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Gay Teacher at Detroit Area Catholic High School Says Pregnancy Cost Her Job: VIDEO

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A gay former chemistry teacher at a Catholic, all-girls high school in suburban Detroit said she was fired because of her "nontraditional" pregnancy, the Detroit Free Press reports:

Barbara Webb, 33, of Madison Heights said she’d worked for Marian High School for nine years, also coaching volleyball and softball and serving as student-government moderator. She is gay but said she believes the public, visible nature of a pregnancy led to her firing.

She learned she was pregnant in June, told her employer in July and was fired in mid-August, Webb said. On Aug. 27 she posted on Facebook announcing the firing and encouraging people to “speak out against hate wherever you see it,” according to the post shared more than 1,000 times by Monday.

Today, Webb told the Free Press that her termination letter didn’t give a reason. But her previous conversation with administrators made clear the concerns had to do with a morality clause allowing for firing over public conduct of “lifestyle or actions directly contradictory to the Catholic faith,” she said.

“That you can’t hide a pregnancy from the public is why I was terminated,” she said

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School administrators have declined to comment, saying that the situation remains "confidential." Meanwhile, numerous students and alumni have spoken out in support of Webb and a Facebook page "I Stand With Barb Webb" has already gained over 2,000 members.

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Teen Arrested in Connection With Beating of Gay Man at Detroit’s Gay Pride Festival

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Police have arrested a 16-year-old in connection with the beating of Christin Howard – the 20-year-old Detroit gay man taunted and attacked by a group of males during the Motor City Pride festival earlier this month.

Detroit Free Press  reports:

Christin Howard“I know that they will catch the rest of them,” Tammara Howard said. “Thank God they caught this one. Those guys were totally wrong with what they did to my son. If there are people walking around here that cruel and mean, everyone wants justice and wants those boys to go to jail.”

Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Moreno said Friday afternoon that the juvenile is in custody and a warrant request has been forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Details of the allegations against the juvenile haven’t yet been released. Moreno said several witnesses have come forward to help identify multiple suspects.

Tammara Howard called the beating “disgusting” and said her son is recovering well from the attack, which left him with a fractured finger, damage to his left eye and several bruises on his back and face.


Gay Man Beaten at Detroit’s Gay Pride Festival Over the Weekend: VIDEO

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A 20-year-old gay man, Christin Howard, was beaten down by a group of homophobic attackers Sunday at Detroit’s Motor City Pride – a disturbing assault that was captured on video by a bystander.

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Howard says the attack was unprovoked and that he was getting a picture taken with a friend when the young men started circling, commenting on his long hair, calling him homophobic slurs and threatening with violence. 

“Then somebody said they had a gun,” said Christin. 

Although no gun was pulled during the assault, Christin was left on the scene with a bruised and bloody eye, abrasions, and a broken finger. 

Police have yet to make any arrests but are investigating the case as a hate crime. 

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Catholics Ordered to Skip Communion if They Back Gay Marriage

Edward Peters, a Detroit professor and legal adviser to the Vatican, and the archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron (pictured), are telling Catholics who support same-sex marriage that they are not welcome to take communion, the Detroit Free Press reports:

VigneronIn a post on his blog last week, Peters said that Catholic teachings make it clear that marriage is between one man and one woman. And so, "Catholics who promote 'same-sex marriage' act contrary to" Catholic law "and should not approach for holy Communion," he wrote. "They also risk having holy Communion withheld from them ... being rebuked and/or being sanctioned."

Peters didn't specify a Catholic politician or public figure in his post. But he told the Free Press that a person's "public efforts to change society's definition of marriage ... amount to committing objectively wrong actions."

Archbishop Vigneron agrees:

And the archbishop of Detroit, Allen Vigneron, said Sunday that Catholics who receive Communion while advocating gay marriage would "logically bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury."

UPDATE: Jeremy Hooper notes that Ed Peters is the father of Thomas Peters, Communications Director for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).


Shirley Manson Arranges Gay Marriage Proposal at Garbage Concert in Detroit: VIDEO

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Shirley Manson and Garbage arranged for Detroit fan Scott Sauter to propose to his boyfriend Domenick Viviano on stage at their concert on Saturday night.

A beautiful time was had by all.

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Detroit Tigers Pitcher Justin Verlander Says Gay Player Would Be Welcomed by the Team: VIDEO

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CNN's Carol Costello was at spring training with the Detroit Tigers and sat down with pitcher Justin Verlander, asking him if there are gays in Major League Baseball and whether an openly gay player would be accepted.

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Said Verlander: "I'm sure there are [gay players]. I think as with any sport, a gay player would probably be hesitant to come out, but the sheer number says there absolutely is."

Verlander added that a gay player would be welcome in the Tigers' clubhouse:

"Yeah, I don't see why not.  Given the right situation, and a team that's a family atmosphere, and I feel like we have that atmosphere here. I don't think one of our players would be scared to come out. We got 25 guys, it's a family, and our goal is to win a World Series. What your sexual orientation is, I don't see how that affects the ultimate goal of our family."

Costello then asked Verlander why he thinks there is so much controversy about it:

"I think it's a tricky subject because you start getting into locker rooms and walking around nude, or whatever. And I think that would be more of a tricky subject than anything. You know, your life decisions and sexual orientation - like I said, I don't think that plays any effect on what we're trying to do as a team, so I don't see why that would matter."

Added Verlander: "I wouldn't mind it."

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