President Barack Obama has helped sway Americans in support of same-sex marriage, according to a newly released study by the Human Rights Campaign, which notes that he used the word "gay" 272 times in public speeches, more than any of his predecessors.
"Words matter an enormous amount, and when President Obama uses his platform to declare that LGBT people are just as American as anyone else, it has a huge and historic effect. President Obama has helped the American people get to know LGBT people on a personal level, and evidence suggests that when people know us, they don't want to discriminate against us," said HRC President Chad Griffin.
"President Obama has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of LGBT people, and the power of his rhetoric has been an essential part of that legacy." more >>
Just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Sir Elton John "despite his orientation," the music icon said he wants to show the Russian leader how the country's controversial law that seeks to protect children from gay "propaganda" is dangerous to LGBT people.
Recounting his positive experiences performing in Russia since 1979, the world famous singer-songwriter posted a statement on his official website concerning the controversy around the anti-propaganda law signed by Putin last year, which makes it illegal for anyone to spread information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to minors.
"It was very clear to me that, although foreigners like myself who are visiting Russia are not affected by this new law (and President Putin has recently confirmed this), it is a very different story for those living inside the country," John wrote. more >>
A retired United Methodist minister intends to officiate same-sex marriages in Texas even though it is illegal in the state and against the church's doctrine.
Pastor Bill McElvany is taking the controversial stand despite recent cases involving United Methodist church leaders who were reprimanded for performing gay weddings.
"This is much more than an issue to be addressed. It's all about acceptance as human beings, about not having one's worth voted on by peers who believe a few scriptural passages formed by the apostle Paul are more authoritative than the numerous persuasive and powerful texts lifting up God's radical love through Jesus Christ," said McElvany, according to his predecessor, pastor Eric Folkerth's blog. more >>
A new campaign calls on evangelicals to affirm that gays, undocumented immigrants, liberals and unbelievers as individuals made in God's image in order to replace uncivil debate with a conversation about God's love instead.
The Imago Dei project (Latin for "the image of God") was launched by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), along with other prominent Christian leaders, earlier this week.
"We should be known not by what we oppose, but rather by what we propose," said Rodriguez, in a statement. "Through this campaign we want to reconcile the message of Jesus as affirmed by Billy Graham's transformative message and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historical march for justice." more >>
Virginia's new attorney general has announced that his office will not defend the state's ban on gay marriage, revealing that he has changed his views on the matter and refuses to "hurt" people any more.
"As attorney general, I cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians' rights," Attorney General Mark Herring announced on Thursday, according to NPR. "The commonwealth will be siding with the plaintiffs in this case and with every other Virginia couple whose right to marry is being denied," he added of a recent case concerning gay marriage.
The case in question concerns a Virginia couple, Timothy B. Bostic and his partner Tony C. London, who applied for a marriage license in July 2013 at Norfolk Circuit Court but were turned down because of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Bostic and London have since filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court and have been joined by another same-sex-couple, Carol Schall and Mary Townley. more >>
A Catholic high school president in Seattle has resigned following public controversy that stemmed from the firing of the school's former vice principal for marrying his same-sex partner.
"Sister Mary (Tracy) came to this decision after much prayer and reflection. For Sister Mary it was a difficult, but necessary decision so that a new leader can be brought in to ensure the entire Eastside Catholic community is moving forward on a positive path," stated a letter by Eastside Catholic's Board of Trustees on Tuesday, shared by KING 5 News.
Sister Mary Tracy reportedly submitted her resignation on Sunday, and the school has said that search for her replacement will begin soon. more >>