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Pat Robertson

The year in homophobia: Ten of the worst anti-LGBT stories of 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013
By all accounts, 2013 was a banner year for the gay rights movement: The Supreme Court struck down the worst part of the Defense of Marriage Act, nine new states legalized marriage equality, polls showed Americans backing gay rights in ever-growing numbers, anti-gay crusader Ken Cuccinelli was defeated in his bid to become Virginia’s governor, the Boy Scouts loosened their discriminatory policies, and the “ex-gay” movement began to self-destruct. [ Read more → ]
Phil Robertson

Patriarch of ‘Duck Dynasty’ off show indefinitely after anti-gay comments

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- The A&E channel says "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the show indefinitely after condemning gays as sinners in a magazine interview. [ Read more → ]
Phil Robertson

‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch makes ‘vile’ statements to describe LGBT people

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
In an interview with GQ magazine, Phil Robertson — patriarch of the family whose duck hunting products have made them a fortune, and landed them their own reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” on A&E — speaks out against homosexuality, in what GLAAD calls “the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication.” [ Read more → ]
Klingenschmitt

Klingenschmitt: Gays have ‘a demonic spirit that is manifesting inside of them’

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
On his “Pray In Jesus Name” program Tuesday, fomer Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt discussed the recent ruling by a Colorado judge against a bakery that had refused to provide a wedding cake to a gay couple... [ Read more → ]
Tim-Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook endorses LGBT workplace protections in Auburn speech

Monday, December 16, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has never come out as gay publicly but has been named in Out magazine’s “Power 50″ list of most influential gays and lesbians for the past three years, endorsed the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act during a speech at Auburn University. [ Read more → ]
Louganis

Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis urges protest of Russian anti-gay laws

Saturday, December 14, 2013
WASHINGTON --- Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis on Friday urged American Olympians to dedicate their performances at February's Winter Games in Sochi to their gay friends and relatives as a means of protest against Russian anti-gay laws. [ Read more → ]
APIvan Okhlobystin

Russian television star says gay people should be burned alive

Friday, December 13, 2013
MOSCOW -- A popular Russian actor said he wants to burn gay people alive because they pose a danger to his children, reports the Moscow Times. [ Read more → ]
Robertson

Pat Robertson: Your lesbian friend might turn your kids gay

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Pat Robertson told a 700 Club viewer today that she is right to be wary of inviting a lesbian friend over to her home, because that might cause her children to “grow up as lesbians.” [ Read more → ]
Klingenschmitt

Klingenschmitt: Jesus would command married gay couples to get divorced

Thursday, December 12, 2013
Former Navy chaplain Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt says Christian chaplains can never provide counseling to gay couples, other than to order them to divorce … which is just what Jesus would do. [ Read more → ]
Pope-Francis

Pope Francis named Time magazine’s Person of the Year

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
NEW YORK -- Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time. [ Read more → ]
Viviane Reding

EU commissioner to skip Olympics because of Russia’s human rights record

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- European Union commissioner Viviane Reding said Tuesday she would not be attending the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, over that country's treatment of minorities. [ Read more → ]
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Ian McKellen says British government told him not to go to Russia

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LONDON -- Actor Ian McKellen says the British government has advised him not to go to Russia because of the country's anti-gay "propaganda" law. [ Read more → ]
Peter LaBarbera

U.S., British anti-gay activists spread homophobic messages at Jamaica conference

Monday, December 9, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Two prominent U.S. and British anti-gay activists attended a conference in Jamaica over the weekend to urge their counterparts and the Jamaican government to retain that country's colonial era law banning homosexual activity. [ Read more → ]
Mandela

Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at age 95

Thursday, December 5, 2013
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. [ Read more → ]
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Pat Robertson on how to pray for your gay family member

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Pat Robertson says he wants to vomit when he sees photos of gay couples, but advised one 700 Club viewer today that homosexuality is a “very delicate situation.” He suggested to a viewer, Teresa, that she could help her openly gay nephew by making him realize the Bible is “explicit” in its condemnation of homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
APShimon Peres

Israeli president Shimon Peres endorses same-sex marriage

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Israeli President Shimon Peres on Sunday endorsed same-sex marriage, saying "we must allow everyone to live as is natural to them." [ Read more → ]
APJohnny Weir

Johnny Weir apologizes after calling gay activists ‘idiots’ for anti-Russian protests

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
NEW YORK — Former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir apologized Tuesday after lashing out at gay rights activists during a speech at Barnard College, calling them “idiots” for their anti-Russian protests, which he labeled “useless.” [ Read more → ]
Patrick Semansky, APCardinal Timothy Dolan

NY Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Catholics ‘outmarketed’ on gay marriage

Friday, November 29, 2013
NEW YORK -- New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the Roman Catholic Church has been "outmarketed" on the issue of same-sex marriage and has been "caricatured as being anti-gay." [ Read more → ]
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Duncan’s Bar Mitzvah – A Call for Freedom to Marry

Thursday, November 28, 2013
On November 9, 2013, Duncan McAlpine Sennett became a Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon. During this important rite of passage for a Jewish 13 year old, the Bar Mitzvah gives a speech or "D'var Torah" relating the biblical text to their own lives and passions. [ Read more → ]
APMacklemore and Ryan Lewis

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis join United Nations’ gay rights campaign

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. hip hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have joined the U.N. Free and Equal Campaign to encourage greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. [ Read more → ]
Chris Brown

Judge lets Chris Brown skip DC court date in alleged homophobic assault

Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON — A judge says R&B singer Chris Brown doesn't have to travel from Los Angeles to Washington to appear in court. [ Read more → ]
Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin tries to ease backlash over gay slur by professing love for a man

Thursday, November 21, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Alec Baldwin jokingly professed his love for a man in front of a large crowd Wednesday as he tried to ease the backlash triggered by an Internet clip that captured him berating a photographer with what sounded like a gay slur. [ Read more → ]
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Klingenschmitt: West Point chapel desecrated by ‘acts of sodomy’ by gay wedding

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Earlier this month, two male West Point cadets were married at U.S. Military Academy’s Cadet Chapel and “Dr. Chaps’ Gordon Klingenschmitt is predictably disgusted because the altar has now been desecrated by having acts of sodomy performed upon it. [ Read more → ]
Russian paratroopers attack a gay activist earlier this year.

Anti-gay activist Scott Lively: Gay people are behind anti-gay violence in Russia

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
While Russia is experiencing an increase in violence directed at gay people and enacting new laws criminalizing pro-gay speech, US Religious Right activists Scott Lively and Linda Harvey are simply denying the prevalence of anti-gay violence. In fact, Lively is blaming other gay people for the uptick in hates crimes. [ Read more → ]
Dan Cathy

Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy receives ‘Champion of Justice and Equality’ award

Sunday, November 17, 2013
ATLANTA -- The Urban League of Greater Atlanta, an organization focused on the economic empowerment of African-Americans, has presented Chick-fi-A President and CEO Dan Cathy with its annual Community Empowerment Award. [ Read more → ]
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