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Gays are possessed by ‘putrid smelling’ demons that even pigs won’t tolerate

KYLE MANTYLA | Right Wing Watch | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Bert Farias, founder of Holy Fire Ministries, had a piece published on Charisma Magazine’s website Tuesday in which he begged gay people to “please do not get upset with me” for trying to tell them “the raw, naked truth about homosexuality,” promising that if they will just listen to him, they “will see that I am actually trying to help you.”

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Catholic worker fired after her same-sex marriage became public sues diocese

| Thursday, July 17, 2014
In this April 22, 2014 photo Colleen Simon fills an order for a family of seven at the food pantry of St. Francis Xavier in Kansas City, Mo.
A parish food pantry worker who was fired over her marriage to another woman sued the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on Thursday, the latest in a growing number of clashes over gay rights between Roman Catholic leaders and their employees nationwide. Colleen Simon, 57, said the diocese and the parish where she worked knew she was married ...

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N.C. pastors call on governor to defend state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pastors from across North Carolina gathered Tuesday to call on Gov. Pat McCrory to defend the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the face of lawsuits from same-sex couples in the state and around the country. When McCrory, a Republican, ran for governor in 2012, he supported the state amendment that defined marriage ...

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Kansas same-sex marriage opponents to revive religious freedom debate

| Sunday, July 6, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas legislators will face renewed pressure next year to provide additional legal protections to those who want to avoid accommodating same-sex couples for religious reasons in the wake of federal courts nationwide invalidating state gay marriage bans. A "religious freedom" measure failed in the Legislature earlier this year...

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Anti-gay Archbishop under investigation for sexual misconduct with other men

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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John Nienstedt, the Catholic archbishop who championed the failed effort to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota, is facing a church investigation over allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships with other men, including priests and seminary students. “I believe that the investigators have received about ten sworn statements alleging sexual impropriety ...

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Hobby Lobby decision is a threat to LGBTQ civil rights gains

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A demonstrator dressed as the 'Bible' stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Court ruled that  corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
LGBTQ rights, particularly marriage equality, have made incredible advances over the past year. But, like other great human rights struggles, organized opponents are working hard to contain and undermine movement gains. Many in the LGBTQ community may be unaware of the Religious Right's strategy to undermine civil rights gains by establishing ever-larger exemptions...

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Vatican: Many Catholics ignore teachings on marriage, homosexuality

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
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VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican admitted Thursday that most Catholics around the world reject its teachings about sex and contraception as an intrusion into their private lives, and are ignorant of other core doctrines about marriage, divorce and homosexuality. The Vatican blamed its own priests for much of the problem, saying they simply aren't ...

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First transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral

| Saturday, June 21, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be a guest preacher on Sunday. He'll be the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral.

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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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Presbyterian Church recognizes same-sex marriage as ‘Christian’

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Gary Lyon, of Leechburg, PA, left, and Bill Samford, of Hawley, PA., celebrate after a vote allowing Presbyterian pastors discretion in marrying same-sex couples at the 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church at Cobo Hall, in Detroit, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of "two people," not just "a man and a woman."
DETROIT -- The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to redefine Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people" instead of only "a man and a woman." The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the next year.

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