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Michigan Church Leader's Anti-Gay Hypocrisy Exposed After Grindr Profile Surfaces

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A married, anti-gay reverend found his hypocrisy exposed after his Grindr profile surfaced and was subsequently spread across the internet reports Salon. Matthew Makela, reverend of St. John's Lutheran Church and father of five, wrote a letter to Midland Daily News in November saying gay people need help:

"We don’t tell a person born with tendencies to abuse alcohol to keep on giving in to his innate desires because he can’t help it. We try to help him in his struggle."

However, a source submitted screenshots to Queerty confirming that Makela has a profile on Grindr and sent shirtless pictures. Makela's profile information indicated that he wasn't just online for some friendly banter:

"I love making out naked, oral and massage. And I top. Also love to cuddle." 

Makela resigned from his position with the church last Sunday. The senior pastor of the Midland, Mich. church, Reverend Daniel Kempin, posted a statement regarding Makela’s indiscretion on the church's website, urging followers to "be patient and trust God," when confronted with the "details of the sin," in media.

In related news, a Michigan mother who used to be a parishioner of the church has come forward revealing that Makela nearly drover her gay son to suicide because of the church leader's outspoken anti-gay preaching. 

(Photo via Queerty/Grindr)


'Homosexuality is a Behavior' Says Disgusting Hate Group Billboard Campaign in Michigan: VIDEO

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Faith 2 Action, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Judicial Action Group, American Family Association of Pennsylvania and Conservative Republicans of Texas are among groups behind a campaign making itself known on billboards around Michigan in advance of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage.

The billboards advertise a website called 'Restrain the Judges' which urges people to send a 'Restraining Order' to every member of the Senate and the House along with each of the United States Supreme Court Justices.

This is the letter:

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As the website notes, supporters can choose among three hateful payment options for their letters:

For $9.95: Eleven "Restraining Order" Letters will be sent on your behalf to Speaker John Boehner,
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and The Supreme Court Justices .

For $29.95: 307 Personalized Restraining Orders to every Republican in Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

For $49.95: 544 Personalized Restraining Orders to ALL members of Congress & the the U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

As you may recall, the bill that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) introduced in April in a last-ditch attempt to stop gay marriage ahead of the SCOTUS ruling, was called the "Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act."

Watch the news report from WDIV Detroit on the hate campaign, AFTER THE JUMP...

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HRC Warns 12 States ‘Don’t Repeat The Mistakes Of Indiana' In New Media Campaign

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The Human Rights Coalition launched a new ad campaign asking 12 state governors to reject bills that target LGBT people like the one Gov. Mike Pence passed in Indiana. HRC's new campaign comes after a study conducted by the organization yielded results stating that a majority of Hoosiers believe Pence’s bill is damaging Indiana’s economy. JoDee Winterhof, HRC's vice president for policy and political affairs, warned of the repercussions states could endure if they follow Pence’s example.

Said Winterhof:

"Gov. Mike Pence found that experimenting with anti-LGBT bills that allow businesses to discriminate killed his approval ratings and damaged the Hoosier economy. Governors who go down the same path as Mike Pence and put their state economy at risk in an attempt to further discrimination are going to find themselves at risk of being rejected by the voters."

The results of HRC's study reflects Winterhof's warning as a majority of voters (70% to 24%) believe that businesses should not discriminate against people based on sexual orientation or identity. Surprisingly a majority of Republican voters (58% to 36%) concur. Pence’s approval ratings have since plummeted, allowing for a potential Democratic challenger to make gains in the state. HRC's media campaign officially began today on social media in Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Florida, New Hampshire, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Texas. Although Pence attempted to clarify that official language in the new law would prevent LGBT discrimination, HRC isn’t buying it, noting that the state’s laws are still devoid of any clear LGBT anti-discrimination laws that would grant full protections to LGBT people in the state.


Michigan GOP-Controlled Senate Committee Approves Anti-gay Religious Objection Adoption Bills

JohnsonBills heard and approved in two hours by a Michigan Senate committee Wednesday could allow religious adoption agencies to refuse to work with same sex couples, reports Iron Mountain Daily News.

Three bills - which passed 4-1 along party lines - would also prevent governments from refusing to license or provide funding for adoption agencies that exercise such objections. The GOP-led House passed the bills last month.

Supporters say the legislation won't prevent anyone from adopting because faith-based agencies that choose not to work with gay people would refer them to other places.

However, Sommer Foster, director of political advocacy for Equality Michigan, said the bills represent "an attempt to write religious discrimination into Michigan law."

Sen. Bert Johnson (right), the only Democrat on the committee, offered amendments that would have prohibited agencies from denying placement if it's not in the best interest of the child, make public cases in which they would deny services and comply with federal and state civil rights acts.

All six amendments were voted down.


Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Fights Against State Recognition Of Terminally Ill Gay Man’s Marriage: VIDEO

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (right) has submitted a brief arguing that the state should not have to recognize the marriage of a gay man suffering from a terminal illness, reports the Washington Blade.

Rick Snyder_smThe five-page brief presented to the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Michigan on April 16 East Grand Rapids couple Brian Merucci and Bruce Morgan. Morgan is suffering from brain cancer.

Although the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a 2014 decision striking down Michigan’s gay marriage ban, Snyder has acceded to the decision in Caspar v. Snyder requiring the state to recognize the marriages of couples who wed during a window period after the initial court ruling.

However, Snyder has argued Caspar v. Snyder does not provide for the recognition of  Merucci and Morgan’s marriage.

“The only circumstance cited by Plaintiffs not previously considered by this Court is the decision in Caspar. But Caspar is non-precedential and factually distinguishable.

"Consequently, the legal and factual landscapes relevant to staying this case remain the same as they did when this Court issued the stay, and Plaintiffs’ motion should be denied.”

Morgan v. Snyder was filed in June 2014, but the case was stayed in as marriage litigation was pending before the Sixth Circuit. Earlier this month, Merucci and Snyder sought a relief from the stay in the aftermath of the decision in the Caspar case.

Watch a report on the case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Anti-Gay Michigan Autoshop Owner Hit by Vandals, Says 'Evil Homosexual Agenda is Behind It: PHOTOS

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Brian Klawiter, the owner of the Grandville, Michigan auto shop who declared this week he "would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons" but that gun owners would receive a discount at his shop, has had his shop wall tagged with graffiti, MLive reports:

Grandville Police Chief Dan Steere on Monday said he had no intention of stationing a police officer at the place, but said police would keep an eye on the area with additional patrols.

The chief could not immediately be reached regarding the recent graffiti spray-painted on the building.

Klawiter says he has received death threats over his statements but Steere said he did not want to officially report them.

This morning Dieseltec (Klawiter's auto shop) posted several photos of the graffiti (see embedded below), which appears in several places on his property. Dieseltec also posted a photo of a window it says was broken by a rock that had a fingerprint on it.

Well, folks, as we predicted, it didn't take long for the ugly face of the homosexual movement to present itself. What started out with "mere" death threats against myself and my family and homosexuals spamming my Facebook page with gay porn shots, has escalated to physical violence. See the pics below. We called police to file a report this morning, and City of Grandville Officer John Davis responded.

The officer arrived, looked around, took a few notes, chuckled, and said "turn it in to the insurance company." He gave us a Police Report number 15-2779, but did not take the rock which has a fingerprint on it.

The homosexual agenda is evil, and is prepared to destroy anyone who gets in its way, or who calls homosexuality a sin. Today it's us; tomorrow, it could be you.

It's unclear who created the graffiti, which is clearly an inappropriate way to deal with situations like these. Until that is known, it's also possible to speculate the property might have been tagged by someone on Klawiter's side of the issue.

If you can't see the Facebook embeds below, Dieseltec's posts are here and here.

 

Response to posts below along with the pics: Well, folks, as we predicted, it didn't take long for the ugly face of...

Posted by Dieseltec on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
 


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