Pope: Gays Marginalized By Church Deserve ApologyPope Francis says gays -- and other people marginalized by the church like the poor and the exploited -- deserve an apology.
John Kasich Says Gay People 'Probably' Born That Way At San Francisco EventRepublican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Friday that gay people are "probably" born that way, conceding that view during a testy exchange with a gay voter at a California event.
Bill Stalling In Congress Would Help Veterans Cast Out For Being Gay Get Honorable DischargesA bill that has been stalling in Congress could help thousands and thousands of veterans who were cast out of the military for being gay, get honorable discharges.
Boy Scouts Ends Ban On Gay Adult Leaders; Church-Sponsored Units ExemptedThe executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual Scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue. Units sponsored by churches opposed to the change could maintain the ban if they choose.
Anti-Gay 'Sodomite Suppression Act' Not Heading For CA Ballots After Judge Rules Murderous Proposal UnconstitutionalA Superior Court judge has ruled the "Sodomite Suppression Act" proposed ballot initiative that called for the murder of gays is unconstitutional, effectively preventing the hate-filled bill from going before California voters.
Texas Televangelist Joel Osteen Spreads Message Of Tolerance During Visit To Bay AreaTexas televangelist Joel Osteen told KPIX 5 there needs to be a movement of understanding when he was in San Francisco.
'Kill The Gays' Author Schemes To Get Murderous Hate Law On Ballot Without Gathering Signatures"Take notice that if your office and the California secretary of state refuse to clear the Sodomite Suppression Act for signature circulation, I may demand as remedy that it be placed on the election ballot directly." With that claim, a gay-hating lawyer hopes to bypass the entire signature gathering process and put his murderous legislation on the ballot directly.
CA Gay Woman Who Donated $20 To Fundraiser For Indiana Pizzeria That Won't Cater Same-Sex Marriages Urges 'Tolerance'A Southern California gay woman taught a lesson in tolerance to progressives and conservatives alike when she donated $20 to the GoFundMe page for the Indiana Pizzeria that won't cater same-sex marriages.
San Francisco Mayor Bans City Workers From Indiana Travel After Passage Of Religious Liberty LawSan Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is forbidding city employees from traveling to Indiana following Thursday's enactment of a ‘religious liberty’ law that opponents say could be used to discriminate against gays.
NCAA Fretting Over Indiana 'Religious Liberty' Law's Effect Ahead Of Final Four EventThe NCAA is looking to head off a potential controversy involving its Final Four men’s basketball championship in Indianapolis next weekend following the passage of a new Indiana ‘religious freedom’ law that opponents say could allow businesses to refuse to serve gays and lesbians.
Indiana Enacts ‘Religious Liberty’ Law; Could Legalize Discrimination Against Gay People, Opponents SayNDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vigorously defended the state religious objections bill that he signed into law Thursday as businesses and organizations including the NCAA pressed concerns that it could open the door to legalizing discrimination against gay people. The state became the first to enact such a change this year among about a dozen where such proposals have been introduced. Arkansas' governor said Thursday he supported a similar bill that's advancing in that state's Legislature. Pence, a Republican mulling a possible 2016 presidential campaign, signed the bill privately in his office with at least a couple dozen supporters on hand. He later met with reporters and refuted arguments from opponents that law would threaten civil rights laws by saying that hasn't happened under the federal religious freedom law Congress passed in 1993 and similar laws in 19 other states. "There has been a lot of misunderstanding about this bill," Pence said. "This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way I would've vetoed it." Those arguments didn't satisfy opponents who worry the law, which will take effect in July, presents Indiana as unwelcoming and could give legal cover to businesses that don't want to provide services to gays and lesbians. National gay-rights consider the Indiana bill among the most sweeping of similar state proposals introduced as conservatives brace for a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign said Indiana lawmakers "have sent a dangerous and discriminatory message." "They've basically said, as long as your religion tells you to, it's OK to discriminate against people despite what the law says," said Sarah Warbelow, the group's legal director. The Indianapolis-based NCAA, which is holding its men's basketball Final Four in the city next weekend, said in a statement it was concerned about the legislation and was examining how it might affect future events and its workforce. "We will work diligently to assure student-athletes competing in, and visitors attending, next week's Men's Final Four in Indianapolis are not impacted negatively by this bill," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in the statement. "Moving forward, we intend to closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce." Soon after Pence signed the bill, Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff announced on Twitter that he was canceling all programs that require its customers or employees "to travel to Indiana to face discrimination." The San Francisco-based company bought Indianapolis-based marketing software company ExactTarget for $2.5 billion in 2013 and has kept hundreds of employees in the city. A company spokeswoman declined to elaborate on Benioff's statement. Conservative groups backing the bill have said it merely seeks to prevent the government from compelling people to provide such things as catering or photography for same-sex weddings or other activities they find objectionable on religious grounds. Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter praised the new law, saying it would give abortion opponents legal recourse if they are pressured to support the procedure. The organization circulated an online petition to thank Pence for signing the bill. At least two groups — the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and gamers' convention organizer Gen Con — have said they would reconsider plans to events in Indianapolis because of the legislation. Pence pointed out that President Barack Obama voted in favor of a similar state law while he was an Illinois legislator. But when Pence was asked whether he would support matching Illinois by adding sexual orientation to the state's civil rights law, he responded: "That's not on my agenda. I won't be pursuing that."
Are Gays And Lesbians Less Prepared For Retirement Than Their Hetero Counterparts?We hear a lot about Americans not being prepared enough for their retirement, but there is now word that gays and lesbians are even less prepared than people who identify as straight.
Group Launches 'God Loves Gays' Billboard Campaign In Kansas To Taunt Westboro Baptist ChurchThe mysterious comedian behind the "God" Facebook Page is using his divine power to create a billboard campaign that advocates for LGBT rights in and around Topeka, Kansas -- the hometown of the Westboro Baptist Church.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Comments On Homosexuality, Alcoholism A 'Mistake' He 'Stepped Right In'Texas Gov. Rick Perry said it was a mistake for him to use a story about alcoholism to explain his views on homosexuality.
Commission Finds 'No Compelling Medical Reason' To Exclude Transgender Americans From MilitaryAn independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there “is no compelling medical reason” for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving and that President Barack Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress, according to a report being released Thursday.