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July 15, 2014

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself alight in June to protest his church’s refusal to marry same-sex couples, prejudice against LGBTI people and other injustices in the world – hoping his death could make a change

A Texan retired United Methodist minister has made the ultimate sacrifice to protest discrimination against LGBTI people and other injustices in the world, burning himself to death in a car park in his home town of Grand Saline.

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself alight in the car park of a shopping mall, emulating Buddhist monks who burned themselves to death to protest the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War and Tibetan monks who did the same more recently to protest China’s rule over their country.

July 9, 2014

Welby voted against bill. Claims emerge as Anglicans in UK start talks on sexuality policy

The Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican church worldwide, Justin Welby, secretly backs gay marriage even though he voted against it.

That’s the claim being made in the corridors of the UK Parliament.

And the rumor has emerged as his Church of England starts a behind-closed-doors consultation on sexuality among its members amid divisions over same-sex marriage and whether gays or lesbians should become bishops.

Senior Anglican bishops, including Welby, get a vote in the unelected upper chamber of the parliament, The House of Lords.

July 8, 2014

Russian Orthodox priest Alexander Shumsky has called the World Cup of football a ‘homosexual abomination,’ writing that players might as well be cross dressing because of their colorful shoes

Russian Orthodox priest Alexander Shumsky is glad his country has been knocked out of the World Cup because he says the event is homosexual propaganda.

Shumsky has warned that the bright colored shoes warn by teams are promoting the ‘gay rainbow’ and has dubbed the World Cup a ‘homosexual abomination.’

July 4, 2014

Killed by Nazis, a new biography asks whether the celebrated Lutheran thinker was in love with his close friend and biographer Eberhard Bethge

One of the loudest religious voices against the rise of the Nazis in Germany may have been gay, according to a new biography.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was ultimately executed at the Flossenbürg concentration camp in 1945 aged 39, was apparently in love with his best friend.

June 27, 2014

A new Vatican working paper which was the result of a worldwide survey of Catholics reiterates the church’s opposition to same-sex marriage but found nearly all Catholics thought having gay parents should not be a barrier to a child being baptized into the faith

A new Vatican report which will be the basis of a meeting of bishops in October has conceded that many Catholics now support the legal recognition of same-sex unions in countries where they are legal but reiterates the church’s opposition to such unions being recognized.

The Instrumentum Laboris working paper will be the basis of the upcoming Synod on the Family which has been organized by Pope Francis I to revisit the Catholic Church’s position on a range of issues related to marriage, sexuality and family.

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 25, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer performed son's gay wedding and was defrocked for refusing to promise not to perform more ceremomies

Reverend Frank Schaefer is leaving Pennsylvania and heading to California.

The United Methodist Church pastor, defrocked after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, was reinstated this with back pay and has received a new assignment.

Schaefer had been pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Pennsylvania's South Lebanon Township for 11 years when he was defrocked.

Schaefer’s request to be transfered to the church's California-Pacific Conference has been granted. He will be appointed to to the Isla Vista Student Ministry in Santa Barbara.

June 24, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer was convicted of disobeying church law when he refused to promise to never perform another same-sex marriage ceremomy

A pastor who was defrocked in November for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding has been reinstated with back pay.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania United Methodist minister, had been convicted under church law of disobeying the church after he refused to never perform another gay marriage.

Schaefer appealed his dismissal and a nine-member church judicial panel on Tuesday (24 June) overturned the church's earlier ruling.

June 22, 2014

UK priest Jeremy Pemberton has had some of his duties as a priest revoked by bishops because he is in a same-sex marriage with another man

A UK Anglican priest has had some of his authority as a clergyman stripped away, after bishops learned he is married to another man.

Jeremy Pemberton is an openly gay priest who was one of the first members of the clergy to enter into a same-sex marriage in April of this year, a month after gay marriage was legalized in England and Wales.

June 20, 2014

'Presbyterian LGBT couples are now one step closer to being able to get married in the church of their choice'

The Presbyterian Church USA voted to open marriage to LGBTI couples.

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA approved today, 19 June, an amendment change to the church's constitution describing marriage as a relationship between 'two people.'

The vote, according to the Human Rights Campaign, was 71% to 29% (429 to 175). The proposal will become church law if approved by a majority of the church's 172 presbyteries (districts).

June 15, 2014

Don't even have a meal with your gay children if they too are Christian, the pastor warns

A Christian pastor in California has advised Christian parents of gay children, who share the same faith, to 'alienate' them and 'turn them over to Satan'.

John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in the San Fernando Valley made the comments in response to a question from a reader who asked how to react to an adult child coming out.

Speaking on his YouTube channel Grace to You, MacArthur said: 'If that adult child professes Christ, claims to be a Christian, then that becomes an issue for confrontation of the sternest and strongest kind.

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.

June 6, 2014

Pastor Carl Lentz of the New York branch of the global Pentecostal Hillsong megachurch says Jesus never condemned gay people so he’s not going to either

Carl Lentz, the tattooed pastor of the New York branch of the global Pentecostal Hillsong megachurch, has refused to condemn gays and lesbians in an interview with CNN in a sign of growing acceptance of LGBTI people among Pentecostal Christians.

June 3, 2014

But talking about the topic is 'not my core message'

Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen doesn't seem to like talking about gay issues but that doesn't mean he can avoid it.

It was pointed out to Osteen in an interview with HuffPost Live on Monday (2 June) that at least some of 45,000 people are expected to see speak at Yankee Stadium on 7 June will be gay.

He was asked if gay marriage is against the fundamental 'rules' of Christianity.

Osteen said it is.

May 30, 2014

'Satan is pleased with the narrative that Michael Sam is the new Jackie Robinson'

A US pastor thinks any connection between Michael Sam, the first out draft pick of the National Football League, and Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, is Satan's doing.

May 23, 2014

Grandson says rumors US’s top anti-gay hater Fred Phelps supported the rainbow equality house across the road from the WBC

Fred Phelps reportedly supported gay rights and was then excommunicated from the Westboro Baptist Church before he died, his grandson has claimed.

New information is emerging about one of the most famous homophobic monsters in the world, who called for LGBTI people to be stoned to death.

His grandson 23-year-old Zachary Phelps-Roper, who left the church in February, has spoken out following his grandfather’s passing in March. 

May 17, 2014

Scottish minister Jeremy Middleton will challenge a proposal to allow gay ministers to be elected by their congregation, in an attempt to ban LGBTI clergy from Scottish churches

A Scottish minister wants gay clergy banned from serving in Scottish parishes, despite the fact last year it was agreed congregations could choose a gay minister if they wanted.

A new compromise, put forward to encourage greater acceptance of LGBTI ministers in Church of Scotland parishes last year, said if a vacancy for a minister arose then individual congregations could choose if they wanted a gay priest to fill the position.

May 15, 2014

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia is exploring whether it can bless same-sex relationships after its General Synod accepted a report on the issue

The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has accepted a report on the issue of blessing same-sex relationships at its May General Synod and will likely decide on the issue in two years.

The church’s commission into the issue presented a number of different options on how to proceed as many New Zealand Anglicans support the church blessing same-sex relationships while most Polynesian Anglicans are opposed.

May 13, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church suggests that while he may never be in favor of marriage equality, he would make a little green man a Catholic

Pope Francis will not marry gay couples, but will baptize an alien from Mars.

If someone like E.T were to show up at the Vatican, the leader of the Catholic Church said he would definitely not oppose blessing a Martian.

In his morning Mass on Monday (12 May), the Pope was telling a story from the Acts of Apostles in which Peter observes a group of non-Christians receiving the Holy Spirit.

After other Christians criticized Peter, Pope Francis said: ‘That was unthinkable.

May 13, 2014

Two South Sudanese Anglican bishops have warned their church would have to sever ties with the Church of England if it begins blessing same-sex couples as it will result in violence against Christians

Two South Sudanese Anglican bishops have warned the Church of England against blessing the marriages of same-sex couples – saying their church would have to end its association with it if it did.

Wau Diocese Bishop Moses Deng Bol warned that his church members would be tarred by association with the Church of England by other Africans who would subject them to sectarian violence.

May 11, 2014

The Vicar of St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland has called on the General Synod to 'move forward on the blessing' of same-sex relationships and the ordination of those who may be in one

The recently appointed vicar of St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland, Rev Dr Helen Jacobi, has called on the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia to 'move forward on the blessing of same gender relationships and the ordination of those who may be in a same gender relationship.'

May 7, 2014

23-year-old Zach Phelps-Roper, a grandson of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, has left the church and has spoken about how kind gay people have been to him since leaving

Zach Phelps-Roper has spoken about his decision to break away from the Westboro Baptist Church and reconnect with other family members excommunicated from the notorious anti-gay church.

23-year-old Zach moved out of the family compound on 20 February, with the help of cousins who had already left the church.

He is the fourth of his ten siblings to leave the church, now lead by his mother Shirley Phelps-Roper - the daughter of church founder Fred Phelps

May 5, 2014

Growing Pains actor turned born-again Christian Kirk Cameron says combating fornication and adultery should be bigger priorities for Christians than fighting gay marriage

Former Growing Pains star and born-again Christian Kirk Cameron has suggested that the church has its priorities wrong over same-sex marriage and should instead focus its energy on raising the moral standards of heterosexual relationships.

Cameron said the issue of sex before and outside of marriage should be where Christians should be concentrating, ahead of a trip to Alabama where he plans to hold a series of marriage seminars.

May 4, 2014

'It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples'

Bishop Gene Robinson, whose election as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop in 2003 rocked Anglican Communion, has announced his divorce from his husband Mark Andrew.

Robinson and Andrew, who have been partners for 25 years, were married in a private civil union in 2008. They became legally married when they didn’t opt out of the change in state law due to changes in New Hampshire same-sex marriage laws that automatically converted civil unions to marriages in 2010.