marriage” in Massachusetts last year.
  • Thou art no Romeo

    08/12/2005 4:36:02 AM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 10 replies · 552+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 12, 2005 | Donovan Slack
    Boston's beloved pair of swans -- feted by city leaders, residents, and tourists alike as one of the Hub's most celebrated summer attractions -- are a same-sex couple. Yes, scientific tests have shown that the pair, named Romeo and Juliet, are really Juliet and Juliet. The city's Parks and Recreation Department conducted the tests months ago, but didn't announce the results for fear of destroying the image of a Shakespearean love story unfolding each year in the Public Garden. ''Each year when the swans go in, the kids immediately come to us and say, 'Which one's Romeo, and which one's...