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Methodist pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding appeals his defrocking

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim's wedding to another man, arrives for a Methodist judicial panel appeal hearing of his defrocking in Linthicum, Md. Friday, June 20, 2014.
LINTHICUM, Md. -- A United Methodist pastor on Friday asked a church appeals panel to overturn a decision to defrock him for refusing to promise to uphold the church's law, which bans ministers from performing same-sex marriages. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, had his ministerial credentials stripped last year after a trial jury found ...

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Perry acknowledges he ‘stepped right in it’ with anti-gay remarks

Friday, June 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it was a mistake for him to compare alcoholism and homosexuality in an effort to explain his views. Perry said Thursday at a forum hosted by The Christian Science Monitor that he "stepped right in it" after being asked during a trip to California last week if homosexuality is a disorder.

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Congressman: ‘Real men’ oppose same-sex marriage, protect ‘your woman’

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), the chief sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment, had a message for “every man in America” at Thursday's "March for Marriage" rally in Washington: “Your woman, your wife, she needs you, it’s time you become a real man and stand up.”

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Brian Brown confident anti-gay activists ‘stand on the right side of history’

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Speaking at the "March for Marriage" rally in Washington on Thursday, National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown declared that those fighting against marriage equality will never give up and will eventually be victorious because "we stand for the truth about marriage."

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Huckabee: Failure to stop gay marriage will unleash God’s judgment upon the nation

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Mike Huckabee closed out Thursday's "March for Marriage" rally in Washington with a speech dedicated primarily to excoriating the nation's judicial system for striking down various bans on gay marriage and demanding that legislators, political leaders, and citizens alike all stop abiding by such rulings, warning that failure to do so will result in God unleashing his judgment upon this nation.

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Defrocked Methodist pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding appeals punishment

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
In this June 14, 2014 photo, Frank Schaefer, speaks to parishioners after receiving an Open Door Award for his public advocacy during a ceremony marking 10 years of legal gay marriage in Massachusetts, at Old South Church, in Boston on June 14, 2014.
Frank Schaefer lost his job but not his voice. Defrocked by the United Methodist Church six months ago for officiating his son's same-sex wedding, Schaefer has gained a following among reformers who want the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination to loosen its policies on homosexuality.

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Christie denounces comment by Perry comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

Friday, June 13, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a visit to San Francisco on Friday, June 13,  2014.
SAN FRANCISCO -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is denouncing comments by fellow Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry comparing homosexuality to alcoholism in which people can choose to change their behavior. Perry said earlier this week that people may feel “compelled to follow a particular lifestyle” but have the ability to decide not to do that.

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Hillary Clinton defends her support of same-sex marriage

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Hillary Clinton participates in a conversation about her career in government and her new book, "Hard Choices.," at the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York, Thursday, June 12, 2014.
NEW YORK -- Hillary Rodham Clinton tersely defended her initial opposition to gay marriage, denying in a radio interview that political reasons were behind her shift last year to supporting same-sex marriage. She accused the host of the show of "playing with my words."

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Texas governor Rick Perry sees link between alcoholism, homosexuality

Thursday, June 12, 2014
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SAN FRANCSICO -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry drew a comparison between alcoholism and homosexuality, during a talk Wednesday night that focused mainly on the economy. Perry, who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential contender, was then asked whether he believed homosexuality was a disorder.

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Mat Staver struggles to defend allowing businesses to discriminate against gays

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Testifying before a House committee today about supposed threats to religious freedom in the U.S., Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver struggled to defend his support for allowing businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

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