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March 23, 2015

US evangelical leader wishes he could erase his 'reckless' statement

Evangelical leader Bob Jones III has finally apologized for saying LGBTI people should be stoned to death – 35 year ago.

The former president of Bob Jones University in South Carolina said he wished he could erase the 'reckless' statement he made in 1980.

Jones and several other evangelical ministers presented to the White House a petition signed by 70,000 people opposed to extending the protections of the Civil Rights Act to LGBTI people.

'I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted,' he told the Associated Press at the time.

March 22, 2015

In 2014, the Tea Party favorite introduced a bill that to limit federal recognition of same-sex unions

According to multiple reports US Senator Ted Cruz plans to run for the White House.

A Houston Chronicle article reported the senator, one of the leaders of the Tea Party/libertarian wing of the Republican Party, will make his announcement tomorrow (23 March) during a convocation ceremony at Liberty University.

The Virginia college was formed by Rev Jerry Falwell, an important figure in the evangelical Christian movement.

March 20, 2015

Pope Francis accepts Scottish cardinal's resignation

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien has officially resigned today (20 March).

Pope Francis accepted the cleric's resignation of the rights and privileges of a cardinal after he admitted to 'inappropriate sexual misconduct' with four priests.

Prior to the revelation, he had launched a 'war' on same-sex marriage in the UK. He likened it to slavery, child abuse and moral degradation.

March 18, 2015

Presbyterian Church (USA) claims 1.8 million members

The largest Presbyterian group in the US has approved a change to its constitution to allow gay marriage.

Last summer, the Presbyterian Church (USA) governing body voted to redefine marriage as a 'commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.'

But approval was required a majority of the 171 regional bodies to ratify the change. The critical 86th yes vote came Tuesday (17 March) night from the Palisades Presbytery in New Jersey.

March 17, 2015

'Don't enable his lifestyle'

US televangelist Pat Robertson has told a mother to treat her gay son like a drug addict and not enable his 'lifestyle.'

The woman emailed in to his talk show, the 700 Club on the Christian Broadcast Network, seeking advice from the longtime host.

'Dear Pat, not so long ago my son came out of the closet and about a year later he told us he was becoming an atheist,' she wrote.

'I want him to follow the path of Christ, but it’s so hard. What can I do about it?'

This is how Robertson responded:

March 16, 2015

Gays groups take part for the first time

Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in Boston just got a fabulous makeover.

For the first time LGBTI groups were officially able to join in the parade, after a ban against the participating was overturned.

Two gay groups officially joined in the march for the first time in the event's 114-year history – Boston Pride and OutVets, an organisation comprised of gay veterans and their supporters.

March 16, 2015

'Follow the rainbow to Ireland'

An Irish LGBTI group won Overall Winner of Best Float at Sydney's Saint Patrick's Day parade over the weekend.

It was the first time a gay group has officially participated in the event.



The Irish Dancing Queens float was partly recycled following an outing at the recent Mardi Gras parade.

It was emblazoned with the message 'Follow the rainbow to Ireland'.

The group was also said to be keen to emphasize the message of same-sex marriage.



March 15, 2015

His American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) group was named to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) 'Hall of Shame' in 2013 for 'endangering the lives and dignity of LGBT people' around the world

Republican Jeb Bush, who is being watched closely by gay rights activists as he continues to publicly oppose marriage equality while saying that his view is evolving, is said to have surprised some observers with the appointment of prominent anti-gay activist Jordan Sekulow to his Right to Rise PAC (political action committee).

Sekulow is an attorney, radio show host and the right-wing Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

February 28, 2015

'Roy Moore is trying his best'

State Chief Justice Roy Moore has the support of a reality TV star.

Phil Robertson, the anti-gay patriarch of Duck Dynasty, not only hailed the marriage equality foe but compared terrorists to sexual minorities and their allies.

February 27, 2015

Raymond Buys, 15, was beaten, forced to pick up his own faeces with his mouth, and chained to a bed

The owners of a South African gay 'cure' camp have been found guilty of murder, child abuse and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. 

The ruling, made today by the Vereeniging Regional Court in Johannesburg, involved the case of Raymond Buys, 15, who tragically died in April 2011 after receiving horrific treatment at the hands of Alex de Koker and Michael Erasmus at the Echo Wild Game Rangers camp.

February 26, 2015

Human Rights Campaign fires back at the American Family Association in a scathing blog post

The American Family Association (AFA) has published an 'anti-Christian bigotry map' that pinpoints the exact locations for all the offices of two LGBTI rights groups.

The map divides 'bigots' into four categories: anti-Christians, atheists, humanists and those with a 'homosexual agenda.'

February 26, 2015

Pontiff is not what he seems

Pope Francis is a complicated, confusing pontiff to the LGBTI community –especially its transgender members.

On the surface Francis displays a pastoral countenance to his papacy that extends to us all.

He set off global shock waves, when flying home after a weeklong visit to Brazil in 2013, when he was queried about the ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican.

February 22, 2015

The box office flop also earned a Worst Screenplay honor and Cameron won Worst Actor

Want to bet he'll blame the gays?

Kirk Cameron was a big 'winner' at the 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards, also called the Razzies.

His movie, Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas, took home the Worst Picture prize.

That wasn't all for the 1980s sitcom star turned anti-gay activist. The movie was also 'won' Worst Screenplay

February 20, 2015

Televangelist defends florist who has been ordered by court to service same-sex wedding

Televangelist Pat Robertson says it is 'outrageous' that a florist in the state of Washington has been ordered by a judge to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.

The 84-year-old Robertson, who has a long history of anti-gay remarks, likened the order to having to provide flowers for a man-dog wedding.

'To tell as florist that she's got to provide flowers for a particular kind of wedding - what if somebody wanted to marry his dog? She's got to have flowers for that?'

Robertson said during a broadcast of The 700 Club. Then he brought up polygamy.

February 19, 2015

Unprecedented move is seen as a 'sign of movement' in the church

In an unprecented move Wednesday (18 February), the Vatican gave a group of gay Catholics VIP seats at Pope Francis' weekly general audience.

The 50 pilgrims from the US sat front and center in St Peter's Square but were only identified on the list of attendees as a 'group of lay people accompanied by a Sister of Loretto.'

And a Vatican monsignor skipped over New Ways Ministry entirely when he read out the list.

Nevertheless, New Ways Ministry co-founder Sister Jeannine Gramick said the gesture was a 'sign of movement' in the Catholic church.

February 19, 2015

Head of the Catholic Church claims those who transition are opposing 'God's order of creation'

Pope Francis has appeared to compare trans and genderqueer people to nuclear weapons, saying both do not 'recognize the order of creation'.

The head of the Catholic Church has claimed people who 'manipulate' their bodies are similar to 'Herods' that 'destroy, that plot designs of death, that disfigure the face of man and woman, destroying creation.'

The comments were made in a new book published in Italy, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, calling on Christians to safeguard God's order of creation.

February 12, 2015

The Mormon Stories podcasts feature 'delicate topics' such as rights for LGBTI people and the ordination of women

A pro-gay Mormon is being forced to leave the church for refusing to stop talking about LGBTI rights and feminism on his podcasts.

John Dehlin was found guilty by a disciplinary panel of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints held at North Logan, Utah this week.

He will no longer be allowed to wear temple robes, donate money or prayer in public, although he will still be allowed to attend church meetings.

February 11, 2015

State workers can now be legally fired for being gay or transgender

The Governor of Kansas has removed protections for LGBTI state employees in a move gay rights activists have decried as 'shameful.'

Sam Brownback yesterday (10 February) issued an executive order rescinding a 2007 order signed by former governor Kathleen Sebelius that extended non-discrimination protections to state employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

February 10, 2015

His congregation are fighting for the pro-gay religious leader to stay

A Swiss priest has to leave his parish after giving a blessing to a lesbian couple.

Wendelin Bucheli, a priest in the municipality of Bürglen in the west of Switzerland, gave his blessings to a lesbian couple in October 2014 after discussing it with other members of the clergy.

But a bishop is angered by the priest's actions, for 'angering many believers', and is planning on punishing him by removing him from the village.

Bucheli's congregation are supporting him and are fighting his forced relocation.

February 3, 2015

Franklin, Tennessee’s GracePointe megachurch has announced it will treat same-sex couples in exactly the same way as it does opposite-sex couples in the church, marrying them and allowing them to take on leadership roles

A Tennessee evangelical megachurch with a membership of around 1,800 has become the latest to declare its support for not just same-sex civil marriages but for gay and lesbian couples to be married in the eyes of God.

GracePointe Church Pastor Stan Mitchell made the announcement in an 11 January sermon which was recorded and posted online.

January 29, 2015

AFA reportedly fired him for connecting Nazism with homosexuality

Bryan Fischer is practically a real-life caricature of a right-wing, religious radical spouting homophobia at every chance he gets.

But now, he is no longer serving as the spokesman for the American Family Association.

Rachel Maddow, speaking on her show, said: 'Fischer has been their director of issue analysis, the director of issue analysis for the American Family Association forever. He’s basically quoted everywhere for years now as the organization’s spokesman...

January 28, 2015

Roy Moore questions jurisdiction of court that struck down marriage ban

The chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court claims a federal judge who struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban last week did not have the power to do so.

Roy Moore has sent a letter to Atlanta Governor Robert Bentley which stated: 'As you know, nothing in the United States Constitution grants the federal government the authority to redefine the institution of marriage.'

He also vowed to 'stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority.'

January 27, 2015

First time a pontiff meets with a transgender person

Pope Francis held a private meeting with a transgender man after he wrote to the pontiff about the rejection he experienced by the Catholic church after transitioning. 

Diego Neria Lejárraga and his fiancée Saturday (24 January) were received at the Vatican, in what marked the first meeting between a pontiff and a transgender person.

Last year, Neria sent Francis a letter, in which he described how the church he attended in Plasencia, Spain had rejected him after he underwent sex-reassignment surgery. One priest even called him 'the devil’s daughter.'

January 23, 2015

A statement signed by 30 church leaders had said that gay marriage poses a greater risk to society than divorce or cohabitation

Despite the fact that same-sex marriage is now legal in the majority of US states, senior Roman Catholics and Evangelicals in the US have united to warn of the grave ‘threat’ posed to society by allowing gay couples to wed, reports Christian Today .