Thirty-five years ago at an outdoor Christian festival, I made an erroneous statement for which I was sued for $19.5 million dollars. Thank God the case was settled. The nightmare revolved around the mistaken notion that the author of a pop psychology book was dead. The book was called, "I'm OK - You're OK."
That catchy title is repeated oftentimes to this day in counseling parents how to handle a son or daughter revealing they are gay or lesbian. "Don't be judgmental. Convey unconditional love. Accept them as they are. Realize they're born this way. Reassure them you're okay and they're okay in whatever sexual identity they choose."
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Two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been notified that each faces excommunication from the church for apostasy — one for his LGBT activism, the other because she's the founder of Ordain Women, an organization that's pushing for female priesthood.
Kate Kelly, whose organization protested the church's General Conference in April advocating for females to become priests, and John P. Dehlin, a psychology Ph.D. student who created a podcast in 2005 that featured an array of stories about Momorns of various racial backgrounds, sexual orientations and approaches toward faith, have been notified by LDS officials that they might be dismissed from the church for apostasy.
Following a meeting last month with Scott Wheatley, the president of the Oakton Virginia Stake, Kelly was informed in a letter that she was being put on "informal probation" by the chuch for her actions. As such, Kelly, is no longer a member in good standing in the LDS church. more >>
The Rev. Cameron Partridge will become the first openly transgender priest to preach at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 22, as the historic church celebrates LGBT pride month in a service led by Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be elected a bishop.
"Cameron Partridge is a priest of great intellect, pastoral presence, and possesses a deep passion for the Gospel. We are excited for him to preach at the Cathedral," Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral noted in a Huffington Post report.
In a further statement on the selection of Partridge to preach, Hall noted that the church wanted to send a message of love to the LGBT community. more >>
BALTIMORE – Southern Baptists say that unlike other church bodies, their denomination will not waver on its stance on gay marriage or be harmed by debate on the issue.
In a panel discussion Tuesday at the Southern Baptist Convention's two-day annual meeting, a group of Southern Baptist leaders, including Dr. Albert Mohler, stated that the SBC should maintain their opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage.
Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, told The Christian Post that the "Southern Baptist Convention has this clearly as a matter of conviction; it was put into our confession of faith as revised in just the year 2000." more >>
The producer behind the popular "Duck Dynasty" TV show has spoken out on the controversy surrounding star Phil Robertson who was temporarily suspended by A&E after making controversial comments on homosexuality, saying that the crew has several gay people in it.
"I know Phil Robertson. I know his beliefs. I know how he treats a crew that has several gay people on it, and people of different races and people from all different places," said Deirdre Gurney, executive producer of Duck Dynasty, according to a Hollywood Reporter article on Tuesday.
As for the controversial comments themselves, Gurney added that Robertson does not deny who he is, and that he stands by his beliefs. more >>
Former United States Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum will be speaking at the second annual March for Marriage event in Washington, D.C. next week.
The National Organization for Marriage, a group advocating for marriage being only legally recognized as between one man and one woman, is organizing the march.