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January 24, 2014

Stumbles so badly on saying word ventriloquism, segment on eBay doll of CNN anchor takes hilarious turn

At least he didn't get the uncontrollable giggles this time.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper turned the spotlight on himself - well, a smaller version of himself - during one of his nightly Ridiculist segments this week.

An artist in Pennsylvania spent three months creating an Anderson Cooper ventriloquist doll and put it for sale on eBay for $360,000.

The hefty price tag is an homage to the name of the show Anderson Cooper 360.

So far, no takers.

'I'm psyched that there's a doll of me,' Cooper said at the start of the segment.

Then the trouble begins.

January 19, 2014

Golf club inventor Dr Essay Anne Vanderbilt killed herself shortly after Caleb Hannan threatened to out her in article

A journalist who threatened to out a transwoman shortly before she committed suicide has faced a backlash on social media.

Caleb Hannan, who wrote an article on golf club inventor Dr Essay Anne Vanderbilt, had discovered her gender history whilst digging into her past when he was unable to confirm her claims of studying at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania.

December 23, 2013

Days after he was stripped of his ministerial credentials for conducting his son’s same-sex ceremony five years ago, Rev Frank Schaefer says it’s ‘incredible’ he’s received a job offer from a California bishop

The same church that fired Rev Frank Schafer for officiating his gay son’s marriage has now offered to re-issue his license.

Defrocked last week by the Pennsylvania United Methodist Church because he performed his son’s same-sex marriage in 2007, Schafer is ‘seriously considering’ an offer from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño in California.

December 18, 2013

Republican Tom Corbett is facing tough reelection fight in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has surprised many by speaking out in support of an LGBTI anti-discrimination bill.

It wasn't too long ago that Corbett was comparing gay marriage to incest.

A Republican, Corbett has stuck to the party line when it comes to social issues. But he is running for reelection and a poll released today (18 December) showed that 56 percent of those surveyed do not believe he deserves a second term.

December 18, 2013

Republican Tom Corbett is facing tough reelection fight in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has surprised many by speaking out in support of an LGBTI anti-discrimination bill.

It wasn't too long ago that Corbett was comparing gay marriage to incest.

A Republican, Corbett has stuck to the party line when it comes to social issues. But he is running for reelection and a poll released today (18 December) showed that 56 percent of those surveyed do not believe he deserves a second term.

December 8, 2013

Holy Ghost Preparatory School headmaster charges Michael Griffin's same-sex marriage 'contradicts' his teaching contract

A gay teacher at a Catholic high school lost his job because he applied to be married.

For 12 years Michael Griffin taught French and Spanish at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pennsylvania (located outside  Philadelphia).

December 2, 2013

A bishop is persecuting a Methodist minister who officiated at his son’s wedding. But one gay dad, who also conducts weddings, wants clemency

In 1990, I fell in love. I met a beautiful man named Paul who shared my values, my heart and my soul. We quickly knew that we intended to spend the rest of our lives together.

We were not looking for legal protection or rights, and the public conversation about same-sex marriage and marriage equality really had not even begun. We just sought to solemnize our relationship into a spiritual marriage.

November 21, 2013

Over 24,000 people have signed a petition organized by a group of United Methodist pastors who want their church’s leadership to stop penalizing clergy who marry same-sex couples

Progressive US Christian group Faithful America will present a petition on Thursday of over 24,000 signatures backing United Methodist clergy who want to be able to marry same-sex couples without fear of being disciplined by the church hierarchy or losing their jobs.

November 20, 2013

Pennsylvania pastor: ‘We have to stop the hate speech. We have to stop treating them as second-class Christians'

A pastor was suspended for officiating his son’s gay marriage yesterday (19 October).

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania United Methodist minister, point black refused to never perform another gay marriage even if it means he loses his credentials.

He was convicted under church law of disobeying the church.

As the loving dad refuses to repent, he expects to be defrocked in 30 days.

On the stand, Schaefer wore a rainbow stole to represent his cause and said the church must ‘stop judging people based on their sexual orientation’.

November 19, 2013

Pastor could be defrocked for refusing to never perform another same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania

A jury has pronounced a pastor ‘guilty’ for violating and disobeying church law when he officiated a same-sex marriage for his son.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor in Pennsylvania, faced a jury of 13 other pastors as he was accused of presiding over the marriage ceremony in 2007.

He will learn what sanctions or penalties are lodged against him today (19 November).

While the 51-year-old pleaded not guilty, he said he was proud to have officiated at his son’s wedding.

November 15, 2013

A Methodist church court is prosecuting a pastor who officiated over his son’s same-sex marriage

In 2013, the reality that Reverend Frank Schaefer, pastor at Zion United Methodist Church (UMC) of Iona in Pennsylvania, will be forced to stand trial on 18 November for officiating his son’s 2007 same-sex nuptials is not only wrong-headed – it is also wrong-hearted.

‘I love him so much and didn't want to deny him that joy. I had to follow my heart,’ Schaefer told the New York Daily News.

November 11, 2013

Loving dad's trial could be dropped if he promises to never perform another same-sex marriage, but he says the love he has for his son is stronger than the love he has for the Church

A pastor might be fired for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Methodist pastor in Pennsylvania, is accused of presiding over the marriage ceremony in 2007.

The 51-year-old, who does not deny presiding over the wedding, said his love for his son and God’s command to love everyone trumped over supposed church doctrine.

‘I love him so much and didn’t want to deny him that joy,’ he said.

October 27, 2013

The pro-LGBT bill signed on Thursday also offers health protections for gay families and decision-making rights to same-sex couples

A new law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania requires that all city-owned buildings must have gender-neutral toilets.

 

The bill, signed into law on Thursday (24 October) which affords equal rights to Philadelphia's LGBT population, requires that new or renovated city-owned buildings must include gender-neutral bathrooms alongside male and female ones.

 

October 25, 2013

Republican state representative is leading effort for Kathleen Kane's ouster

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who has taken a stand against her state's ban on gay marriage, is the target of an impeachment effort by a Republican lawmaker.

Kane is a Democrat who supports same-sex marriage. She said in July that she believes the state's marriage ban to be 'wholly unconstitutional' and something she 'cannot ethically defend.'

Rep. Daryl Metcalfe is calling for impeachment for what he says is 'misbehavior in office' and 'violation of her constitutional, statutory, and ethical duties.'

October 18, 2013

Anti-gay former US senator also warns of hate crimes prosecutions against Christians

Rick Santorum has is warning the Republican Party that if they ever embrace gay marriage: It will lead to 'the destruction of our republic.'

The site Right Wing Watch reported Thursday (17 October) that Santorum made his latest anti-gay comments last month at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference.

Santorum is a former US Senator from Pennsylvania who finished behind Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president.

October 18, 2013

Anti-gay former US senator also warns of hate crimes prosecutions against Christians

Rick Santorum has is warning the Republican Party that if they ever embrace gay marriage: It will lead to 'the destruction of our republic.'

The site Right Wing Watch reported Thursday (17 October) that Santorum made his latest anti-gay comments last month at the Midwest Republican Leadership Conference.

Santorum is a former US Senator from Pennsylvania who finished behind Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for president.

October 4, 2013

'It became apparent that Pennsylvania cannot continue to be stuck in the past'

An openly gay state representative from Philadelphia joined with a straight colleague on Thursday (3 October) to introduce a bill that seeks to bring marriage equality to Pennsylvania.

Brian Sims and Steve McCarter introduced the Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act (H.B. 1686 at a press conference held at Love Park in Philadelphia.

Sims, who is gay, said a majority of the state's residents now support marriage equality and pointed out that such neighboring states as New York, Maryland and Delaware already have gay marriage.

October 4, 2013

Brian Sims: 'I hope this fuels resolve to vote him out of office'

A day after introducing a marriage equality bill in Pennsylvania, openly gay state representative Brian Sims slammed his state's governor for comparing gay marriage to incest.

October 4, 2013

Brian Sims: 'I hope this fuels resolve to vote him out of office'

A day after introducing a marriage equality bill in Pennsylvania, openly gay state representative Brian Sims slammed his state's governor for comparing gay marriage to incest.

October 4, 2013

Tom Corbett sparks controversy as he says the marriage of brother and sister is a 'better' analogy to gay marriage than the marriage of children

Governor Tom Corbett has compared gay marriage to incest today (4 October).

The Pennsylvania Republican was speaking to WHP-TV in Harrisburg speaking about the controversy over his lawyers comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of 12-year-olds.

October 4, 2013

Tom Corbett sparks controversy as he says the marriage of brother and sister is a 'better' analogy to gay marriage than the marriage of children

Governor Tom Corbett has compared gay marriage to incest today (4 October).

The Pennsylvania Republican was speaking to WHP-TV in Harrisburg speaking about the controversy over his lawyers comparing the marriage of gay couples to the marriage of 12-year-olds.

September 27, 2013

All were married in Montgomery County before local judge halted the issuing of licenses to same-sex couples

The legal battle against Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage has ratcheted up a notch as 21 couples this week (25 September) have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state law.

The couples claim in their suit against the state that the marriage ban is unconstitutional. Their legal challenge comes two months after a federal challenge was filed against the law by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

September 19, 2013

Openly gay Pennsylvania state lawmaker Brian Sims wants his state to become the third to ban attempts to ‘cure’ minors of their same-sex attractions after California and New Jersey

The same openly gay Pennsylvania Democrat who is spearheading the legislative push for same-sex marriage in his state has now announced plans to ban subjecting minors to so-called ‘ex-gay’ or ‘reparative’ therapies aimed at changing their sexual orientation.

September 13, 2013

A Pennsylvania county clerk who began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples in July has agreed to stop doing so after being ordered to desist by a judge

A Pennsylvania county clerk who has issued 174 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since July has said he will stop doing so after being told to desist by a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge.

Montgomery County clerk Wills Bruce Hanes began issuing licenses to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Federal Defense of Marriage act was unconstitutional.

Following the ruling, a lesbian couple asked him for a marriage license, and he decided he couldn’t deny them one.