Whole Foods Market has filed a counter lawsuit against a gay pastor in Texas who accused a store in Austin of selling him a cake with a homophobic slur decorated on it, claiming security footage disproves the pastor's allegation.
Openly-gay Pastor Jordan Brown of Austin's Church of Open Doors alleged on Monday that he ordered a cake with the words "Love Wins" in blue icing on April 14 but was instead sold a cake that states "Love Wins F**."
Brown accused the store of writing the slur on the cake and filed a lawsuit seeking damages and relief for mental anguish. He also filmed a video that was later posted online showing what he claimed to be an unopened and sealed cake box with the cake inside. more >>
Veteran singer and actor Pat Boone has denounced a skit performed on "Saturday Night Live" that poked fun at the film "God's Not Dead 2," calling the sketch "sacrilege."
Last Saturday, "SNL" ran a mock movie trailer for a film titled "God is a Boob Man," that made fun of the real life evangelical film and its ideological underpinnings.
Minnesota-based retail giant Target announced Tuesday that transgender people are free to use the bathrooms and fitting rooms in their stores that match the gender they identify with, not their sex.
"We believe that everyone — every team member, every guest, and every community — deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally. Consistent with this belief, Target supports the federal Equality Act, which provides protections to LGBT individuals, and opposes action that enables discrimination," Target argued in a statement posted on the company's corporate website.
"In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity," the company added. more >>
Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Senator Ted Cruz recently denounced the comments of Ohio Governor John Kasich made regarding the need for religious liberty protection laws.
In an interview with the Conservative Review before the New York Primary, Sen. Cruz took issue with his Republican opponent's claim that religious liberty laws were unnecessary.
The circus entertainment company Cirque du Soleil is cancelling upcoming tour dates in North Carolina as a way of protesting the state's recently passed transgender law.
Cirque du Soleil joined a growing list of companies and entertainers that are boycotting the state of North Carolina after announcing last Friday that it is no longer going to perform three scheduled tour stops within the state.
The traveling circus was scheduled to perform in Greensboro on April 20 through April 24, in Raleigh June 22 through June 26, and in Charlotte on July 6 through July 10. The company, however, strongly objects to a North Carolina law passed last month that bans local governments from passing transgender bathroom ordinances that would allow men who identify as female to use women's restrooms and vice versa. more >>
Mothers in same-sex parenting households are more likely to feel bothered by and angry at their children, and believe their children are harder to care for than most other children, according to an academic study.
"Same-Sex and Different-Sex Parent Households and Child Health Outcomes: Findings from the National Survey of Children's Health," was published in the April 2016 issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
Based upon a survey using a nationally representative sample, the study compares 95 female same-sex parent households with 95 opposite-sex households. (That the same-sex parents are gay is assumed but was not confirmed by the authors.) more >>