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Families: Beware the homosexual lobby’s agenda

April 18th, 2014 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Gay Activism Comments Off

By John Smeaton, SPUC

Runt Hunt, the acting head of Stonewall, the UK's main homosexual lobby, wrote an article recently for "Pink News" entitled: "We must celebrate equal marriage whilst looking ahead to what is still to be done".

As I say in my forthcoming column in SPUC's Pro-Life Times: "This aggressive homosexual rights group wants to probe right into family homes – yours and mine – to dictate what parents should teach to their children. And they’ll be looking for legislation to enforce this".

Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager who has studied the homosexual lobby in Britain carefully, has written the following helpful reflections on Hunt's article:

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True marriage supporters ‘not welcome’ in New York: councilman

April 18th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Religious Liberty, Thought Crime Comments Off

Councilman Daniel DrommBy Catherine Briggs, LifeSite News

A New York City councilman has effectively told traditional marriage supporters they are “not welcome” in the Big Apple.

In response to Chick-fil-A’s proposed plans to expand their business and set up restaurants in several locations, including New York City, Councilman Daniel Dromm told the Huffington Post that the fast-food chain would not be welcome in the most populous city in the country.

“We don’t need bigots coming to New York City,” Dromm told HuffPost. “They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York’s diverse community, including the LGBT community.”

Chick-fil-A made national headlines in 2012 when CEO Dan Cathy voiced his belief in traditional marriage. His remarks sparked scathing reactions from pro-homosexual politicians and the homosexual lobby.
 
Despite the onslaught of pro-homosexuality antagonism, the fast-food chain received an even larger outpouring of support after the incident, including a nation-wide “Chick-fil-A Day,” during which the restaurant made record-breaking sales.
 
Cathy has recently said he wishes to expand the company and consequently not be so vocal about his personal opinions.
 
This pledge of silence, however, does not placate Councilman Dromm’s desire to keep traditional marriage supporters out of New York City.
 
“We don’t need bigoted people even keeping their opinions to themselves,” Dromm said. “They need to wake up and see reality.”
 
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Organic Grocery Store in Portland, Oregon, Gets the Brendan Eich Treatment

April 17th, 2014 Jill Posted in Freedom Of Speech, Gay Activism, Religious Liberty, Thought Crime Comments Off

By Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Reason.com

When is a purveyor of locally sourced produce and free-range organic meat not welcome in Portland? When it's owned by individuals who don't support marriage equality. So this is really a thing we're doing now, huh folks?

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich's resignation has dominated online discourse for the last week or so. Eich was hit with an onslaught of public disapprobation after being outed by dating site OK Cupid as a supporter of California's now moot same sex marriage ban.
 
The situation in Portland is interesting because it captures a lot of the same sides and themes as the Eich story on a much smaller scale. Here's some background, from The Oregonian:
Facebook and other social media sites have exploded over a soon-to-open fresh meat and vegetable store called Moreland Farmers Pantry. Neighbors and nearby business owners, once excited by the prospect of the new shop, are now backing away.
 
"They’re choosing to open a business in a very open-minded neighborhood," said Tom Brown, owner of Brown Properties and president of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance. "I think their personal views are going to hurt."
There's something beautiful about a man unironically pointing to a community's open-mindedness by way of explaining its commitment to shun those with different viewpoints. Another neighbor called the store's owner naive for thinking someone who doesn't believe in same sex marriage would be able to sell free-range eggs in such a tolerant neighborhood.
 
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Rod Dreher fleshes out What Monster Mormon Chauncy Childs Said in The American Thinker, and updates on the persecution of the Portland restaurateur who believes in same-sex marriage but who publicly criticized the boycott of the Chauncy Childs store in a further article, Portlandia Sharia: The Purge Widens
 
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This is Not Equality

April 17th, 2014 Jill Posted in Equality, Gay Activism Comments Off

By Wendy Wright, Turtle Bay & Beyond

In Nigeria, gunmen kidnapped more than 100 schoolgirls and torched the surrounding town on Tuesday. A day before, a deadly blast killed 71 people. A day later, 18 people were killed in another attack.
 
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department is laser-focused on . . . promoting homosexuality.
 
In 2011, former Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Obama directed all federal agencies working abroad to protect and promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.
 
To give an example how this shakes out, within hours of an arrest – and release the same day – in Uganda of an employee of a US-funded clinic for alleged “unethical research” and “recruiting homosexuals,” the State Department released a statement. This “heightens our concern” for the safety of LGBT individuals.
 
And the U.S. suspended operations of the entire health clinic.
 
Patients and health providers were not at risk by it being open. Instead, shutting down the clinic endangered patients.
This message sounds like, “Nice clinic. Be a shame if anything happened to it.”
 
Going by the Obama administration’s own statements and actions, LGBT rights is more than a priority. As delegates at the UN tell us, it is an obsession.
 
Girls who will be used as sex slaves for terrorists do not rank as high. Neither do Christians and other innocents slaughtered by the thousands in Syria and Nigeria.
 
None else get the full attention of every U.S. agency working abroad.
 
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American pro-family activist LaBarbera arrested in Canada

April 15th, 2014 Jill Posted in Freedom Of Speech, Gay Activism Comments Off

By John-Henry Westen, LifeSite News

A prominent U.S. pro-family activist who was detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency before being allowed into Canada on appeal was arrested late Monday on the campus of the University of Regina. Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality was arrested along with Canadian pro-family activist Bill Whatcott.

The pair were at the university with a poster depicting a child killed by abortion and a sign saying "sodomy is a sin." A video of the incident shows that at first Whatcott was asked to leave the campus by campus security, who were accompanied by police. Whatcott responded that he had won two court cases on freedom of speech. “I do believe I have a charter right to speak here," he said.

Whatcott said that they would have to remove him from campus, because in addition to his charter right, he said, “I believe I have a moral responsibility to share the Gospel with these students.” He added, “I believe this university would not be as rich as it could be if it did not allow me to stay here and speak.”

Just before he was arrested Whatcott said to the guard, “I respect you but I’m not going to obey that order because it’s unjust and it’s illegal.”

As he was warned that he was about to get arrested he said, “Okay, I’m always a peaceful guy.”

As the officer announced his arrest and cuffed him, Whatcott raised his voice slightly to say, “Students, this is wrong. Even those of you who might disagree with me, we are all less free because of this; everybody loses. There are not any winners.” Whatcott concluded, “Shame on this university for suppressing speech.”

LaBarbera, surrounded by police, can be heard on the video saying, “I would rather stay in solidarity with him,” referring to Whatcott. Then he too was arrested.

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When ideology replaces science

April 15th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Science Comments Off

Peter May surveys the role of ideology in the debate over homosexuality.
  • The RCPSych appears to have locked itself into a 'born gay' ideology by ignoring the evidence to the contrary.
  • A Private Members' Motion to regulate psychotherapy includes a highly illiberal clause outlawing psychotherapy for people who want help in reducing unwanted same-sex desires.
  • The UK Council for Psychotherapy has been repeatedly asked to provide evidence for their claim that reparative therapy is harmful – but none has been offered.
In January 2013, a retired engineer published a remarkable paper. He examined in detail the 2007 submission by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to the Church of England's Listening Exercise on Human Sexuality and their almost identical submission to the Pilling Commission in 2012. Rarely, when doctors read medical papers do they examine all the footnotes, but Dermot O'Callaghan did.
 
The origins of homosexuality
 
He noticed that the College had made a significant alteration to their original report. The first said, 'It would appear that sexual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of genetic factors and the early uterine environment.' The second version however, says that it is 'determined by genetic factors and/or the early uterine environment'. While the first version implied that genetic and hormonal influences work together in this, the second version logically allows that orientation could be caused entirely by genes or entirely by hormones. Conversely, it may have nothing to do with genes or nothing to do with hormones. The College thereby admits that there is no compelling evidence to say it is genetic or hormonal. Where then is the evidence that orientation is biological in nature?
 
Regrettably, the College ignores twin studies, a major research field for two decades. An important study published in 2000
(1) showed that among male identical twins, where one was gay, there was an 89% chance that his co-twin was not. As they shared essentially identical genes and intrauterine environments, this implies the importance of later postnatal, non-biological causes, such as life events or choices, in determining sexual orientation.
 
Certainly, genes do not dictate behaviour. Alcoholics, for instance, can resist their genetically influenced cravings. These studies also show that the common analogy with skin colour is demonstrably false.
 
The College claims, 'There is no substantive evidence to support the suggestion that the nature of parenting or early childhood experiences play any role in the formation of a person's fundamental heterosexual or homosexual orientation.'
 
Yet in 2006, a major Danish study reported, 'population-based, prospective evidence that childhood family experiences are important determinants of heterosexual and homosexual marriage decisions in adulthood.' (2) The College appears to have locked itself into a 'born gay' ideology by ignoring the evidence to the contrary. Its argument that causation is 'biological' has led to the widespread belief that LGB people are being 'true to their nature' in homosexual behaviour.
 
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International Coalition Demands Answers from Mozilla Corporation Over Forced CEO Resignation

April 14th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism Comments Off

From Voice of the Voiceless

Two Dozen Organizations Release Open Letter Seeking Clarification of Diversity Policy

Washington, DC — Following CEO Brendan Eich’s forced resignation from Mozilla Corporation due to a $1,000 contribution in 2008 in support of California’s Proposition 8 referendum supporting traditional marriage, Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) has joined two dozen organizations in signing an open letter, asking for a formal clarification from the technology company’s policy on free speech and diversity for heterosexuals, former homosexuals, and religious individuals who adhere to a traditional Biblical view of marriage. The coalition is also seeking an explanation as to why Mr. Eich was forced to resign due to his sincerely held religious beliefs and support for traditional marriage. The letter can be viewed by clicking here.

“Mozilla claims to adhere to an inclusive, safe atmosphere embracing and defending diversity within its organization, yet it contrarily allowed for a workplace environment so hostile to Mr. Eich as to pressure him into resignation,” commented John Ozanich, Advisory Board member of VoV. “Mr. Eich did not make any statements or donations on behalf of Mozilla, but rather, exercised his first amendment rights as a private citizen in his support of Proposition 8. Why is he being punished for living out his faith? Diversity must also embrace free speech and expression, which includes the right to support one’s sincerely held religious beliefs in the public forum.”

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The Most Influential Essay You’ve Never Heard Of

April 13th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Religious Liberty Comments Off

By Joe Carter, Canon and Culture

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”
 
This frequently cited quote is often misattributed to John Maynard Keynes or Winston Churchill. But since no one knows the originator, I’ll claim it as my own. Sometimes when the facts change, I change my mind. Such is the case with this article.
 
This is not the article I set out to write. The facts – or at least my recollection of the facts – changed and I had to change with them. My original thesis was that several years ago LGBQT activists gave assurances that their agenda did not have to conflict with religious liberty rights and that they rejected any claims that opposing homosexual rights was akin to racial discrimination. I thought they too had once claimed, as law scholar Doug Kmiec said nine years ago, that it was “inconceivable” that “a successful analogy will be drawn in the public mind between irrational, and morally repugnant, racial discrimination and the rational, and at least morally debatable, differentiation of traditional and same-sex marriage.”
 
I had thought the claims that those who opposed homosexual behavior were “bigots” and “essentially arguing for homosexual Jim Crow laws” was a recent change in radical rhetoric. But I was wrong.
 
For several weeks I searched to find a single prominent LGBQT activist who supported religious conscience exemptions for individuals. I could not find a single one. The closest I could find was the view expressed by Chai Feldblum, an LGBT rights activist and current Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 2006, Feldblum said:
 
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Backlash mounts against the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear Christian photographers’ appeal

April 9th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Gay Marriage Comments Off

Rod Dreher's 'Law of Merited Impossibility' — Nothing bad will happen to you gay marriage opponents, and when it does, you will deserve it

By Ben Johnson, LifeSite News

By refusing to hear an appeal, the Supreme Court let stand a New Mexico court ruling that states business owners must participate in same-sex "wedding" or commitment ceremonies, even if doing so violates their faith.

The reaction from concerned observers continues to pour in.
 
The high court refused to hear Elane Photography v. Willock, in which the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that Christian photographers Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin were wrong to decline photographing the 2007 commitment ceremony of lesbian couple Vanessa Willock and Misti Collinsworth.
 
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins called the dismissal “a gross violation of the First Amendment.”
“Our nation's long tradition of respecting conscience is likely why 85 percent of Americans, according to a Rasmussen poll, support the right of photographers to decline participation in a same-sex wedding ceremony,” he said.
 
“At issue is the fundamental question of whether the state can pretend to be a god over the conscience,” said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
 
“At issue is whether these persons will be forced by the coercive power of the state to participate in something they believe to be sinful. The audacity of the New Mexico Supreme Court in saying that the crucifixion of conscience is the price of citizenship is breathtaking,” he said.
 
Such a ruling “is damaging not only to the conscience rights of Christians, but to all citizens. When we decide, as a country, that state power trumps the rights of conscience, we are treading on self-evident, inalienable rights, granted not by government but by God.”
 
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Read also:  Gay activists aim to shut down Oregon health food store over owner’s support for true marriage
 
 
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Gay teacher who writes books challenging homophobia has resigned after parents complained they did not want him to teach their children

April 7th, 2014 Jill Posted in Children/Family, Gay Activism, Sexualisation Comments Off

By Lucy Osborne, Mailonline

A gay assistant head teacher has been forced to resign after Muslim parents complained that they did not want their children learning that it’s OK to be homosexual.

The dispute at Birmingham’s Chilwell Croft Academy, which mainly involved Muslim parents, is the latest controversy surrounding a secular state school in the city.

Andrew Moffat, who resigned from the primary school in December and will leave his post this month, said some Christian parents had also complained.

But fellow teachers are concerned that the respected teacher may have been the victim of an alleged plot by Muslim extremists to force non-Muslim teachers out and replace them with hardliners.

Last month a letter was circulated referring to a ‘Trojan Horse’ plot for Muslim extremists to take over the running of schools in Birmingham.

The authenticity of the letter is unclear but its very existence led to a flood of allegations from parents and staff at several schools .

At least 12 schools are under now investigation by the Department for Education (DfE) following allegations that strict Islamic practices have been introduced there.

Mr Moffat has written several articles and books on homophobia in schools, in which he makes recommendations of how to teach children how to be tolerant.

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Mozilla CEO Forced Out: The “Resignation” Heard Round the World

April 5th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism Comments Off

By Laurie Higgins, Illinois Family Institute

It shouldn’t have taken the forced resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for the Left to admit that homosexual activists and their water-carrying ideological servants have no interest in dialogue, diversity, or tolerance. Jack-booted homosexualists demanded that Eich, co-founder of Mozilla and inventor of JavaScript, be fired for his $1,000 donation to the Prop 8 campaign in California six years ago.

I guess it’s semi-official: American citizens who believe marriage is inherently sexually complementary cannot work in America—not even in their own companies. Remember this the next time someone condescendingly asserts that the legalization of same-sex “marriage” couldn’t possibly affect society at large in any negative way.
 
I wonder how many of those who drove Brendan Eich out of his job voted for Barack Obama when he publicly opposed the legalization of same-sex “marriage”—you know, before his “evolution.”
 
For those with short memories, Prop 8 was the ballot initiative that was passed in California that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and then was overturned by a homosexual activist judge whose “reasoning” has been widely criticized.
 
Now the story Eich story is shifting a bit. Unpleasant homosexual activist and radio personality Michael Signorile asserts that it wasn’t merely that Eich donated to Prop 8 that led to his compulsory resignation. His additional crimes are that 22 years ago Eich supported Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaign and then more recently Eich supported (horror of horrors) Ron Paul.
 
So now corporations large and small will have ideological litmus tests for upper management? “Affirm sodomy and cross-dressing or look for employment elsewhere–preferably on another planet. Oh, and we will need to see your voting record for your entire life as well.”
 
Read here
 
Check out Firefox's Dashboard for feedback and comments on this decision.  Readers can add their own.
 
Read also:  Inclusive, Safe, and Welcoming to All? from Stand to Reason blog
 
The Mozilla controversy suggests that the sexual revolution is getting ugly by Ed West, Spectator
 
What Mozilla Means by Robert P George, First Things
 
If they can hound out Brendan Eich for being anti-gay marriage, who will be next? by Tim Stanley, Telegraph
 
Sign the NoZilla pledge here
 
 
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Mozilla’s co-founder is out. So is tolerance

April 4th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism Comments Off

By Ryan T Anderson, The Foundry

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich has resigned as CEO after a week of public pressure stemming from a campaign contribution he made six years ago. Eich supported the wrong cause; he supported California’s Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

For some who favor the redefinition of marriage, tolerance appears to have been a useful rhetorical device along the way to eliminating dissent.
 
Eich, on the other hand, seems to have been quite tolerant. As Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker, commenting on the development, said of Eich’s 15 years at Mozilla, "I never saw any kind of behavior or attitude from him that was not in line with Mozilla’s values of inclusiveness.”
 
The outrageous response is the result of one private, personal campaign contribution to support marriage as a male-female union, a view affirmed at the time by President Barack Obama, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, and countless other prominent officials. After all, Prop 8 passed with the support of 7 million California voters.
 
So was President Obama a bigot back when he supported marriage as the union of a man and woman? And is characterizing political disagreement on this issue—no matter how thoughtfully expressed—as hate speech really the way to find common ground and peaceful co-existence?
 
When Obama “evolved” on the issue just over a year ago, he insisted that the debate about marriage was legitimate. He said there are people of goodwill on both sides.
 
Supporters of marriage as we’ve always understood it (a male-female union) “are not coming at it from a mean-spirited perspective,” Obama explained. “They’re coming at it because they care about families.”
 
 
 
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Same-Sex Marriage: A ‘Truth Serum’ for Evangelicals

April 3rd, 2014 Jill Posted in Charity, Gay Activism Comments Off

By Dr Richard E Land, Christian Post

What a week! It started with World Vision announcing that it had changed its employment policy to allow partners in a legal, same-sex relationship to be employees. This action set off a theological firestorm both because of the organization making the decision – World Vision U.S. ranks among America's top ten charities and serves over 100 million people in at least 100 countries – and the breath-taking nature of the shift in theology and doctrine it seemed to signify.

Amazingly, in making the announcement, Richard Stearns, World Vision president, explained "this is not an endorsement of same-sex marriage. We have decided we are not going to get into that debate. Nor is this a rejection of traditional marriage, which we affirm and support."

[...]  As World Vision has learned, Evangelicals cannot declare "neutrality" on this issue, and it cannot be fudged or finessed. If you tolerate same-sex marriage and/or same-sex behavior as acceptable morality for Christians, then you have rebelled against biblical authority and departed from the orthodox faith of biblical Christianity.

As the World Vision episode illustrates so vividly, the same-sex marriage issue will act like a truth serum, dividing true Evangelicals from the faux Evangelicals who seek to travel under the Evangelical banner while denying the biblical faith of their Evangelical forefathers.

Perhaps in the final analysis the same-sex marriage and homosexual issue will purify and refine Evangelicalism (always a prerequisite for true spiritual revival) by causing those who accept the current politically correct zeitgeist to be known. As the Apostle John said long ago, "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not of us."

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Candidate Scott Lively shocks politicians and audience at Massachussetts LGBT gubernatorial debate

April 1st, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism Comments Off

Pastor Scott LivelyFrom MassResistance

Pastor Scott Lively, an independent candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, shocked the other politicians and audience members at a televised candidate forum on "LGBTQ issues" at the Boston Public Library on March 25. Rather than join in the pro-"gay" chorus, Lively described the truths about those behaviors from a medical, sociological, and biblical standpoint. It was a cold dose of common sense that few there had heard before.

All seven of the other candidates for Governor — both Democrats and Independents, including the current state Attorney General and Treasurer — enthusiastically voiced their support for the homosexual and transgender agendas and their willingness to advance them in the state if elected.

For most people it's particularly frightening to see the extent that many politicians are willing to bow to the radical homosexual and transgender movement seemingly without any second thoughts. Few pro-family people realize that.

But Lively told the group that as governor he "would ban LGBT propaganda to children." Regarding laws supporting transgenderism he said, "It's perfectly rational and reasonable to exercise discrimination on those grounds . . . We should be helping people to overcome this and not encourage those who persist in the delusion."  [...]

An important lesson for the pro-family movement

Many conservatives, including us, have stated repeatedly that the major factor for pro-family losses on these issues has been the almost universal reluctance of politicians and pro-family leaders to tell the truth. Instead, under pressure they usually sink into a mushy morass of political correctness and moral compromise (e.g., civil unions, "gay" adoptions). In our opinion, that's how we lost the major gay-marriage court cases last year and it's how we continue to lose in legislatures, in courtrooms, and in the public square.

Our people, and particularly our politicians, are deathly afraid of being called names or demeaned by the liberal establishment. It's the road to hell.

Without the truth there are no weapons for a fight, only gradual capitulation. But telling the truth forcefully and fearlessly over and over again is the basis of victory over a movement that depends on lies and disinformation for its success.

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Gay Intolerance: Another Glaring Example

April 1st, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism Comments Off

by Michael Brown, Christian Post

We've heard it for years now from gay activists. "You need to be tolerant and inclusive. You need to embrace diversity."
 
The only problem is that in reality, tolerance, inclusivity, and diversity only go one way, and pity the person the person who dare challenges that narrow and exclusive way.
 
This is a lesson that Brendan Eich, the CEO of the internet giant Mozilla, just learned firsthand, with employees calling for his resignation because, in 2008, he made a donation to support Proposition 8 in California, upholding marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Of course, had he supported the redefinition of marriage in 2008, he would be hailed as a hero today.
 
Just think of Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, who, together with his wife, donated $2.5 million to support the effort to redefine marriage in Washington State in 2012, to the celebration of the media.
 
Or think of Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, and also an avid supporter of homosexual "marriage."
 
When a Starbucks shareholder noted at a public meeting in March, 2013 that profits were down after a boycott of Starbucks was called for by pro-family organizations, Schultz gave an unequivocal reply, which was widely praised: "If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it's a free country. You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much."
 
Ah, the voice of tolerance and diversity!
 
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Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow tie the knot in lavish Stock ceremony

March 31st, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Gay Marriage Comments Off

By Will Watkinson, Essex Chronicle

As same sex marriages became legal this weekend an Essex couple became one of the first in the UK to tie the knot.

Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow were wed at Greenwoods Hotel & Spa in Stock on Saturday (March 29) in a £80,000 ceremony after same sex marriages became legal at midnight.

National media and Closer magazine flocked to see what is believed was the first same-sex marriage ever in Essex under new legislation.

Barrie, 43, said just before they tied the knot: “I’m very nervous but also very excited – the preparations have been a nightmare but we are very happy.”

[...]  Outside the venue a number of people from the organisation “Gay marriage no thanks” were in attendance.

Director of the group, Dr Lisa Nolland travelled up from Bristol she said: “We are here because we believe in the idea of family. We believe that a child has a right to a mother.

“We know after research that some children express a need for a mother as they get older.”

Alan Craig, 67, from the group claimed that the marriage wasn’t legal because the couple haven’t removed themselves from their civil partnership.

He said: “This marriage is fake. It’s just a PR stunt to promote their gay case.

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Religious leaders support marriage for same-sex couples

March 29th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Gay Marriage Comments Off

Joint press release from the Cutting Edge Consortium and the LGBTI Anglican Coalition

We rejoice that from tomorrow same-sex couples will be able to marry in England and Wales.

As persons of faith, we welcome this further development in our marriage law, which has evolved over the centuries in response to changes in society and in scientific knowledge.

We acknowledge that some (though not all) of the faith organisations to which we belong do not share our joy, and continue to express opposition in principle to such marriages. We look forward to the time, sooner rather than later, when all people of faith will feel able to welcome this development.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Sued For Extremism, FBI Dumps Them as Resource

March 29th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism, Healing Comments Off

From Voice of the Voiceless

A cunning strategist demonstrates his skill against his appointed adversary by undermining his enemy while advancing his own position in the same move. And what more cruel, envious, cowardly and deceptive tactic to get ahead in the game than by psychological warfare to convince an adversary that his success is a total impossibility while advancing your own position ?
 
In 2002, former homosexual Richard Weller writes in ‘Confessions of a Former Homosexual’,
“I was 100% gay, now I am 100% recovered…..the media “spin” on homosexuality makes me feel that I can’t stay silent anymore! Like many young gays, I tried to commit suicide because I didn’t think there was a way out. “[1]
Fortunately, Richard did find a way out and is alive today to tell of it. Like untold numbers of former homosexuals who wished to live in compliance with the natural and written laws of their faith, to avoid the devastating medical consequences of the behavior, or to simply lead a normal, fruitful life. If ever there was a truly fundamental right, it is the right to self-determination.
 
Unfortunately, for those seeking change there are also those who would deny them that right to their own self-determination. Whether motivated by their shame in a failure to change, a lack of desire to change, negative experiences in attempting to change or for purely political purposes, the homosexual lobby itself leads the charge in denying the right to self-determination in order to advance their own ideology hoping for politically protected legal status based on unproven claims of a physiological basis for homosexuality which would justify such protections. Even as the American Psychological Association recently updated its official statement based on cumulative research to admit,
 
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Clergy should defy Church’s ‘morally outrageous’ gay marriage ban, says bishop

March 28th, 2014 Jill Posted in Gay Activism Comments Off

By John Bingham, Telegraph

Gay clergy should follow their conscience and defy the Church of England’s restrictions on same-sex marriage, a prominent bishop has said as the most radical change ever made to the legal definition of marriage in Britain comes into force.

The Rt Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, said priests should be “creative” to get around restrictions on blessings for same-sex couples and that gay clergy who wish to marry should do so in defiance of the official line.

He also claimed that several current serving bishops are themselves in gay partnerships, and urged them to publicly acknowledge their status for the sake of “honesty and truthfulness” and even consider marrying.

Joined by an alliance of seven retired bishops, he condemned the Church’s position on gay marriage as “morally outrageous” and said it made him “ashamed”.

His outspoken intervention comes as the Church braces itself for rebellion from some gay priests but pressure from overseas not to soften its stance or risk breaking up an 80 million-strong global church.

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LETTERS: Same-sex weddings with our blessing

March 28th, 2014 Jill Posted in Church of England, Gay Activism, Gay Marriage Comments Off

From Camden New Journal

THIS week, and for the first time, gay and lesbian couples will be celebrating their wedding day in many venues across Camden.

Some will have waited many years for this moment to celebrate the love that they have found in each other; and for all there will have been opposition and struggle at times. Their wedding day will be a time of joy and happiness as they make vows, declare their love, and rejoice with family and friends.

As members of the clergy of the Church of England in Camden we want to offer our congratulations to them and their families and friends and our very best wishes to them for many happy years of married life together.

Marriage brings strength to both partners in good times and in bad, so that they may find strength, companionship and comfort and grow to maturity in love. Marriage is a way of life that is holy and is a sign of unity and fidelity which all should uphold and honour. In the marriage service of the Church we begin the service with these words: “God is love, and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them” 1 John 4:16 – we pray for all those who are marrying this year – that they may find rich comfort and blessing in each other for the whole of their life together.

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