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April 26, 2014

Glenn has spoken about the support he received from the Mormon community when he came out as gay last month

Recently out gay singer Tyler Glenn, of US rock band Neon Trees, has spoken about the effect his coming out had on the Mormon community.

Glenn came out in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine last month, and spoke in a recent interview about the effect it had.

‘I was surprised at how many Mormon Church leaders wrote me messages saying, ’This is great that you’re doing this.’ That really was cool’ he said.

April 6, 2014

'While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not'

A leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints repeated the church's opposition to gay marriage.

Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke today (5 April) at the church's Salt Lake City biannual general conference.

January 10, 2014

A spokesperson for the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said the church will be staying out of the appeal of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah for now but has not ruled out getting involved at a later date

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, has said it will not get involved in the Utah state government’s appeal to the legalization of same-sex marriage by a District Court for now - but has not ruled out becoming involved at a later date.

December 29, 2013

Utah's Republican leaders are comfortable with the projected costs of appealing Judge Robert J. Shelby's same-sex marriage ruling

Utah's incoming attorney general estimates the state will need $2 million (€1.4)  to appeal District Judge Robert J. Shelby' 53-page marriage equality decision.

Late last week Sean Reyes, who will be sworn in tomorrow (30 December) met with the state's Republican legislative leadership to discuss bringing in outside legal help for the case.

September 16, 2013

The former professional football player spoke at a conference this weekend for gay and lesbian Mormons on how faith helped him in football and how he views the LGBT community

Ex-NFL star Steve Young said he views gays and lesbians as his brothers and sisters.

The married father of four spoke this weekend at a presentation in Salt Lake City, Utah, to 400 people in attendance for the group Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons.

According to the Affirmation website, the group serves to support 'LGBT Mormons, their families, and allies by encouraging spirituality, providing information resources, and working for inclusiveness and equality'.

June 2, 2013

Hundreds of heterosexual Mormons will march in today’s Utah Pride Parade for the second year in a row

Hundreds of heterosexual Mormon allies of LGBT people are expected to march in today’s Utah Pride Parade for the second year in a row.

Last year over 300 heterosexual Mormons marched in the parade to show their acceptance of LGBT people and even more are expected to march this year.

March 5, 2013

Even as other Republicans evolve on the issue, Romney remains firm

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is making clear that his opposition to gay marriage is not a position he took simply to secure votes from the hard right wing of his party.

With his loss to President Barack Obama four months behind him, Romney has reiterated his anti-gay marriage stance.

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.

December 15, 2012

Utah public radio station profiles new LGBT Mormon choir

Yesterday (14 December), Utah's public radio station, KUER, profiled One Voice Choir. The 15 member group is open to gays, lesbians, and Mormons.

Bryan Horn, the group's musical director, explained why the ensemble was developed.

December 9, 2012

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has admitted that sexual orientation is not a choice and that same-sex attracted people should not marry people of the opposite sex but maintains that homosexual acts are sinful

The leadership of the Mormon church have admitted that same-sex attraction is not a choice and has launched a new church website to begin a conversation on the issue.

MormonsAndGays.org is an official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and outlines the Mormons’ official position on human sexuality.

‘Few topics are as emotionally charged or require more sensitivity than same-sex attraction,’ the website states.

November 6, 2012

Charlie Hides' homophobic housewife Loretta Lee Jackson urges Americans not to vote for 'filthy queer' loving Barack Obama

Whoever wins the US Presidential election, one thing is for sure, it's going to be a close race.

That's why Loretta Lee Jackson - Christian homemaker, Republican and card-carrying member of the NRA - is calling on God-fearing Americans to vote for a candidate who doesn't want the nation's children raised by 'filthy queers'.

Jackson is, of course, the creation of the one and only Charlie Hides, whose impersonations of celebrities from Cher to Adele have become viral hits on YouTube.

November 2, 2012

Group says video 'serves as a harsh reminder'

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the US, released a video on Friday highlighting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments over the years about LGBT Americans.

The video opens with footage of Romney saying during a primary season debate : 'If people are looking for someone that will discriminate against gays or will in any way try and suggest that people with different sexual orientation don't have full rights in this country, they won't find that in me.'

October 30, 2012

Republican presidential nominee: ‘It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact'

Days after The Boston Globe obtained state records detailing Mitt Romney's aggressive efforts to prevent the routine recording of births to gay parents in Massachusetts, video of the presidential candidate decrying gay adoption has surfaced.

October 26, 2012

'Some gays are actually having children born to them. It's not right on paper. It's not right in fact'

When he was the governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney fought a plan to have birth certificate forms revised for babies born to same-sex couples.

The Boston Globe has obtained state records which reveal the Republican presidential nominee's aggressive efforts to prevent the routine recording of births to gay parents.

October 26, 2012

'I'm so tired of knowing I have friends on here who will vote for someone who will keep

Actor Max Von Essen, currently starring on Broadway in the musical Evita, is sharing a letter he wrote to a Facebook friend planning to vote for Mitt Romney for president of the US.

The 38-year-old actor, who is openly gay, details the reasons why he does not want Romney and running mate Paul Ryan to be elected on 6 November.

October 24, 2012

Out actor says choice for US president is 'fundamentally clear'

Zachary Quinto is having trouble understanding why the the race for US president between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney remains so close.

'The choice in this election is so fundamentally clear,' the openly gay actor said on the Chelsea Lately show on Tuesday night (23 October). 'I feel like Mitt Romney's reptilian self is barely able to suppress itself as we get closer to this election. That debate (Monday) night was so clear for me. How anybody could spin it that Obama did anything other than clean the floor with that guy last night, I have no idea.'

October 23, 2012

'We agree with Governor Romney's vision for America'

Saying they agree with his 'vision for America,' the Log Cabin Republicans on Tuesday (23 October) endorsed Mitt Romney for president even though that vision doesn't include gay marriage.

'The decision to endorse is the right one for our members, our community, and for the nation as a whole,' executive director R. Clarke Cooper said in a statement. Despite our disagreement with Governor Romney on the issue of marriage, on balance it is clear that in today's economic climate, concern for the future of our country must be the highest priority.'

October 22, 2012

Chad Griffin: 'I initially wondered if they were serious'

Since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is very publicly against gay marriage, there was much surprise when his wife, Ann Romney, said one of their favorite shows was ABC's Modern Family which features the gay couple of Cam and Mitch.

Among those surprised, and amused, was Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.

October 21, 2012

Mitt Romney’s presidential election campaign has hardened its stance on same-sex marriage just days after a spokeswoman said he didn’t support banning it in the US Constitution

The presidential campaign of Republican hopeful Mitt Romney has backtracked just days after a key spokesperson denied that he supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Following his second presidential debate with Barack Obama, Romney campaign spokeswoman Bay Buchanan claimed that, if elected, Romney would be prepared to allow US states to decide the issue for themselves despite his opposition on the issue.

September 21, 2012

It Gets Better founder also describes GOP presidential nominee as '100 percent anti-gay'

Syndicated columnist and It Gets Better founder Dan Savage is no fan of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The openly Savage, who received a special Emmy Award last weekend for the It Gets Better online and television campaign, appeared on Current TV's Say Anything with Joy Behar and took Romney to task for his anti-gay policies.

Savage told guest host John Fugelsang that he doesn't distinguish 'between an honest bigot and a dishonest bigot' and that he considers Romney to be '100 percent anti-gay.'

September 20, 2012

Republican presidential candidate: 'Marriage for me continues to be between a man and a woman'

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney reiterated his stance against gay marriage this week - even if it was a grandchild of his wanting to marry someone of the same sex.

Romney was asked about gay marriage at a Meet the Candidate event in Coral Gables, Florida, and how he would feel if one of his five sons or grandchildren were gay and wanted to be wed.

Romney promptly reminded the audience that his sons are heterosexual: 'Well, all my children are married, so I'd be very surprised.'

September 19, 2012

A Colorado boy has written a letter slamming the Republican presidential nominee on his views on health and gay rights

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is about to get a strongly-worded letter from a concerned boy.

Jackson Ripley, 12, was watching political news coverage with his mom about health care, and asked questions concerned for his sister, aged 7, who has a life-threatening medical condition.

Shortly after sister Kennedy was born, she developed a hemangioma – an abnormal, raised tumor of blood vessels.

September 18, 2012

Says beleagured Republican presidential nominee's comments 'an attack on the moral character' of many Americans

It's clear that Barney Frank, the first openly gay congressman in US history, is no fan of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney who he has previously referred to as 'myth Romney.'

Now a secretly recorded video which surfaced late Monday (17 September) in which Romney describes nearly half the US electorate as 'dependent on government' because they don't pay federal income taxes has Frank blasting Romney with renewed vigor.

September 11, 2012

Republican presidential nominee said: 'I didn’t know you had families'

David Wilson and Julie Goodridge, two of the plaintiffs whose case led to the legalization of marriage equality in Massachusetts, have spoken to Boston Spirit magazine about a chilly 20 minute meeting with then-Governor Mitt Romney in 2004.

They were part of a group who were trying to get Romney to follow that state’s supreme court ruling and allow same-sex couples to get married.