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May 23, 2015

 Shoreline Church had tried to relegate ceremony to a side chapel

Rich Jones and Adrian Mertz will be dedicating their son at Shoreline Church in Austin, Texas, after all.

The couple, who were married last year, were initially told that the ceremony would have to be held in a side chapel instead of the main sanctuary because of their homosexuality.

But the church quickly changed course after a local TV station contacted them about the snub.

'We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused the Mertz family regarding the dedication of their child to God,' the church said in a statement.

May 21, 2015

University's response: 'That's not new'

A Christian college in Texas has banned gay athletes from dating and vocalizing support for same-sex marriage.

LeTourneau University (LETU) in Longview recently updated its student-athlete handbook, which bears the National Collegiate Athletic Association logo.

'Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality;, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable,' it now reads.

May 21, 2015

University's response: 'That's not new'

A Christian college in Texas has banned gay athletes from dating and vocalizing support for same-sex marriage.

LeTourneau University (LETU) in Longview recently updated its student-athlete handbook, which bears the National Collegiate Athletic Association logo.

'Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality;, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable,' it now reads.

May 17, 2015

Perry is against marriage equality, open service in the military, and once compared being gay to alcoholism

Looks like the Republicans will have one more candidate for the 2016 presidential primary.

According to CNN, former Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce his 'intentions' next month.

If he runs, this will be Perry's second run at the White House. In 2012, his campaign was filled with errors and gaffes. He quickly dropped out of the primary after a poor showing.

One thing that has been clear in the conservative's political campaigns has been his anti-gay stances.

May 17, 2015

Perry is against marriage equality, open service in the military, and once compared being gay to alcoholism

Looks like the Republicans will have one more candidate for the 2016 presidential primary.

According to CNN, former Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce his 'intentions' next month.

If he runs, this will be Perry's second run at the White House. In 2012, his campaign was filled with errors and gaffes. He quickly dropped out of the primary after a poor showing.

One thing that has been clear in the conservative's political campaigns has been his anti-gay stances.

May 16, 2015

'Traditional marriage is the bedrock institution of both our society and the success Texas has been blessed to experience since our admission as the 28th state within these United Staes of America'

Republicans in Texas want everyone to know that no matter what the US Supreme Court rules, they will always be opposed to same-sex marriage.

According to the Texas Tribune, 93 out of 98 state House Republicans signed the letter yesterday (15 May).

'This letter provides legislative support and a legal foundation for the Texas constitutional provision,' Kelly Carnal, executive director of the Republican caucus, said in a statement, as reported by the Texas Tribune.

May 16, 2015

'Traditional marriage is the bedrock institution of both our society and the success Texas has been blessed to experience since our admission as the 28th state within these United Staes of America'

Republicans in Texas want everyone to know that no matter what the US Supreme Court rules, they will always be opposed to same-sex marriage.

According to the Texas Tribune, 93 out of 98 state House Republicans signed the letter yesterday (15 May).

'This letter provides legislative support and a legal foundation for the Texas constitutional provision,' Kelly Carnal, executive director of the Republican caucus, said in a statement, as reported by the Texas Tribune.

May 15, 2015

‘Chubbing’ by Democratic politicians – engaging in prolonged debate around other bills – meant the legislation could not be approved before its midnight deadline

In a move welcomed by LGBT advocates, proposed  legislation targeted at preventing same-sex marriage in Texas has failed to be approved by the Texas House of Representatives.

Earlier this year, a record 20 pieces of anti-LGBT legislation were proposed for the Texas legislative session. Most of these were quickly abandoned or failed to receive sufficient support.

May 14, 2015

If it is to be passed, HB 4105 has until midnight tonight to be discussed in the Texas House of Representatives – a deadline that has prompted businesses to step up and state their stance on the legislation

Following our story yesterday on how businesses were being urged by LGBT equality campaigners to speak out against anti-gay legislation being introduced in Texas, tech giant Dell has made a statement specifically opposing HIB 4105.

May 13, 2015

‘Anti-equality lawmakers must abandon their attacks on LGBT people and their families or risk undermining the state's pro-business reputation.’

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When religious freedom bills were being discussed in Indiana and Arkansas earlier this year, voices from the business community were among the loudest in condemning the proposed legislation.

May 12, 2015

Final nail in coffin for study which claims being raised by same-sex parents harms children

Research used to 'prove' that same-sex parenting is bad for children has been debunked once and for all - thanks to its extremely unusual participants.

An eight-times married man claiming to be 7'8" tall and weighing an impossible 88 pounds, and a respondent who claimed to have been arrested at the age of one were among the suspect participants in the original 2012 study, published by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regenerus.

May 12, 2015

'Boycotting me for a discussion? When did we grown so small and intolerant?'

Out hotelier Mati Weiderpass no longer appears to be sorry for hosting homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and slammed 'gay extremists' who attacked him on social media.

Weiderpass and business partner Ian Reisner own the Out NYC Hotel and have a shared 80% stake in Fire Island Pines, as well as other venues patronized by LGBTI people.

Weiderpass initially defended his decision to host Cruz, a vocal opponent of LGBTI rights and gay marriage.

May 11, 2015

Whole Again singers to headline LGBTI event's Big Weekend

British girl band Atomic Kitten will be performing at this year's Manchester Pride Big Weekend, it has been announced.

The band – made up of Kerry Katona, Liz McClarnon and Natasha Hamilton – will join the likes of previously announced performers Texas, Lucy Spraggan and Stooshe.

Other artists include DJ Fresh and former X Factor stars Union J.

Atomic Kitten, known for hits including Whole Again and Last Goodbye, have sold an estimated 8 million records worldwide.

May 11, 2015

Whole Again singers to headline LGBTI event's Big Weekend

British girl band Atomic Kitten will be performing at this year's Manchester Pride Big Weekend, it has been announced.

The band – made up of Kerry Katona, Liz McClarnon and Natasha Hamilton – will join the likes of previously announced performers Texas, Lucy Spraggan and Stooshe.

Other artists include DJ Fresh and former X Factor stars Union J.

Atomic Kitten, known for hits including Whole Again and Last Goodbye, have sold an estimated 8 million records worldwide.

May 8, 2015

They'll be joined by DJ Graeme Park

X Factor alumni Lucy Spraggan, girl band Stooshe and DJ Graeme Park have been added to the Manchester Pride Big Weekend line up.

They will be performing at Graeme Park alongside previously announced acts including boy band Union J and pop veterans Texas. DJ Fresh and Andy Butler will also appear.

The Manchester Pride Big Weekend takes place from Friday 28 Monday 31 August.

May 7, 2015

Poll found that over 60% of respondents in the state would support employment protection for LGBT employees – in contrary to what some of local lawmakers may believe

Despite the fact that Texas lawmakers have recently proposed a raft of discriminatory legislation, a new study has found that a majority of voters in the state believe workplace protection should be introduced for LGBTI employees.

The study, undertaken by G Squared Public Strategies for Texas Wins, took place in early April. The statewide survey spoke to 800 likely voters.

May 6, 2015

 X Factor boyband join pop veterans Texas for LGBTI festival's Big Weekend in August

Union J have been added to the Manchester Pride line up, as well as DJ Fresh and Hercules and the Love Affair's Andy Butler.

They will join the mighty Texas for The Big Weekend', the centerpiece of the LGBT festival. The performances will takes place on the August bank holiday weekend, from Friday 28 to Monday 31.

Former X Factor act Union J are known for hits such as Carry You and You Got It All.

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 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

Gay renters were made homeless for the night in the middle of Texas

A property owner was kicked off Airbnb after she allegedly learned she was hosting two gay men.

Jonathan Wang and his partner Brent booked the house in Galveston, Texas, to attend a wedding. They had booked two nights at $280 in total (€250).

'We went in and took a tour of the house on our own. Everything looked really nice,' said Wang.

So after unpacking their bags and heading to the wedding reception, they ran into the owner.

'Heather asked me where my wife was, "Who is this person?"

May 1, 2015

Argues same-sex marriage led to breakdown of the family, which in turn contributed to poverty

Republican congressman Bill Flores has linked the Baltimore riots to gay marriage, arguing that a breakdown of the family had contributed to poverty.

The Texas Rep made the bizarre claim Wednesday (April 28) during a discussion about an anti-gay marriage rally he attended that morning, on the Family Research Council’s (FRC) Washington Watch radio show.

April 24, 2015

Is Texas Republican trying to be seen as less anti-gay?

Is US Senator Ted Cruz getting ready to start dailing down his anti-gay rhetoric?

The Tea Party favorite from Texas attended a reception in Manhattan this week at the apartment of two prominent gay hoteliers where he did not make mention of his outspoken opposition to gay marriage.

April 23, 2015

But marriage equality foe says he'd 'probably' attend if invited

Rick Perry didn't like answering the question but he did it anyway.

The former governor of Texas, an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, was asked this week by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would attend a same-sex wedding.

'Yeah, well, I probably would,' he told Hewitt.

Then the failed Republican presidential candidate said: 'I think the real issue here, you know, is that's the "gotcha" question that the Left tries to get out there.

April 23, 2015

But marriage equality foe says he'd 'probably' attend if invited

Rick Perry didn't like answering the question but he did it anyway.

The former governor of Texas, an outspoken opponent of marriage equality, was asked this week by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would attend a same-sex wedding.

'Yeah, well, I probably would,' he told Hewitt.

Then the failed Republican presidential candidate said: 'I think the real issue here, you know, is that's the "gotcha" question that the Left tries to get out there.