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UK Psychic Sally Morgan Fires Husband, Son-In-Law After Homophobic Rant At Skeptic: VIDEO

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Mark Tilbrook, a skeptic handing out leaflets aimed at debunking UK-famous psychic Sally Morgan (below right) was harangued several months ago by the talent's husband, John (above), and son-in-law/manager, Daren Wiltshear. They did not stop at general un-pleasantries, though, instead attacking Tilbrook's sexual orientation and adding a few savory notes of homophobia for good measure. The two men claimed to know a great deal about the skeptic's personal life, calling him a "poof" and asking, "One of your boyfriends been up your arse?" 

SallyMorgan1Pink News reports:

Mr Tillbrook says: “I decided earlier this year to leaflet outside various psychic stage shows, encouraging members of the audience to ask themselves questions about psychic ability.

“My first three visits were to shows by Sally Morgan, and on each occasion her husband John Morgan approached me. I found him to be threatening and abusive.

“After being threatened during my first encounter with John Morgan, I felt it necessary to have a camera with me when leafleting, to record events and provide evidence of the threats I faced.”

Tilbrook has reportedly received legal threats from Morgan. Those will likely stop, however, as Sally Morgan fired her husband and son-in-law following the release of Tilbrook's video. Pink News reported that the two men are no longer involved in her psychic act and are barred from attending her shows.

Sally Morgan said: “I have come from a family background that has always been very accepting, many of my friends are gay and I have always felt happy that I am often referred to as a gay icon through my work.

“I am utterly ashamed and devastated at the behaviour of my husband John and Son-in-law Daren and neither of them will have anything to do with my work, my business and right now I honestly have no idea what is going to happen to my marriage.”

Good on you, Sally, though you'd think her psychic powers could have predicted that her husband was a jerk...

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Indiana State Rep. Tim Wesco Warns Of Possibility For Polygamy Following SCOTUS Ruling

Though many prominent members of the GOP have come forward in support of marriage equality over the past few months, others are holding fast to their "traditional" point-of-view. Representative Tim Wesco of Indiana's 21st district is one such individual.

WestcoA proponent of that state's proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, Wesco said, "I personally can never change my view on that. I'm solid that marriage is between a man and a woman." Unfortunately for Wesco, his perspective is becoming the exception to the marriage equality rule; furthermore, his belief that polygamy could be the next deteriorating shot fired at "traditional marriage" is very nearly a tired cliché.

The Elkhart Truth reports:

“Unfortunately, the courts have grown increasingly powerful in the past decade,” said Wesco, facing Democrat Jodi Buoscio for the District 21 seat in elections in November.

He said the Supreme Court, by paving the way for same-sex marriage, isn’t protecting the right to marriage. Rather, it’s aiding in redefining marriage.

“I think the time is coming down the road when it is going to go beyond only same-sex marriage,” Wesco said, hinting at the possibility of polygamy gaining legal protection. If marriage could be expanded to include same-sex couples, then “why can’t three or four people get married?”

Wesco's fears hold no water for the time being, and as we reported several days ago, happy reports of successful marriage license acquisition are coming out of Indiana and several other states.


Matt Barber Claims That By 'Blessing Sin' SCOTUS Will Incur 'The Wrath Of God': LISTEN

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Following the Supreme Court's decision not to hear appeals of lower court rulings on same-sex marriage, many conservative pundits have taken to the airwaves to express their unceasing frustration. Matt Barber and Mat Staver from Liberty Counsel have been particularly peeved, warning Americans that we are "tempting the wrath of God" in a segment of their "Faith and Freedom" program.

Right Wing Watch reports:

On an episode set to run on Tuesday, Barber warns that "homosexual conduct is demonstrably and explicitly, throughout the Old and New Testament, called sin. And when you have a sin-centered redefinition of marriage and the government puts its official stamp on sin, you have the government blessing sin, well, sin cannot be blessed, it cannot be sanctified."

By trying to do so, Barber said, America is "tempting the wrath of God."

Thanks, SCOTUS, for recognizing how beautiful and equal our "sin" can be! 

Listen to the audio, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Clay Aiken Fights For First Place During NC Second District Debate: VIDEO

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Good ole' Clay Aiken! The openly gay American Idol runner-up fought his way through a debate Monday night with North Carolina second district representative (and opponent) Renee Ellmers. Ellmers has reportedly attempted to tie together Aiken and President Obama's beliefs in an attempt to win her congressional seat once again this November, but Aiken was not having it. 

ABC News reports:

“This Obama-Aiken economy is just killing us,” Ellmers said.

“You might need to get a new writer because calling it the Obama-Aiken economy is just preposterous,” Aiken responded.

According to Talking Points Memo, Aiken recently spoke with The New York Times about the very same topic, stating that there are "certainly areas where I disagree with [Obama]." Still, Ellmers kept digging, this time alluding to Aiken's vocal prowess and showmanship while discussing the U.S. military.

“It's almost as if as an entertainer, you believe that you can just go in with a song and dance and change the mind of the military leaders,” she said.

Aiken's priceless retort?

“The most embarrassing reality show in the country right now is Congress,” he said.

Good on you, Mr. Aiken!

Let's just hope that his pseudo-fame can make a difference. According to past elections, he has an uphill battle: President Obama lost there by over 10 percentage points in both 2008 and 2012.

Check out news coverage of the debate, AFTER THE JUMP...

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MICHIGAN: Anti-Homophobia Art Piece Vandalized - VIDEO

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An art piece in Grand Rapids, Michigan that aims to raise awareness about how damaging homophobic rhetoric can be was vandalized last week, reports WOODTV.com.

The conceptual piece by Timothy Gabriel, which has since been restored, was damaged earlier this week when a passerby splattered some form of red paint or ink across the surface of the 8-foot-tall, 4-foot-wide installation.

The organizers of the event say that the work “depicts an androgynous silhouette, symbolizing the LGBT community, smeared with spiteful words on a cross of hateful quotes...The primary purpose of this piece is to raise awareness of the impact homophobic rhetoric has on the LGBT communities in Uganda, Russia, and around the globe. In many parts of the world, these minorities are oppressed, maimed, stoned, tortured, imprisoned for life, and executed. ‘Love Does Not Harm’ seeks to draw attention to the specific role many American Evangelicals play in this very real persecution.”

Explaining that he had allowed for a space on the back of the piece for feedback from locals, Gabriel said although most of the response has been positive, “it’s a shame that someone had to tarnish the front of it the way that they did.

He added:

"We were able to scrub most of it off the yellow section. But any attempt to move anything off the white left a stain or a residue. But it hasn't obstructed or destroyed it."

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HRC Compiles 'Hall Of Shame' List, Outs 19 Least LGBT-Friendly Members Of Congress

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The Human Rights Campaign has released an inaugural "Hall of Shame" list to discredit the 19 "most anti-equality" members of congress. The criteria? Each shameful inductee had to vote affirmatively for or co-sponsor legislation that "would enshrine discrimination into our nation's body of laws and our Constitution." There were a couple of notable facts about the list: one democrat, N.C. representative Mike McIntyre, made the cut, and only one woman, Minnesota's own Michele Bachmann, found herself among the hateful cohort.

Buzzfeed reports:

“If you want to understand why LGBT equality has hit a roadblock in Congress, you don’t need to look any further than these leaders of anti-LGBT obstruction and animus,” said David Stacy, HRC’s government affairs director. “These members go out of their way to oppose any step toward equal protection under the law or to protect LGBT Americans from violence, discrimination and harassment. They proactively work to undermine existing legal protections and promote anti-LGBT discrimination.”

Why did democratic McIntyre find himself on the list?

HRC stated that McIntyre made the list because he cosponsored the Federal Marriage Amendment, which aimed to define marriage in the U.S. Constitution as a union between one man and one woman, and “if there is a pro-equality vote opportunity, McIntyre can usually be counted on to vote no.”

A real shame indeed. The HRC will release its annual scorecard for congress on the whole later this week.

For now, check out the full 19-member roster, AFTER THE JUMP...

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