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April 17, 2014

Host of The 700 Club Pat Robertson has reiterated his belief that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of God but says that is no reason that Christians should end a friendship with a gay or lesbian person

US Christian televangelist Pat Robertson has advised Christians to remain friends with gay and lesbian people while disapproving of their sex lives – saying a disagreement over the morality of same-sex conduct isn’t a reason to end a friendship.

‘You don't turn the light out just because you disagree with somebody,’ Robertson said on Wednesday during a broadcast of his show The 700 Club.

‘The Lord's not going to punish you for having homosexuals as your friends. But I do think that when you read the Bible very carefully, homosexuality is condemned.’

April 15, 2014

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday

President Barack Obama chose a gay bishop to lead an Easter prayer yesterday (14 April).

Gene Robinson, who made history back in 2003 when he became the first openly gay Anglican bishop in the US, was part of the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday.

The breakfast marks the beginning of the Holy Week at the White House, a tradition started by Obama Administration in 2010.

‘I want to thank you for your ministries, for your good works, for the marching you do for justice and dignity and inclusion,’ Obama said, before closing with a jokey prayer.

April 14, 2014

Three years ago Malta legalized divorce, and now same-sex couples will have the same legal rights as married straight unions

The island nation of Malta has finally passed civil unions for gay couples tonight (14 April).

Traditionally conservative, the small European Catholic nation has given gay couples the right to have their union recognized.

With the opposition choosing to abstain from the vote, the Labour-led government passed the bill Monday evening.

President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, who said she had ‘no problems’ giving gay couples civil unions, is expected to sign the bill as early as tomorrow.

April 14, 2014

The religious holiday brings out some unique customs and traditions from all over the globe

Different countries celebrate Easter in different ways.

The religious holiday marks the end of Lent, the beginning of spring and an onslaught of Easter bunnies and dip-dyed eggs.

Easter also means extra days off work to join family and friends in the celebrations.

While Easter Island isn't the go-do destination during this time (the island was named because it was discovered on Easter Sunday in 1722), many travelers take advantage of the extra time off to depart on a new adventure.

April 12, 2014

'It is necessary to emphasize the right of children to grow up within a family, with a father and a mother able to create a suitable environment for their development and emotional maturity'

While speaking to the International Catholic Child Bureau, Pope Francis insisted children need to be raised by mothers and fathers.

The comment was made as the pope was criticizing child soldiers and child labor.

'It is necessary to emphasize the right of children to grow up within a family, with a father and a mother able to create a suitable environment for their development and emotional maturity,' the Pope said, as reported by the Advocate.

April 5, 2014

Karina Villarroel and Soledad Ortiz will become the first lesbian married couple to have their child baptized in the Catholic faith today, with Argentininian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner agreeing to act as godmother

An Argentinian lesbian married couple has received approval from a Catholic archbishop for their baby daughter to be baptized today (5 April).

It is believed to be the first baptism of a child with same-sex parents in the South American country, which made gay marriage legal in 2010.

Argentina’s pro-gay President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has agreed to act as godmother to Karina Villarroel and Soledad Ortiz’s 2 month old baby daughter Umma.

April 4, 2014

If the Church of England announced support for same-sex marriage, it could lead to a 'massacre' of Christians in Nigeria, South Sudan and other African countries

African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts same-sex marriage, the Anglican head has suggested.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, claims backing LGBTI rights in the UK would lead to a ‘massacre’ in other nations.

Speaking on a LBC phone-in, he said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been killed over gay issues in America.

April 3, 2014

Bishop’s conference publicly rejected the proposition of MPs being denied communion for voting in favor of marriage equality

Catholic MPs will not be punished by the church for being in favor of gay marriage.

After some members of parliament in the UK supported same-sex marriage in England and Wales, the Bishop of Portsmouth Philip Egan accused them of being ‘grave sinners.’

However, yesterday (2 April) The Catholic Conference of England announced they have ‘no plans’ to side with the bishop and deny politicians Holy Communion.

March 31, 2014

A new poll has found that Americans now view gays and lesbians in a more positive light than they do conservative Evangelical Christians

A new poll commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign and Americans for Marriage Equality has found that gays and lesbians are now viewed more positively than Evangelical Christians by the US public.

The polling, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and TargetPoint Consulting, found that 53% of Americans said they viewed gays and lesbians favorably – compared to only 42% of respondents who viewed Evangelical Christians favorably.

March 30, 2014

Bishop Alan Wilson urged gay clergy to take a stand and marry their partners, despite the Church of England banning gay clergy from marrying

A UK bishop has slammed the Church of England’s stance on gay marriage, saying that gay clergy should defy the Church and marry their partners.

Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, believes LGBT clergy can find their way around the Chruch restrictions on gay marriage, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

‘For them to get married is following a deeply conscientious path’ he said.

March 29, 2014

Franklin Graham: 'I believe in protecting children from exploitation - all exploitations'

The son of evangelist Billy Graham is questioning whether gay couples seeking to adopt children have more than pure parental intentions in mind.

'They can recruit,' Franklin Graham tells The Charlotte Observer.

'You can adopt a child into a marriage, but you can also recruit children into your cause,' he adds. 'I believe in protecting children from exploitation - all exploitations.'

March 28, 2014

'The portrait there that's being presented is designed to make you think that same-sex households are wonderful, they're loving, this is paradise, this is the optimum nurturing environment for children...'

Bryan Fischer thinks the audience watching Modern Family doesn't realize the severe damage the show does to culture and family life.

The spokesperson for the anti-gay American Family Association was a guest on Kevin Miller's radio show. The host maintains Christians are troubled by ABC's Modern Family, which has one same-sex couple raising a daughter.

March 28, 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says the Church of England should react to gay marriage with the 'love of Christ for every human being'

The Church of England will no longer resist gay marriage, according to the Anglican head Justin Welby.

Same-sex marriage will be legalized from 29 March with dozens of ceremonies planned around the country for one minute past midnight.

The Church was deeply divided over the same-sex marriage law in England and Wales.

During the fight to get it legalized, it claimed giving civil ceremonies the status of marriage would ‘alter the intrinsic nature of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.’

March 27, 2014

Televangelist also says:  'In Jesus’ time if two men decided they wanted to cohabit together, they would have been stoned to death'

Televangelist Pat Robertson renewed his attack against gays this week when discussing a Colorado baker being sued for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.

'What would have happened in Jesus’ time if two men decided they wanted to cohabit together, they would have been stoned to death,' Robertson said on his 700 Club television show. 'So Jesus would not have baked them a wedding cake nor would he have made them a bed to sleep in because they wouldn’t have been there.'

He added: 'But we don’t have that in this country here so that’s the way it is.

March 27, 2014

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw urges the Church of England to be more clear on whether priests will be punished for marrying their same-sex partners

Church of England is being told it needs to make it clear whether it will sack a priest for marrying a same-sex partner.

Ben Bradshaw, a gay Labour MP, has accused the Church of ‘trying to have its cake and eat it’ by accepting same-sex marriage for members, but not for clergy.

Raising the question in the House of Commons today (27 March), the former cabinet minister asked how the Church would discipline any who disobey its ruling.

March 25, 2014

Christian humanitarian charity World Vision America will now employ Christians who are in committed same-sex marriages under rule changes announced earlier today

The US branch of Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization World Vision will begin hiring gay Christians who are in same-sex marriages.

The announcement was made by World Vision America president Richard Stearns in an interview with Christianity Today.

March 23, 2014

White US evangelical Protestants continue to be the most resistant to same-sex marriage when compared to other Christians

Black US Protestants are becoming more comfortable with marriage equality.

A survey by the Pew Research Center shows that, when compared to last year, more and more mainline Christians approve of gay marriage.

The most significant difference is with black Protestants.

March 19, 2014

Australia’s Living Waters ‘ex-gay’ ministry has announced it will close by the end of June - citing a lack of interest and lack of qualified personnel to continue operating

Australian ‘ex-gay’ ministry Living Waters has announced it will close its doors and its national director will resign by the end of the month.

Living Waters national director Ron Brookman made the announcement 12 March in a group newsletter, writing, ‘I sense, and the board and leadership team around me concur that, sadly, it is time to wind up the ministry.’

March 19, 2014

GSN sources say past gay ‘cures’ by the Anglican Church in Uganda have included beatings and exorcisms to draw out gay demons

The Church of Uganda will be setting up ‘gay cure’ groups after returning ‘resources’ given to them by the Church of England.

They may even be performing ‘exorcisms’ and beatings, according to experts.

It shows the Anglican community in the east African country is distancing itself from the mother church in the UK, which has called on it to be more gay-friendly.

President Yoweri Museveni praised bishops of the Anglican Church recently for their support and campaigning to pass the anti-gay legislation.

March 19, 2014

America’s Satanic Temple has pledged to hold a pink mass over Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps’ grave to make him gay in the afterlife once he dies

America’s Satanic Temple has pledged to make the founder of the virulently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church a homosexual in the afterlife by holding a ‘pink mass’ over his grave.

The Satanic Temple already claims to have made Fred Phelps’ mother Catherine Idalette Johnston a lesbian in the afterlife after holding a ‘pink mass’ over her grave in July of last year in which two same-sex couples kissed over her grave during a satanic ceremony.

March 16, 2014

'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved'

Nathan Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr., announced on Facebook his father is on his deathbed.

The younger Phelps, who left the organization approximately 37 years, also stated the leader of the virulently anti-gay group was 'excommunicated' in 2013 August.

March 15, 2014

Evangelist Franklin Graham has praised Vladimir Putin for his stance on gay rights, and criticised Obama for ‘turning [his] back on God’ over gay issues

Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his tough stance on homosexuality while criticising US President Obama for his ‘shameful’ acceptance of gay rights.

Russia’s anti-gay law, which bans the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations to minors, has been under heavy fire since it was passed last summer, particularly in the run up to the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.

March 14, 2014

Boston Mayor Martin J Walsh will also refuse to march in the parade over the decision to ban any 'political' statements

It’s going to be a dry St Patrick’s Day in Boston as a brewery has pulled out over the decision to ban gay veterans from marching openly.

Boston Beer Company, maker of Sam Adams brew, says they have attempted to negotiate but in the ‘current state’ it is no longer possible.

The parade sponsor has said veterans are allowed to march but any mention of being LGBTI would be seen as ‘political’ – which is banned.

This is in despite of, as seen in the picture used, mayoral election signs can be seen in the 2009 parade.

March 11, 2014

A grateful Reverend Thomas Ogletree called what he did 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love'

A retired United Methodist Church minister in New York will not be prosecuted for officiating the wedding of his gay son, the church announced Monday (10 March)

Thomas Ogletree, 80, calls presiding over the wedding of his son in October 2012 'an act of pastoral faithfulness and fatherly love.'

The wedding announcement appeared in The New York Times leading to a complaint being filed against Ogletree who is is a former dean of the Yale Divinity School.