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04/19/2007


Anti-Gay Street Preacher Awarded $21,650 For Wrongful Imprisonment

On September 17 of 2011, John Craven — a 57-year-old Christian preacher — was arrested by a mounted policeman in Manchester, England for “harassment and distress” when during a public soapbox sermon he told two gay teenagers that homosexuality is a sin and that God “hates sin, he loves the sinner.”

CravenAccording to Mr. Craven, “he was kept in cells for almost 15 hours where he was denied food, water and access to medication for his rheumatoid arthritis.” 

He was recently awarded a £13,000 ($21,650) out-of-court settlement over allegations of “wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and breach of human rights” by Manchester police.

Craven said:

“I preach the gospel which means good news and the love of God for all. The actions of the police have left me feeling nervous and anxious. I found the whole episode extremely distressing.

“It appears that the actions of the police were calculated to give me and other street preachers the impression that we could not preach the gospel in public without breaking the law and if we did we would be arrested.”

Alan Greene of the Greater Manchester Police said, “We can acknowledge that we did make mistakes and kept the claimant in custody for too long.”

The settlement comes “after a three-year battle that cost him more than £50,000 in legal expenses.”


'Our Gay Wedding: The Musical' to Hit British TV Tonight: VIDEO

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In early March we reported that Stephen Fry was set to narrate a television special called Our Gay Wedding: The Musical on the UK's Channel 4 shortly after marriage equality went into effect in Britain.

The show is airing tonight, with mysic and lyrics written by the couple being wed, composer Benjamin Till and actor Nathan Taylor, and group numbers to be performed by the couples' guests (and with several special appearances).

Watch the trailer and a couple sneak peeks, AFTER THE JUMP...

GaymuseThe wedding took place on Saturday at London's Alexandra Palace, Metro reports:

They tied the knot on Saturday with The Feeling singing The Beach Boys’ God Only Knows as they walked up the aisle. Then Erasure’s Andy Bell sang Respect. And Stephen Fry introduced the proceedings.

They add:

The mothers, meanwhile, sing a beautiful duet about their emotions as their sons came out. It’s enough to melt the iciest of hearts. The songs are ridiculously catchy, too. The show’s commissioning editor, John Hay, said he just can’t get the tunes out of his head. ‘They’re real earworms,’ he told Metro.co.uk.

The only part of the ceremony that had to be spoken were the declarations.

The law simply doesn’t allow these to be sung. So, had the grooms said something wrong, or even just mumbled slightly, the registrar (who also sang, of course), would have had to put them right.

Afterwards Mr Till described the experience as ‘beautiful and surreal’ while Mr Taylor, who met his other half 12 years ago, told Metro.co.uk it was ‘the most magical, intense, enjoyable, moving, emotional event anyone could ever wish for’.

Watch the trailer and a couple sneak peeks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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One In Five Britons Would Refuse To Attend Gay Wedding

This according to a recent BBC Radio poll:

BritAs legislation in England and Wales allowing gay couples to marry comes into force on Saturday, the BBC Radio 5 live survey also found men were nearly twice as likely to stay away as women.

The poll of 1,007 people found 68% agreed gay marriage should be permitted, with 26% opposing it.

One gay rights charity said people's attitudes were "incredibly positive".

A spokesman for lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall said it was important to highlight the fact that four in five people would accept an invitation to a gay wedding.

A further breakdown of the numbers showed that women and young people were far more likely to attend gay weddings:

Some 29% of men asked said they would not attend, compared with 16% of women.

The research also found that younger people were more likely to support same-sex marriage, with 80% of 18 to 34-year-olds backing it, compared with 44% of over-65s.

Of those polled, women were more likely to support gay marriage than men, with 75% of women for it compared with 61% of men in favour.

A majority of 59% of people asked agreed a person should not be considered homophobic for opposing the legislation permitting gay marriage.

You can review all of the results from the BBC poll, which surveyed over 1,000 people, here


Bishop Encourages Priests To Marry Gay Couples

Reverend Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, suggests priests get a little creative and go ahead and marry any gay and lesbian couples despite the rules from the Church of England.

The Telegraph reports:

Bishop-alan-wilson11Gay clergy should follow their conscience and defy the Church of England’s restrictions on same-sex marriage, a prominent bishop has said as the most radical change ever made to the legal definition of marriage in Britain comes into force.

The Rt Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, said priests should be “creative” to get around restrictions on blessings for same-sex couples and that gay clergy who wish to marry should do so in defiance of the official line.

Joined by an alliance of seven retired bishops, he condemned the Church’s position on gay marriage as “morally outrageous” and said it made him “ashamed”.

Wilson is embracing the newlyweds and is also calling on closeted gay priests to come out and marry their own partners.

He also claimed that several current serving bishops are themselves in gay partnerships, and urged them to publicly acknowledge their status for the sake of “honesty and truthfulness” and even consider marrying.

“If you start to live in a society where there is no longer shame just in being gay I think it is like frostbite coming off – it hurts.

Wilson isn't the only key religious member to praise the new marriage equality law. According to The Guardian, Reverend Nick Holtam, the bishop of Salisbury also applauded the newly married couples:

Gay marriage, the bishop said, "embodies a commitment to be faithful, loving, and lifelong. These are virtues which the Church of England wants to see maximised in society."

Watch video of the a few of nuptials and reactions from British citizens, AFTER THE JUMP

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Elton John And David Furnish To Marry

Now that marriage equality has finally arrived in England and Wales, Elton John and David Furnish are starting to make plans to get married later this year. The two have been in a civil union since 2005.

Writing in Attitude magazine, Furnish explains the significance of marriage to his family:

John_Furnish"When it was announced that gay couples were able to obtain a civil partnership, Elton and I did so on the day it came into law.

"As something of a showman, [Elton] is aware that whatever he says and does, people will sit up and take notice -so what better way to celebrate that historic moment in time.

"Our big day made the news, it was all over the internet within minutes of happening and front page news the next day."

He continued: "Elton and I both think there is a massive difference between calling someone your 'partner' and calling them your 'husband'. "Partner' is such an impersonal word and doesn't adequately describe the love we have for each other.

"When Zachary and Elijah are grown up and having children of their own, they will – hopefully – be living in a world where everyone can be equal, when being married isn't about whether you're straight or gay, but simply about being human."

Furnish told the the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he and John plan to ditch plans for a big bash:

“We do like big parties,” Furnish said. “Over eight years ago, we had 650 people on the 21st of December at our house in Windsor. But with the kids, everything is different. I think what we’ll do is go to a registry office in England in May, and take the boys with us, and a couple of witnesses.”

The two plan to tie the knot in May.


Stephen Fry Set To Narrate Gay Musical TV Wedding For Channel 4

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Stephen Fry is set to narrate a special for the UK's Channel 4 called, "Our Gay Wedding: The Musical." With music and lyrics written by the couple, composer Benjamin Till and actor Nathan Taylor, and group numbers to be performed by the couples' guests (and a couple of special appearances, yet to be announced), the special is looking to be a hit and to bring awareness to the issue of gay rights around the world.

The Independent reports:

“We’ve been together for nearly 12 years and never thought we’d get the chance to get married, for real,” the couple said. “Doing what we both do for a living has meant that we’ve spent our entire lives expressing emotion through song, so getting married in a musical, particularly one that we’re writing ourselves, felt like the most natural thing in the world.”

In a nod to the struggle for gay rights, there will be tributes to other gay and lesbian couples getting married and reminders of the hardships faced by gay people in countries where homosexuality is still a crime. 

“We are proud to be marking a huge milestone for gay rights - a cause that has long been close to Channel 4’s heart,” said John Hay, Channel 4’s commissioning editor for arts.

Fry, who is openly gay, has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights in Britain and globally. He was particularly vehement in his attacks on Russia and urged Britain to boycott the Sochi Olympics.

Fry likened the Sochi Games to those hold in Berlin under Nazi Germany. "I am gay. I am a Jew. My mother lost over a dozen of her family to Hitler's anti-Semitism. I for one, weep at seeing history repeat itself," he wrote in a letter to Downing Street.

Channel 4 has not yet set a date for the musical wedding extravaganza. England and Wales' same-sex marriage legislation will go into effect on March 29th, though, so expect to see Benjamin and Nathan tie the knot soon after. 

Photo via The Independent.


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