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Jeb Bush Says It's 'Hard to Imagine' How America Will 'Succeed' If Gay Marriage Is Legalized: VIDEO


Hoping to convince right-wing Christians he's sufficiently bigoted enough to earn their votes this election, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush doubled down on his opposition to LGBT rights in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody on Sunday.

"To imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, committed child-centered family system is hard to imagine," said Bush. "“So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide, I don’t know what they are going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”

He continued:

“It has to be — if we want to create a right to rise society, where people, particularly children born in poverty — if we want to have them to have a chance, it should be a core American value. We have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and dad loving their children with their heart and soul.”

Bush also reiterated his support for Christian businesses owners' right to refuse service to gay couples:

“A big country, a tolerant country ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating someone because of their sexual orientation and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs. We should be able to figure this out. This should not be that complicated gosh it is right now."

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Introduces Bill to End Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Adoption

GillibrandU.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has announced plans to introduced legislation that aims to eliminate anti-LGBT bias in adoption.

NY1 reports the proposed "Every Child Deserves a Family Act" would "prohibit adoption organizations that receive federal funding from discriminating against adoptive or foster parents based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status."

The AP adds Louisiana, Mississippi, and Michigan prohibit gay couples from jointly adopting while four other states restrict same-sex couples from using the second-parent adoption process.

Catholic University Priest Says He Was Fired for Posting LGBT 'NO H8' Photo on Facebook

A Catholic priest at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey has reportedly been fired from his job after posting a NO H8 photo on Facebook.

“I’ve been fired from SHU for posting a pic on FB supporting LGBT ‘No H8’.” wrote the Rev. Warren Hall (pictured below) on Twitter Friday. “I'm sorry it was met with this response. I'll miss my work here.”

Hall's initial tweet has since been deleted. On Friday he tweeted:

NJ Advance Media reports:

Hall"Seton Hall University does not comment on personnel matters," spokeswoman Laurie Pine said in a statement. "The Archbishop of Newark appoints the Director of Campus Ministry, who serves at his discretion."

Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the Archdiocese, declined to comment on the specifics of why Hall was removed from the campus ministry position, but did confirm that Hall's "term as director of campus ministry is ending."

Goodness said Hall will still serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, but will have a new assignment.

A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, Jim Goodness, declined to disclose the reasons for Hall’s 

A change.org petition demanding Hall's reinstatement already has over 2,500 signatures. 

From the petition:

This action is not in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ, nor is it line with the words of Pope Francis, current leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Washington Post adds Hall's firing "comes as the Catholic university’s men’s basketball team is recruiting Derrick Gordon, who is the first openly gay Division I men’s basketball player."

Congress Moves to Extend Credit Non-Discrimination Protections to LGBT People


U.S. Senate and House lawmakers introduced new legislation on Wednesday that would prevent discrimination against LGBT people who are seeking credit reports the Washington Blade. The bill, dubbed the Freedom from Discrimination in Credit Act, would amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

MurrayRep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) reintroduced the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives while Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) reintroduced the bill in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Murray stated that everyone should be afforded these protections:

"It is unacceptable that someone can be denied credit, simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. I am proud that my home state of Washington has these protections, but it is time to ensure all LGBT Americans are protected from this discriminatory practice." 

Only 14 other states guarantee credit protections, including Sen. Murray's state of Washington. The credit bill's introduction comes ahead of a larger, anticipated bill that would guarantee LGBT protections in employment housing, education, federal programs and public accommodations. 

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Irish Journalist Pens Heartbreaking Coming Out Story In Plea For Marriage Equality: VIDEO


Writing in the Irish Times today, broadcaster and journalist Ursula Halligan has said that next week’s referendum on same-sex marriage has encouraged her to be open about her sexuality, reports The Journal.

Yes-Vote-May-2015In an opinion piece published today, Halligan - who came out to her family in the last few days - writes about her experience growing up as a gay woman in Ireland.

She also encourages people to vote Yes because it would “say to gay people that they belong, that it’s safe to surface and live fully human, loving lives.”

She quotes from her diary, written as a 17-year-old in 1977:

“These past few months must have been the darkest and gloomiest I have ever experienced in my entire life. There have been times when I have even thought about death, of escaping from this world, of sleeping untouched by no-one forever. I have been so depressed, so sad and so confused.”

She goes on to describe a sense of loss because she hasn’t experienced the same social approval as her siblings:

“For me, there was no first kiss; no engagement party; no wedding. And up until a short time ago no hope of any of these things. Now, at the age of 54, in a (hopefully) different Ireland, I wish I had broken out of my prison cell a long time ago. I feel a sense of loss and sadness for precious time spent wasted in fear and isolation.”


She concludes:

“If Ireland votes Yes, it will be about much more than marriage. It will end institutional homophobia. It will say to gay people that they belong, that it’s safe to surface and live fully human, loving lives. If it’s true that 10 per cent of any population are gay, then there could be 400,000 gay people out there; many of them still living in emotional prisons. Any of them could be your son, daughter, brother, sister, mother, father or best friend. Set them free. Allow them live full lives.”

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LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill Fails to Secure Enough Votes in Nebraska Legislature

A bill that would have protected Nebraska's LGBT community from discrimination in the workplace was tabled yesterday after a test vote in the state's unicameral legislature failed to secure the necessary 25 votes to advance the measure. 

Sen. Adam Morfeld (pictured), who you may recall from his fiery smack down of an anti-gay witness during a committee hearing earlier this year on a bill that would allow gays to serve as foster parents, was the chief sponsor of the legislation.

MorfeldLincoln Journal Star reports:

"We're missing out on talent," he said Thursday. "They don't want to start a family here, because if they put a picture of their significant other on their desk, they could be fired in this state."

The Lincoln and Omaha chambers of commerce came out in favor of the measure in February, saying it would help boost the state's workforce.

But opponents called the legislation unnecessary.

"We're making a problem here," said Sen. Lydia Brasch of Bancroft.

The test vote was 20-12.


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