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LGBT Group Will Donate Over $50,000 To Boy Scouts If Group Lifts Ban On Gay Adult Leaders: VIDEO

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A pro-LGBT group has raised more than $50,000 to donate to the Boy Scouts of America if the organization ends its ban on gay adult leaders. 

Scouts for Equality launched its campaign on the crowdfunding site Challeng.org last week, calling on President Bob Gates and the Boy Scouts to lift the organization's ban on gay adults during its national meeting later this month. 

"If they meet this challenge and vote to end their ban on gay adults, the proceeds from this campaign will be donated straight to the Boy Scouts of America. But if they don't vote down the ban, your donation won't be processed," Scouts for Equality Executive Director Zach Wahls says in a video promoting the campaign. 

"When I was growing up in the Boy Scout, my moms taught me that being gay ha nothing to do with your ability to live by the promises of the Scout law," Wahls says. 

The campaign, which began with a $10,000 pledge from Scouts for Equality, had raised $53,285 by Friday morning. 

The BSA lifted its ban on gay youth in 2013 but continues to bar gay adult leaders. However, the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts recently hired an openly gay man to serve as youth leader. Meanwhile, the New York attorney general's office has launched an investigation into whether the Boy Scouts' employment practices violate the state's ban on anti-gay discrimination

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Glenn Beck Predicts Church Attendance Will Drop 50% If Gay Marriage is Legalized: VIDEO

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Conservative nut Glenn Beck has predicted that a SCOTUS ruling in support of same-sex marriage will lead to a drop of 50 percent in church attendance in the next five years "because the stigma of going to church will be too much,” reports Right Wing Watch.

Said Beck, who last month suggested that the outcry following Indiana’s controversial #RFRA law would lead to Christians being put into concentration camp:

"Mark my words, if gay marriage goes through the Supreme Court and gay marriage becomes fine and they can put teeth in it so now they can go after churches, like the president's lawyer says, 50 percent of our churches will fall away.  

"Meaning, within five years, 50 percent of the congregants will fall away from their church because they won't be able to take the persecution...within five years, 50 percent of the people that you sit next to in church will not be there. And not because [they agree with marriage equality but] because they'll say, 'I can't do that, I'll lose my job, people are picketing my house, I just can't do that'”.

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Ireland's Comedic Matriarch Mrs. Brown Asks 'What’s All The Feckin Fuss' About Gay Marriage? - VIDEO

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Brendan O’Carroll, one of Ireland’s biggest TV stars, has released a video in the guise of character Mrs. Brown supporting same-sex marriage, reports The Journal.

Ahead of a referendum on same-sex marriage due to take place on May 22nd, Mrs. Brown shares her views on marriage equality and explains why she will be voting yes.

“Nothing beats the joy and contentment I feel knowing that my son Rory has just as much opportunity for happiness as everybody else’s son. And that’s all I ask for him, the opportunity.

“When two people love each other, you should allow them to get married. What’s all the fecking fuss?”

Mrs. Brown also compares the very vocal opposition to same-sex marriage to hostility towards inter-religious marriage, once a taboo subject in Ireland.

Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas Special was the most watched TV show last Christmas in Ireland and Britain.

Legendary Irish turkey and former Eurovision contestant Dustin last week joined forces with kid's puppet Bosco to support marriage equality. This year, Eurovision will handily coincide with the May 22nd referendum.

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As Election Approaches, San Antonio Mayor Finally Unveils Plan To Implement LGBT Protections

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Last week we told you how San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor called the city's LGBT protections — which she voted against as a council member — "a waste of time."

We also told you how Taylor, appointed mayor of the nation's seventh-largest city after Julian Castro stepped down to become HUD secretary, issued a so-called apology, only to have it rejected by the Human Rights Campaign. 

Now, with election day approaching on May 9, Taylor has unveiled a plan to finally implement the 18-month-old LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance, which she will present to the council on May 13. 

OutInSA.com reports: 

The two-part proposal seeks to create a Department of Diversity and Inclusion and to appoint a human relations liaison who, according to the mayor, will “provide a single point of contact” for complainants and “not only receive and review all written complaints from the website but will also provide responsive attention by phone and in person to facilitate conciliation between the individual who believes they have been discriminated against and the business, landlord, or agency involved.” ...

Last October, the mayor appointed an LGBT advisory committee to advise her on developing a process and structure for addressing complaints filed under the nondiscrimination ordinance. It was not until April 21 when Taylor finally met with them to discuss the proposal she is bringing to the City Council.

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Anti-LGBT Groups To Appeal Judge's Ruling Upholding Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

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Not surprisingly, anti-LGBT groups say they plan to appeal a judge's recent decision upholding Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance. 

Two weeks ago, Judge Robert Schaffer rejected a petition a repeal the ordinance, saying it didn't have enough valid signatures due to problems like rampant forgery

ParkerAnti-LGBT groups, which call themselves the "No Unequal Rights Coalition," plan a press conference Thursday announcing their appeal. From a Texas Pastor Council email announcing the press conference:

The NUER referendum would repeal Mayor Annise Parker’s terrible ordinance allowing biological males in women’s restrooms and criminalizing businesses who believe in traditional marriage by city council action or placing it on the ballot for a vote of the citizens.

Mayor Annise Parker has practiced deception, oppression, abuse of power and abject violation of Constitutional rights of the people to keep the people from voting – we are as committed as ever to fighting against her tyranny.  Come stand with us and say “Yes!” to our freedom and “No!” to Mayor Parker’s unlawful acts against the laws of God, laws of nature the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution!

More from plaintiff and former Houston GOP Chair Jared Woodfill: 

WoodfillUnfortunately, Judge Robert Schaffer (D-Houston) ruled on Friday, April 17th that our coalition of pastors and activists had collected 16,684 valid signatures, just short of the 17,269 needed to force a public vote on the ordinance.
 
We will appeal Judge Schaffer's decision.
 
This process has made it very clear that Mayor Parker and her liberal allies are willing to do whatever it takes to keep this important issue off the ballot. Clearly, Mayor Parker does not trust the voters.
 
Fortunately, the Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court traditionally are "strong" on voting rights.
 
Be encouraged knowing this is just one battle in a larger war we will win. We will not surrender, quit or compromise when it comes to religious liberty, voting rights, and the constitutional freedoms we the people enjoy. Please continue to pray as this case moves to the appellate courts.

If you'll remember, the anti-LGBT groups demanded a jury trial in the case. However, when the jury came back with an unfavorable verdict, they called on Schaffer to reject it. When Schaffer ruled against them, they accused him of having a political agenda because he was endorsed by an LGBT group. 

In short, it appears these folks — who also unsuccessfully attempted to repeal an equal rights ordinance in Plano, Texas — will never be satisfied and will do anything to accomplish their goal, including forging signatures.

But they'll have a very high burden on appeal to overturn decisions by both the jury and Schaffer. The Houston ordinance is now in effect, and time is running out to get a referendum on the November ballot. 


Airbnb Removes User Who Evicted Gay Couple From Home in Galveston, Texas: VIDEO

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A same-sex couple was kicked out of a home they rented in Galveston, Texas, on Airbnb after the owner discovered they were gay, according to a report from KTRK-TV

Airbnb has responded by removing the owner from the popular home-sharing site, saying it has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination. 

HouseJonathan Wang and his partner, Brent, booked two nights in the home for a weekend getaway to Galveston for a friend's wedding. After returning from a reception on Friday night, they encountered the owner, identified only as Heather. From KTRK: 

"Heather asked me, where my wife was. Who is this person? I said it was my significant other Brent. She said I thought you were bringing a wife. I said I didn't say that specifically. I said is that going to be OK? She said. It's not," said Wang.

Wang said the hosts told them to get out. He said he began packing his things.

"She also commented while we were going upstairs that was their bedroom upstairs so they were even more uncomfortable with it," said Wang.

Wang and has partner had nowhere else to go but were eventually able to find a hotel room. As it turns out, there was a disclaimer on the bottom of the Airbnb listing that said the hosts are "straight friendly":

"I'm completely of my legal realms and morals," said host Heather via phone Wednesday.

We asked if she rents to gay couples. Heather responded, "That's none of your business. That's my private home." 

AirbnbIn addition to removing Heather from the site, Airbnb gave Wang and his partner a refund: 

"We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination on Airbnb. The host in question has been removed from the site. Airbnb has clear guidelines that a host or a guest may not promote hate or bigotry."

Neither Texas nor federal law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodations. Galveston, despite its reputation as a gay-friendly travel destination, also lacks local LGBT protections. But who knows, perhaps this incident will serve as the impetus for changing that. 

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