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September 25, 2014

'The sexual orientation of a person is just like the color of their skin'

Former US President Jimmy Carter had a lot to say this week about Christianity and discrimination against gay people.

Carter, now 89, was asked about gay rights during an appearance at the 100th anniversary celebration of Michigan's Grand Rapids Community College.

'I never knew of any word or action of Jesus Christ that discriminated against anybody because of who they were,' said Carter, a Democrat who served as president from 1977-81.

September 24, 2014

John Nienstedt, of St Paul and Minneapolis, has described homosexuality is a ‘result of psychological trauma’ and has donated over $650,000 to anti-gay marriage campaigns

A music director at a Minnesota Catholic Church was forced to resign by Archbishop John Nienstedt after he got married.

The Archbishop of St Paul and Minneapolis was consulted after Jamie Moore, the music director at St Victoria Catholic Church, married his long-time partner over the weeekend.

He 'recommended' the music director's resignation, saying someone employed in the Catholic Church that is also in a same-sex marriage does not 'uphold church teaching'.

September 24, 2014

The Open Mosque broke a law by not having parking spaces

South Africa's first gay-friendly mosque has been shut down because it violated a by-law by not having any parking spaces.

The Open Mosque in Cape Town only opened last week.

September 23, 2014

New partnership with IFAW will raise animal welfare awareness to Gay Star News readers across the globe during Animal Month and beyond

Take a walk on the wild side in October as Gay Star News teams up with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for Animal Month.

Throughout October and beyond, we will be exploring some of the various issues that IFAW is tackling around the world in order to protect wildlife and domestic animals, from elephant poaching in Africa to whaling in Iceland and working with impoverished communities to improve the welfare of cats and dogs.

September 23, 2014

Cape Town’s progressive Open Mosque, which welcomes LGBTI people and allows men and women to worship and preach together, has been labelled a ‘cult’ and un-Islamic by a coalition of 14 conservative Muslim groups from across South Africa

A coalition of conservative South African Muslim groups have condemned the opening of a mosque that welcomes gay and lesbian worshipers and allows women to participate in prayers on an equal standing with men.

14 groups lead by the United Ulama Council of South Africa, the Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa, the Sunni United Ulama Council of South Africa and the Mujlisul Ulama of South Africa released a group statement against the so-called Open Mosque after it held its first prayer service on Friday.

September 19, 2014

'Violence against anyone, simply because of who they are, is inexcusable and alien to what it means to be a Christian'

A suspect in the recent Philadelphia attack of two gay men has lost his job coaching high school students.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia released a statement today, 18 September, announcing the suspect in the crime no longer works as a basketball coach.

September 18, 2014

LGBTIs are planning to flee Lebanon if Islamic State fighters get in. Those who can’t get out will be targeted for execution, they warn

A militant allegedly associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has described gay people as the 'worst of creatures'.

In an eight-minute clip, a masked man holding a rifle calls upon recruits to leave their countries and join ISIS in a rogue Islamic state where they've enacted sharia law.

Sharia law punishes homosexuality with being stoned to death.

September 17, 2014

An anonymous Twitter user may have identified the suspects through social media

September 16, 2014

'Open mosque’ in Cape Town will allow male and female Muslims to worship together and welcome LGBTI people

The Muslim academic who wants to launch a woman and gay-friendly mosque in South Africa is facing death threats.

The first gender-equal, non-sectarian, LGBTI welcoming and interracial religious venue will open its doors to the public this Friday, led by academic Taj Hargey.

He says he has received several death threats over the plans, claiming he is not a real Muslim for breaking tradition.

Hargey, on the other hand, says the religious practices observed by Muslims in South Africa were old civil customs and not holy law.

September 15, 2014

Leader of the Catholic Church has married 20 'modern' couples. While they were all straight, it could still signify a change

Pope Francis has redefined marriage within the Catholic Church, blessing 20 couples at the Vatican that would have been banned under previous doctrine.

He welcomed 40 people from different social backgrounds, including a man about to enter into his second marriage and a woman with a daughter from a previous relationship, to St Peter's Basilica in Rome yesterday (14 September).

The mother, Gabriella Improta, said she did not feel 'worthy or able to meet the requirements of a good Catholic couple'.

September 15, 2014

Gay rights activists are outraged by Pennsylvania's blasphemy laws, with some saying: 'This is not Russia or Iran; this is the United States'

A teenager is facing jail after simulating gay oral sex with a Jesus statue.

The 14-year-old western Pennsylvanian, unnamed by the press, was charged under a rarely used 1972 law that makes it a crime to desecrate a venerated object after he posted the pictures online. The teen did not damage the statue, but simply posted a picture that some find offensive.

The statue of Jesus kneeling in prayer belongs to Love in the Name of Christ, a Christian organization with a branch of Everett.

September 12, 2014

Russia’s Orthodox Christian Church has cancelled a planned doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church after it refused to condemn homosexuality before the two churches can meet

The archbishop of the Finnish Lutheran Church has said that he could not attend a doctrinal dialogue summit with Russian Patriarch Kiril after the Russian Orthodox Church demanded that he sign on to a statement condemning gays and lesbians before they meet.

Archbishop Kari Mäkinen was due to meet with the patriarch in Moscow for a summit on Christianity’s approach to anthropology – an area where the topic of human sexuality was bound to come up.

September 12, 2014

Group's president Bill Donohue complains: 'They decided to include a gay group that is neither Catholic nor Irish while stiffing pro-life Catholics'

An LGBTI group will be marching in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2015 but the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights will not be.

The group's president, Bill Donohoe, posted a letter on the group's website Thursday (11 September) explaining why the league won't be participating in the parade for the first time in 20 years.

September 10, 2014

A Californian vlogger welled up after reading messages that had been sent to him from LGBTI people when he asked if being gay was a choice

Like so many others, Chris Thompson of California was deeply affected and moved when Georgian teen Daniel Pierce posted a video on YouTube of his parents reacting with fury and denial when he revealed to them that he was gay.

September 8, 2014

Conservative Judaism, also known as the Masorti Movement, has ordained its first openly gay rabbi, British born Mikie Goldstein, who will lead the Adat Shalom Emanuel synagogue in Israel

The Conservative Judaism Jewish denomination has ordained its first openly gay rabbi two years after clearing the way for gay and lesbian Jews to serve as religious leaders.

British born Mikie Goldstein, 49, became the first openly gay man to become a Conservative Jewish rabbi after finishing his studies for the rabbinate earlier this year at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.

Last week he was installed as rabbi at the Adat Shalom Emanuel Synagogue in the city of Rehovot in Israel.

September 7, 2014

'The time has come to end the divisive national debate as to whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants the US Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on gay marriage.

September 3, 2014

Says he doesn't know any other sports correspondents who are gay

Longtime Sky Sports correspondent Mark McAdam has come out publicly as gay and is thanking his followers on Twitter for their support.

'Already received so many unbelievable msgs, I just wanted to be true to myself,' he tweeted this week.

McAdam, who has been with Sky Sports for seven years, first went public in an interview with Gay Times magazine.

September 1, 2014

He takes his clothes off and jumps in to Lake Superior after a show

Steve Grand, who gained fame last year with his viral hit All-American Boy, has made a lot of fans happy without singing a note.

He simply took all of his clothes off.

Grand decided to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - but he did it his way.

'I don’t always get naked, but when I do, it’s for a good cause,' he explained to his Facebook followers over the weekend.

'I didn’t want to waste fresh water (since there are so many without) so naturally, I jumped into Lake Superior, naked, after my performance here in Duluth, MN. '

August 28, 2014

Cardiff, Wales’ 8th annual Iris Prize Film Festival will showcase the very best of LGBTI themed cinema from around the world in October of 2014

17 of the world’s best LGBTI themed films will be competing for a coveted Iris Prize in October this year at Cardiff’s 8th annual LGBTI film festival.

In contention will be Der Samurai, by former Iris Prize winner Till Kleinert, about a young man in a woman’s dress wielding a Samurai’s sword who is being hotly pursued by a young police man who is clearly out of his depth.

Another contender will be The Way He Looks by another Iris Prize winner, Daniel Ribiero from Brazil, who will be attending the screening in Cardiff.

August 28, 2014

This family will not listen as they kick their 20-year-old son out, hit him, and disown him

Daniel is 20. Brought up in a hyper religious household, he knew the day was coming when his parents would kick him out.

On Reddit, user rythymknight posted a video on the sub-reddit GayBros of the day in question.

'You have made a choice, independent of what you've told your daddy,' Daniel's mother is heard saying.

'You can deny it all you want to but I believe in the word of God. And God creates nobody that way, it is a path that you have chosen.'

August 28, 2014

700 Club host and pastor Pat Robertson has told a viewer her gay teen step son needs a strong man in his life to stop his boy-crushes

American Christian televangelist told a viewer with a gay 13-year-old step son that what he needs is a man in his life.

Robertson told the woman, who’s step son mostly lives with her biological mother, that he needed a strong male role model to stop his ‘crushes on boys’ because he has too many women in his life.

‘His attraction is now toward other men because he’s raised by a woman,’ Robertson said during a Tuesday broadcast of The 700 Club.

August 26, 2014

'He is being raised by a single woman and that is skewing his orientation'

Televangelist Pat Robertson told a woman today that her 13-year-old stepson has crushes on other boys because he lives with his mom most of the time.

Robertson, 84, is well-known for his anti-gay views. He told his audience on TV's The 700 Club that while he knows a lot of people 'think that they're born that way,' he thinks 'nurture has a lot to do with (sexuality).

'He's being raised by a mother so his attraction is now towards other men because he's raised by a woman,' he said.

August 22, 2014

Hallmark cards celebrating same-sex marriages have been pulled from the shelves of the Bringham Young University bookstore because it is owned by the Mormon church

A bookstore at Utah’s Bringham Young University has removed greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages from its shelves because they aren’t in line with the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons.

The Hallmark card company has been quick to capitalize on moves to legalize same-sex marriages across the United States and produces a range of cards for same-sex couples and they reached the shelves of the university’s bookstore on Tuesday.

August 20, 2014

The Ark Encounters theme park will not be hiring gays and lesbians or anyone who thinks the world is more than 6,000 years old when it opens in 2016 despite seeking millions in tax incentives

A planned Noah’s Ark themed entertainment park that will teach that the Biblical Great Flood was an actual historical event will reportedly refuse to hire gays and lesbians and anyone who does not believe that the Bible is 100% literally true.

The Ark Encounters theme park is to be built by Creationist group Answers in Genesis, which already operates another Christian theme park in Kentucky that claims that human beings lived side-by-side with dinosaurs and denies the theory of evolution.