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Anglican Church to allow gay bishops

LONDON (AFP) – The Anglican Church was on Monday set to approve controversial guidelines allowing openly homosexual clergy to become bishops. In a paper due to be published Monday, the Church will seek to move in line with Britain’s Equality Act by updating its rules to permit celibate homosexual men…

U.N. backs equal rights for gays

GENEVA (Reuters) – The top U.N. human rights body declared Friday there should be no discrimination or violence against people based on their sexual orientation, a vote Western countries called historic but Islamic states firmly rejected. The controversial resolution marked the first time that the Human Rights Council recognized the…

UN rights council backs ‘historic’ gay equality bill

GENEVA (AFP) – The UN Human Rights Council on Friday passed a “historic” resolution that seeks equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation, marking significant progress for gay rights. The resolution tabled by South Africa passed with 23 votes in favour, 19 against and three abstentions, despite strong opposition…

Over 100 Omaha-area pastors call for end to anti-LGBT religious discrimination

More than 100 Omaha Christian ministers fed up with the stereotype that Christians are anti-LGBT have signed a proclamation calling for an end to religious and civil discrimination based on sexual orientation. The proclamation was started by Rev. Eric Elnes, minister at the 1,500 members strong Countryside Community Church. Leaders…

Taiwan presidential candidate refuses to answer question about her sexuality

A would-be presidential candidate in Taiwan on Saturday refused to answer questions over her sexual orientation and lashed out at a political leader who had asked her to clarify whether she was gay. “I don’t want to answer his question and I most certainly won’t do it. If I answer…

Gay judge never considered dropping Prop 8 case

SAN FRANCISCO – The judge who struck down California’s gay marriage ban never considered his own homosexuality as a reason to recuse himself from the case, he said on Wednesday. Former U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who retired from the bench at the end of February, said it would not…

Mike Huckabee backs reinstating military ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy

Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee said Tuesday he would support re-imposing the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military if elected president. “I would — because that’s really what the military wants,” Huckabee told OneNewsNow. “There’s been some talk that the military is…

Exclusive: Ohio anti-union bill may curtail benefits for unmarried live-in couples

Buried in a newly-passed Ohio bill stripping the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions is language that could curtail benefits for unmarried domestic couples who work for the state, regardless of sexual orientation. The provision appears just below language forcefully restating the same-sex marriage ban in the state, an…

School outed teen to parents, said it was ‘legally obligated’: lawsuit

Two softball coaches at a Texas high school are being sued after allegedly confining a teenaged girl in a locked room, forcing her to confirm her sexual orientation, then outing her to her parents before ejecting her from the softball team. The lawsuit states that the school district defended the…

UN restores gay reference in anti-violence resolution

Gay rights advocates scored a hard-fought victory at the U.N. on Tuesday when member states restored a reference to sexual orientation, dropped last month from a resolution opposing the unjustified killing of minority groups. The removal of the reference, at the urging of African and Arab countries last month, alarmed…

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