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March 27, 2015

The US Disciples of Christ church is threatening to move its 2017 General Assembly convention outside of Indiana over a new ‘religious liberty’ law that allows religious people to discriminate against anyone they want to including LGBTI people

The leadership of the US Disciples of Christ church are reviewing their plans to hold their 2017 General Assembly in the state of Indiana after its Republican Governor Mike Pence signed into law a bill allowing wide ranging rights to discriminate by anyone who claims they have a religious objection.

March 26, 2015

'Sexually deviant' monks could face up to a month in jail

Buddhist-majority Thailand has approved a bill that would ban LGBTI people from the entering the monkhood.

The junta cabinet approved the bill in August and is now preparing to submit it to the National Legislative Assembly.

Religious authorities have unsuccessfully tried to propose the Bill to Patronize and Protect Buddhism since 2006 but previous military and civilian governments rejected the measure.

March 25, 2015

Greig Friday worked with young gay kids to help them overcome homophobia

Tributes have been paid to a gay man who lost his life in the Germanwings plane crash.

Australian Greig Friday, 29, who was living in Germany was spending a few weeks with his 68-year-old mother Carol who visited him for a vacation.

Both were on the Airbus A320 that crashed on Tuesday after an eight-minute rapid descent. 150 people were killed.

March 24, 2015

Gay celebrity blogger claims he was the 'victim' and Katie Hopkins was 'bullying' him

Perez Hilton has posted private pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, outed gay celebrities and has made a living out of trash talking people.

But after his experience in the Celebrity Big Brother UK house earlier this year, he claims his karma is now 'clean'.

During his time on the UK reality competition show, he made enemies of the majority of the other celebrities in the house.

He came to clash with controversy-mongering columnist Katie Hopkins most of all.

March 23, 2015

US evangelical leader wishes he could erase his 'reckless' statement

Evangelical leader Bob Jones III has finally apologized for saying LGBTI people should be stoned to death – 35 year ago.

The former president of Bob Jones University in South Carolina said he wished he could erase the 'reckless' statement he made in 1980.

Jones and several other evangelical ministers presented to the White House a petition signed by 70,000 people opposed to extending the protections of the Civil Rights Act to LGBTI people.

'I’m sure this will be greatly misquoted,' he told the Associated Press at the time.

March 23, 2015

The 67-year-old priest entered into the 'marriage' with a Pakistani immigrant

A Catholic priest is allowed to preach again after dissolving his civil partnership.

Father Donald Minchew, 67, was suspended after it was found he entered into a union with a man in 2008.

The religious leader was preaching St Mary's Catholic Church in Croydon, south London, before it was found he had entered into a 'gay marriage' of sorts.

In a letter to parishioners last week, prelate Monsignor Keith Newton said Minchew was allowed to return to work 'after much prayer and discussion'.

March 23, 2015

Pastor says no offence was intended

A church in Tennessee has sparked outrage for appearing to compare LGBTI people to Satan.

Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle last week put up a sign reading, 'Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights.'

Pastor Tony Greene denied that the sign was targeted at any particular group but many saw it as an attack on LGBTI rights.

A Knoxville couple will challenge the state's ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court next month. 

March 22, 2015

In 2014, the Tea Party favorite introduced a bill that to limit federal recognition of same-sex unions

According to multiple reports US Senator Ted Cruz plans to run for the White House.

A Houston Chronicle article reported the senator, one of the leaders of the Tea Party/libertarian wing of the Republican Party, will make his announcement tomorrow (23 March) during a convocation ceremony at Liberty University.

The Virginia college was formed by Rev Jerry Falwell, an important figure in the evangelical Christian movement.

March 21, 2015

Calling for a calm and respectful discussion, he said the language used in the correspondence he had received from those who oppose gay marriage was 'obnoxious, insulting and unchristian in regard to gay and lesbian people'

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has called for a calm and respectful discussion before an upcoming referendum vote on same-sex marriage in May.

In an address on Thursday night, Dr Martin said he had received correspondence from people who supported a 'No' vote and hit out at those who had used language that was 'not just intemperate but obnoxious, insulting and unchristian in regard to gay and lesbian people.'

March 21, 2015

Kendell Jenner: 'I NEVER said those things. I never spoke to them'

It seemed like US Weekly had a real scoop: one of Bruce Jenner's children commenting on the reality show star's widely reported transition from male to female.

The magazine quoted Kendell Jenner as saying: 'I love my dad. He’s always been there for me and my sisters. He’s a wonderful man. And just because he’s changing shoes now, so to speak, doesn’t make him less wonderful. I will always love my dad, whether he’s a man or a woman.'

Only problem is that Kendall Jenner took to Twitter to let her followers know the story was bogus.

March 20, 2015

As long as it can choose priests 'even on the basis of sexual orientation'

The Philippines church has stated its support for an anti-gay discrimination bill, as long as it does not infringe on its 'exclusive right' to choose priests – 'even on the basis of sexual orientation.'

Earlier this month, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) clarified its stance on LGBTI issues as Congress is set to approve the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Bill.

March 17, 2015

Ruben Condori Cusi says he was inspired by Hitler's Mein Kampf to block a bill that would have seen same-sex couples legally recognized for the first time in Peru

A Peru congressman has said he was inspired by Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf to block civil unions for same-sex couples.

Ruben Condori Cusi, a congressman for the right-wing Nationalist Party, made the comments to Arroba Radio saying that Hitler wasn’t wrong about everything.

‘I read Mein Kampf by Hitler ... and in some parts he's right, because some types of misconduct are generated by a certain kind of life,’ Cusi said.

‘Homosexuality is more or less a kind of misconduct.’

March 17, 2015

'Don't enable his lifestyle'

US televangelist Pat Robertson has told a mother to treat her gay son like a drug addict and not enable his 'lifestyle.'

The woman emailed in to his talk show, the 700 Club on the Christian Broadcast Network, seeking advice from the longtime host.

'Dear Pat, not so long ago my son came out of the closet and about a year later he told us he was becoming an atheist,' she wrote.

'I want him to follow the path of Christ, but it’s so hard. What can I do about it?'

This is how Robertson responded:

March 16, 2015

Rabbi Denise L Eger was appointed president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis during the Reform Judaism annual convention in Philadelphia on Monday – becoming only the third woman to hold that post and the first openly gay person

The socially progressive North American Reform Judaism religious denomination has appointed the first openly gay or lesbian person to serve as the president of its Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Founded in 1889 the central conference is the highest religious body for Reform Judaism rabbis and the Jewish denomination made Rabbi Denise L Eger its president during its annual conference in Philadelphia on Monday.

March 13, 2015

Perverting the Constitution and religious freedom

State legislatures across the country are disenfranchising LGBTI Americans.

Lawmakers are introducing a surprising number of bills in state legislative sessions, overtly sanctioning and enforcing discrimination. These bills are called Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA), but don’t be fooled. These politicians are looking to codify LGBTI discrimination.

This week the Georgia Senate, with a vote of 37-15, approved their controversial RFRA (House Bill 1023).

March 13, 2015

Actress's gay nephew is a former student

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon has slammed a former teacher of her gay nephew who published an homophobic rant on Facebook.

Patricia Jannuzzi, a teacher Immaculata High School in New Jersey, said the 'gay agenda' wanted to lead western civilization to a 'slow extinction.'

'We need healthy families with a mother and a father for the sake of the children and humanity!!!!!' she wrote.

The theology teacher made the comments in reponse to Dan Savage's invitation to Ben Carson to 'suck my dick,' to prove that being gay is a choice.

March 12, 2015

The bill prohibits employment and accommodation discrimination against LGBT people, but gives religious organizations exemptions. It also allows people to express religious beliefs at work without facing the risk of being fired

A bill in Utah that bans employment and housing discrimination against LGBTI people, while at the same time allowing exemption to religious organizations, has been passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature.

The legislation, SB296, was introduced by lawmakers last week.

March 12, 2015

Members of Peru’s Congress will not get to vote on whether same-sex couples should be able to enter into civil unions for the second time in 5 years after a legal committee blocked the bill from moving forward

Same-sex couples in Peru will continue to lack legal recognition of their relationships after a bill to legalize civil unions was rejected by the Congress’ Justice and Human Rights Committee.

Members of the committee voted 7 against the Civil Union Bill, with 4 voting for the bill and 2 abstentions.

The same committee blocked a similar bill from going forward in 2011.

March 11, 2015

Former team joined a brief to the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage

A former footbal player has said NFL support for gay marriage is the work of Satan.

Craig James made the claim on a Family Research Council radio show while discussing the decision of several sports teams to join a brief to the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage.

The former New England Patriots running back warned that the brief could cause an 'implosion' in locker rooms.

'If I were a current player in that locker room and my livelihood depended on me being quiet or losing it because of my belief system, I worry, I wonder,' he said.

March 11, 2015

Bishop Kevin Doran also said homosexuality is not a plan of God's plan - similar to Down's syndrome

An Irish Catholic bishop has defended saying LGBTI people with children 'are not parents'.

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran made the comments on NewsTalk Breakfast radio on Monday (9 March) after urging people to vote against same-sex marriage in the upcoming referendum.

When asked about the proposed Children and Family Relationships Bill, which will ensure children who are born out of wedlock, he said he opposed it.

'[Gay people] may have children - but that's the point - people who have children are not necessarily parents,' Doran said.

March 11, 2015

Bishop Luis Bambaren told a reporter that while openly gay Congressman Carlos Bruce may call himself ‘gay,’ in Peru the proper word for him is ‘maricon’ – the Spanish language equivalent of calling him a ‘faggot’

One of the most powerful Catholics in the South American nation of Peru has publicly used a homophobic slur to refer to his country’s first openly gay congressman in decrying attempts to allow legal recognition to same-sex couples.

Bishop Luis Bambaren’s comments were reported by Lamula.pe, who quoted him as saying, ‘I am totally against [the draft Civil Union bill]’

March 10, 2015

Catholic bishop says LGBTI people with children 'are not parents'

An Irish Catholic bishop said on Monday (9 March) that homosexuality was not part of God’s plan — like Down syndrome or spina bifida.

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran made the comments on NewsTalk Breakfast radio while urging his countrymen to vote against the upcoming referendum on gay marriage.

When asked whether God had intended for homosexuality, he replied: 'That would be to suggest that some people are born with Down’s syndrome or spina bifida, that that was what God intended.'

'The thing about it is, I can’t see it in the mind of God.'

March 10, 2015

Horrifying images show a masked executioner about to behead a young, blindfolded man with a sword

Islamic extremists have beheaded three gay men in Iraq.

In pictures published on social media, it shows men blindfolded and knelt in front of a huge crowd in an unidentified province in the northern city of Nineveh.

A masked executioner, dressed in black, wields a long, rusty and bloody sword.

While the bodies were not shown, it is claimed the three young men were killed for 'blasphemy'. Under Islamic State-imposed sharia law, homosexuality is punishable by death.

March 10, 2015

Augustinian priest Iggy O’Donovan said this week that he will ‘unquestioningly be voting yes’ in Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage because he believes in the freedom for all people to choose how they live their lives

An Augustinian Catholic priest has gone public with his intention of voting for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland in May, saying his personal religious views on marriage should not be imposed onto other people in society who believed differently.

Fr Iggy O’Donovan told The Irish Independent this week that he was an ‘an absolute believer in Catholic teaching on marriage.’