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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 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 28, 2015

The Court’s justices will begin to hear arguments this morning in Washington in cases brought buy Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee

US Supreme Court justices in Washington are due to meet today to begin hearing arguments ahead of them making a decision on same-sex marriage.

Thirty-six US states, and the District of Washington, have already legalized gay marriage. Others have continued to argue over the legality of same-sex unions – with the decision ultimately being referred to the Supreme Court for consideration.

The Court will be hearing case brought by Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

April 26, 2015

Toronto's annual water polo tournament is dominated by New York City's finest.

Riding high on the success of their recent promotional video – a celebration of gay sport in all its glory – the Toronto Triggerfish, reportedly the largest LGBTI water polo club in the world, have delivered their biggest ever annual tournament.

Ten teams and over 100 players desceneded on the University of Toronto's impressive swimming pool complex to thrash it out.

April 23, 2015

'These employees intentionally tried to make me sick'

A gay man has said he was called a 'faggot' by a MacDonald's employee, then given a 'completely raw burger seeping with blood.'

Luis Hernandez, 24, went to a branch of the fast food chain in Puyallup, Washington state around 3.35pm on Sunday (19 April).

The student said as he was ordering, he could hear the manager 'scolding and humiliating' an employee.

'I found that to be completely disrespectful and unprofessional and decided to voice my opinion to the employee that was taking my order,' he told Gay Star News.

April 22, 2015

'GOD is the One that you are really fighting and just like Hitler’s Nazi regime – they won a number of battles but LOST the WAR'

A woman has donated money she had saved toward a house down payment to an anti-gay march in response LGBTI Nazis.

The National Organization for Marriage launched a campaign to crowd fund buses to bring thousands to Washington DC for its annual March for Marriage on Saturday (25 April) – the the same week the Supreme Court will hear challenges to state bans on gay marriage.

The campaign has raised more than its target of $40,000 from nearly 350 donors.

April 19, 2015

'Yesterday, there was pushing, posters hung on homosexual students’ lockers. Teachers were having to run out and take them down'

District officials are investigating claims a group of high school students harassed peers during last week's Day of Silence.

On Friday,17 April, parents and students contacted Channel 11 News (WPXI-TV) voicing concerns about a group of students from McGuffey High School in Washington County, located near Pittsburgh.

April 19, 2015

The couple found the lost dog in the mountains

A lesbian couple in Washington, United States, helped rescue a starving stray dog they found in the mountains by acting injured.

The couple had heard reports of the dog living in the wilderness at Evans Creek, who was timid and ‘unapproachable’.

They initially approached the dog with food, but repeated attempts to feed him failed.

After hours of trying, they decided on a different approach - by acting injured to show the dog they weren’t a threat.

April 16, 2015

That’s one of the messages being promoted by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, who represent the likes of Social Driver – a business owned by husbands Thomas Sanchez and Anthony Shop

Ahead of an expected ruling in the new few weeks, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is one of many advocate groups lobbying the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality.

This week, NGLCC highlighted the fact that it represents many businesses that are owned by gay couples – individuals more directly affected by the discrepancy in marriage laws.

One such couple are Anthony Shop and Thomas Sanchez, who run the tech company, Social Driver.

April 12, 2015

'The constitutionality of man-woman marriage is a question of historic importance'

An anti-gay group wants the US Supreme Court to review a decision that made same-sex marriage legal in Nevada.

As reported by the Washington Blade, the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage has filed a 32-page petition with the highest court in the country.

April 8, 2015

Washington woman says $1,001 fine could cost her her home and business

A Christian florist that refused to service a gay wedding has raised nearly $100,000 in donations.

Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington, turned away a gay couple in 2013 'because of her relationship with Jesus Christ.'

Last month, the 70-year old was found guilty of violating the state's anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws and fined $1,000 plus $1 in court fees.

'It’s about freedom, not money,' she wrote in a letter to the state's attorney general after the ruling.

April 6, 2015

More than half the total has been raised within the past week

Almost $95,000 has been raised for a florist in the US who refused to supply flowers for a same-sex wedding. 

Barronelle Stutzman, from Washington, was given 60 days to pay a fine of $1,000 (€922) after she refused to sell flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding. The ruling also required the shop to make all of its services available to same-sex couples. 

Back in 2013, Robert Ingersoll - who had bought flowers from Stutzman for years - asked her to provide flowers for his wedding to Curt Freed.

April 5, 2015

The state governments of Washington, Connecticut and New York banned state-funded travel to Indiana to boycott the passage of its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill but they have now lifted the sanction after Governor Mike Pence relented

State government employees from New York State, Washington and Connecticut can once again travel to the state of Indiana after it relented over its Religious Freedom Restoration Bill which would have allowed people of faith to discriminate against pretty much anyone they wanted to.

The travel ban included all state agency employees as well as public colleges and universities so the ban covered state sponsored trips by students and teachers as well.

April 1, 2015

San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, Denver and DC also join boycott

Connecticut, New York, and Washington have banned state-funded travel to Indiana and any other states that pass 'religious freedom' laws.

The Indiana Religous Freedom Restoration allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds, which has led to a mass boycott of the state.

Gov Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called the law 'disturbing and outright discriminatory' before signing an executive order on Monday (30 March) 

March 30, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful says the US needs a Christian revival

Soon-to-be US presidential candidate Rand Paul has said the gay marriage debate is the result of a 'moral crisis.'

The Kentucky senator made the comments Thursday (26 March) to a group of pastors at a private prayer breakfast in Washington, DC.

'Don’t always look to Washington to solve anything,' he said.

'In fact, the moral crisis we have in our country, there is a role for us trying to figure out things like marriage, there’s also a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage.'

March 30, 2015

Court orders her to provide flowers for gay couples at their weddings or any other service

A Southern Baptist florist will now be forced to provide flowers for gay weddings on a court order.

Barronelle Stutzman, from Washington, was given 60 days to pay a fine of $1,000 (€922) plus $1 for court costs and fees after refusing to sell flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding.

Back in 2013, Robert Ingersoll - who had bought flowers from Stutzman for years - asked her to provide flowers for his wedding to Curt Freed.

But she refused, claiming it would go against her 'relationship with Jesus Christ'.

March 25, 2015

Tony Perkins has claimed that the US Supreme Court issuing a definitive ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across America would result in insurrection by Christians who oppose it

Leader of perhaps the most extreme and outspoken anti-gay lobby group in the United States, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has implied that the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the country by the Supreme Court would provoke acts of violence by American Christians.

March 22, 2015

Scandal star compares fight for marriage equality to fight for interracial marriage

Scandal star Kerry Washington thought she was going to have a podium when she walked onto the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday night to accept the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

It turns out she didn't need one to deliver a passionate speech about equality that was so powerful that it left the star-studded crowd on its feet.

'I think some stuff needs to be said,' Washington told the audience that included Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Channing Tatum, Patricia Arquette, Viola Davis, Andrew Rannells and Zoe Saldana, among others.

March 20, 2015

Two Republican lawmakers have argued that it is vital to protect ‘corporate conscience’ – and this includes allowing business owners to act according to how their faith dictates

A pair of Republican lawmakers in the US have compared a decision by restaurant chain Chipotle not to serve pork to the choice taken by some business owners with strong religious beliefs to refuse service to certain sections of society.

The argument has been put forward by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and in an op-ed column published in the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

February 25, 2015

An Inclusiveness Director for EY, Chris Crespo has come to realize the importance of confronting one’s fears

‘What if you weren't afraid?

I heard that question about a decade ago, and it was a turning point for me. Someone — I don’t recall who it was — came up with that question at a session I was attending.

It was right around the time I and others at EY were forming Beyond, our professional network supporting and promoting our LGBTA employees.

February 7, 2015

  Health officials are calling on Washington single gay men to get checked as soon as possible  

Two gay men in King County, Washington have been left permanently blind after contracting a rare strain of syphilis.

Six cases of ocular syphilis have been reported in the state since mid-December, three gay men, with three being HIV positive.

All of the patients reported they were suffering from a loss of vision, blurring, having a blue tinge to their vision and seeing 'floaters' and flashing lights.

Three of the patients were hospitalized to receive intravenous penicillin treatment; one patient refused care.

February 4, 2015

Caribbean country to spotlight LGBTI tourism

Activists and officials have teamed up to mastermind a new LGBTI publicity drive in the Dominican Republic.

A meeting took place on Monday between members of the Dominican Ministry of Tourism and members of the advocacy group Center for Integrated Training and Research to discuss the new campaign.

January 28, 2015

The parents were speaking in support of a bill that would make sexual orientation and gender identity a protected class – alongside race, sex and religion

Parents of gay and trans kids in Idaho made emotional appeals in the Idaho Capitol on Monday.

The moms and dads spoke out during a hearing for a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s Human Rights Act – alongside race and religion.

January 28, 2015

James David Manning praises the 'wisdom' of ISIS for stoning gay men

A New York City pastor who made the bizarre claim that Starbucks flavors its coffee with semen has said he was tempted by gay sex while in prison.

James David Manning of ATLAH Worldwide Missionary Church in Harlem made the admission in an interview with the Young Turks.

'Absolutely, no doubt about it. I spent three and a half years in prison,' he said.

'I saw a lot of that activity going on in prison. It was par for the course.

'I was tempted but I didn’t yield to temptation, by the way. You need to know that.