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Patrons Rally Around Kansas Waiter Refused Tip for Being Gay, Called a 'Fag': VIDEO

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Restaurant patrons are rallying around an Overland Park, Kansas waiter who was refused a tip from a customer because he's gay, KCTV reports:

CarrabbasThe man works at the Carrabba's Italian Grill near 107th Street and Metcalf Avenue. His mother also works as a hostess and she was very upset by what was written on the back of the check earlier this week after he waited on a couple.

"Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD. Fags do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours," the customer wrote. "We hope you will see the tip your faggot choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly. It is never too late for GOD's love, but none shall be spared for fags. May GOD have mercy on you."

Supporters of the waiter, whose story has been spreading on social media, have been pouring into Carrabba's to dine, and urging more customers to do the same. A campaign is underway to flood the restaurant with support on Friday, according to KCTV.

A local pastor, Marvin Baker, is among those supporting the waiter.

Dr. Marvin Baker and his partner had lunch at the restaurant on Thursday and asked to be seated in the server's section.

"I was angry. I said this is not Christian as I know it," Baker said.

Coincidentally enough, the hostess who led them to their seats was the server's proud mother.

"I said, 'We are here to meet your celebrity. The one who was mistreated.' She said, 'That's my son. Would you like a table or booth?' I said, 'Wherever he's serving,'" Baker explained.

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Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) Says DOMA Ruling Is Attack On Jesus Christ, Harmful To Children: VIDEO

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Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), who has already announced his plan to reintroduce the Federal Marriage Amendment later this week, has been making the media rounds to express his strong disagreement with the Supreme Court's marriage equality rulings. Earlier today, Huelskamp appeared on a Christian radio program to discuss how gays and the left are "turning government against the church." Right Wing Watch reports:

Huelskamp accused the justices of trying to "rewrite the Constitution" and of attacking Jesus Christ himself. "The idea that Jesus Christ himself was degrading and demeaning is what they've come down to," he said.

The congressman also added that the left is bent on "ramming their views down the throats of Americans."

Earlier this week, Huelskamp appeared at a Heritage Foundation summit to discuss the real reason behind his crusade: the children

"Decades of social science research and centuries of American history has shown that every child deserves a mom and a dad. With this ruling they have further redefined marriage and I think children will be hurt."

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Lesbian Couple Married Across the Street from Westboro Baptist Church: VIDEO

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As Julian reported on Thursday, Kimberly Kidwell, a 31-year-old EMT, married Katie Short on Saturday at Equality House, across the street from Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church.

The HuffPost reports:

Members of the church, who have travelled across the U.S. to promote their anti-gay message, didn't even need to leave their headquarters to protest, putting up some signs in their front yard and a banner over the wooden fence outside their property.

The brides hardly noticed. "I guess I was almost numb after seeing them for a minute. I knew the signs would be there, and I wasn't even angry about it. We were just so ecstatic to be getting married," said Kidwell, who wore a white pantsuit for the occasion.

The proximity to the WBC was no coincidence. Kidwell and Short were hitched in the front yard of the rainbow-painted residence owned by Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of the charity Planting Peace, whose intention is to confront Westboro and its history of anti-gay activism.

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College Basketball's First Openly Gay Player Jallen Messersmith Was Raised Mormon, Leads Catholic Team

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Outsports has a wonderful feature piece about Jallen Messersmith, the first gay men’s college basketball player to come out while still playing. Messersmith, who plays for Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, was raised Mormon, overcame intense bullying in school, and now leads his Catholic college’s team in blocked shots for this past season. Messersmith contacted Outsports about telling his coming out story prior to NBA player Jason Collins declaring he is gay.

College 2“When I came out, there was nobody in my sport I could [relate to],” Messersmith said about why he agreed to share his story. “I always wanted to put it out there and I had a great experience with it and I wanted to show people it could be fine.”

Messersmith goes on to discuss the severe bullying he faced in adolescence and how he found refuge in a place not usually seen as a sanctuary for gay teens wrestling with their sexuality: sports.

“The people making fun of me pushed me into basketball further and made me want to be the best at basketball and get somewhere with myself," he said. "After my sophomore year, I didn't care what people thought. I grew stronger because of it and it rolls off my back now."


Above all, Messersmith says self-acceptance is the most important aspect of living out and proud both on and off the court.

“You've just got to be comfortable with yourself," he said. "I wasn't very comfortable with myself for a long time and then when I was, if you put off the confidence and you are 100% comfortable when you tell someone, they will support you. They can't, as much as they can try, drag you down. It's all about you. It's what you think. If you are comfortable with yourself, you can do anything."

Read Messersmith’s full story at Outsports. 


Want To See What The Inside Of A Tornado Looks Like? - VIDEO

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Storm chasers Brandon Ivey and Sean Casey captured this incredible footage yesterday in Kansas in an eight ton modified Ford F-450 truck known as the “Tornado Intercept Vehicle.”

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Shirley Phelps-Roper Loves the New 'Sodomite Rainbow House' Across the Street from Westboro Baptist: VIDEO

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Yesterday I posted about the new 'Equality House' painted up right across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.

Aaron_jacksonShirley Phelps-Roper loves it:

“I love it,” she said. “What he does is he keeps the eyes of the whole earth on this message. Now everyday all people are thinking about is God will not have same sex marriage.”

The church even put out a statement.

"We thank God for the Sodomite Rainbow House. It is right across the street from the ONLY church that loves people enough to tell them the Bible truth about the filthy, soul-damning, nation-destroying sin of sodomy...The Sodomite Rainbow house helps shing a bright spotlight on this!"

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