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Priest Refuses Lesbian Communion at Her Mother's Funeral, Walks Out in Protest: VIDEO


Yesterday I linked to a story posted by the family friend of Barbara Johnson, telling of how a Catholic priest at a Maryland church walked out of a funeral in protest during Johnson's eulogy for her mother, after refusing her communion, all because she is a lesbian.

Watch an interview with Johnson, AFTER THE JUMP...

Now WUSA picks up the story: Guarzino

Just a few minutes before the funeral began, Father Marcel Guarnizo, who was presiding over the service, apparently learned that Barbara was involved in a romantic relationship with another woman.

A lifelong Catholic and former Catholic school teacher, Barbara says she hadn't even considered that her sexual orientation would be a problem with Father Marcel until she stepped forward to take communion.

"He said, 'I can not give you communion because you live with a woman,'" Barbara says.

Though shaken by Father Marcel's actions, Barbara says she tried to compose herself to give her mother the dignified funeral she deserved.  So a few minutes later, Barbara began her eulogy.

"At which time Father Marcel left the altar and didn't return until I finished my eulogy," Barbara says.

Father Marcel refused to accompany the body to the cemetery, saying he was ill.

Watch an interview with Johnson, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted Feb. 28,2012 at 7:10 PM EST by in Catholic Church, Discrimination, Maryland, News | Permalink | Comments (78)

I Want to Know What It's Like: VIDEO


The latest video in support of Ryan James Yezak's documentary "Second Class Citizens".


What Homosexuality is Not [tr]
The Gay Rights Movement [tr]


Posted Feb. 28,2012 at 6:24 PM EST by in News, Ryan James Yezak | Permalink | Comments (20)

Obama Ignites United Auto Workers: VIDEO


Sounds as though Romney may have to rethink his "I like cars" speech.


(via daily dish)

Posted Feb. 28,2012 at 5:43 PM EST by in 2012 Election, Barack Obama, Michigan, News | Permalink | Comments (30)

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1072

MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: AFER's Matt Baume with the latest on Maryland, New Jersey, Hawaii, and DOMA.

MITT ROMNEY: As a stump speech it's rather pathetic, but as a commercial for Michigan it's not bad.

WRATH OF THE TITANS: Sam Worthington battles to rescue Zeus and save mankind!


For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.

Posted Feb. 28,2012 at 4:40 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (0)

News: Rick Santorum, Thin Mints, Susana Martinez, Santigold

RoadSantorum robocalls Michigan Democrats urging them to vote for him. Explains: "We're going to get voters that we need to be able to win this election. And we're going to do that here in Michigan today."

CandybarRoadGirl Scout Candygasm.

RoadHarvard group to demand degrees for students expelled in 1920 for being gay: "The students plan to rally Wednesday during a campus visit by Lady Gaga, who will be at Harvard to launch her Born This Way anti-bullying foundation. The singer has been a strong activist for the gay community. The group says it wants Harvard to formally abolish its so-called 'secret court,' a tribunal of administrators that investigated charges of homosexual activity among students in 1920."

RoadLady Gaga to play alien in Men in Black III.

RoadNYT T Magazine spring men's fashion must-haves.

RoadFollowing news that he dumped her over her views opposing same-sex marriage, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez says she never liked her gay hair stylist anyway: "First of all, if reporters would ask me the first question, which would be 'Is he my hair stylist?' The answer is no," Martinez said, after having left a meeting of the nation's governors at the White House. "He did my hair three times when I first moved to Santa Fe. But frankly he talked too much ... I just went, 'You know, I go here to relax."

RoadTommy Haas has a shirtless tennis practice.

BurnettRoadFirst man gets eight years in prison for October gay bashing of Texan Burke Burnett.

RoadEquality NC calls on legislature to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's already existing hate crime law after attack on two lesbians in Boone. Friends of the victims are also trying to raise money to pay for their medical expenses.

RoadPlane dumps lavatory waste on NY couple: “Some black liquid, black oil came off on her face, and I walked around and I looked and said ‘Oh my God.’ There was quarter-sized, nickel-sized, dime-sized drops all over my deck, my barbecue, my table..."

RoadSlog's Bethany Jane Clement interviews Fran Lebowitz, who is having a public talk in Seattle with Dan Savage this Friday.

RoadJohn Mayer's new track "Shadow Days".

SantigoldRoadSantigold takes on three personas on new album cover.

RoadGay man found dead, bound in Johannesburg apartment: "He was reportedly found tied up and is now the eighth man to be discovered like this in the Joburg and Pretoria areas over the past 24 months. Several of these victims had met their killers online, according to reports, although there is no evidence yet to suggest that this was the case with Senekal's death."

RoadIrish transgender woman is first in that country to enter into a civil partnership with another woman: "The woman, known as Maria in media reports, has got around Irish laws which prohibit transgender women from the civil partnership process."

RoadVideo game makers BioWare discuss why their games now allow players to be gay: "We got feedback from players that they wanted more choice," Ray Muzyka co-founder of Mass Effect studio BioWare told me during a recent interview. "We respond to that feedback and try to make our games better based on what our players are asking for."

Posted Feb. 28,2012 at 3:01 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (20)

'One Million Moms' Threaten 'Toys R Us' with Boycott for Selling 'Archie' Comic Featuring Gay Couple

'One Million Moms', who last month went after JC Penney for hiring "open homosexual" Ellen DeGeneres as its spokesperson, has turned its attention to 'Toys R Us', threatening the toy chain with a boycott if it refuses to remove an Archie comics issue featuring the wedding of its gay character Kevin Keller from store shelves, Right Wing Watch reports.

'One Million Moms' is a project of the American Family Association, which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Marriage2_kellerWrites the group:

Toys 'R' Us employees do not actually set up the displays; they leave this up to the vendor, but they should be aware of the merchandise being sold in their stores nonetheless. These comic books are sold at the front checkout counters so they are highly visible to employees, managers, customers and children. Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, which is becoming extremely common and unnecessary.

A trip to the toy store turns into a premature discussion on sexual orientation and is completely uncalled for. Toys 'R' Us should be more responsible in the products they carry.

Says the sample letter that 'One Million Moms' tells its followers to send to Toys R Us, in part:

"As a mother and a member of, I am extremely disappointed to learn that select Toys 'R' Us stores are now selling 'Archie' comic books with a same-sex wedding displayed on the front cover. I am referring to the ones where the front cover reads "Just Married" with two men marrying, one wearing a service uniform....Please remove all the same-sex "Just Married - Archie" comic books immediately from your shelves. My decision to shop in your stores depends on it."

American Family Association Targets Toys R Us over Gay Couple in Archie Comics [right wing watch]

Posted Feb. 28,2012 at 1:33 PM EST by in American Family Association, Comic Books, News | Permalink | Comments (65)


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