As an LGBT person of faith who believes in liberty and individualism, I can say that the tale that Democrats hold the key to happiness for LGBT people is hogwash; liberals want LGBT people to wave the rainbow flag but only if they tone down the red band of color that stands atop the flag. LGBT Republicans of faith have a unique opportunity to expose the fanciful fallacy that tethers too many people to the left – that LGBT people must be Democrats and that people of faith cannot be proudly LGBT – and offer the Republican Party a chance to undermine the Democratic narrative and to connect two constituencies that will lead to GOP wins throughout the country.
The goals of Republicans and LGBT people are complementary: respect individual liberty and freedom and allow people to pursue their own happiness. Many religiously affiliated LGBT people, who constitute 52 percent of the LGBT population according to a 2013 Pew Research survey, realize that though they do not fit into any pre-made special interest box that dictates the terms of their identity, they do fit into the Republican circle that embraces individualism and liberty.
Republicans need to push back against Democratic messaging. While the left claims a so-called "war on women" by the right, they conveniently gloss over the predatory philandering of Democrat "leaders" such as Bob Filner, Anthony Weiner, Mel Reynolds, and Bill Clinton. Republican women need to call out this hypocrisy. more >>
A national gay rights organization has taken issue with a Roman Catholic Archdiocese's recently implemented "morals clause" added to their private school teacher contracts.
"As support for LGBT equality continues to grow, particularly among Catholics, the Cincinnati Archdiocese is enacting draconian restrictions on Catholic school employees," Paul Guequierre of the Human Rights Campaign wrote in an entry on the group's website Tuesday that calls for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to reconsider its new rule. "HRC is calling on Diocese leaders to model Christian values and not discriminate against LGBT teachers or straight allies in their employment practices."
Guequierre argued that the new measure for Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese is discriminatory and will remove employment protections for teachers. more >>
A Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts that refused to sell a historic mansion to a gay couple is facing mounting legal pressure.
Massachusetts' Attorney General Martha Coakley recently filed a brief in support of the gay couple who are suing the Diocese of Worcester alleging discrimination.
Filed before superior court earlier this month on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Coakley argued that the diocese's actions constituted "sexual orientation discrimination." more >>
Fred Waldron Phelps Sr., who founded the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, has died at the age of 84, his son, Timothy, has confirmed.
An panel from the United Methodist Church has agreed to hear an appeal from a Pennsylvania pastor who officiated his son's same-sex wedding. The appeals committee plans to hear the case of defrocked pastor Frank Schaefer this coming summer.
Jen Ihlo, president of the UMC Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, said in a statement that the appeal will be tried under the authority of the Book of Discipline and will take place on June 20.
The "practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching," according to the UMC Book of Discipline. "Therefore, self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church." more >>
White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses is throwing in the cookies and cream for a more healthful job in New York thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama's green tooth. Apparently, Michelle's obsession with the White House garden rubbed off on him. In 2009, Michelle directed the pastry chef to make healthier desserts. Who knew there was such a thing? I thought the whole point of desserts is to enjoy a tasty decadent treat.
The openly gay chef, who was first hired by Republican First Lady Laura Bush in 2007, (so much for Republicans hating gays), began substituting honey and fruit puree for sugar and butter as his new boss requested. Yosses told the New York Times cooking this way inspired him to pursue a food literacy program for kids. In June, the pastry chef will move to New York where his husband lives.
Yet parting is such sweet sorrow. Yosses lamented, "I don't want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs." But his boss lady does. more >>