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President and Mrs. Obama Host White House Pride Reception: VIDEO

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In case you missed the live feed earlier, the President Obama took time today to hold a reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month at the White House. The President spoke of how much has changed since this time last year, touting his administration’s achievements in the area of LGBT rights.

The President also took time to bid farewell to the White House Pastry Chef, Bill Yosses, who is gay and leaving the White House after 7 years. The President marveled at his baking prowess, wondering if perhaps he put crack in their pies, a notion that First Lady Michelle — as if seeing the potential headlines — quickly shot down: "There's no crack in our pies."

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WATCH LIVE: President Obama Hosts LGBT Pride Reception At White House

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As previously mentioned, The White House will be holding a reception today for the LGBT community and its allies to celebrate Pride month.

You can watch a live feed of the reception, set to begin at 5:30 PM ET, AFTER THE JUMP...

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California Baptist Pastor Who Came Out In Support Of His Gay Son To Attend White House Pride Reception

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Danny Cortez, the pastor of the New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California will attend a White House reception today along with his fifteen-year old son Drew in honor of Pride month as a guest of President Obama, Pink News reports. Cortez made headlines earlier this month when he announced to his congregation that his son was gay and that he sought to welcome the LGBT community to his church. Some within the Baptist community branded him an ‘apostate’ for contravening The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) constitution that states “explicitly that any congregation that endorses homosexual behavior is 'not in cooperation with the Convention,' and thus excluded from its membership.” Cortez’s own congregation, however, voted to keep him as pastor and become a ‘Third Way’ church.  

6a00d8341c730253ef01a3fd19ffc9970b-250wiThe New Heart church also issued a statement of support for Cortez and his family:

"As you know, the Cortez family has recently been under fire for reaching out to those in the LGBT community, who have been marginalized far too long.

“If you know Danny like we do, this is not out of character for him. He’s been standing in the gap, and seeking truth, and fighting for justice, and defending the widow, and loving the homeless—for years and years.

“He leads his family, he shepherds a church, and he has been there for you and me when we’ve needed him most. For good reason, we call him pastor."

Danny and Drew Cortez raised money for their travel to Washington, D.C. through a a successful crowd funding campaign. 


140 Religious Leaders Petition For Exemption From Obama’s Pending LGBT Executive Order

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On June 25 a group of about 140 religious leaders and advocates for religious freedom sent a letter to President Barack Obama to try and secure an exemption for faith-based groups in a pending executive order which aims to protect LGBT government contract workers from discrimination.

Barack obamaOrganized by the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, the letter does not endorse the pending order as the best way to curtail work discrimination. It also recommends the religious freedom protections that the Senate accepted in November 2013’s Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) bill, but requests additional protections.  

Although the House announced it would not vote on the legislation, the June 25 letter suggests that Obama adopt some of the religious exemption language from the bill.

The letter states that religious organizations that contract with the government to provide such services as overseas relief and development with USAID:

"Often are the best-qualified applicants for federal contracts or subcontracts. It would be counterproductive to bar them from offering their services to the federal government simply because of their legally protected religious convictions; it would be wrong to require them to violate those legally protected convictions in order to be eligible to receive federal contracts. Their exclusion from federal contracting would be diametrically opposed to the Administration's commitment to having 'all hands on deck' in the fight against poverty and other dire social problems."

However, a growing coalition of critics is urging Obama to drop the practice of allowing religious groups to hire and fire based on a person’s faith when they receive federal money, saying Obama is reneging on a promise he made in 2008. Obama, who originally campaigned against the Bush-era discrimination policy, said in 2008:

“If you get a federal grant, you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them — or against the people you hire — on the basis of their religion."

Some of the religious leaders who signed the letter include: Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Christian Hispanic Leadership Conference and Hispanic Evangelical Association; Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland-A Church Distributed; Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; and George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

Additionally, the letter was signed - personally,rather than on behalf of their organizations - by the presidents of numerous Christian colleges, including Colorado Christian University, Houghton College, Biola University, Calvin College, Moody Bible Institute, and Denver Seminary.


FOX News Host Blasts Michele Bachmann for Lawsuit Against Obama: VIDEO

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Neil Cavuto interviewed Michele Bachmann on Wednesday over a "waste of time" lawsuit planned by John Boehner and House Republicans against President Obama for using executive power on issues that they have blocked in Congress.

Said Cavuto, who grew more and more outraged at Bachmann as the discussion went on: "Where was your rage when Democrats were going after President Bush on the same use of executive orders, because I think you knew then that that was a waste of time then and I think you know in your heart of hearts this is a waste of time now."

"You're being silly," Cavuto asserted.

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Boehner Says He'll Sue President Obama Over Use of Executive Orders

John Boehner has every intention of suing President Barack Obama over the President’s use of executive action, according to the House Speaker.

John_Boehner_official_portrait"On matters ranging from [health care] and energy to foreign policy and education, President Obama has repeatedly run an end-around on the American people and their elected legislators,” Boehner stated via memo. “[He has strained] the boundaries of the solemn oath he took on Inauguration Day.”

Boehner plans to bring a bill to the House floor this July in order to galvanize the filing of a lawsuit by the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group. Conservatives claim that the President is overstepping his boundaries by working his way around legislative processes.

Despite longtime calls for the lawsuit from a number of rank and file Republicans, Boehner’s lawsuit is unlikely to be filed until after Congress’s upcoming week-long recess.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Wednesday said the lawsuit is "a subterfuge" to make up for the lack of accomplishments on the Republican side, CNN reports:

Pelosi said the House GOP effort to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act in court wasted $2.3 million in taxpayer money, and said "here we go again."

Obama has used his executive authority to push through a number of issues. Most recently, he directed the Department of Labor to extend family leave to same-sex couples. Previously, he raised the minimum wage for federal contractors and halt deportations for many children in the United States illegally.

Obama has also promised to sign an EO protecting LGBT contractors from discrimination.


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