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  • Trump Vows "Forward Motion" On Gay "Equality"

    02/05/2016 11:29:29 AM PST · by newgeezer · 152 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | February 05, 2016 | CR Wire
    New York billionaire Donald Trump promises "forward motion" on so called gay rights if elected president. While speaking with Bay Windows publisher Sue O'Connell Friday, Trump spoke about his wishes to unite the country on gay and lesbian issues. According to a report by Bay Windows: O'Connell, who is also Bay Windows' Publisher, identified herself as a lesbian in a question that noted the progress the LGBT community has made in the last two decades and asked Trump if voters can expect him to continue that momentum if elected "When President Trump is in office can we look for more...
  • Donald Trump Attends ‘Gay-Affirming’ Presbyterian ‘Church’ in Iowa Days Before Caucus

    02/05/2016 12:27:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian News ^ | 02/05/2016 | By Heather Clark
    MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Whether or not he was aware that it was not the same branch of Presbyterianism he claims to follow, Donald Trump obtained a lesson in "humility" during a reading at a "gay-affirming" Presbyterian USA congregation on Sunday, followed by a sermon from a woman pastor that included talk on welcoming refugees. "We talked about humility in church today," Trump told reporters following the service at First Presbyterian Church of Muscatine (PCUSA), which he visited prior to a campaign rally in the city, just days before the Iowa Caucus. "I don't know if that was aimed at me....
  • Hillary Clinton reveals her ‘litmus test’ for Supreme Court picks

    02/05/2016 10:11:13 AM PST · by wagglebee · 41 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/5/16 | Ben Johnson
    DERRY, NH, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Hillary Clinton has a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees - several, in fact. At a Democratic event on Wednesday, Clinton unveiled her criteria in selecting a judge for the nation's highest court. “I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests," she said. "We’ve got to make sure to preserve Roe v. Wade, not let it be nibbled away or repealed,” she said. There have been over 58,000,000 abortions since the 1973 court ruling legalizing abortion in all 50 states, according to National Right to Life. That echoes her...
  • What Trump Just Said About The LGBT Community Will Make Conservatives Go Crazy (VIDEO)

    02/05/2016 9:29:46 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 171 replies
    Addicting Info ^ | February 5, 2016
    In a stunning reversal, Donald Trump said that he will strengthen the rights of the LGBT community and bring people together. His new stance comes just days after he said that as president, he would “strongly consider” overturning Obergefell vs Hodges, the Supreme Court decision that found that same-sex couples have a legal and constitutional right to marry. “I’m a lesbian, we’ve had some great progress for the gay and lesbian community,” NECN reporter Sue O’Connell told Trump. When President Trump is in office, can we look for more forward motion on equality for gays and lesbians?” Here is Trump’s...
  • New UN stamp supports gay rights

    02/04/2016 8:56:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2016 5:56 PM EST
    The United Nations Postal Administration on Thursday released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The colorfully designed stamps by artist and UNPA art director Sergio Baradat are also meant to celebrate the diversity of the gay community and marks the first time the global body's post office has issued stamps with an LGBT theme. The stamps were unveiled in a ceremony at the U.N. General Assembly building that included a performance by the New York Gay Men's Chorus. ...
  • Catholic high school: Archdiocese 'does not permit' same-sex wedding announcement

    02/04/2016 7:33:23 PM PST · by steve86 · 26 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | Thursday, February 4, 2016 | JOEL CONNELLY
    Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain: Catholic Church can in no way associate itself with same-sex marriage. Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle has refused to run an announcement in its alumni magazine for the same-sex marriage of an alumna who once served as student body vice president and homecoming queen. In response to the submission by the 1997 graduate, the school sent her a letter saying, in part, "... the Archdiocese does not permit this type of information to be published in our Catholic school magazine." The reaction has been a much-circulated Facebook post by James Nau, who was student...
  • Obama To Meet With Baltimore Mossque's Anti-LGBT Hate Preacher

    02/03/2016 10:15:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 3, 2016 | Jordan Schachtel
    The director of Islamic teaching at the mosque which President Barack Obama has chosen to visit is on record saying that Islam requires homosexuals to be despised and treated as “transgressors.”
  • High-profile gay activist minister charged with sexually abusing boy in 1970s

    02/04/2016 2:20:40 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 2, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, February 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Canada’s most celebrated homosexual activist minister has been charged for allegedly sexually abusing a boy in the mid-1970s. Rev. Brent Hawkes, 65, of the Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto, has been charged with indecent assault on a male and gross indecency. He was summoned to court in Kentville, Nova Scotia yesterday to face the charges. Local police have refused to provide further details.   Hawkes, who lives with his male "husband," has become a major icon of homosexual activism in Canada. He famously flouted Canadian law by illegally "marrying" a homosexual couple in his Toronto church...
  • Robert George: Are you ready to pay the price? The days of socially acceptable Christianity are over

    02/04/2016 12:52:08 PM PST · by wagglebee · 46 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/4/16 | John-Henry Westen
    ORLANDO, February 4, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- “It is no longer easy to be a faithful Christian, a good Catholic, an authentic witness to the truths of the Gospel,” said Princeton Professor Robert George to a large crowd at the Legatus Summit in Orlando, Florida last weekend. Professor George added that people can still safely identify as “Catholic” as long as they don’t believe, or will at least be completely silent about, “what the Church teaches on issues such as marriage and sexual morality and the sanctity of human life.” He said “the guardians of those norms of cultural orthodoxy that...
  • 'Gay conversion' therapists find safe haven in Israel

    02/04/2016 12:25:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2016 11:57 AM EST | Daniel Estrin
    A leading American Jewish group promoting therapy it said could turn gays to heterosexuals was ordered shut in December by a New Jersey court, amid growing efforts in the U.S. to curb the generally discredited practice. But therapists with ties to the shuttered group say they have found a haven for their work in Israel. Israel's Health Ministry advises against so-called "gay conversion" or "reparative" therapy, calling it scientifically dubious and potentially dangerous, but no law limits it. In Israel, practitioners say their services are in demand, mostly by Orthodox Jewish men trying to reduce their same-sex attractions so they...
  • 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....
  • Five Myths About Marijuana and You

    10/28/2015 6:37:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 63 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/28/2015 | James Arlandson
    Myths about marijuana are apparent in college papers, online, and in the media. The users are eager to believe they dont have a problem, so an entire mythology has grown up around the plant. But here are the counterarguments
  • Justice Robert Cordy Of State’s High Court To Retire

    02/03/2016 5:18:44 PM PST · by massmike · 6 replies
    wbur.org ^ | 02/03/2016 | BOB SALSBERG
    Robert Cordy, an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court since 2001, announced Wednesday he would retire in August, giving Republican Gov. Charlie Baker the opportunity to make his first nomination to the state’s highest court. Cordy, 66, was nominated to the seven-member high court by then-Gov. Paul Cellucci. In 2003, Cordy was one of three justices who wrote dissenting opinions when the SJC issued a landmark ruling that made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Cordy argued that it was the state Legislature, not the judiciary, which had the authority to decide the issue. “This case...
  • How Ted Cruz may benefit from Rand Paul dropping out

    02/03/2016 11:41:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2016 | Katie Zezima
    HENNIKER, N.H. - For months, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has tried to poach libertarian-leaning voters here away from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Now, with Paul's exit from the race, Cruz has even more of an opening to make inroads with supporters of the Kentucky Republican. Cruz is running as a tea-party darling and evangelical Christian, constituencies that helped propel him to victory in the Iowa caucuses. But he is also attempting to expand that base, particularly with libertarian-leaning supporters. Here in New Hampshire, Cruz speaks of limited government, gun rights and privacy. "But part of the reason we're more competitive...
  • Ted Cruz mega-donor is a gay, pro-pot, PayPal-founding billionaire (7/3/12)

    02/03/2016 11:16:06 AM PST · by drewh · 76 replies
    Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election. Thiel’s political and financial support for gay rights and legal...
  • Huntington (W.Va.)Man arrested for soliciting a minor on Instagram

    02/03/2016 10:36:58 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    wowktv.com ^ | February 3, 2016 | wowk
    HUNTINGTON, WV - The West Virginia State Police arrested a Huntington man, Christopher Perdue, 18, for sending a 12-year-old boy explicit messages. Perdue was officially charged with soliciting a minor via computer. According to the WVSP, Perdue used Instagram to contact the boy on December 5th, 2015, but the mother of the boy intercepted the messages. Purdue allegedly tried to get the boy to send him a sexually explicit video of himself performing a sexual act. The WVSP says Purdue said he 16 during these conversations. Purdue also allegedly attempted to talk to the boy via FaceTime and text messages.
  • Russia: Court Rules Against LGBT Activist (Gays leave the kids alone)

    02/03/2016 9:38:36 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 8 replies
    hrw.org ^ | February 3, 2016 | hrw.org
    February 3, 2016 Russia: Court Rules Against LGBT Activist Repeal the Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Law (Moscow) – A Russian court on January 18, 2016, found a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights activist guilty of violating the country’s notorious “gay propaganda” law and issued a stiff fine. Russian prosecutors should support an appeal, which the activist, Sergei Alekseenko, plans to file in the coming days. Alekseenko was the director of Maximum, a Murmansk LGBT rights group that provided legal and psychosocial support. The Leninsky District Court in Murmansk, in northwestern Russia, found certain items posted on the Maximum’s website violated...
  • Government Survey Asks 13-Year-Olds to Pick Their Gender (or Genders) from a List of 25

    02/03/2016 7:35:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/03/2016 | Katherine Timpf
    Schoolchildren as young as 13 in Brighton, England were told to fill out a government survey that asked them to pick out their gender (or genders) from a list of 25 options. Yes -- gender or genders. Among the options were "tri-gender" (having exactly three genders,) "gender fluid" (having your gender change over time,) "demi-boy/demi-girl" (someone who is only partially male/female,) and "all genders" (which would be an infinite number because gender is obviously a spectrum.) Below is the complete list, from which instructed students to "choose as many as [they] want:" Male Female Girl Boy Tomboy (Young) woman (Young)...
  • Oklahoma teen wrestlers charged with raping youths

    02/02/2016 7:48:36 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 28 replies
    WTVR ^ | February 2, 2016 | CNN Wire
    NORMAN, Okla. - Four Norman, Oklahoma, high school wrestlers have been charged with felony rape for allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old, according to court documents CNN obtained Tuesday. Tanner Shane Shipman, 18, and three minors — two who are 17 and one who is 16 — are charged with raping the two victims on a school bus on January 9 while their Norman North High School wrestling team was returning home from a tournament in Pauls Valley. The district attorney viewed audio and video from the bus before charging the students.
  • [CofE] Manchester Church Hosts “Trans Jesus” Play, Bishop is Silent

    02/02/2016 3:48:01 PM PST · by NRx · 10 replies
    Stand Firm | 01-31-2016 | David Ould
    On Sunday 14 February the parish of St Chrysostom's in the Diocese of Manchester will host the controversial "Trans Jesus" play "The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven" which portrays Jesus as a transsexual (male to female). The play forms part of Manchester's "Queer Contact" festival. The play has aroused understandable protest since it's debut in 2009 as it seeks to actively rewrite Christian belief. Here's a good example from their promo video:
  • Transgender Girl Scout Sells Thousands of Cookies After Being Bullied

    02/02/2016 12:22:06 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 83 replies
    Seventeen ^ | 2-2-2016 | KATE STOREY
    When 9-year-old Stormi was bullied by a neighbor, she didn't let that slow her down from selling thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies Her mom, Kim (the family didn't give their last name because of privacy concerns) told BuzzFeed News that a man just a few blocks from their home in Herrin, Illinois, told Stormi, who is transgender: "Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress." "It made me sad," Stormi told the outlet. "Because I'm a girl." Her mom said Stormi immediately went home and cried. "She was like, 'Why am I not good enough?'"...
  • Judge orders employer to pay man $115,000 for not letting him use women’s bathroom

    02/02/2016 2:13:26 PM PST · by wagglebee · 67 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/2/16 | Father Mark Hodges
    ST. PAUL, Minnesota, February 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A judge has awarded $115,000 to a man whose employer did not let him use the women's bathroom. Minnesota-based Deluxe Financial Services, the largest check printing company in the U.S., is paying the settlement and apologizing to a Mr. Austin, who now goes by the female name "Britney." Mr. Austin was hired and employed as a man in the Phoenix offices of Deluxe, but in 2011, he announced to his supervisor that he considered himself a woman and began dressing as a female at work. His supervisor would not let him use...
  • I’ve changed my mind on the gay cake row. Here’s why

    02/02/2016 8:11:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 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...
  • Chicago Priest Comes Out As Gay

    02/02/2016 6:32:53 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 33 replies
    cbs chicago ^ | 2-1-2016
    The Chicago Archdiocese is responding to a published report in which a local priest comes out as gay, but it wasn't clear whether there would be ramifications for the clergy member. In a column by Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein, Rev. Michael Shanahan is interviewed at length about his decision to disclose that he is gay. "I'd like to be one of those priests, who, with great respect for the church's teaching, can say: I'm a human being. I'm a son -- one of six -- I'm gay and I'm a priest, period," Shanahan, a more than 20-year veteran...
  • Officials: Boko Haram burns kids alive in Nigeria, 86 dead

    02/01/2016 8:52:56 PM PST · by detective · 33 replies
    MSN News ^ | Feb 1 2016 | ISMAIL ALFA and HARUNA UMAR,
    A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists. Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night's attack on Dalori village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, according to survivors and soldiers at the scene just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in Nigeria's northeast.
  • Brent Hawkes, Toronto pastor, charged in Nova Scotia with sex crimes dating back to 1970s

    02/01/2016 4:37:25 PM PST · by Loyalist · 7 replies
    CBC News
    Brent Hawkes, a prominent Toronto pastor, has been charged with committing sex crimes in Nova Scotia, lawyer Clayton Ruby confirmed to CBC News. Ruby said his client was charged by the RCMP in December with indecent assault and gross indecency in Kings County, N.S. The offences are alleged to have happened in the 1970s. The 65-year-old, who delivered the eulogy at former New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton's 2011 funeral, has been the senior pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto for nearly 40 years. He is well known in the LGBT community, and has been recognized for his...
  • What happens when you get stoned every single day for five years

    02/01/2016 12:39:58 PM PST · by Mariner · 85 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 1st, 2016 | By Christopher Ingraham
    New research published today in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine confirms what many of us have suspected for some time: If you smoke a lot of weed -- like a lot of it -- it can potentially do permanent damage to your short-term memory. Professor Reto Auer of the University of Lausanne led a team of researchers who examined data on the marijuana habits of nearly 3,400 Americans over a 25-year period. At the end of the study period, the subjects took a battery of tests designed to assess cognitive abilities -- memory, focus, ability to make quick decisions, etc....
  • Are Methodist Sunday Schools, VBS for LGBTQ Indoctrination?

    02/01/2016 10:45:06 AM PST · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 2/1/2015 | John Lomperis
    Should young children be indoctrinated in LGBTQ ideology in United Methodist Vacation Bible Schools and Sunday schools? The answer is a resounding "YES" if the LBGTQ "reconciling" movement in my denomination gets its way. This was the focus of a workshop at last Saturday's "Winter Warming" retreat for activist supporters of the extraordinarily well-funded Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). RMN is the main unofficial caucus group devoted to promoting the LGBTQ liberationist cause. It boasts of having over 32,000 "Reconciling United Methodists," but a spokeswoman at this event admitted that they count anyone who receives their emails or newsletters (some of...
  • Lets Hope the GOP is Serious About Sentencing Reform

    07/15/2015 7:50:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Joly 15, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Last Friday, President Obama wrote 46 letters to men and women across the United States that will change their lives. Dear Jerry, Obama wrote to one man, I wanted to personally inform you that I will be granting your application for commutation. Jerry, like the others, is a convicted drug offender who, Obama claims, should long ago have served his time and been released back into society. Instead, tens of thousands of other low-level drug offenders continue to fester in federal prison; the consequence of overzealous, 1980s-era mandatory minimum sentencing requirements that have led to dangerous overcrowding in the federal...
  • Conservatives Oppose Mass Criminal Release

    02/01/2016 6:50:03 AM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    AIM ^ | February 1, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    With the presidential race the focus of most of the media attention, a major division among Senate Republicans over so-called "criminal justice reform" has gotten little attention. But the liberal media are now beginning to notice that conservatives are mounting a campaign to stop a piece of legislation that has been advertised as a major part of President Obama's left-wing legacy. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123) would release thousands of criminals back on the streets at a time of rising crime rates, in the name of reducing what liberals call "mass incarceration."
  • UN report: ‘There is no definition of the family’

    02/01/2016 6:07:32 AM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/29/16 | Stefano Gennarini
    January 29, 2016 (C-Fam) A draft UN report says the family should be understood “in a wide sense” and tries to open the door to recognize same-sex couples in international law and policy. “There is no definition of the family under international human rights law,” according to a report on “protection of the family” prepared by the UN staff and released last week ahead of the next session of the UN Human Rights Council. The report touches on the family, human rights, and social and economic development, and downplays the legally binding understanding of the family as the “natural and...
  • I’m gay and I’m a priest, period.’

    01/31/2016 10:01:53 PM PST · by detective · 100 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    God, what are you calling me to do here, prayed the priest. Come out, or stay in the closet ? After 23 years in Chicago parishes, the question had pushed its way to the surface. He weighed his options. He thought about his parishioners. Many, he knew, were accepting of gay people, even of same-sex marriage, but others - less so. He had grown up in a large Catholic family; he understood what people's faith meant to them. He didn't want to harm his flock, or the Catholic Church.
  • Scottish Parliament Forced to Consider Legalizing Incest

    01/31/2016 12:27:29 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    MRCTV ^ | 1-26-16 | Dan Joseph
    And you thought politics in the United States were crazy! We've got nothing on the Scots. Due to a "legislative quirk," the Scottish parliament was forced to debate legalizing incestual relationships between consenting adults. The mandatory debate was held today due to a petition submitted by Australian Richard Morris. The Scottish parliament must consider all petitions which propose a law change.
  • Defiant Catholic Laity against "same-sex unions", despite little support from the Vatican

    01/31/2016 9:23:32 AM PST · by ebb tide · 68 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 1/30/16 | New Catholic
    The "Cirinna Bill" being debated in the Italian Parliament to allow "same-sex unions" in that central nation of Catholicism managed to bring Catholics from all over Italy to Rome this Saturday. The image from the Circo Massimo is unmistakable: on this "Family Day", a huge multitude of Italian families (including many friends of this blog) gathered to protest the government's support of the counternatural bill. Cardinal Bagnasco, the President of the Italian Bishops' Conference, despite the clear lack of support from Pope Francis, kept his support for the event. Some Cardinals, including Cardinal Sarah, showed their support. But the Pope...
  • Mexican Actress Kate Del Castillo Under Investigation On Suspicion Of Money Laundering (Trump hater)

    01/30/2016 7:11:36 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 9 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 25 Jan 2016
    WESTLAKE DISTRICT (CBSLA.com) — A handful of fans held signs outside of the Mexican consulate Monday in support of actress Kate del Castillo, who is under investigation on suspicion of money laundering in Mexico.
  • Pilot Program Launches to Fight Homelessness Among LGBTQ Youth (MN)

    01/30/2016 7:09:36 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/3016 | Brett Hoffland
    There's a new push to combat youth homelessness in the Twin Cities. It's specifically targeting youth who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. A report published in May by the Wilder Foundation says at least 2,200 youth are homeless any given night in Minnesota. One in six are LGBTQ. That's just a fraction of the young people all across the country looking for answers. Approximately 1.7 million young people across the country are homeless every year. The reasons vary, but there's one group who has an additional obstacle. "With LGBT youth in particular there's the added component of family...
  • Gay man reacts to Military Spouse of the Year nomination

    01/30/2016 4:55:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    KGTV-TV ^ | January 30, 2016 | Hannah Mullins
    For the first time, the military spouse of the year nominee at Naval Base Coronado is gay. "I was the kid who didn't want to be gay," Brian Alvarado said. "I was scared." But, there was no denying it. He met his husband, Matthew Alvarado, online two years ago. Matthew has been an active duty sailor for the past 17 years. "I'm proud that he put his head down and he did his work," Brian said. "He got his job done and he served his country, and he made it about the Navy and not about himself for 15 years...
  • Mass rally against gay civil unions in Rome [Italy]

    01/30/2016 12:03:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 30 Jan 2016 09:14 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to protest in Rome's Circus Maximus arena Saturday against a civil unions bill for same-sex couples, a hot-potato issue for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government. "As many people as possible must take part. Remember; this is the only weapon we have!" organizer Massimo Gandolfini said ahead of the "Family Day" rally, which begins in the capital's ancient Roman chariot racing stadium at 1100 GMT. Gandolfini said he expected to fill the arena, which can take 350,000 people without counting the surrounding streets, while authorities in Rome said they were preparing for up to...
  • San Francisco police recite pledge to root out intolerance

    01/30/2016 9:29:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 12:10 PM EST | Paul Elias
    San Francisco police officers are being asked to combat racism in the ranks and take a pledge to turn in colleagues displaying intolerant behavior, such as slurs and jokes targeting people of color, gays and women. The pledge is part of a broader public relations campaign by the embattled police department to repair frayed relations with minority neighborhoods and community activists. The campaign comes amid growing tensions between police and black communities that are shaking up departments across the country and have led to the dismissal of top brass in some cities, including Chicago. Politically progressive San Francisco is not...
  • Brave Browser: Ousted Mozilla CEO Is Changing the Web Again

    01/30/2016 9:22:23 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 42 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 January 2016 | C. Mitchell Shaw
    After Brendan Eich resigned as CEO of the Mozilla Corporation amid controversy when it was revealed that he had given $1,000 to support a California ban on same-sex marriage, he set out to do again what he had done with Mozilla's Firefox browser: revolutionize the way people access the Internet.His newest venture is as bold as what he did when he co-founded the Mozilla project, the Mozilla Foundation, and the Mozilla Corporation. He has started a new company that is producing a browser that promises to strike a balance between web-based advertising and privacy. Coming from anyone else, this promise...
  • Eucharistic Congress Speaker Claims Catholics Too Focused on What Homosexuals are 'Doing in Bed'

    01/30/2016 10:51:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/28/16 | Pete Baklinski
    PHILIPPINES January 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A Dominican priest and recent Vatican appointee who believes homosexual activity can "be expressive of Christ’s self gift" has criticized Catholics who, he says, spend too much time focusing on what homosexuals are "doing in bed." I think people always want to know what they're doing in bed. What's in it for me to go around asking everybody what they're doing in bed? I don't do that," said Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe in an interview yesterday with Philippines social news network Rappler. Fr. Radcliffe, who was in the Philippines as a guest speaker at...
  • What a Gay Man’s Court Victory Over a Catholic Girls School Means

    01/30/2016 6:40:03 AM PST · by NRx · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 01-26-2016 | Diana Stancy
    A court ruling against a Catholic girls school that declined to hire a gay man in a non-classroom job highlights the need for such religious institutions to do a better job of spelling out their teachings and expectations for potential employees, a Catholic educator said. “Parents and extended family members who entrust their children to a faith-based institution expect consistent messages and integrity of teaching from the church and the school,” Denise Donohue, deputy director of K-12 programs for the Cardinal Newman Society, told The Daily Signal. Donohue’s comments came after a Massachusetts state judge ruled that the Catholic school...
  • Lawmaker pushes for “all-gender” restrooms

    01/29/2016 2:35:10 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 42 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 29, 2016 | Melody Gutierrez
    Transgender people may find a bit of relief in a bill being proposed by a California lawmaker Friday that would make all public single-stall restrooms gender neutral.
  • Medical marijuana will be on Florida ballot in November

    01/28/2016 8:33:45 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    Floridians will decide this November whether to allow medical marijuana in the state. On Wednesday, a constitutional amendment to legalize the drug gained enough signed petitions to qualify for the ballot next November. If passed, the amendment would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for people with “debilitating conditions” such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article56931218.html#storylink=cpy
  • Prime minister says Australian vote to decide gay marriage

    01/28/2016 6:12:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2016 7:56 PM EST | Rod McGuirk
    Australia's prime minister gave a personal assurance on Friday that his government would legalize gay marriage if a majority of Australians choose marriage equality in a popular vote. The center-right government has promised to hold a plebiscite on the gay marriage question if the government is re-elected in a vote due this year. But a number of the government's most conservative lawmakers have recently announced that they might vote down gay marriage against the wishes of a majority of Australians. ...
  • Trump’s Favorite Pastor DESTROYED A Gay Pastor’s Same-Sex Marriage Argument!!!

    01/28/2016 11:24:26 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 60 replies
    Dr. Thomas a homosexual pastor and one of Donald Trump's favorite pastors, Dr. Robert Jeffress, discussed same-sex marriage. Thomas argued that homosexual rights should be equated the same as rights with African-Americans received during the Civil Rights movement. Dr. Robert Jeffress responded, "I do not believe race is the same as sexual choice. I have an African-American pastor friend here in this community who says, "Don't equate sin with the color of my skin."" Thomas was offended and said, "My sexual orientation is just as valid in my lifestyle as someone's color of their skin. It's not a choice, it...
  • Army Command Recommends Green Beret Be Kicked Out for Confronting Afghan Child Rapist

    01/28/2016 1:04:35 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 66 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/27/16 | Morgan Chalfant
    Army Human Resources Command has recommended that the Green Beret who confronted an Afghan police commander for raping a young boy be kicked out of the service. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif.), who has pushed back against the Army’s decision to punish Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, revealed the development in a letter to Sen. Pat Roberts (R., Kansas) Wednesday. “Recently, a decision within Army Human Resources Command recommended that the Army uphold the judgment that Martland be removed from service, although a final decision has yet to be made about his future,” Hunter wrote. While serving in Afghanistan in...
  • On defending marriage and responding to confrontation

    01/28/2016 10:55:41 AM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/28/16 | Reverend Thomas Parrish
    January 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Two years ago, I was asked to speak at our state capitol on behalf of the Marriage Amendment. The hearing was in a center room surrounded by a hallway. Those preparing to speak were kept in the hall until their time to address the amendment.  As I waited in the hallway, I was approached by a man who supported redefining marriage to include unions between members of the same sex. He was quite nice and reasonable in the beginning. "I imagine you're going to be speaking for the amendment on marriage?" he began. "Yes," I...
  • Iowa gay rights group criticizes youth event investigation

    01/28/2016 7:38:23 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | January 26, 2016 | BARBARA RODRIGUEZ
    A legislative oversight committee is unfairly targeting gay rights organization in Iowa over its programming at an annual anti-bullying youth conference, the leader of the group said Tuesday ahead of a meeting to address the issue. Nate Monson, executive director of Iowa Safe Schools, said some members of the House Government Oversight Committee plan to sensationalize his group's work at a meeting Wednesday at the Capitol.
  • Most German conservatives support gay marriage: poll (YouGov)

    01/28/2016 8:53:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jan 2016 16:10 GMT+01:00
    Over two-thirds of Germans want gay marriage to be legalized, bringing gay rights in line with those of heterosexual couples, a survey by YouGov published on Thursday shows. [...] Across the political spectrum, Germans said they wanted to see a change in the law. A total of 61 percent of voters for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Union said they were for legalization, suggesting that the Chancellor's opposition to gay marriage is now out of step with her own voter base. [...] Sixty-eight percent of Catholics were in favor, and 67 percent of Protestants. Within both religions, just over a quarter...