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May 4, 2015

'If this goes through, persecution is coming. I mean serious persecution'

Glenn Beck has predicted church attendance will half in the next five years if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide.

The radio host Thursday (30 May) said the government would start seizing church property and they would lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to perform same-sex weddings.

Beck made the prediction after interviewing Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of an Oregon bakery who are facing fines for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

May 4, 2015

A ruling made last September by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will remain in place

The US Supreme Court has upheld New Jersey's ban on gay conversion therapy for minors. 

The court refused to hear a challenge to the law today, which means that a ruling made last September by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will remain in place.

The Court of Appeals said that the ban, which was signed into law in 2013, didn't violate the the free speech or religious rights of those who offer conversion therapy to minors in the state.

May 4, 2015

Joe Biden: 'It’s that fundamental'

When gauging the potential significance of the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on gay marriage, US Vice President Joe Biden looks back to 1954.

The was the year the high court handed down a landmark decision that ended racial segregation in US schools.

Biden brought up the upcoming decision on marriage equality over the weekend at the OutGiving conference in Dallas, Texas. Among those in attendance was Mary Bonauto, the civil rights attorney who argued for same-sex marriage before the court last week.

May 3, 2015

'We who believe in the traditional understanding of marriage do need your help'

Maggie Gallagher, one of the leading marriage equality foes in the US, penned an open letter to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The essay was published on 1 May in the National Review. Many legal experts see Kennedy as the likely deciding vote in the marriage cases the country's highest court heard last week.

May 3, 2015

'My comment affirmed Jenner as a person, made by God in His likeness as we all are'

Rick Santorum is not changing his mind on LGBTI issues, no matter the kind words offered to Bruce Jenner.

According to Mediaite, the possible 2016 White House candidate, used Facebook to remind he's still a conservative.

'Many of you may have read a story published by the website BuzzFeed where I was asked for my thoughts regarding Bruce Jenner,' Santorum began.

May 2, 2015

'My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody'

Former US Senator Rick Santorum is standing up for Bruce Jenner.

Today, 2 May, the marriage rights foe was part of a reporters roundtable discussion at the South Carolina Republican Party’s convention.

'If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,' Santorum said to a question from BuzzFeed News.

May 2, 2015

The High Court has ordered the government to officially recognize the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission after the group was rejected five times

It's an unexpected and landmark victory for LGBT Kenyans.

The High Court has ordered a government agency that regulates non-governmental organizations to recognize and register a human rights group seeking to protect the rights of gay people in the country.

May 2, 2015

'Ministers should have the right to uphold their religious beliefs'

Texas lawmakers are pushing hard to pass a religious freedom bill that offers protections the clergy already have.

Last week, on the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for four gay marriage ban cases, state Sen. Craig Estes introduced legislation allowing ministers of faith to not participate in wedding ceremonies on religious grounds.

May 1, 2015

#Pizza4Equality was launched to help raise funds for Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund

A charitable initiative, inspired as a response to a pizza restaurant that said it would not make pizzas for a gay wedding, has raised over $160,000 in just 26 days.

The #Pizza4Equality campaign was launched by Brooklyn activist, Scott Wooledge.

It was created after news spread about Memories Pizza in Indiana, whose owners said last month that they would not cater for same-sex marriage ceremonies.

May 1, 2015

But 57% think businesses should not be allowed to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds

Most Americans think the government should protect religious liberties over LGBTI rights when the two come into conflict, a new poll has found.

But 57% think businesses should not be allowed to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

AP-GfK polled 1,077 adults online between 23 and 27 April, just before the Supreme Court started hearing oral arguments on whether state bans on gay marriage are constitutional,

On the case, 50% said the justices should rule that gay marriage must be legal nationwide, compared to 48% who said they should not.

April 30, 2015

‘You could say that we are marrying for love rather than anything else,’ says Neil Graham, a Director of a London-based law firm

Mario I met two and a half years ago in a bar in Bratislava. I had a blind date with his flat mate who couldn’t speak any English so he brought Mario along to translate.

In October, three years to the day since we met, we will be marrying each other in our local Town Hall in London.

Following the enactment in England and Wales of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in March 2014, we have decided, like many same sex couples, to formalize our commitment to each other by getting married.

April 30, 2015

Bill Shorten has distanced himself from calls by Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek for all of the party’s lawmakers to be compelled to vote for legalizing same-sex marriage whether they agree with the reform or not

Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader Bill Shorten has distanced himself from a campaign by his deputy leader to have the next ALP national conference decide to bind all Labor lawmakers to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

The 2011 conference voted to add same-sex marriage to the party’s platform but in order to appease conservative ALP members, gave federal Labor lawmakers a guaranteed conscience vote on the issue if it comes up for a vote.

April 30, 2015

Former congressman says: 'Michele Bachmann has left. She was it'

Retired US Congressman Barney Frank appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (29 April) and did not shy away from answering any questions from host Andy Cohen.

During the show's Please the Fifth segment, which allows guests to pass on one of three highly-sensitive questions, the openly gay Frank refused to take a pass.

First asked to say three nice things about ultra conservative Republican Newt Gingrich, Frank said: 'I can't. I don't plead the fifth, I plead the truth.'

April 30, 2015

Constitution reforms would also bar same-sex couples from adopting children

El Salvador's congress has approved a measure banning gay marriage.

The 84-seat legislature voted 47-0 for a package of constitutional reforms that would  the only men and women 'born that way' can and bar same-sex couples from adopting children.

The bill needed at least 43 votes to pass this first hurdle. The right-wing Arena party led the votes, while the ruling left-wing FMLN abstained.

But the reforms cannot take effect unless they are ratified by a two-thirds majority, 56 votes, in the 2015-2019 legislative session, which starts on 1 May.

April 30, 2015

Pastor: 'Before I accept homosexuality, I will die'

A Georgia church is causing outrage after their new sign reads: 'Homosexuality is a Death Worthy Crime'.

Pastor Robert Lee, of the Ten Commandments Church in Milledgeville, says he put up the sign as a message to the US Supreme Court who are currently debating the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

April 30, 2015

The ‘Free to Believe’ site says some Christian business owners have had to deal with the ‘nightmare’ of gay people who wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer

The conservative lobby group, Family Research Council, has launched a new website to share the stories of businesses and individuals who do not wish to provide certain services to LGBT people.

Arguing that the owners of the businesses concerned are merely expressing the right to religious expression, the website is called ‘Free to Believe’. 

Family Research Council states its aim as being ‘to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.’

April 30, 2015

While same-sex marriage, according to him, is not

Pope Francis has reaffirmed his stance on 'traditional' marriage, saying a man and woman married is the 'masterpiece of society'.

In what is being taken by some as a plea for the US Supreme Court to reject same-sex marriage, the head of the Catholic Church reiterated his view that he believes straight people are the only ones that should marry.

'Jesus teaches us that the masterpiece of society is the family: the man and the woman who love each other,' he said in his public speech today (30 April).

April 30, 2015

'Notorious RBG' destroys every argument put forward against gay marriage

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had the perfect response to every argument against gay marriage put forward at the Supreme Court on Tuesday (28 April).

The 82-year-old justice has become a liberal champion for her support of gay marriage and has been dubbed the 'notorious RBG' by younger fans.

First, Ginsburg promptly shut down the argument that the court does not have legal right to change a 'millennia' of tradition.

April 29, 2015

His yells could still be heard several minutes after he is ejected

Tuesday's (28 April) Supreme Court hearing on gay marriage was briefly interrupted by a older man screaming that gay marriage supporters will go to hell.

Just after the first lawyer finished speaking, an unidentified older man with grey hair stood up in the audience and started shouting, 'If you support gay marriage, you will burn in hell!'

Court officers ran to remove him.

'Homosexuality is an abomination!' the man shouted as he was dragged out of the room.

April 29, 2015

Actor draws parallels between interrracial marriage during the show's era and the current state of gay marriage in his native Mississippi

Mad Men actor  Kit Williamson is engaged to boyfriend of more than eight years John Halbach.

Williamson, 27, who plays Ed Gifford in the AMC series, drew parallels between interracial marriage during the show's era and the current state of gay marriage in his native Mississippi.

April 29, 2015

Amnesty International says the country is 'being left behind as a discriminatory backwater for gay and lesbian people'

Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly Monday (27 April) voted down a gay marriage bill for the fourth time.

Politicians at Stormont narrowly rejected the motion put forward by the left-wing Sinn Féin party by 49 votes to 47.

Sinn Féin MLA Catriona Ruane said they wanted to 'drown out the bile' put forward by opponents of gay marriage.

'Together we will build a society that includes and embraces,' she said.

April 29, 2015

Is this about antique morality or thinly disguised hatred of LGBTI people? Jane Fae asks the big question to Britain's far-right party

Let’s get this straight (if that is not, given the subject, too unfortunate a turn of phrase!). UKIP has produced a manifesto that would give workers with traditional views on sex and marriage the right to refuse to carry out tasks which they believe would amount to condoning same-sex unions.

This, they claim, is no more than standing up for traditional Christian values. Alongside Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (the DUP) – likewise not renowned for embracing diversity – they are enthusiastically endorsing 'muscular Christianity'.

April 28, 2015

George Takei: 'I am optimistic'

With the US Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments today in marriage equality cases in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee,' Gay Star News asked several celebrities to share their thoughts on what could be a historic ruling.

The cases are challenging the constitutionality of laws banning marriage between same-sex couples and could settle the issue for the US where same-sex marriage is legal in 37 states plus the District of Columbia..

'I am optimistic,' said Star Trek icon George Takei.

April 28, 2015

The hotel’s gay owners held an intimate gathering at their apartment last week for Ted Cruz, a virulent opponent of same-sex marriage

Around 100 protestors took to the street outside New York’s gay hotel, The OUT NYC, yesterday evening.

They were protesting the fact that the hotel’s owners, gay businessmen Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, hosted an intimate party last week at their penthouse apartment for Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his wife.