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
Caitlyn Jenner Changes View On Gay Marriage: ‘Everyone’ Should Wed The ‘Person They Love’
Does Caitlyn Jenner finally support gay marriage? After sounding like she was against the idea on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show,’ Cait took to her blog to say that everyone should be able to marry the ‘person they love.’
Many fans questioned whether Caitlyn Jenner, 65, was really in favor of gay marriage after an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Sept. 8. Ellen actually called Caitlyn out and said, “It’s funny cause you’re still kind of a little not on board with it,” after the I Am Cait star offered her tepid support for gay people being allowed to marry. Now, the former Olympic gold medal winner has taken to her blog to clarify her thoughts on the subject.
“Like many people, there was a time when I didn’t realize how important it is for gay couples to have the right to get married. But after hearing from my gay friends and learning more about the hardships they faced because of discrimination, it became clear to me that everyone should be able to marry the person they love,” she wrote one her website CaitlynJenner.com. We love that Caitlyn made such a strong statement.
“She still has a judgment about gay marriage,” DeGeneres told Stern. “And I said, ‘You’re wanting people to understand and accept you…and you still have a judgment about gay people and marriage.’ “
June 14, 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
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
Clerk Kim Davis loses another appeal in gay marriage case
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis lost another legal bid to delay issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, marking the latest in a mounting stack of rejected appeals.
Davis defied the order, lost a string of appeals, and opted to go to jail for five days rather than issue the licenses. While she was incarcerated, her deputies issued licenses, altered to remove Davis’ name. Both same-sex couples named in the suit received one.
Now Davis’ lawyers with the Liberty Counsel, a firm that opposes gay rights, argue that because those couples have received the licenses, Davis should not have to issue any additional licenses while the case is pending.
The appeals court scrapped that request Thursday on a legal technicality: Davis’ lawyers did not first ask Bunning to delay his mandate, as federal court rules require, before they appealed to the higher court. The lawyers, in justifying skipping that step, cited the judge’s “extraordinary doggedness.” The appeals court wrote that “this is not a valid reason.”
Davis will likely refile the same appeal now with Bunning.
May 3, 2016
Taipei organizes mass couples gey wedding this year
It is officially promised by government! There will be mass weddings for gey couples in Taipei!
That mass wedding tradition was held for many years but it was only opened to ‘men and women complying with the requirements of civil law marriage.’
Mass weddings for gay couples is official promised by Taipei government.
Xu Lin-min Taipei citiy’s bureau of social affairs and gander equality office’s secretary said that he will have to discuss with other departments whether gay couples would marry alongside or separately.
Chien Chih-chieh who is secretary-general of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights was interviewed questioning this matter and she said “This is not news” – for the Liberty Times.
‘Gay people are also citizens of Taipei. I do not understand why you need to hold a separate gay mass wedding,’ she said.
Two mass weddings are announced for May and October with quota of 100 couples.
April 24, 2016
Man Who’ll Issue Gay Marriage Licenses and who wont listen to Kim Davis if Tells Him Not To
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis said her opposition to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples remains firm. Just to add, she was in jail as we know.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Mason said that Davis’s release would have no impact on his work.
“I would issue licenses,” he said. And would he still issue licenses even if Davis demands he not upon her expected return to work either this Friday or early next week? “When Miss Davis comes back, I’ll still issue licenses,” he said, according to NBC.
Kentucky law does not require a clerk’s signature on the license to be valid but, rather, “the signature of the county clerk or deputy clerk issuing the license,” according to The New York Times. Rowan County Attorney Cecil Watkins told the Times that the licenses issued without Davis’s assent would be valid, but Davis’ attorney, Mathew Staver, said he believes licenses issued with his client’s approval would be invalid.
Staver also argued that requiring Davis to issue same-sex marriage licenses would be like forcing someone to endorse a Ku Klux Klan rally, and similar to requiring a clerk to “grant a license to engage in pornography, to grant a license to sodomize children or something of that nature … that would be harmful to the people involved in the activity.”
April 23, 2016
Australian Leader, Opposing Gay Marriage, Faces Party and Family Opposition
SYDNEY, Australia — Prime minister’s sister is feeling unhappy!!!
About two-thirds of Australians support same-sex marriage, surveys have found. As far as we know many of them are members of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal Party — including his sister, Christine Forster, who is on Sydney’s City Council and is gay.
“I would like to get married,” said Ms. Forster, who has been engaged to her partner, Virginia Edwards, since 2013. “And at this point, I cannot.”
Mr. Abbott, a conservative leader who is a polarizing figure at the best of times, is doing badly in the polls, two years after taking office. His position on same-sex marriage is only one factor, but it is one that analysts say goes to the core of his political vulnerability.
Mr. Abbott, a Jesuit-educated Catholic who spent three years studying for the priesthood, has called same-sex marriage a “very deeply personal” issue and one “on which decent people can differ.” He has proposed that Australian voters decide the issue directly, in a referendum or a nonbinding plebiscite. He has been vague about how such a vote would be conducted, but he said that it would probably be held after the next elections.
“I’m just saying that if there is to be change, it should be change that’s owned by the people, not just by the Parliament,” Mr. Abbott said in a radio interview.
For her part, Ms. Forster sees same-sex marriage as entirely consistent with the party’s conservative values. She called it “deeply disappointing” that Liberals were not allowed to vote their conscience on the issue.
“Marriage is a special relationship, and that is why we have legislation around it,” she said. “It is the bedrock of our society. It creates family units. Small government, individual freedom and equality under law are core Liberal values.”
“The view the prime minister holds, that Tony holds, is increasingly one of a minority in Australia, and the majority will decide on this,” she said.
April 22, 2016