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April 12, 2014

Promoting her book, the US conservative says that Christian prayer can help people out of the gay ‘lifestyle’

US conservative Christian Linda Harvey has once again spoken out against gay people, this time saying that they should all remain in the closet.

Harvey, who is president of the far right group Mission America, was on the Janet Mefferd radio show to talk about her book called Maybe He’s Not Gay.

When asked about young gay people coming out to their family and friends she had her own theory on what they should do.

January 30, 2014

The head of the global Anglican Communion has written to African bishops to tell them to treat LGBTI people with dignity ahead of a trip to Africa

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York yesterday wrote to the heads of all the national churches in the global Anglican Communion - reminding them of a 2005 commitment they made to the pastoral support and care of gay people ahead of a trip by Archbishop Justin Welby to Africa.

Welby is visiting Africa for a five day trip in which he will be meeting Anglican leaders in South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

January 2, 2014

Written by notorious anti-gay radio host Linda Harvey, the book tells parents to ignore their children when they say they're gay

A book telling parents to ignore their gay kids and ‘help’ them with their sexuality has been pulled from Amazon. 

Written by radical anti-LGBTI leader of Mission: America Linda Harvey, the book claims to ‘help’ teens realize their ‘bright future’ regardless of ‘same-sex attractions or gender confusion’.

Titled Maybe He’s Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality, the book insists ‘as more and more young people announce this is their identity, it’s time to take a closer look.’

December 9, 2013

Openly gay clergyman Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, reportedly missed appointment as the Church of England’s first gay bishop by a single vote

The Church of England was one vote away from appointing its first gay bishop.

The openly gay Dean of St Albans Dr Jeffrey John was one vote away from becoming the newest Bishop of Exter, according to The Times, replacing the Right Rev Michael Langrish.

Since the beginning of this year, John has been considered for high-ranking posts within the Anglican Church.

November 30, 2013

According to New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan Hollywood is to blame for why some see the Catholic Church as anti-gay

When it comes to gay marriage, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan thinks the Catholic Church has been 'out-marketed.'

Dolan, who just completed a term as chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, sat down with the NBC News show Meet The Press. The entire interview will air tomorrow, 1 December.

'I think maybe we've been out-marketed, sometimes,' the influential cardinal said.

October 11, 2013

US right-wing campaigner Linda Harvey claims ‘no child is born gay’ and accuses anti-bullying programs of promoting same-sex behaviour to students in schools

Anti-bullying programs have been accused of promoting gay behavior among young students.

Christian extremist Linda Harvey said during her radio show the real problem facing students is not bullying, but anti-bullying programs, which she claims encourage students to explore homosexuality.

Harvard said: ‘What [anti-bullying programs] are doing is using pressure; everyone must change their minds about homosexuality.

August 22, 2013

 

Mission America’s Linda Harvey has said on her controversial radio show that gay people are empty inside

A Christian radio host has claimed gay people are ‘empty’ inside and wish to ‘absorb’ other people’s personalities.

Extremist Christian Linda Harvey has also claimed on her radio show gay people are ‘vacant’ inside.

She said: ‘The labels others put on us do not become who we are unless we have a really shaky sense of our own identity.’

‘This problem does come up often when those who have left homosexuality talk, for instance, about how they once felt empty, not identifying at all with other boys or girls.’

August 10, 2013

Organizers insist the decision to pull Donnie McClurkin, the gospel singer who claims God saved him from homosexuality,  from the MLK memorial concert was a 'mutual decision

'Ex-gay' gospel performer Donnie McClurkin will not take the stage for the 10 August Washington, DC memorial concert for Martin Luther King, Jr.

'The Mayor directed the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to ask Donnie McClurkin to withdraw,' Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray's spokesperson, Doxie McCoy, said to the Washington Blade in an email.

June 15, 2013

A new policy dictates that gay priests in civil partnerships must prove they’re celibate to be considered for bishop-hood

Gay priests looking to move up in the Anglican Church must now undergo questioning into their sex lives.

In December, the House of Bishops ruled that priests who are in civil partnerships could become bishops, a decision that opened the doors for a number of openly gay priests who were already partnered to rise in the ranks of of the Church.

February 22, 2013

NFL player canceled appearance at church of anti-gay Robert Jeffress

NFL player Tim Tebow is now getting backlash from both sides stemming from canceled plans to speak at a Dallas mega-church with an anti-gay pastor.

Tebow, back-up quarterback for the New York Jets, on Wednesday (20 February) backed out of an April appearance at First Baptist Church of Dallas after homophobic comments by pastor Robert Jeffress surfaced.

February 22, 2013

Back-up quarterback for New York Jets had faced backlash

Tim Tebow won't be speaking at a Dallas mega-church with an anti-gay pastor after all.

The National Football League star, currently a back-up quarterback for the New York Jets, had been scheduled to speak at First Baptist Church of Dallas in April.

But the famous Christian jock has faced strong backlash since the appearance was announced because of anti-gay and other controversial statements made in the past by pastor Robert Jeffress.

January 29, 2013

Marriott International Inc says it has 'longstanding commitment to diversity'

Since the Mormon Church was the biggest financial contributor to the campaign to pass California's gay marriage ban in 2008, it's a bit surprising to learn that one of the businesses calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act is a hotel chain founded by a devout Mormon.

Marriott International Inc. is among the corporations that has joined a coalition formed by the Human Rights Campaign to fight for the end of a law that bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages in the US.

January 9, 2013

The US seat of the Episcopal Church, one of the world’s largest cathedrals decides to start solemnising same-sex weddings

The Washington National Cathedral, one of the world’s largest, historic and iconic places of worship will solemnise same-sex weddings, according to a statement published today (9 January).

As the one of the most prominent US churches and the US seat of the Episcopal Church, the decision has a tremendous symbolic value.

The 106-year-old cathedral inaugurates new presidents, conducts official services where Americans gather to mourn tragedies, will be among first Episcopal congregations to allow gay couples to wed.

December 23, 2012

The leader of the Seventh Day Adventists in East and Central Africa has denied a report in Uganda’s state owned media that he supports the country’s controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill – saying journalists put words in his mouth

The president of the Seventh-Day Adventist church in East and Central Africa has repudiated quotes attributed to him by Uganda’s state owned media which claimed to show that he supported the country’s controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Pastor Blaisious Ruguri was quoted by the New Vision newspaper on December 17 as saying that, ‘our stand is zero tolerance to this vice and to western influence on this crucial issue because God says no to it.’

September 27, 2012

Mission America's Linda Harvey is calling for people to buy from companies like Chick-fil-A, and avoid businesses like Google, Apple and Amazon

An extremist Christian radio host is saying gay rights will not only cost jobs in the United States, but lives as well.

Mission America’s Linda Harvey was urging listeners to buy from companies who are against same-sex marriage like Chick-fil-A, and avoid the ones who support it like Apple, Amazon.com, and Google, the Right Wing Watch reports.

August 30, 2012

Evangelical activist Gary Bauer: 'I think he may have had a bad moment'

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, who said this week that the issue of marriage equality should be left up to individual states, is getting some flak for breaking from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the issue.

Romney has pledged support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage but Hatch told SiriusXM's Michelangelo Signorile at the Republican National Convention this week that he's 'a believer that the states should be able to make their own determination.'

August 29, 2012

His viewpoint differs from presidential nominee Mitt Romney

Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney may have pledged support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage but he has at least one prominent GOP senator who is breaking ranks with him on the issue.

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, up for reelection in November, said this week that the issue of marriage equality should be left up to individual states.

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.

July 9, 2012

The American Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops has approved a proposal to hire transgender men and women for a final vote

The USA’s Episcopal Church has approved a proposal on hiring transgender men and women to become bishops or ministers and is awaiting a final vote.

The institution's House of Bishops approved proposals allowing ‘gender identity and expression’, meaning it no longer discriminates against trans people as candidates for ministerial positions, reports the Global Times.

April 8, 2012

Joseph Amodeo leaves charity board because of Cardinal Dolan's position on LGBT youth

Yesterday (7 April) Joseph Amodeo announced he was stepping down from the junior board of Catholic Charities because Cardinal Timothy Dolan has allegedly ignored the plights of LGBT youth.

'As someone who believes in the message of love enshrined in the teachings of Christ, I find it disheartening that a man of God would refuse to extend a pastoral arm,' the former board member said in his letter to Catholic Charities (as reported by Huffington Post).