In 2013 Baronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, turned away gay couple Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll - refusing their business for their upcoming wedding. Stutzman claimed she was exercising her religious liberties in refusing the couple service, but the state of Washington asserted she was in violation of consumer protection laws. Benton County Supreme Court Judge Alex Ekstrom heard two summary motions in the state’s case against Stutzman this past Friday.
“When it comes to running a business you cannot discriminate against someone based on their religion, based on their race, based on their age, or in this case, based on their sexual orientation,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. “And unfortunately, that’s what [Stutzman] did here.”
Stutzman is currently awaiting trial for another suit filed on behalf of Freed and Ingersoll by the ACLU. Should Washington win in its suit against her, she could potentially be responsible for a $2,000 fine as well as covering attorney’s fees.
Posted Dec. 21,2014 at 4:00 PM EST by Charles Pulliam-Moore in Barronelle Stuzman, Discrimination, Gay Marriage, Washington |
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Next spring Texas is getting its first geek convention geared towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender gamers, nerds, and comic book enthusiasts. HavenCon, as its name suggests, is meant to be equal parts geek gathering and safe space for queer-identified people of all ages. HavenCon founder Shane Brown first began organizing Texas-based LGBTQA fantasy and sci-fi enthusiasts in 2012 when he founded Gay Austin Geeks, an online social network.
“Even within the gay community, we often exist within our smaller segmented groups,” Brown explained in a press release. “But comic and gaming conventions are all about the melding of geeks, gamers and nerds of every size, race, age and gender identity.”
“With HavenCon, we’re creating a safe, entertaining and diversity-welcoming environment for people that enjoy comic books, video games, science fiction and more,” said HavenCon founder Shane Brown. “We’ll have a cosplay contest, gaming tournaments, industry panelists, local artists and writers—all of it while celebrating what makes us both different and special.”
Money raised from HavenCon ticket sales will go to OutYouth, an Austin-based outreach center for LGBT youth. HavenCon is set to begin the weekend of April 4 at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin, Texas. Tickets for the convention are on sale at HavenCon’s website.
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Posted Dec. 21,2014 at 3:00 PM EST by Charles Pulliam-Moore in Comic Books, Texas, Video Games |
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TLC will air a documentary on January 1st about gay Mormon men in Salt Lake City who are married to women.
The men claim to use their faith in god to overcome anything that goes against their religious beliefs. Featuring three married couples and one bachelor, one of the men says he has “chosen an alternative to an alternative lifestyle.” Another participant helpfully explains “I’m interested in men, I’m just not interested in men.”
Some of the wives are delusional.
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Mormon leaders recently reiterated the church's opposition to homosexuality.
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Posted Dec. 21,2014 at 2:00 PM EST by Jim Redmond in I'm Gay, I'm Not Gay, Interview, Mormon, Religion, Salt Lake City, Utah, Video, YouTube |
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Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson is studying the Bible in a quest to figure out if being gay is a choice.
Willie’s dad Phil got into some serious hot water a year ago when he attacked gay “sinners” who are going to hell. In an interview with GQ, Robertson senior also oddly said “we never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell.” Phil later defended his views but claimed that although he's a homophobe, gay people "need to know that I love them".
Speaking with Larry King, junior Robertson said that he doesn’t agree with everything his old man said in the interview because “we love everybody.” Her also helpfully pointed out that there are many, many gay people in the entertainment world.
Asked if he believes that being gay is a choice, young Willie said:
“Larry, I’m trying to figure that out right now. I really am since the controversy and since I know all these people — and if the thought is ‘I’m born this way.’
“I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out myself through the passages, because I always have to look to the scriptures to see what’s there and then I put it up against people — put my time in, so I’ve spent time with people.
“I’m not the judge. God’s going to be the judge, so it’s not my job to convince people to change their lives — it’s really through Jesus. If I just introduce them to Jesus, he’ll do that.”
Willie didn’t elaborate on when he made the decision to be heterosexual.
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Posted Dec. 21,2014 at 1:00 PM EST by Jim Redmond in Duck Dynasty, Interview, Larry King, Phil Robertson, Video, Willie Robertson |
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Benjy the gay bull (above left) may have found himself a boyfriend at an animal sanctuary in England, reports NY Daily News.
Benjy made headlines around the world this month when an animal rights group in Ireland started a campaign to save the bull from the slaughterhouse. John Kelly, a farmer in County Mayo, Ireland bought the bull for breeding last year but was left disappointed when he realised that Benjy is more interested in other bulls.
Many donations were made to save Benjy but his final transfer to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary was made possible by a donation from Sam Simon, the co-creator of The Simpsons.
Within minutes of arriving at the sanctuary earlier this month, Benjy befriended 1-year-old bullock Alex (above right).
However, the romance is likely to be short-lived as Benjy is due to be castrated as per sanctuary protocols.
The sanctuary wrote on Facebook that although they are not certain that Benjy is gay, "the fact that somebody thought he was has certainly saved his life!"
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Posted Dec. 21,2014 at 12:00 PM EST by Jim Redmond in Gay Animals, Great Britain, Ireland, The Simpsons, Video |
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As expected, Elton John and David Furnish celebrated 21 years together with an intimate wedding ceremony at the couple's Windsor home on Sunday.
Wrote Elton on the caption to the above photo: "That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!
The 67-year-old singer set up an Instagram account for fans to share in the special day's celebration. Sons Zachary and Elijah were the ring bearers.
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Posted Dec. 21,2014 at 11:27 AM EST by Kyler Geoffroy in David Furnish, Elton John, Gay Wedding |
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