A Virginia Christian college that is considering reversing its policy that bans tenure-line faculty members from being in same-sex relationships has delayed its decision.
Eastern Mennonite University announced in January that it would open up a formal six-month long "listening period" to consider reversing its ban on faculty same-sex relationships and had previously stated that it would announce its policy in June.
A statement released from EMU suggested that the school's deferral came after it realized that the larger Mennonite church was "currently engaged in extensive discernment over human sexuality." more >>
Vice President Joe Biden said during a speech on Tuesday that protecting gay rights trumps national cultures and social traditions, as President Barack Obama's administration continues promoting LGBT rights around the world.
"I don't care what your culture is," Biden told about 100 guests at the Naval Observatory's vice presidential mansion, The Associated Press reported. "Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice."
He added that the cause is a "defining mark of a civilized nation" and met with a number of religious, human rights and HIV health care advocates in a forum dedicated to promoting gay rights internationally. more >>
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday June 20th became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, voting for a resolution to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the Israeli Embassy in Washington denounced the resolution as "shameful."
"Voting for symbolic measures marginalizes and removes its ability to be a constructive partner to promote peace in the Middle East," the statement said. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson has defended his views on homosexuality, which stirred great controversy when they were posted in a GQ magazine article earlier this year, and said that he simply wants to help "those poor souls" and "turn them to Jesus."
Al.com reported that Robertson made the comments during a Q&A at an appearance at the Rock the South festival in Cullman, Alabama, over the weekend.
"I'm actually a nice man. … I'm trying to help those poor souls and turn them to Jesus," Robertson reportedly said. more >>
Opera singer Tamar Iveri has been released from her contract with Opera Australia and what was supposed to be her lead role as Desdemona in "Otello" next month, after controversial comments were uncovered on her Facebook page that compared gay and lesbian people to fecal matter.
"Opera Australia confirms soprano Ms Tamar Iveri will not be performing in 'Otello.' Opera Australia has reached agreement with Ms Iveri to immediately release her from her contract with the company," the company said in a statement on Monday. "Ms Iveri has unreservedly apologized for those comments and views. Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable."
Australian Broadcasting Corporation News reported that the controversial comments on Iveri's Facebook page, which were posted last year but deleted shortly afterwards, described gay people as "sewage" and "fecal masses." more >>
Libby Phelps-Alvare, the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps, posed for the NOH8 gay rights campaign, further showing her disagreement with the controversial group that she left in 2009.
"The message is simple: No hate. We want people to be happy, healthy and hopeful," she wrote along with a picture with her husband, Logan, their newborn son, Paxton, and members of Equality House on her Facebook page.
The NOH8 Campaign seeks to "promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest," the campaign's website says. It's a "photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley" in response to the passage of California's Proposition 8, which amended the state Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. more >>