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I’m a Gay Guy at a Christian College

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Shaun MeladyIf this were a normal occurrence, I would prelude this with, “I’m sorry, but… ”

But not anymore. I need to get this out of my system. I need to finally get rid of this. I am a 22-year-old gay guy at a Christian college and I am tired of hiding.

I am fed up with the worry, angst, and fear about what other “Christians” are going to think. I am sick of the judgmental glares that come my way when I walk through the halls. I am tired of thinking in a worrisome manner about what the next words should be that come out of my mouth because I don’t want the “people of God” to think that I am some kind of grotesque being.

Who are you?

The guys who think I am looking at them in a flirtatious manner do not give me the time of day to be a friend. They have already decided that I am checking them out and wanting more. Don’t flatter yourself.

Authored By Shaun Melady- See the Full Story at The Advocate

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The Death-Throes Of The Anti-Gay Movement

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Gay WeddingI know the danger to gay people remains great, and I don’t want to minimize the impact of living in a state where businesses of all kinds are empowered by law to put “No Gays Allowed” or “No Gays Served” in their best practices. But in America in the 21st Century, the movement that seeks to legislate outright discrimination against a tiny minority is doomed to bitter failure. It’s doomed because the principle of non-discrimination is now endemic in American culture – and among the younger generation the first article of their civil religion. Such a principle became embedded in the national identity in the Civil Rights era, where the evil of Jim Crow laws was exposed with fatal finality.

Now, the Christianist right is putting its full weight behind legal discrimination against any groups or individuals who might offend someone’s sincerely held religious conscience. Arizona’s Senate just passed a new bill expanding the concept of religious freedom from being the province of “religious assemblies and institutions” to a much broader category that includes “any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution, estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity.” So rights once accorded to purely religious institutions are now for anyone – any business, any teacher, any pharmacist, any florist, any hotel-owner and on and on.

I’ve had my say on this, but it’s worth reiterating that this bill has absolutely nothing to do with Christianity. It is, rather, is an attack on Christian principles and a betrayal of the Gospels.

Authored By Andrew Sullivan – See the Full Story at The Dish

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USA, California: Christian Caterer Refuses to Serve Gay Couple

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

California Gay CoupleA same-sex couple got a rude surprise when they tried to book the services of a California caterer for their wedding.

The Advocate reports:

On November 26, Kama Kaina contacted Janet Zimmerman Catering with a request to cater his wedding to his longtime partner, Mathew Rivera. Zimmerman, who had been recommended by the couple’s planned venue in Big Bear, Calif., initially agreed. But several hours later, she sent an email expressing a change of heart because of her “Christian beliefs.” “Thank you for contacting me in regards to your upcoming wedding,” Zimmerman wrote to Kaina, according to an email forwarded to The Advocate. “I really appreciate that you were honest with me and gave me a heads up that this would be a same sex marriage. I hope that you will also appreciate when I am honest with you when I say that catering your wedding would comprise [sic] my Christian beliefs and I will be unable to accept this job. I am sure that you will be able to find someone who will better suit your needs.”

Why is it always the caterers? Is catering more Christian profession than others?

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USA, Iowa: Gallery Counter-Sues for Right to Discriminate Against Gay Couples

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

IowaA gallery who turned away a same sex couple in August for a proposed wedding is suing the state.

Think Progress reports:

In August, the Gortz Haus Gallery outside Des Moines, Iowa refused to host a wedding for a same-sex couple, with the owners citing their religious beliefs as justification. The couple sued, claiming the business violated the Iowa Civil Rights Act (ICRA). Now, Betty and Richard Odgaard, the owners of Gortz Haus, have filed their own suit against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) seeking the right to continue discriminating lest their wedding business fold, as well as nominal damages for the harassment they say they’ve experienced since refusing to host the wedding.

And there’s the fine line. Not a church, but owners with “sincere religious beliefs.” What if those beliefs included a ban on marriage between two races?

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USA, Texas: Texas Rangers Pitcher and Wife Pose for NoH8

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Brittany and Robbie Ross for NoH8Texas Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross and his wife are showing their support for LGBT rights.

Towleroad reports:

In addition to showcasing their LGBT solidarity, Texas Rangers pitcher Robbie Ross and his wife Brittany are also prominently displaying their Christian faith in a new photo for the long-running NoH8 campaign. During the shoot, the couple spoke with Outsports’ Cyd Ziegler about their vocal support for LGBT rights coming not in spite of their Christian faith, but because of it: “Being in sports, and being around all kinds of different people, you just want to accept everyone for who they are,” Robbie told Outsports at the NoH8 campaign’s Burbank, Calif., studio. “My wife Brittany and I are Christians, and we believe we as Christians should love everyone and show everyone love, and if this is the best way to do it, then we want to support them.”

LGBT rights is slowly making inroads into the sporting world. Now if we can just get a few more players to come out…

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Australia: Christian Labor Candidate Would Push for Marriage Equality, If Elected

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Michael PilbrowA Pentacostal Christian, Michael Pilbrow, running in the ALP has made marriage equality a top priority if he gets elected – with the state registering couples and churches equally and churches issuing marriage certificates. Gay Star News reports:

Pilbrow, a Pentecostal Christian, told the Goulburn Post that he saw no problem with allowing same-sex couples to marry and said the current law interfered with the separation of church and state. ‘The issue with the current Marriage Act is that the state has its fingers inside churches,’ Pilbrow told the paper. ‘A Church Minister, a Jewish Rabbi, a Buddhist Monk, [the leader of] whatever religion, or even a celebrant doing a non-religious ceremony is doing that as an agent of the state… and it is mixing the religious aspect of it up with the legal aspect of recognizing relationships. If I was elected I’d like to bring in a private members bill that would say let’s have a third option rather than the two that are being offered, which is to deal with the issue of the separation between church and state in marriage.’

While it’s heartening to see even Christians coming around on the issue of marriage equality, it’s truly sad that they are getting there before Australia’s single, atheist, liberal Prime Minister. It’s starting to look like Gillard just doesn’t like the gays.

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New Mexico, USA: State Supreme Court Hears Case of Photographer Who Refused to Work With Gay Couple

Monday, March 11th, 2013

New MexicoThe New Mexico Supreme Court is hearing the case of a photographer who was sued for refusing to photograph a lesbian couple’s wedding. LGBTQ Nation reports:

In a case that tests anti-discrimination protection for gays, a religious rights group told the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday that a photographer who declined to shoot the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple was exercising her rights to free speech and artistic freedom. The First Amendment should exempt Elaine Huguenin and her Albuquerque business, Elane Photography, from state laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the high court. He said gay marriage is against the photographer’s religious beliefs, and she should not be required to promote a message that violates her conscience.

And remember, New Mexico doesn’t even recognize marriage equality or civil unions.

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Carrie Underwood – As A Christian, “I’m in Favor of Acceptance” of Marriage Equality

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood covers this month’s Allure magazine. They asked her about statements she made back in June which caused a conservative uproar:

In June, Underwood came out in favor of gay marriage. “As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love,” she told a British newspaper.

She elaborates: “I’m in favor of acceptance,” she says flatly. “And I am a Christian person, and I do love the Lord, and I feel no matter who you are, what you believe, how you live your life, it’s not my place to judge. I don’t have that power. I don’t want that power. It’s my place to love and to show God’s love to other people, even if they don’t live a life like I live. So that’s where I’m coming from.”

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Maryland, USA: Christian-Owned Trolley Company Seeks Exemption Allowing it to Discriminate Against Gay/Lesbian Couples

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Maryland, USA: Christian-Owned Trolley Company Seeks Exemption Allowing it to Discriminate Against Gay/Lesbian CouplesDistribution of same-sex marriage licenses just began in Maryland today, and already a Christian-owned business is complaining that it won’t be free to deny business to same-sex couples. Matt Grubbs runs Discover Annapolis Tours, which until now provided trolley cars to transport wedding parties and guests from churches to receptions. Because he refuses to provide this service for same-sex couples and their families, his lawyer has advised him to abandon this wedding service entirely, which will cost him $50,000 a year in revenue. Grubbs believes the government should grant him an exemption to discriminate:

GRUBBS: The law exempts my minister from doing same-sex weddings, and the Knights of Columbus don’t have to rent out their hall for a gay wedding reception, but somehow my religious convictions don’t count for anything. […]

We’re a Christian-owned company, and we just can’t support gay marriages. We’re not trying to make a statement. We’re not trying to make a point. We’re just trying to be faithful Christians.

Authored By Zack Ford – See the Full Story at Think Progress

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Uganda: Tony Perkins is US Christian #3 to Support Putting Gays in Jail

Monday, November 26th, 2012

To Tony Perkins “leading [a] nation in repentance” is passing legislation that would execute people based on who they love.

He tweeted: “American liberals are upset that Ugandan Pres is leading the nation in repentance – afraid of a modern example of a nation prospered by God?”

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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