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March 25, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote their ‘doom was sealed’ but here Father Frank Ryan casts new doubt on the 1835 ‘buggery’ convictions of Pratt and Smith

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, south London searching for work – promising to return by 6pm. He was a laborer and needed a better job.

Pratt first visited his aunt in Holborn, before heading to Blackfriars. His aunt thought he’d had too much to drink and needed a rest, but he pressed on.

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.

January 28, 2015

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons, has called for legislation protecting LGBTI people from discrimination in housing and employment across the United States so long as ‘religious rights’ are not compromised

The leadership of the US Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made its most accommodating statement on LGBTI issues to date on Tuesday this week in a televised press conference and online statements published on the church’s official website.

However in the same breath the Mormons accused LGBTI activists of seeking to take away the same freedom of expression for religious people that they had fought so hard to win for themselves.

January 16, 2015

Podcaster is charged with apostasy

A promiment Mormon critic and pocaster faces excommunication from the church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) for supporting of gay marriage.

John Dehlin yesterday (15 January) said he had been summoned to appear before a disciplinary council on January 25.

'The charge is apostasy, and I have been informed that the likely
outcome of the disciplinary council will be either disfellowshipment (ie, official
censure) or excommunication (ie, termination of my membership),' he said in a statement.

January 14, 2015

Survey flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay

A survey has found gay Mormon men married to women are two to three times more likely to divorce.

The findings showed that between 51% and 69% of mixed-orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce, well above the roughly 25% of Latter Day Saints (LDS) couples who split up.

The survey, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology last March, is thought to be the largest study of its kind and flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay.

January 5, 2015

The US rapper turned country music performer says the Rap-Rock genre he helped to pioneer ‘turned out to be pretty gay’ and not in a good way

US country music performer and rapper Kid Rock has struck out at ‘political correctness’ around the use of the word ‘gay’ as an insult in an article published over the weekend.

Kid Rock made the comments in a piece in The Guardian published yesterday, saying that the Rap-Rock crossover genre of the mid 90’s that he helped to pioneer had, in the end, become embarrassing.

June 6, 2014

'I wasn't wanting to be so quick to just throw awaythings that I believe in that I still find are true'

The words 'Mormon' and 'openly gay' are not often associated with each other.

After all, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which helped fund the passage of California's Proposition 8 in 2008 which banned gay marriage for a time.

But Tyler Glenn, the lead vocalist and keyboardist of the American alternative rock band Neon Trees, is trying to find out what it means to be openly gay and to still be a Mormon.

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. 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.'