Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a Roman Catholic, is set to become the first world leader known to have taken part in a gay pride march, following his announcement that he will participate in Toronto's July 3 event.
BBC News noted that Trudeau has participated in such marches before, but this will be his first as PM.
The Rev. Franklin Graham criticized Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and city council members who voted to pass a controversial ordinance that would allow transgender residents to use either a men's or women's bathroom, depending on the gender with which they identify.
"Shame on Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the city council members" for passing the ordinance, Graham wrote Tuesday, after the vote on the measure, which also says businesses can't discriminate against gay, lesbian or transgender customers and applies to places of public accommodation, such as bars, restaurants, stores as well as taxis.
"It's not over though," added Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. "North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has been clear that this is a bad policy and said if the city passed it, immediate legislative action would likely be taken by the state. I hope they will take swift action to strike down this dangerous ordinance or bring it to a referendum for voters to decide." more >>
The student government at the University of Nebraska at Kearney has come under fire after an attempt was made to scuttle a strong request by students to get a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus due to CEO Dan Cathy's support for traditional marriage.
On Jan. 19, UNK student body President Evan Jay Calhoun invited students via a message on his Facebook page to weigh in on plans to renovate the school's student union building through a short survey. The survey included a vote to expand the dining options at the union and Chick-fil-A emerged as the top requested franchise.
More than three weeks later on Feb. 12, however, Calhoun, through another Facebook post, informed students that even though Chick-fil-A was the top requested restaurant in the survey, it would not be in the best interest of the school to seek to get a Chick-fil-A on campus due to the company's values. more >>
Manny Pacquiao said that he remains strong in his faith despite being criticized for his controversial comments about gay people by celebrities and being fired by Nike. The Catholic Church in the Philippines has also backed the Christian boxer and politician.
"I'm not bothered, that's the world," Pacquiao told local media regarding the criticisms, according to BoxingScene.com. "I mean, Jesus lives in me so I'm always happy. Says the Bible, everyday has enough troubles of its own, so don't be bothered about that."
Pacquiao has also been backed by the Catholic Church, which says that his opposition to gay marriage is based on the Bible. more >>
Manny Pacquiao is willing to sit down with some of his most vocal Filipino critics from the LGBT community.
The 37-year-old eight-division world champion boxer who has hopes for being elected into his country's Senate this May, drew the ire of Filipino comedian Vice Ganda and Filipino television presenter Boy Abunda after comparing gay people to animals.
However, Pacquiao's manager Arnold Vegafria said the boxer- turned-politician is willing to meet with his popular critics in the gay community. more >>
The campaigns of Republican presidential candidates Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are employing Republicans who signed onto a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court last year arguing that state bans against same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.
In the lead up to last June's Obergefell v. Hodges ruling that struck down state bans against same-sex marriage, a group of over 300 Republicans representing various conservative, moderate and libertarian viewpoints signed onto an amicus brief supporting Jim Obergefell and the rest of the petitioners.
Among the hundreds of people who signed that particular brief are two individuals who are actively involved in the presidential campaigns of Rubio and Cruz, candidates who both have stated that they disagree with the Supreme Court's decision and that the decision is not the "settled" law of the land. more >>