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BBC Exposes Sham Gay Weddings To Circumvent Immigration Laws: VIDEO

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An increasing number of same-sex weddings in London are shams designed to get around immigration laws.

Despite a government clampdown, these fake weddings have more than trebled in number in recent years.

The BBC’s Inside Out London went undercover to expose the fraud and discovered one gang that organises sham gay marriages for £10,000.

The gang's leaders, who boasted they had "fixed" weddings "lots of times,” offered two potential fake Romanian brides to the reporter, both of whom stated they were not lesbians but were willing to pretend to be gay and marry anyone for cash.

One of the potential brides said she had organised six previous sham weddings and knew how to deceive immigration officers.

She added that she could also arrange a "romantic" photo shoot of the undercover reporter and herself, designed to persuade the authorities that they were in a genuine relationship.

Minister for Immigration and Security James Brokenshire has ordered his enforcement teams to launch an investigation into sham gay weddings as a result of the BBC report.

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Gay Anglican Rector Faces Parishioner Backlash Over 'Gay Wedding' Plan

A gay Anglican clergyman in England is facing opposition from his parishioners because he plans to hold a service in his local church to bless his civil partnership, reports The Telegraph.

Although Anglican clergy are banned from marrying same-sex partners, lesbian and gay Anglican priests are permitted to enter civil partnerships and can also become bishops if they claim to be celibate.

St. petersThe Reverend Dominic McClean, the Rector of 13 parishes in Leicestershire, invited parishioners to the service in St Peter’s Church in Market Bosworth this weekend to mark his civil union with his partner, Tony Hodges.  

The service was approved by the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Reverend Tim Stevens, who led the Church of England’s opposition in the House of Lords to the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

According to McClean, the service is designed to be neither a blessing nor a wedding but a service of thanksgiving and dedication:

“This sort of service has been taking place in the Church of England for some years now. We’ve had an awful lot of support about this from across the benefice.

I think there are one or two people who have not been comfortable with the fact of having a priest who is gay and there are some people that find it difficult and I can understand that.”

However, Aubrey Chalmers, a member of the Parochial Church Council in one of McClean’s parishes, has written in protest to Bishop Stevens and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, describing the service as “deeply divisive and repugnant to many people”:

“A person’s private life is entirely their own affair, provided it doesn’t cause any harm or injure other people nobody is going to interfere.

Here we have what is effectively a high profile demonstration where the parish priest is able to use his own church for his own gay wedding in all but name and has upset a lot of people. Now the Bishop of Leicester, who was very vocal in the House of Lords in his opposition to gay marriage, has given his consent.”

Chalmers added that several parishioners have pledged to sever their links with the church and that at least one church warden is planning to resign in protest of a “gay wedding in all but name” in the Church of England.


Muslim Academic Receives Death Threats Over Plans For Gay-Friendly Mosque - VIDEO

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Death threats have been sent to organizers of a planned women- and gay-friendly new mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, reports The Telepgraph.

According to Taj Hargey, the director of the “forward thinking” organization Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford, his Open Mosque will welcome all genders, religions and sexual orientations when it opens in Wynberg, a Cape Town suburb, on Friday.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e17c457970d-800wiHargey, who previously called for Muslims in Britain to ban the burka, said that he has received many positive responses to the mosque but confirmed that he has also received “a lot of death threats.”

Explaining the mission of the mosque, he said:

"You go to churches and often see the sign 'All Welcome'. This is the single mosque in the whole country that sadly has the words 'All Welcome' underneath it. I decided that being Cape Town-born I had to do something. We had a political evolution in this country 20 years ago and what we need now is a religious revolution, especially in the Muslim community.

"You enter the mosque, do I ask you the question who did you sleep with last night? No. It's not my business who you slept with.

"Women will enter the same doors as men, women will take part in the service. This is the first time you'll see men and women praying together. We wanted a mosque that reflects 21st century South Africans not some seventh century utopia that never existed."

However, the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), a non-profit religious advocacy group, is "in the process of investigating the policy and objectives of the mosque".

Last week, the MJC’s deputy president Riad Fataar said:

"We see and feel the anxiousness in our community. We see in the newspaper clippings and the messages that this is a place of worship but we can't call it a mosque. But again we cannot make a complete statement until we have all the facts."

In November 2012, a gay-friendly mosque opened in Paris, France.

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LGBT People Two To Three Times More Likely To Suffer From Psychological Problems - VIDEO

DepressionA University of Cambridge study shows that LGBT people are two to three times more likely to suffer from chronic psychological problems such as depression and are twice as likely to not trust their GP, reports Varsity.

The study was based on a survey of two million people, 27,000 of whom identified as a sexual minority.

According to the survey, while only five percent of straight men reported psychological problems, 11 percent of gay men and 15 percent of bisexual men reported such problems.

While 12 percent of lesbians and 19 percent of bisexual women reported long-term psychological conditions, only six percent of heterosexual women reported similar problems.

The survey also found that general health was of a lower quality amongst LGBT people, with 22 percent of gay men and 26 percent of bisexual men reporting poor general health, alongside 25 percent of lesbians and 31 percent of bisexual women. Only 20 percent of straight men and 21 percent of straight women classified their health as poor.

The study also suggests that some LGBT people had faced a hostile health-related environment in which sexual minorities were stigmatised.

Professor Martin Roland, director of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, said:

"The survey shows that sexual minorities suffer both poorer health and have worse experiences when they see their GP. We need to ensure both that doctors recognise the needs of sexual minorities, and also that sexual minorities have the same experience of care as other patients."

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Sky Sports Presenter Mark McAdam Comes Out, Talks Gay Soccer Players

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Mark McAdam, a correspondent on British channel Sky Sports, has come out as gay, reports Pink News.

Speaking to Gay Times, McAdam said:

“I don’t know of any other gay sports reporters. There’s nothing to compare this to. I battled with my sexuality for years and years. Only gay people will ever understand the trauma you go through about accepting your sexuality.”

He continued that gay soccer players don’t come out “because of the fear”:

“The reason no Premier League footballer has come out is because of the fear… and the football clubs know billions and billions of pounds are at stake.”

Confirming his lad credentials, he added that although he’s gay he loves soccer “just the same as any straight guy” and that he likes to “sit around and scratch my bollocks and piss on the toilet seat.”

Yesterday, McAdam thanked his 10k+ followers on Twitter for their support.

Although Mark doesn't have an account, he also received plenty of support on Facebook. One commenter added "You are amazingly cute and brave for coming out don't hurt yourself their is always help out there I got help when I tried now I feel great and proud to be gay hold your head high and be proud of what you are never be ashamed their is always some one out their that will share your heart in true happiness."

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Last month, retired 31-year-old German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger became the most high-profile European footballer to come out of the closet.


Married English TV Presenter Admits To Affair With Another Man, Drug Use

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English television and radio presenter Paul Ross has revealed that for the past year, he has been cheating on his wife with another man, reports The Huffington Post.

Ross is the brother of television and radio presenter Jonathan, who in 2011 revealed that his daughter is gay.

Ross told tabloid newspaper The Sun that he first met former teacher Barry Olivier when he visited a dogging site near his home, to watch other couples having sex.

He also revealed that he regularly snorted mephedrone when he was with Olivier:

"I tried it. Then I got this immediate euphoria... What I didn’t know then was that it makes you feel like you are in heaven when in reality you are actually going to hell."

The affair came to an end when his wife Jackie became suspicious of her husband's whereabouts, and tracked his phone using an app on her iPad.

Jackie has pledged to stand by her husband, saying,

"I’m not wiping out a 14-year relationship for six months of madness, I’m not. Because I know he loves me. I know 90 per cent of Paul is a good man. He’s a good dad. I feel the sex was part of the mephedrone package, I don’t see it as a gay relationship, I see it as part of the drugs. I’m not letting that vile little gargoyle destroy what we’ve got.”

Describing himself as an addict, Ross is now seeking counselling for his addiction to the class B stimulant:

“The person I have been over the last 14 months isn’t someone I recognise. I have done things I didn’t even think it was possible for a human being to do. I have started counselling for my drug addiction. I have had two sessions already. I can’t believe how stupid I’ve been. Jackie has been amazing through this. She is such a brave woman and she doesn’t deserve what I have put her through.”


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