Anti-gay preacher comes to campus, student response is incredible


An anti-gay preacher at James Madison University in Virginia was met with an amazing response from students. Just watch!

Remember kids, Christians do not teach or preach hatred and Jesus loved everyone.

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Top NOM Official Defects, Takes 290,000 Facebook Fans With Him


Louis Marinelli was a key strategist for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM). He was responsible for developing the grassroots and online messaging strategy for the group and had been leading NOM’s national bus tour.

Recently, Marinelli defected to announce that he has undergone a “transition” from ardent opponent of LGBT rights and marriage equality to supporting full marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Marinelli posted this on his blog:

Having spent the last five years putting all of my political will, interest and energy into fighting against the spread of same-sex marriage as if it were a contagious disease, I must admit that it is hard for me to put the following text into words let alone utter them with my own voice.

Whether it is an issue of disbelief, shame or embarrassment, the one thing that is for sure is that I have come to this point after several months of an internal conflict with myself. That conflict gradually tore away at me until recently when I was able to for the first time simply admit to myself that I do in fact support civil marriage equality.

Apparently traveling the nation and witnessing the handful of NOM supporters and anti-LGBT protestors met with hundreds or even thousands of supporters of equality really puts things into perspective.

But the best part is, with Marinelli’s exit from the group, NOM lost 290,000 Facebook followers. The group’s page was down to only 15 fans at one point, but has since regained a few hundred crazies.

Why did Lady Gaga Partner with Target, a Supporter of Anti-Gay Candidates?


When Lady Gaga announced an exclusive partnership with Target for the release of Born This Way, I thought she had sold out her gay fans for the money of corporate America.

Turns out, this partnership could be a positive thing. In an interview with Bilboard magazine, Gaga reveals she was uncomfortable with the Target partnership when it was first discussed, and she met with “the entire executive staff” at the company to clear up her misgivings. She says tell Billboard:

That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting. Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past … our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those [antigay] groups.

This is interesting. I cannot say I am convinced, but I can say I appreciate Gaga discussing the Target deal somewhat openly for her gay fans. It will be even more interesting to see if Target actually changes its ways, or if this was just another business promise from corporate America. In the end, this very may have been just another business decision rather than a moral one.

Blogger Tells Chick-Fil-A to “Get Mor Equal”


At GetMorEqual.com, an anonymous blogger has taken up the issue of Chick-Fil-A’s support of anti-gay hate groups.

The blogger tells Queerty:

So once Chick-Fil-A’s donations to anti-gay groups came out, I got to thinking about a way to poke some fun at them; boycotting is great, but it’s such a private endeavor. Anyway, I arrived at the idea of trying to co-opt their long-running ad campaign and give it a gay spin. Cows for equality, so to speak, boycotting Chick-Fil-A and spreading a message of LGBT tolerance and love. I ended up with this.

I love it! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help!

Gay MEP Michael Cashman criticises UN General Assemblypresident’s ‘unacceptable’ anti-gay views


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From PinkNews:

As PinkNews.co.uk reported last week, Ali Abdussalam Treki said that homosexuality is “not really acceptable”.

Treki, who is the Libyan secretary of African Union Affairs, opened the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly last Friday with a press conference.

One question concerned the UN resolution which calls for the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.

In reply, Treki said: “That matter is very sensitive, very touchy. As a Muslim, I am not in favour of it . . . it is not accepted by the majority of countries. My opinion is not in favour of this matter at all. I think it’s not really acceptable by our religion, our tradition.

“It is not acceptable in the majority of the world. And there are some countries that allow that, thinking it is a kind of democracy . . . I think it is not,” he added.

In a statement released today, Cashman attacked the “inappropriate and unacceptable” comments.

He said: “Such statements are totally inappropriate and unacceptable. He must now speak on behalf of those who do not have a voice and forget his religious beliefs which must remain private. He must realise that the implications of his words could legitimise violence towards LGBT people.”

Cashman, who is the president of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT rights, called on Treki to “think again” and added: “He is there to defend the principles of the United Nations and that includes the Universal Declaration Human Rights Act 1948 and all following amendments and covenants of rights, including LGBT human rights.”

The resolution on homosexuality which Treki referred to was signed by 66 countries and passed last December.

AP: Mormon image suffers after gay marriage fight


Wow…I am glad to hear that those who combat equality suffer for their prejudices.

From the Associated Press:

The Mormon church’s vigorous support for the California ballot measure that banned gay marriage last year has turned the Utah-based faith into a lightning rod for gay rights activism.

A nationwide “kiss-in” Saturday comes after gay couples in Salt Lake City, San Antonio and El Paso, Texas were arrested and cited for tresspassing or harrassed by police for publicly kissing.

In Utah, the July 9 trespassing incident occurred after a couple were observed by security guards on a downtown plaza owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The court case was dismissed, but the kiss sparked a community backlash and criticism of the church.

Church observers say the church’s intervention into California politics has left the faith’s image tarnished.

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