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February 12, 2015

The Mormon Stories podcasts feature 'delicate topics' such as rights for LGBTI people and the ordination of women

A pro-gay Mormon is being forced to leave the church for refusing to stop talking about LGBTI rights and feminism on his podcasts.

John Dehlin was found guilty by a disciplinary panel of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints held at North Logan, Utah this week.

He will no longer be allowed to wear temple robes, donate money or prayer in public, although he will still be allowed to attend church meetings.

January 16, 2015

Podcaster is charged with apostasy

A promiment Mormon critic and pocaster faces excommunication from the church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) for supporting of gay marriage.

John Dehlin yesterday (15 January) said he had been summoned to appear before a disciplinary council on January 25.

'The charge is apostasy, and I have been informed that the likely
outcome of the disciplinary council will be either disfellowshipment (ie, official
censure) or excommunication (ie, termination of my membership),' he said in a statement.

January 14, 2015

Survey flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay

A survey has found gay Mormon men married to women are two to three times more likely to divorce.

The findings showed that between 51% and 69% of mixed-orientation Mormon marriages end in divorce, well above the roughly 25% of Latter Day Saints (LDS) couples who split up.

The survey, published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology last March, is thought to be the largest study of its kind and flies in the face of TLC's controversial special My Husband's Not Gay.

January 5, 2015

The US rapper turned country music performer says the Rap-Rock genre he helped to pioneer ‘turned out to be pretty gay’ and not in a good way

US country music performer and rapper Kid Rock has struck out at ‘political correctness’ around the use of the word ‘gay’ as an insult in an article published over the weekend.

Kid Rock made the comments in a piece in The Guardian published yesterday, saying that the Rap-Rock crossover genre of the mid 90’s that he helped to pioneer had, in the end, become embarrassing.

December 22, 2014

The Church of Latter Day Saints has acted quickly to amend a statement that led some to believe it was backing a nondiscrimination bill to protect gay people

The Mormon Church has issued a statement to clarify that it is not supporting a statewide LGBTQ non-discrimination bill in Utah – just two days after it made a statement that led some to think that it may do so.

August 1, 2014

'... It’s hard to make the argument that any two people or any three or four people shouldn’t be able to get married'

Rick Santorum is making clear he has no plans to shift on his view of gay marriage if he makes another run for the Republican party's presidential nomination in 2016.

Santorum, who finished an overall second to Mitt Romney in the primaries in 2012, told Eagle Forum Live over the weekend that conservatives have to push back even harder against liberals who have 'devalued marriage.'

May 29, 2014

'Let’s face it, anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on'

A same-sex marriage opponent thinks it's time his side understands the battle is lost.

US Senator Orrin Hatch was a guest today, 28 May, on KSL Radio’s Doug Wright Show.

'Let’s face it, anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on,' Hatch said, according to the Human Rights Campaign blog.

April 6, 2014

'While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not'

A leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints repeated the church's opposition to gay marriage.

Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke today (5 April) at the church's Salt Lake City biannual general conference.

February 17, 2014

'I think marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. And I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in the setting where there's a father and a mother'

Mitt Romney, the Republican who ran against US President Barack Obama in 2012, remains opposed to marriage equality.

The man who ran the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games was a guest on the the NBC Sunday news program Meet the Press.

From 2003 to 2007, Romney was governor of Massachusetts.

January 11, 2014

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints released a statement following recognition of marriages by Government

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has issued a statement to its churches explaining its strong stance against same-sex marriage.

In a statement issued yesterday (10 January), the Church maintained its belief that homosexuality is not condoned by God, and that civil laws cannot override God's word.

The church said: 'Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established. God expects us to uphold and keep his commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society.'

January 10, 2014

A spokesperson for the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said the church will be staying out of the appeal of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah for now but has not ruled out getting involved at a later date

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons, has said it will not get involved in the Utah state government’s appeal to the legalization of same-sex marriage by a District Court for now - but has not ruled out becoming involved at a later date.

November 6, 2013

A new book claims Republican Senator Rob Portman asked to be taken off the list of potential vice-presidential running mates for Mitt Romney because he was concerned how running would affect his gay son

Senator Rob Portman did not want to be Mitt Romney’s running mate for Vice President of the United States because he was concerned that his gay son would be forced into the political spotlight, a new book says.

Portman’s son Will had come out to him a year before and had caused him to rethink his position on same-sex marriage but according to the authors of Double Down: Game Change 2012 the Senator was not yet ready to go public with his support in 2012.

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.

April 26, 2013

Church sponsors more Boy Scout troops than any other religious organization

The Mormon Church has come out in support of the Boy Scouts of America lifting its longtime ban on gay members.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also endorses the part of the proposal that continues to ban gays and lesbians once they become adults and want to transition to leadership roles in the organization.

The church sponsors more Boy Scout troops than any other religious organization.

March 25, 2013

Will Portman: 'We’d had a tacit understanding that he was my dad first and my senator a distant second'

The son of Rob Portman is defending his father against critics who wonder why the Ohio Republican Senator waited two years after learning his son was gay to publicly support gay marriage.

'Part of the reason for that is that it took time for him to think through the issue more deeply after the impetus of my coming out. But another factor was my reluctance to make my personal life public,' Will Portman writes in a guest column for the Yale Daily News.

March 15, 2013

Republican Senator Rob Portman, once considered a potential Vice-Presidential running-mate for Mitt Romney, has announced his support for same-sex marriage after his son came out to him

Republican Senator Rob Portman, once a vocal critic of same-sex marriage and one of the top picks to run for Vice President of the United States alongside Mitt Romney, has publicly announced a change of heart on the issue.

Portman changed his mind after his son Will came out to him and his wife Jane.

‘I'm announcing today a change of heart on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly about that has to do with gay couples' opportunity to marry,’ Portman told CNN.

March 9, 2013

More and more US voters are getting behind marriage equality

There used to be a time, very recently, when marriage equality took a constant beating in all polls. Now US voters seem more and more comfortable with LGBT families having the same rights of their straight counterparts.

This past week top pollsters for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama released a report that argued 'significant opposition to the freedom to marry is increasingly isolated within narrow demographic groups while a much broader and more diverse majority are ready to let same-sex couples marry.'

March 5, 2013

Even as other Republicans evolve on the issue, Romney remains firm

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is making clear that his opposition to gay marriage is not a position he took simply to secure votes from the hard right wing of his party.

With his loss to President Barack Obama four months behind him, Romney has reiterated his anti-gay marriage stance.

February 24, 2013

A 2012 contender to become the Republican's presidential candidate, Jon Huntsman, has appealed to Republicans to embrace the issue of marriage equality and start fighting for it in their home states

Former Utah governor and contender to be the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has announced his support for marriage equality just months after another contender declared same-sex marriage to be inevitable

Huntsman made the announcement via a February 21 op-ed in the American Conservative magazine.

‘While serving as governor of Utah, I pushed for civil unions and expanded reciprocal benefits for gay citizens,’ Huntsman wrote.

January 29, 2013

Marriott International Inc says it has 'longstanding commitment to diversity'

Since the Mormon Church was the biggest financial contributor to the campaign to pass California's gay marriage ban in 2008, it's a bit surprising to learn that one of the businesses calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act is a hotel chain founded by a devout Mormon.

Marriott International Inc. is among the corporations that has joined a coalition formed by the Human Rights Campaign to fight for the end of a law that bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages in the US.

December 18, 2012

Nate Silver correctly analyzed poll data far ahead of November election

Nate Silver, the most unlikely political superstar to emerge from last month's US presidential election, was announced as Out Magazine's inaugural Person of the Year on Tuesday (18 December).

Silver who predicted, with uncanny accuracy, how Barack Obama would defeat Mitt Romney.

He made his prediction - 90.9 percent certainty of an Obama win - months before an election that most experts were saying was too close to call even on the morning of the vote.

December 15, 2012

Utah public radio station profiles new LGBT Mormon choir

Yesterday (14 December), Utah's public radio station, KUER, profiled One Voice Choir. The 15 member group is open to gays, lesbians, and Mormons.

Bryan Horn, the group's musical director, explained why the ensemble was developed.

December 9, 2012

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has admitted that sexual orientation is not a choice and that same-sex attracted people should not marry people of the opposite sex but maintains that homosexual acts are sinful

The leadership of the Mormon church have admitted that same-sex attraction is not a choice and has launched a new church website to begin a conversation on the issue.

MormonsAndGays.org is an official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and outlines the Mormons’ official position on human sexuality.

‘Few topics are as emotionally charged or require more sensitivity than same-sex attraction,’ the website states.

November 29, 2012

'They need a hug and a Xanax right now'

Wanda Sykes stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to weigh in on the US presidential elections earlier this month that saw Democrat Barack Obama beat Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

'This was an ugly election,' said the outspoken comic who often includes political material in her act. 'Either you're gloating or you're pounding.'

Sykes couldn't help but poke fun at Romney who post-election told his financial donors that Obama won the 2012 election because of 'gifts' he gave to black, Hispanic and young voters.