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November 18, 2014

Once the leader of a Catholic Church, always a leader of a Catholic Church

Men and women are at the 'root of marriage', Pope Francis has said in a blow to gay rights.

In what is being seen as a huge step backward in the liberal pope's tenure, it looks unlikely that the Catholic Church will support same-sex marriage for years to come.

In an address at the opening of a three-day conference at the Vatican, he called family 'an anthropoligical fact...that cannot be qualified based on ideological notions or concepts important only at one time in history'.

November 18, 2014

'The heart is the same. If they could silence us that way to intimidate others, that's exactly what they would do'

A US televangelist sees little difference between LGBTI activists and the terror organization ISIS.

According to Right Wing Watch Donnie Swaggart, son of famous evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, was hosting an October panel discussion on a television show called  Frances & Friends.

The conversation turned to  subpoenas sent to some religious leaders in Houston who sued the city in an effort to repeal its nondiscrimination ordinance.

November 11, 2014

What happened after Pastor John Pavlovitz told the world what he promised to do if his kids were gay

Love doesn’t always look like love.

When I published this blog a few weeks ago promising to love my kids if they were gay, I was fully prepared for waves of both support and hostility.

October 31, 2014

Singer and AIDS activist praises head of Catholic Church as a 'compassionate, loving man'

Elton John is praising Pope Francis for his attempts to make the Catholic Church a more welcoming place for gay people.

'Make this man a saint now, OK?,' John said this week during a benefit in New York City for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

CBS News reports that the singer was cheered when he said: 'Ten years ago one of the biggest obstacles in the fight against AIDS was the Catholic Church. Today we have a pope that speaks out about it.'

October 28, 2014

A dad gives anti-gay Christians a six-point plan to help them deal with their fears over same-sex marriage equality

Many of us have been in the marriage equality war for a long, long time.

I remember a drag queen host taking the microphone at San José Pride about a dozen years ago. She saw a group with ‘Freedom to Marry’ t-shirts, and with a twinge of sadness remarked: ‘Oh honeys, they are NEVER going to let us get married, ever. You may as well give that one up right now.’ She was wrong.

As in all wars, there is a foe. In the United States the foes tend to call themselves ‘Christians’ and root their obsessive opposition in their particular interpretation of the Bible.

October 27, 2014

Loving dad said his love for his son is stronger than the love he has for the church

A Methodist pastor who was defrocked after he officiated his gay son's wedding is now allowed to return to work.

Earlier today (27 October), the Judicial Council ruled a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to discipline Frank Schaefer last year.

Schaefer had been convicted for 'disobeying the church'.

The council ruled on technical grounds and did not express support for gay marriage in general. Its decision is final.

October 24, 2014

Advert was promoting a book showing Jesus as a gay man in a modern city who gets crucified and rises again

An author of a book depicting Jesus as a gay man was furious after Facebook banned his advert showing Christ’s crucifixion.

But now, after Gay Star News contacted the social networking site for comment, they have reversed their decision and ruled it didn’t breach their guidelines after all.

The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision, is by author Kittredge Cherry.

Art in it by Doug Blanchard shows Jesus as a gay man in a modern city, including the crucifixion and resurrection.

October 20, 2014

Hillsong founder Brian Houston had said same-sex unions were 'an ongoing conversation'

The founder of Hillsong megachurch Brian Houston has refuted media reports that suggested he supported gay marriage.

The founder of the Australia-based Pentecostal church said at a press conference in New York last week that gay marriage was 'an ongoing conversation' and refused to take a stance on the issue.

He said, 'The world we live in, whether we like it or not, is changing around and about us.

'The world’s changing, and we want to stay relevant as a church, so that’s a vexing thing.'

October 18, 2014

Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke will instead be named to the Patron of the Knights of Malta

Anti-gay American Cardinal Raymond Burke is about to lose his job as head of the Roman Catholic Church's version of a Supreme Court.

Burke has clashed with Pope Francis since he became head of the church last year and confirmed his demotion on Friday (17 October) to Buzzfeed News.

He will go from being the church’s chief guardian of canon law to patron to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta which is a minor post.

October 18, 2014

'Personally I would have been very worried and saddened if there hadn't been these ... animated discussions ... or if everyone had been in agreement or silent in a false and acquiescent peace'

Catholic bishops failed to pass paragraphs supporting a more tolerant attitude toward gays.

Senior church officials were in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The softer stance toward LGBTI Catholics could not gain the required two-thirds majority to pass.

October 16, 2014

The 84 year old makes bizarre claim on his TV show The 700 Club

On today's edition of The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson told viewers they had to be careful when traveling to African countries like Kenya.

The reason?

'The towels could have AIDS,' the 84-year-old televangelist claimed.

A viewer email had asked Robertson for guidance on traveling to Kenya to a missionary trip - the viewer was concerned about the Ebola outbreak in some African countries.

'You might get AIDS in Kenya, people have AIDS, you’ve got to be careful,' he explained. 'I mean, the towels could have AIDS.'

October 16, 2014

This homoerotic 2015 calendar, intended as a ‘tribute to social acceptance,’ is already ruffling feathers and raising temperatures

A 2015 calendar featuring nude and semi-nude ‘priests’ is campaigning against homophobia in the Orthodox Church.

As the Catholic Church retracts its historic statements of support for the LGBTI community worldwide, some members of the Orthodox Church want to tackle gay hate in a ‘bold,’ ‘humorous’ and ‘ironic’ way.

October 13, 2014

A new document reveals that some bishops believe some gay Catholics have 'gifts and qualities' to offer parishes

The Catholic Church could be able to radically change its views on gay people, as signalled by a new document leaked from the Synod.

The papers, released as a summary of the ongoing meeting between the Pope and his bishops, reveal the church could shift in tone regarding homosexuality, divorce and contraception.

Gay Catholics' orientation should be 'valued', and it should be noted they have 'gifts and qualities' to offer parishes, the Tablet reports.

October 8, 2014

Married couple of 57 years is leading the fight for the Vatican to open its arms to the LGBTI community

Straight Catholics are fighting for gay people to be welcomed into the church.

Ron and Mavis Pirola, a couple who have been married for 57 years, is hoping Pope Francis will agree that loving all members of the family is more important than centuries-old doctrine.

They believe that welcoming gay couples into the church would serve as a 'model of evangelization'.

'Friends of ours were planning their Christmas family gathering when their gay son said he wanted to bring his partner home too,' the Pirolas during a statement inside Vatican's Paul VI Hall.

October 4, 2014

Oral arguments for the case will be heard at the end of October

The highest court in the United Methodist Church will hear an appeal of a minister who lost his position after officiating his son's same-sex wedding.

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

October 4, 2014

Victim was trying to run from three men when she was shot point blank in the head

A vigil will be held in the East Hollywood area of Los Angeles Friday night (3 October) to remember a transgender woman who was shot to death during a robbery earlier this week.

The name of the 47-year-old victim has not yet been released pending the notification of her family.

The details of the cold-blooded crime are chilling.

Early Thursday (2 October) morning, the victim was walking down a street when an altercation began with three men.

October 2, 2014

On 1 October 1989 Denmark became the first country in the world to provide legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples – taking the first step on the road to marriage equality

Denmark is celebrating its Silver Anniversary of legally recognizing same-sex couples with civil partnerships this week – marking 25 years since it became the first country in the world to provide legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

On 1 October, 1989 the first 11 Danish same-sex couples were wed through civil ceremonies at the Copenhagen Town Hall by the then deputy mayor of the city Tom Ahlberg.

The same civil ceremony that was used for heterosexual couples to marry was used but with the word ‘marriage’ replaced with ‘registered partnership.’

September 24, 2014

The last three marches were banned for security reasons

The head of the influential Serbian Orthodox Church has condemned the upcoming Belgrade Pride as 'shameless' and 'selfish.'

Patriarch Irinej said in a statement yesterday that the 'great majority' of people in the conservative Balkan country opposed Sunday's march.

He said, 'Organizers of such parading and their mentors from Europe refuse to draw conclusions from what previous parades caused.'

In 2010 marchers clashed with thousands of attackers. Dozens were arrested but none were convicted.

September 15, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church has married 20 'modern' couples. While they were all straight, it could still signify a change

Pope Francis has redefined marriage within the Catholic Church, blessing 20 couples at the Vatican that would have been banned under previous doctrine.

He welcomed 40 people from different social backgrounds, including a man about to enter into his second marriage and a woman with a daughter from a previous relationship, to St Peter's Basilica in Rome yesterday (14 September).

The mother, Gabriella Improta, said she did not feel 'worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple'.

September 12, 2014

Russia’s Orthodox Christian Church has cancelled a planned doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church after it refused to condemn homosexuality before the two churches can meet

The archbishop of the Finnish Lutheran Church has said that he could not attend a doctrinal dialogue summit with Russian Patriarch Kiril after the Russian Orthodox Church demanded that he sign on to a statement condemning gays and lesbians before they meet.

Archbishop Kari Mäkinen was due to meet with the patriarch in Moscow for a summit on Christianity’s approach to anthropology – an area where the topic of human sexuality was bound to come up.

September 12, 2014

Group's president Bill Donohue complains: 'They decided to include a gay group that is neither Catholic nor Irish while stiffing pro-life Catholics'

An LGBTI group will be marching in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2015 but the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights will not be.

The group's president, Bill Donohoe, posted a letter on the group's website Thursday (11 September) explaining why the league won't be participating in the parade for the first time in 20 years.

September 9, 2014

From Lady Gaga to Marilyn Monroe, Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen loves horsing around with some of the most beloved faces in pop culture

What would Dolly Parton say about a sculpture made of her with a big mouth and even bigger hair? We reckon she’d love it, even if the sculpture is of her as a horse.

Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen has reimagined some of the world’s most beloved pop culture fixtures, many of them LGBT icons, as My Little Pony miniature figurines.

September 7, 2014

'The time has come to end the divisive national debate as to whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants the US Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on gay marriage.

August 18, 2014

The Lower Miami Church of the Brethren was flying a rainbow pride flag to show it welcomes LGBTI people but someone tore it down on Saturday

A church in Dayton, Miami had its flag pole broken and a rainbow LGBTI pride flag stolen on Saturday in an apparent protest at it welcoming LGBTI people as parishioners.

Police were called to Lower Miami Church of the Brethren after Pastor Nan Erbauth discovered the theft and act of vandalism.