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Gay Marriage News Watch: RBG, AR, CO, WV, WI, IN, FL, NC, GA, MO, WY - VIDEO


AFER's Matt Baume reports on Ruth Bader Ginsberg's comments about SCOTUS action on gay marriage; holds on cases/rulings in Colorado, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Indiana; Florida and Arkansas officials appealing pro-equality rulings in their states, new polling numbers on support for gay marriage in North Carolina, new studies on the economic benefit of marriage equality, and more.


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Posted Sep. 22,2014 at 8:00 AM EST by in Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (0)


Liam Payne Says 'I'm 100% Not Homophobic...Also Not Gay' After Alleged Nude Photo Leak

One Direction's Liam Payne spoke out on Twitter on Sunday after a series of grainy photos taken from a video allegedly showing the singer nude on a bed engaging in sexual acts with another man were posted to the social network and quickly spread.

2_paynePayne responded on Twitter:

“Wow as if people think that weird photo going around is actually me lol think id rather tweet a full frontal than have people look at that🙈"

He added, in a second tweet:

"I'm 100% not homophobic. But I'm also 100% not gay so when somebody says I am I'm gunna say I'm not which does not make me a homophobe"

As you may recall, Payne caused a stir on Instagram over the summer when he posted a blurred-out full-frontal of himself which later turned out to be a prank. He also faced the wrath of Twitter in January after a tweet he posted supporting Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson went viral.

Earlier this week:
One Direction's Niall Horan 'Cracks Up' Over Gay Rumors After 'Kissing' Vine Surfaces

Posted Sep. 21,2014 at 5:26 PM EST by in Liam Payne, News, One Direction | Permalink | Comments (18)

Grindr Addresses Concerns Over Egyptian Police Using App To Arrest Gay Men

Grindr2Grindr has responded to claims that its popular networking application is being used by Egyptian police to target and arrest gay men. Reports of Egyptian authorities using apps like Grindr to locate, expose, and jail men for violating the country’s laws criminalizing public homosexuality first surfaced in August following a massive security leak that left most Grindr users location data open and exposed to the public. Grindr, which released  a preliminary patch to the security flaw in early September, assured its users that the hack allowing third parties to triangulate a specific person’s location was not, in fact, an oversight on their part.

“Since October 2013, there has been a real manhunt for gay people in Egypt.” Samia A., an underground LGBT rights campaigner told France24, “The police aren’t just targeting well-known gay hangouts, they are increasingly raiding homes when they think there is an LGBT party going on.”

As of October, 2013, some 77 individuals have been arrested in Egypt thanks to the Egyptian police’s coordinated efforts targeting LGBT gatherings, something Grindr says it is trying to curtail.

"We monitor and review all reports of security issues regularly," representatives for the social network assured The Advocate. "As such, we continue to evaluate and make ongoing changes as necessary to protect our users."

Posted Sep. 21,2014 at 5:15 PM EST by in Egypt, Grindr | Permalink | Comments (3)

Hundreds Rally at Utah Capitol Against Adoption and Marriage Rights for Gay Couples: VIDEO


A group of several hundred anti-gay protesters showed up at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday to voice their opposition to both gay marriage and gay adoption, The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

SummerhaysSupporters of man-woman marriage holding signs declaring "biology is not bigotry" and "two moms don’t equal a dad" cheered long and loud as conservative activist Mary Summerhays [pictured] projected on a screen images of same-sex couples and their children.

"This child has a mother," she said, as an image of Matthew Baraza and Tony Milner filled the screen. In it, the two men were holding their son Jesse. "These are the faces of the children who will pay the price of redefining marriage." [...]

Summerhays, who leads the organizing group of Thursday’s rally, Utah Celebration of Marriage, said these children were among the chief reasons several hundred people gathered under the painted dome of the Utah State Capitol: to demonstrate to local and national officials, to media and onlookers that there is still support in Utah for so-called "traditional" families, made up of one mother and one father.

Gay rights supporters also showed up to voice their own opinions on the matter. 

Watch a FOX 13 report on the rally, AFTER THE JUMP...

Next week, the Supreme Court will consider seven petitions from five states - Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin - on whether those states' gay marriage bans are unconstitutional. 

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Posted Sep. 21,2014 at 4:03 PM EST by in Gay Adoption, Gay Marriage, News, Utah | Permalink | Comments (17)

South Africa Pro-Gay Mosque Draws Backlash

Taj hargeyOxford University professor Taj Hargey’s open mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, has drawn the attention--and ire--of the local conservative Muslim community. In the past Hargey, who is the Director of Oxford’s Muslim Education Centre and Imam of the university’s Islamic Congregation, has taken controversial stances against burkas and Britain’s common practice mass processing meat by halal standards. The open mosque, which opened last Friday, is open to gays and non-Muslims, and invites women to lead prayers. Despite its seeming departure from policies traditionally associated with mosques, Hargey says that the his mosque’s openness is rooted in the core ideas of Islam.

“You go to churches and often see the sign ‘All welcome’. This is the single mosque in the whole country that sadly has the words ‘All welcome’ underneath it.” Hargey explained to Eyewitness News, an South African news outlet.

“I decided that being Cape Town-born I had to do something. We had a political evolution in this country 20 years ago and what we need now is a religious revolution, especially in the Muslim community. We wanted a mosque that reflects 21st century South Africans not some seventh century utopia that never existed.”

Response to the open mosque has been swift. The Muslim Judicial Council, an umbrella organization of the South African Islamic clergy, condemned the mosque, stating that Hargey’s establishment cannot be considered a true mosque given that it does not adhere to both the Qur'aan and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammed.

Though representatives from the MJC have expressed the organization’s refusal to recognize the mosque’s legitimacy and urged people not to attend. Protestors gathered during the mosque's opening despite the MJC discouraging any type of organized demonstration.

"Being a religion of peace, Islam advocates amicable and peaceful solutions.”  MJC media liason Nabeweya Malick said to iAfrica News. “The MJC has not called for any protest action against the establishment of the open mosque."

Listen to Taj Hargey speak to Eyewitness News about the opening open mosque AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Sep. 21,2014 at 3:15 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (5)

Catholic Church To Married Gay Couple: You Must Divorce In Order To Receive Communion Again

A Catholic church in Montana has told two gay men that they can no longer receive communion simply because of their gay marriage and, in order to do so again, they must file for divorce.  

The two men, Paul Huff, 66, and Tom Wojtowick, 73, have been together for over 30 years and were married in Seattle in 2013. They've attended Saint Leo The Great Catholic Church in the town of Lewistown since 2003 and have also been members of the church's choir. The've also now been denied participation in that church group.

The Great Falls Tribune reports on the events leading up to the ban:


According to Huff, four days after the Rev. Samuel Spiering was installed as the new administrator of St. Leo's, the priest left a phone message at their home asking that either Huff or Wojtowick return his call. "He said, 'I heard a rumor that you two got married,'" Huff recalled.

When Huff confirmed that he and Wojtowick had indeed been joined in a civil ceremony 15 months earlier, Spiering asked for both men to meet him at his office the next day. It was at that point that Spiering informed both men that because of their marriage, they could no longer receive the sacraments in the church or be part of any ministry.

Huff and Wojtowick were also told that to regain full privileges within St. Leo's, they must first obtain a divorce, cease living together and write a statement renouncing their prior marriage.

Speaking to to the Billings Gazette, Bishop Michael William Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings attempted to justify the church's decision.

Bishop_copyThis is not animus against someone who happens to be a homosexual; this issue is the same-sex marriage,” he said. “A lot of people put those two together, and obviously there’s a connection, but it’s not the same thing.”

Warfel called same-sex marriage “the issue of our era,” acknowledging that in the U.S., polls show that support for it has edged higher than those who oppose it. But the fact remains that stands in conflict with Catholic teachings.

“As a Catholic bishop I have a responsibility to uphold our teaching of marriage between one man and one woman,” Warfel said. “And I think there’s very solid scriptural teaching on it and our sacred tradition is very strong on it.”

Huff and Wojtowick have received support from many of the church's congregation. Forty members have reportedly either voiced their disapproval of the church's offensive decision or have quit attending mass there altogether. One parishioner has suggested the title of a song sung at the church be changed from "All are Welcome" to "Some are Welcome." How apt.

Warfel met with parishioners yesterday to talk about the situation and says that he now needs time to take in their comments.

Posted Sep. 21,2014 at 2:15 PM EST by in Catholic Church, Gay Marriage, Montana, News | Permalink | Comments (55)

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