Brazil and Peru ended with Presbyterian Church in USA over gay marriage
In another example of Christian discord over gay inclusion, Presbyterian churches in Brazil and Peru have ended their partnerships with the Presbyterian Church (USA) after the U.S. denomination changed its constitution because of celebrating same-sex marriages.
Mexico stopped partnering with the denomination after it allowed the ordination of sexually active gays and lesbians in 2011.
The South American churches hold differing views on inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of the church said Rev. Gradye Parsons.
“It’s a continuum of what people think God is calling them to do with LGBT issues”, he said. “Some think they should be loved and changed, and some think they should be loved and accepted.”
Projects in Brazil should continue education for pastors and missionaries, and participation in a church-planting partnership in Latin America.
The Evangelical Presbyterian, Reformed Church of Peru, Presbyterian churches in Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua and the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil were among the South American churches that partnered with the U.S. denomination.
About 94 million Christians belong to international churches founded or co-founded by PCUSA.
June 21, 2016
I choose you! This gay Pokémon proposal is too cute for words
One loved-up guy was planning to pop the question to his Pokémon-loving boyfriend.
Tumblr user Brett Graham became a true Pokemon Master when popping the question to his partner Max in a truly epic style.
Pokemon adventures begin with a single choice – usually between a a water type, fire type, and a grass type.
When Brett decided to propose to Max, he decided their life adventure should begin in the same way- custom-designing three ‘starter’ rings and Pokéballs to hold them.
He explained: “It took me a while to figure out the right way to propose to Max, but I’m pretty damned proud of what I came up with.
A ‘fire type’ starter which is black with a red gem, and a ‘water type’ starter with a mother of pearl inlay. “A ‘grass type’ starter with a wooden inlay.
“I’ve been scheming like a madman for months.
Brett added: “Max, for his part, has been telling me pretty much every day since we’ve started that he’s going to marry me. Somehow, I was still nervous when it came time to ask about making that official.
“At the beginning of every adventure, you need to pick a partner. I chose him. So, I figured if he said yes, he could decide what to wear on his finger.
Max picked a Fire type and of course said yes.
Next big surprise is already being planned by Brett.
He said of the other two rings: “He gets those, too. The significance of the choice is that whatever he picked as his official starter will ‘evolve’ at milestone anniversaries. I got plans.”
We’re just glad a rival didn’t come along and take the one of the other rings.
June 20, 2016
Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin planning to fix a date to discuss LGBT rights
LGBT rights will be discussed by Sir Elton John and Vladimir Putin in an open dialogue.
Sir Elton John fell victim to a hoax earlier this year after he asked Putin, despite his large fallowing in Russia.
After he was subjected to a hoax call from a fake Putin, the real Putin got in touch to discuss LGBT rights – and offered to meet with the singer in future.
Sir Elton said: “I’ve talked to him on the telephone – we’re trying to arrange a date when I can go to Moscow and talk to him.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had to go above and beyond to convince Sir Elton that the real Putin did want to talk, after the hoax call.
He said: “At first [Sir Elton John] hesitated.
“We decided to ask Russian Ambassador to London Alexander Yakovenko to get in touch with the musician and tell him about the phone call.
“In the beginning, Yakovenko had certain problems to explain to the musician that he was really the Russian ambassador and that the real president of Russia wanted to talk to him.”
Sir Elton added: “I feel very honoured that he wants to see me and he’s put the olive branch out and it’s essential that I do go over there and just put my foot in the water and see what we can do change the situation for LGBT people in Russia.
“Even though the Russians say it’s great it is very very, it’s not great at all. But you know, as I said, I want to try and knock the wall down a little bit, so I will be trying to go and see him.
“He was very pleasant on the phone, he apologised for the fake interview I did. He was very genial and I was very very impressed.”
June 13, 2016
The United States has had a LOT of weddings since Supreme Court ruling
It was estimated that nearly one million Americans are in same-sex marriages by the pollster.
After the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that cemented same-sex marriage across all 50 states, a Gallup estimate this week estimated that 972,000 Americans are now in a same-sex marriage – with approximately 200,000 of those have been married fallowing the ruling.
Along with data from the Williams Institute estimating that 3.5% of Americans identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, the estimate was calculated using data from thousands of interviews with LGBT Americans before and after the ruling..
Since 26 of June there have been 96000 same-sex marriages ending in total of 972000 American’s in the same-sex marriages.
Gary J. Gates from Gallup suggested that the nationwide adoption of same-sex marriage would fundamentally change the face of lesbian, gay and bisexual relationships, saying “If those trends continue, marriage will soon overtake domestic partnerships as the more common relationship status among committed same-sex couples.”
Obergefell v. Hodges. The 5-4 ruling forced all 50 states to recognise same-sex marriages and protect LGBT citizens’ right to marry in “mega-case” testimonies after which Supreme Court ruled in favour of marriage equality earlier this year.
June 11, 2016
Cyber-bullied Thai-German gay couple get married
A Thai-German gay couple that was cyber-bullied after those photos of them holding each others hands went viral have got married in Germany.
The former creative director of a Thai modeling agency Noparuj Kaendi , posted photos of his wedding to model Thorsten Mid on Instagram.
This time, the photos got hundreds of good and congratulatory messages from well-wishers and are trending in Southeast Asia.
The couple is together for two years now and the couple wore navy suits at their wedding in Aachen, Germany.
‘Foreigners are fond of pets,’ one wrote.
‘I now believe that potions work,’ said another, commenting on the perceived disparity their looks, while another told Mid to ‘wake up, boy.’
However, others came to their defense and Facebook fan pages gave full support for the couple.
‘I’m not a famous actor nor a public person who knows how to handle criticism… I’m just ME,’ Kaendi said at the time.
‘We’re just another average couple working hard to get to be together.’
June 6, 2016
Arizona to pay $200,000 to lawyers who won gay marriage case
PHOENIX – Lawyers who persuaded a judge nearly a year ago to overturn Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban will receive $200,000 from the state to cover attorney fees and other costs in bringing the legal challenge.
Federal law lets those who prevail in civil rights cases seek compensation for the costs of bringing such lawsuits to court.
The decision on the Arizona law came after gay marriage bans were struck down in more than two dozen states.
Then, the U.S. Supreme Court declared this summer that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states.
Arizona lawmakers approved a state law barring same-sex marriages in 1996.
Seven years later, an Arizona appeals court upheld the constitutionality of the law.
Voters in 2008 amended the Arizona Constitution to include a ban.
May 27, 2016
Anti-gay marriage Oregon bakery defies state order to pay damages to couple
Anti-gay marriage Oregon bakery defies state order to pay damages to couple
Owners of bakery refuse to pay $135,000 to a same-sex couple who were denied service, despite having raised more than $500,000 via crowdfunding
The bakery’s owners refused to make a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer more than two years ago. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
The couple closed the Gresham store in 2013 and now operate the business from home.
“It’s difficult to understand the Kleins’ unwillingness to pay the debt when they have, very publicly, Wednesday.
“They are entitled to a full and fair review of the case, but do not have the right to disregard a legally binding order.”
A lawyer for the Kleins, Anna Harmon, told the Oregonian she couldn’t comment about her clients’ actions, citing the ongoing litigation.
A 2007 Oregon law protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations. It provides an exemption for religious organizations, but the agency ruled that exemption does not allow private businesses to discriminate against potential customers.
May 26, 2016
Gay Jews Celebrate ‘High Homo Days’ — With Eye on Marriage
(JTA) — It was nearly midnight Saturday, and Jayson Littman was milling about an upscale Manhattan nightclub greeting friends with a wide smile and often a big hug. Standing alongside a “shot boy” — clad only in underwear, a kippah and Star of David necklace — he offered partygoers shots of Manischewitz in plastic cups.
“I want people to go to the occasional Jewish event outside Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services,” Littman told JTA. “And a lot of people are focused on their relationship to Judaism this time of year.”
“I loved being a part of a community that had structure, familiarity and the feeling of being part of something,” he said.
Littman’s goal: “For others to feel that sense of Jewish community and self-acceptance of being gay and Jewish, and allowing ourselves to be authentic with who we are — which, in turn, will better our familial and Jewish identity, no matter how that’s expressed.”
But he also can’t escape his desire to be a matchmaker.
“I want to help gay Jews meet other gay Jews and get married and have kids,” he said. “That makes me very happy.”
“I had one mom check in with me afterwards to make sure he [her son] actually went,” Littman said. “She wanted to know if he tried to meet a nice Jewish boy.”
May 19, 2016
Ted Cruz and Stephen Colbert debate Reagan, gay marriage
GOP presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz locked horns in an interview with “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert in front of a charged audience on Monday night. The conversation was a surprising mix of humor and substance, with the two debating the legacy of Ronald Reagan, the need for compromise in government and gay marriage — while also finding time to invoke Donald Trump and discuss the rigors of campaigns.
Colbert kept the first half of the interview lighthearted, joking about the size of the GOP field and life as a presidential candidate. Asked, “What are the days like?” Cruz cracked, “You just have to surgically disconnect your shame sensor because you spend every waking moment asking people for money.”
Though Cruz was also quick to emphasize his enthusiasm for the campaign, the exchange lead to some early sparks between the host and the candidate. When Cruz described himself as “a kid in a candy store” on the campaign trail, Colbert fired back, “Who’s paying for the candy?” winking at the deregulation of campaign finance prompted by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, and garnering big applause from the studio audience.
Cruz wrapped up his argument by criticizing the Supreme Court, saying “I don’t think we should entrust governing our society to five unelected lawyers in Washington.” He added, “If you want to win an issue, go to the ballot box and win at the ballot box. That’s the way the Constitution was designed.”
May 13, 2016
Same-sex marriage ruling amps up Las Vegas Pride festivities
The Las Vegas Valley can expect the 32nd annual Pride Night Parade to be more celebratory than ever following the recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage.
“It will make it a lot more positive,” Las Vegas Pride President Jorge Solorio said this week. “People are going to be happier and more open about themselves.”
Solorio said he’s most excited to see different Las Vegas companies try to out-shine each other at the parade.
“I can’t wait to see what they bring this year,” he said.
Solorio also said Saturday’s outdoor festival is going to be a great event for the whole family.
“If you want to come, just be ready to have a good time,” he said.
The club will be opening its back patio Saturday to accommodate the extra-large crowd, and Dinant said there will be special guest DJs, local dance crews and a dunk tank for attendees to get the go-go boys wet.
Dinant said he is also looking forward to Sunday’s LGBT pool party at the Luxor.
“It’s one of the busiest days of the summer,” he said. “It’s a great time to celebrate diversity. Everyone is welcome.”
May 5, 2016