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    Poll: Majority of US voters would like the Boy Scouts to drop its gay ban by Joseph Patrick McCormick 7
    Message 1 of 6 , Feb 9, 2013
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      Poll: Majority of US voters would like the Boy Scouts to drop its gay ban

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      7 February 2013, 2:58am


      A new poll has found that a majority of US voters think the Boy Scouts of America should drop its ban on gay scouts, volunteers and staff.





      Video: CNN host challenges defender of scouts gay ban who likens homosexuality to paedophilia


      A CNN host has challenged the head of a Christian right-wing group who, in defending the Boy Scouts of American’s ban on gay members, linked homosexuality to paedophilia, and said that being gay was a choice.





      Religious sponsors loom large in Boy Scouts’ policy debate

      Adelle M. Banks | Feb 6, 2013


      (RNS) The decision by Boy Scouts of America to postpone any change in policy about gay membership was fueled by an “outpouring of feedback.” Much of that reaction came from a sector with strength in numbers: the religious groups that comprise the majority of the Scouts’ chartered organizations.


      On Monday (Feb. 4), two days before the BSA’s announcement, the Religious Relationships Task Force met for a regularly scheduled meeting with an unexpected topic on its agenda: a possible drop of the Scouts’ ban on gay members and leaders.





      A Look at What’s Ahead for the Boy Scouts and LGBT Community

      by Nomaan Merchant

      Associated Press

      Friday Feb 8, 2013


      A final decision on the Boy Scouts of America’s policy of excluding gays has been pushed to a larger, more representative sample of Scouting: the organization’s national council, with 1,400 voting members.

      Earlier this week, the BSA’s national executive board met for three days without reaching a decision on the policy, so the board assigned its committees to draft a resolution that will be considered at a meeting in May, to be held in Grapevine, Texas, outside Dallas.





      Ellen DeGeneres criticises Boy Scouts of America for stalling on removing anti-gay ban

      by Scott Roberts
      8 February 2013, 6:28pm


      Ellen DeGeneres is the latest celebrity to urge the Boy Scouts of America to change its anti-gay policy.





      US: Two of founder’s granddaughters quit ‘God Hates Fags’ church and express remorse

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      7 February 2013, 3:31pm


      Two granddaughters of the founder of the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church, also known as the ‘God Hates Fags’ church, appear to have quit the organisation, and expressed regret at “inflicting pain on others” whilst still members.



    • Affirmation: United Methodists
      Australia: Children with same-sex parents have better overall health than national average by Aaron Day 28
      Message 2 of 6 , Jul 16, 2013
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        Australia: Children with same-sex parents have ‘better overall health’ than national average

        by Aaron Day
        28 June 2013, 6:54pm


        An Australian report on the children of same-sex couples has revealed that they have higher self-esteem, greater family cohesion, and better overall health than the national average.





        With Law Against Him, Singapore Pol Says He’s Gay

        by Satish Cheney

        Associated Press

        Tuesday Jul 2, 2013


        SINGAPORE -- This conservative city-state convicted men for homosexual behavior as recently as seven years ago, and the British colonial-era law it used is still on the books. The government shows no interest in making a change: The prime minister’s advice has been to just let things be.


        Opposition official Vincent Wijeysingha isn’t taking that advice. On his Facebook page last week, he became the first Singaporean politician to come out of the closet, and he is advocating for the law to be scrapped.





        Op-ed: Ex-Gay Isn't Exactly Over

        Is the 'new' Exodus International a kinder, gentler 'ex-gay' ministry?

        BY Rev. Mel White

        June 25 2013 2:17 PM ET


        In the past few days, many have celebrated the headline “Exodus International Closes Down.” And we should rightfully thank Alan Chambers for his confession that “ex-gay therapy” does not work and for his apology for the “pain and hurt” it has cost so many of us. I saw Alan issue his apology at the last Exodus conference. He was sincere and contrite. Even if you don’t trust Alan’s motives, you have to admit that his confession and apology are a giant step forward in undermining the credibility of those who continue to hold out the false promises made by the ex-gay movement.





        Brazil: Gay ‘cure’ bill withdrawn before vote in Parliament

        by Scott Roberts
        3 July 2013, 4:24pm


        A politician in Brazil who proposed legislation that would allow psychiatrists to treat homosexuality as a disease has withdrawn the bill before giving representatives a chance to vote on it.





        Nepal: 62 LGBT candidates to run for seats in November election

        by Joseph Patrick McCormick
        5 July 2013, 3:20pm


        This year’s race for seats in Nepal’s Constituent Assembly will see 62 LGBT candidates run, in the hope of better representing the LGBT community in the country.





        Gay Pride Banner Could Prompt South Louisiana Flag Limit

        Associated Press

        Sunday Jul 7, 2013


        LAFAYETTE, La. - A south Louisiana official says he’s drafting a proposal to limit the types of flags that can be flown on government property after hearing complaints about a gay pride flag being hoisted temporarily in a local park.


        Andy Naquin, a Lafayette City-Parish councilman, told The Daily Advertiser (http://bit.ly/12jcHDK) that he was contacted by a military veteran who was offended that a gay pride group flew the rainbow flag June 30 in Girard Park, which is Lafayette Consolidated Government property.





        July 16, 2013 10:30AM

        Arson, Torture and Murder Devastate LGBT Activists in Cameroon

        Post by Peter Montgomery


        Earlier this month we reported on Born this Way, a documentary about LGBT rights activists working in Cameroon amid denunciations from religious leaders and threats of violence. Today comes the crushing news, via Human Rights Watch, that LGBTI activist Eric Ohena Lembembe has been tortured and killed, and that the headquarters of Alternatives-Cameroun, the HIV services organization featured in the documentary as a refuge for so many people, has been burned down.




      • Affirmation: United Methodists
        Some Gay-Rights Activists Regret Focus on Marriage by David Crary Associated Press
        Message 3 of 6 , Jul 22, 2013
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          Some Gay-Rights Activists Regret Focus on Marriage

          by David Crary

          Associated Press

          Thursday Jul 18, 2013


          Even as it celebrates victories in the push for same-sex marriage, America’s gay-rights movement is experiencing self-criticism and internal divisions over its approach to other thorny issues.

          Some activists say the nationwide marriage campaign, while worthwhile, has diverted energy and resources from causes that may be harder to market - such as rights for transgender people and advocacy to combat HIV and AIDS.




          Zimmerman Verdict Sparks LGBT Groups’ Calls for Justice

          by Justin Snow

          Metro Weekly

          Friday Jul 19, 2013


          "Every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be able to walk the streets without fear for their safety," 35 LGBT-rights groups, including the National Black Justice Coalition, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Human Rights Campaign, wrote in the open letter released yesterday.



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          Pew Republishes Sobering Statistic As Christie Signs Gay Conversion Ban by Jason St. Amand National News Editor Thursday Aug 22, 2013 In spite of the numerous
          Message 4 of 6 , Sep 5, 2013
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            Pew Republishes Sobering Statistic As Christie Signs Gay Conversion Ban

            by Jason St. Amand

            National News Editor

            Thursday Aug 22, 2013


            In spite of the numerous advances made by the LGBT rights movement over the past decade, and the widely held impression that American public’s attitudes towards LGBT citizens have greatly shifted for the better, a new poll finds that still more than 30 percent of people believe gay men and women can change their sexual orientation.




            Israel to honour gay Holocaust victims with first monument

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            23 August 2013, 2:05pm


            Israel has announced that it is to erect a monument in the honour of gay victims of the Holocaust, the first of its kind in the country.




            Evangelicals Becoming More Accepting of LGBTs, Study Finds

            by Megan Barnes

            EDGE Contributor

            Monday Aug 26, 2013


            Evangelical Christians are becoming more tolerant of gays and lesbians and supportive of civil unions, according to a new study by Baylor University.

            The study, conducted by researchers at the Christian college in Waco, Texas, surveyed more than 1,700 respondents across the country and found that almost a fourth of evangelicals surveyed were not opposed to civil unions, even though they morally opposed homosexuality.




            Macmillan Dictionary revises definition of ‘marriage’ to include same-sex couples

            by Joseph Patrick McCormick
            24 August 2013, 6:56pm


            Macmillan Dictionary has become the first dictionary in Britain to revise the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.




            Israel to Build Monument to Gay Nazi Victims

            by Sergio N. Candido

            South Florida Gay News

            Monday Aug 26, 2013

            The city of Tel Aviv, in Israel, will build the country’s first monument dedicated to the homosexual victims of the German Nazi regime.





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