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June 26, 2014

The LGBTI affirming American United Church of Christ has signed on to be one of the official sponsors of this year’s Gay Games taking place in the Ohio cities of Cleveland and Akron in August

The United States’ United Church of Christ has been announced as a sponsor of Gay Games 9 – taking place in the Ohio cities of Akron and Cleveland from 9 to 16 August this year.

The United Church of Christ is one of the oldest LGBTI affirming religious denominations in the world, coming out against the criminalization of homosexuality in 1969 and the church has supported marriage equality since 2005.

June 12, 2014

Ex-Westboro Baptist Church member Libby Phelps is forbidden from speaking to her family

Libby Phelps knows her infamously anti-gay grandfather is probably rolling over in his grave over the fact that she posed this week for the NOH8 campaign.

But the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, who died earlier this year, is continuing to step forward in her public support for the community that her former church has focused much of its hate.

April 17, 2014

African American lesbian Rev Irene Monroe debates Jesus’ sexuality after the discovery of an ancient papyrus referring to his wife

Many biblical scholars have ignored non-canonical texts like the gnostic and apocryphal gospels suggesting Jesus had a wife.

However, they are now unable to ignore a faded fragment of papyrus, discovered in 2012, that suggests he was indeed married.

According to this month's New York Times article titled 'Papyrus Referring to Jesus' Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say,' that piece of papyrus is now known as the Gospel of Jesus' Wife.

This discovery disrupts the Christian church’s depiction of Jesus for many reasons.

March 3, 2014

Jack Evans and George Harris were married at Midway Hills Christian Church in Texas on Saturday after 53 years together – though their marriage will not yet be recognized by the state

Gay couple George Harris and Jack Evans were married on Sunday after 53 years together by a United Methodist priest who has put his pension and credentials as a clergyman on the line in order to conduct the ceremony.

Harris, 80, and Evans, 84, met in Dallas in 1961 and have been together ever since.

They were married 1 March at Midway Hills Christian Church.

October 22, 2013

A petition campaign hopes to convince the Australian Government to block Pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God from entering the country over his homophobic views

Australia’s Progressive Atheists group hopes to stop Nigerian Pentecostal pastor Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God from entering the country by petitioning the Australian Government.

October 9, 2013

A Nigerian pastor who claims gay marriage will lead to the end of the human race is touring the Pacific region next month, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands

‘General Overseer’ of the Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor Enoch Adeboye is touring Pacific nations in November, hoping to plant branches of his anti-LGBT church across the region.

Adeboye’s Let the Wind Blow tour will take him to Canberra, Melbourne, Auckland, Suva, Port Moresby, Perth, Sydney and the Solomon Islands capital Honiara.

Adeboye made headlines in Nigeria earlier this year when he claimed same-sex marriages would lead to the end of the human race.

August 27, 2013

Australian megachurch Hillsong founder Pastor Brian Houston has sent a message to all of his church campuses saying gays and lesbians should be welcomed in the church

GSN can reveal that the founder of Australia’s most successful Pentecostal ‘megachurch’ has sent a message to all of his church campuses around the world saying that gays and lesbians should feel welcome there and implying things like same-sex marriage may be things Christians just have to live with.

Hillsong church senior pastor Brian Houson’s message was broadcast to his churches on 18 August and had been recorded only a few weeks earlier at Hillsong London.

July 25, 2013

America’s Disciples of Christ church has become the latest mainline protestant denomination to welcome gays and lesbians as members and to allow them to serve openly as clergy

The Disciples of Christ church, also known as the Christian Church has resolved at its General Assembly in Orlando, California, that it will openly welcome LGBTs into the church and allow them to be ordained as clergy.

July 25, 2013

America’s Disciples of Christ church has become the latest mainline protestant denomination to welcome gays and lesbians as members and to allow them to serve openly as clergy

The Disciples of Christ church, also known as the Christian Church has resolved at its General Assembly in Orlando, California, that it will openly welcome LGBTs into the church and allow them to be ordained as clergy.

June 2, 2013

A leading anti-marriage equality lawyer has admitted to having same-sex attractions in his youth in a dialogue with a gay activist and has apologized for a speech he gave referencing Nazism when talking about same-sex marriage

Pacific Justice Institute president Brad Dacus has admitted to past same-sex attractions in a discussion with gay rights activist and YouTube personality Jeff 4 Justice and has apologized for a 2008 speech he gave which referenced Nazism and Adolph Hitler in speaking about same-sex marriage.

‘We all have our things we’re working through. I have my dark closet like everyone else,’ Dacus said while speaking to Jeff about human sexuality.

Asked if he had ever experienced same-sex attractions Dacus said ‘In early adolescence that’s very common.’

April 14, 2013

Dan Savage reviews the book Does Jesus Really Love Me in the New York Times' Sunday Book Review

Want your heart broken? Listen to LGBT teens reared in the Christian church. Most will relate stories of being told, from the pulpit and parents, they will be dammed because they happen to be attracted to people of the same gender. Writer and reporter Jeff Chu was born and raised in a religious household. He's accomplished and married (to a man), but his mother cries to sleep at night certain her son is destined to an eternity with Satan. Chu also has his own doubts.

November 21, 2012

Pastor of LGBT-friendly church in Metro Manila says the people are ready, but the Catholic church is blocking same-sex marriage in the Philippines

A gay pastor who has performed dozens of same-sex marriage ceremonies across the Philippines said in an interview with Gay Star News on Sunday that Filipinos are ready for gay marriage.

‘I performed a lesbian wedding in a province in September, and usually provinces are very conservative, but the whole community was there celebrating, even the town mayor!’ said Reverend Ceejay Agbayani of LGBTS Christian Church in Quezon City, Metro Manila (the ’S’ is for ‘straight’).

November 9, 2012

Claims Reverend Ryan Muehlhauser used his counseling role at Outpost Ministries to abuse men he was trying to ‘cure’ of gay sex

A pastor who tried to ‘cure’ gay people has appeared in court, charged with sexually assaulting two of the men he was ‘counseling’.

Reverend Ryan J Muehlhauser, aged 55, of Cambridge, Isanti County, Minnesota, US, is accused of eight felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The charges relate to two young men he was apparently molested over a period of two years.

September 16, 2012

Matthew Vines goes to YouTube, and churches, to tackle the Bible and homophobia

It's been a compelling road for Matthew Vines. The 22-year-old was reared in a Christian church that was conservative. He accepted the teaching of his elders, especially on gay sexuality.

However, Vines is now earning praise, and censure, for his YouTube videos that call into question anti-gay interpretations of Scripture.

July 16, 2012

Congregation in central Glasgow has decided to leave Church of Scotland over the issue of gay clergy

A 500-strong church congregation has become the first to split from the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay clergy.

Glasgow’s iconic St George’s Tron church took the decision following a meeting on Monday last week (9 July).

The church’s secession decision is due to last year’s verdict by the general assembly of the Church of Scotland’ to accept gay clergy if they had declared their sexuality and were ordained before 2009.

July 10, 2012

One of America's largest Christian churches approves same-sex marriage rite

The Episcopalians are set to become America's biggest Christian church to bless gay marriage.

The Witnessing and Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant rite, which was agreed by the Chamber of Bishops yesterday (9 July) and is expected to be passed by the House of Deputies this week, will come into effect in December.

With nearly 2 million followers, according to the National Council of Churches,  the Episcopal Church will be the largest denomination to have a same-sex marriage liturgy.

It is the latest move by the institution in favor of LGBT equality.

March 27, 2012

An ancient portrait begs the question: were two male saints brothers or lovers?

Religious extremists are doing their damndest to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriages in the UK, US and Australia.

But GSN loves this proof that early Christians believed that Jesus Christ endorsed same-sex marriage, pictured here presiding over the union between two male saints no less. 

March 16, 2012

 ‘Jesus was on the side of the marginalised’ says Wallabies’ captain David Pocock

The Christian captain of Australia's national rugby union club has voiced his support for gay marriage.

‘It's my understanding that Jesus was on the side of the marginalised and the oppressed,’ David Pocock said in a statement released by Australian Marriage Equality. ‘And also that God is love. So as a Christian I can't just stand in silence on the issue of marriage equality. My faith necessitates that I advocate for it.’

March 9, 2012

Why actor Kirk Cameron and Cardinal Keith O'Brien argue against gay marriage

Everyone has an opinion on gay marriage, with sadly a minority of them being overwhelmingly stupid.

It’s a fruitless exercise to argue about gay marriage, mainly because it is so shockingly simple.

A person of sound mind promises to be with another person of the same gender for the rest of their life. If they do so, they are promised all the legal rights from the state as their heterosexual peers.

March 5, 2012

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Catholic leader in Scotland, claims gay marriage is a violation of human rights

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, has sparked outrage after likening gay marriage to slavery, claiming it is a violation of human rights.

The controversial comments were made on BBC Radio 4’s Today program this morning and follows an article by O’Brien in The Sunday Telegraph in which he described the UK government's plans for gay marriage as 'madness'.