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Celebratory Video Shows Apple Employees, CEO Tim Cook at San Francisco LGBT Pride: WATCH


Yesterday, Apple posted a video on YouTube covering the company's support of the 5,000 employees who took part in San Francisco Pride on June 29th.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook also made a surprise appearance at San Francisco Pride last week.

"On June 29, thousands of Apple employees and their families marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. They came from around the world — from cities as far as Munich, Paris, and Hong Kong — to celebrate Apple's unwavering commitment to equality and diversity. Because we believe that inclusion inspires innovation."

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CNBC Panelist Accidentally Outs Apple CEO Tim Cook, Inspires Awkward Silence: VIDEO


During CNBC's Squawk on the Street segment on Friday about the lack of openly gay CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, co-anchor Simon Hobbs asked the group:

“I think Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact he's gay at the head of Apple, isn't he?”

Cook, though he has spoken out about ending anti-LGBT discrimination, has not spoken publicly about his own sexual orientation, and the subsequent silence of the panel made that clear with a sharp, extremely awkward silence.


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'Pure Passion' Ministry To Release 'Ex-Gay' Documentary In June - VIDEO


In June, Pure Passion — an ex-gay and sexual purity campaign run by minister David Kyle Foster — will release Such Were Some of You, a two-hour documentary “containing the witness of dozens of people to the fact that God can transform the life of anyone caught in homosexual confusion.”

RapeAnother promotional video for the Pure Passion campaign features a woman who says that an estimated 27 million children are being sold into the slavery of “homosexuality." Another says, “Gays and lesbians run major media in this country, they just do!” Yet another talks about how her teacher inappropriately recommended that she become a stripper before opening up his briefcase, showing her his gun and bottle of anointing oil and laying hands upon her.

Other video collections on Foster’s Pure Passion website include ones about “Transgender Disorders,” fatherly wounding, porn/sex addiction and child sex abuse, linking so-called “homosexual confusion” with other sexual and emotional disorders.

Foster’s work has been used by the ex-gay group Exodus International. And like Exodus International, Pure Passion also has an iTunes app that connects users to videos of "ex-gay" testimony.

Exodus International ultimately had their app pulled from Apple’s store after a petition called out the harmful effects of so-called “ex-gay therapy.”

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Florida Man Files Motion To Marry His Computer Filled With Adult Videos


A man named Chris Sevier (pictured above) has filed a motion to intervene in the Florida gay marriage case of James Domer Brenner et al., v. Rick Scott — a case seeking state recognition of Mr. Brenner’s Canadian same-sex marriage, because Sevier wants to marry his porn-filled Apple computer.

Sevier ostensibly filed the motion “on behalf ‘of other minority sexual orientation groups,’ and argued, “if gay couples have the right to marry their object of sexual desire, even if they lack corresponding sexual parts, then I should have the right to marry my preferred sexual object."

In his filing, Sevier continued:

Recently, I purchased an Apple computer. The computer was sold to me without filters to block out pornography. I was not provided with any warning by Apple that pornography was highly addictive and could alter my reward cycle by the manufacturer. Over time, I began preferring sex with my computer over sex with real women. Naturally, I 'fell in love' with my computer and preferred having sex with it over all other persons or things, as a result of classic conditioning upon orgasm.

But before you go thinking that Sevier represents that next wave in sexual freedom and human-computer relations, you should know that “in the filing, [“Sevier states] ‘sexual orientation’ never existed as a classification until President Obama came along to advance his ‘social agenda to make America a 'gay nation.'"

The Broward/Palm Beach New Times reports:

This seems to be part of his MO, clogging the legal system with ridiculous claims and troglodyte thinking. Chris Sevier sued Apple because it sold him a computer without telling him about the evils of porn. Chris Sevier sued A&E after it fired Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson after he was caught spewing antigay talk. And just recently, Chris Sevier tried to butt his way into Utah's gay marriage legal case. In a 50-page motion, he claimed he was there to make the court "put up or shut up" on the gay marriage issue.

The federal judge overseeing Florida’s marriage case has tossed Sevier’s motion stating, “the motion has no place in this lawsuit.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook Again Urges Congress to Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

Tim cookApple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to once again urge Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, writing:

The House should mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by passing ENDA. @SpeakerBoehner @GOPLeader @NancyPelosi @WhipHoyer

ENDA passed the Senate with bipartisan support back in November, but has continued to face stiff opposition from GOP leadership in the House. 

Apple Speaks to Jan Brewer, Tells Her to Veto Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill

Earlier today we reported that the Arizona Chamber of Commerce was leading a call for Governor Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, the heinous bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs.

AppleCompanies have been signing on all day and now Apple has joined the 83 other companies calling for a veto of the bill, the Arizona Capitol Times reports:

Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said the governor spoke on the phone with the company.

The request comes as Apple prepares to open a new sapphire glass manufacturing plant in Mesa. The plant, which Brewer and other political leaders have touted as economic development coup for Arizona, will employ about 700 full-time employees.

Also, Marriott, American Airlines, and the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) have called on Brewer to veto the bill. Scott Wooledge is keeping tabs on the state's top businesses insofar as who has urged a veto or taken a position on the bill.

Both Arizona Senators McCain and Flake have urged a veto. Three Republican state senators who originally voted for the bill have decided it was a mistake.


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