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Texas Church Reverses Course After Relegating Gay Couple To Side Chapel For Son's Ceremony: VIDEO

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Earlier this month, we told you how a church in Florida had agreed to allow a gay couple's child to be baptized after initially turning them away, igniting a weeklong national firestorm.

Apparently, a church in Austin, Texas wanted to avoid a similar controversy.

Rich Jones and Adrian Mertz have both attended Shoreline Church since before they were married last year. They've continued to attend with their 4-year-old adopted son, Santino, and say they've been welcomed. 

But when Jones and Mertz requested to hold a dedication ceremony for Santino at the church, they were told it would have to be in a side chapel rather than the main sanctuary. The topic of homosexuality was too sensitive, church officials said, and the congregation wasn't ready to deal with it. 

However, after a reporter from a local TV station contacted the church about turning away Jones and Mertz, officials quickly changed their mind. 

From KVUE-TV

The congregation issued this statement:

"We are deeply sorry for the pain we have caused the Mertz family regarding the dedication of their child to God. We understand how our attempt to make a reasonable accommodation was misguided and hurtful. It is our intent to uphold human dignity, and in this regard we have failed. We are reaching out to the family to invite them to our next baby dedication."

Mertz and Jones were beside themselves with joy upon receiving the news. ... 

"Honestly I am just so happy and glad that we stepped out on faith. We've come to realize in order to expect change, you have to be part of the change and this just shed light on what Shoreline is really all about," said Mertz.

Santino's dedication is now set for June in the main chapel with all the other children. 

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Ted Cruz Promises To 'Always, Always, Always' Defend Christians' Right to Discriminate Against Gays: VIDEO

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Virulently anti-LGBT senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has promised to "always, always, always" stand for the right of Christian business owners to discriminate against gay people, reports Right Wing Watch.

.@TedCruz addressing pastors now at #WOTW15: http://t.co/ItD36epikp

— Watchmen on the Wall (@WatchmenPastors) May 21, 2015

Speaking yesterday at the "Watchmen on the Wall" conference - sponsored by the highly profitable Family Research Council and presided over by head honcho Tony Perkins - Cruz said:

“The modern Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme, that they have determined that their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states trumps any allegiance to religious liberty under the First Amendment."

Lamenting that other GOP presidential hopefuls were silent following opposition to "religious liberty" bills in Indiana and Arkansas, Superbigot Cruz promised the homophobic gathering "I will always, always, always stand and fight for religious liberty of every American!"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

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Texas Republican Comes Out For Gay Marriage As State House Passes 'Pastor Protection Act'

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The first Republican Texas lawmaker in history has come out in support of same-sex marriage. 

GOP Rep. Sarah Davis, who represents a Houston-area district and had previously expressed support for civil unions, came out for marriage equality in an interview Thursday about her decision not to sign a hateful anti-gay letter issued by the House Republican Caucus last week.  

The Texas Observer reports: 

“I just don’t agree with the sentiment of the letter,” Davis told the Observer. “I don’t feel the need to pass legislation or vote for legislation that prohibits two adults who love each other to be able to be joined in a civil union or marriage. It does not affect my marriage.” ... 

Davis noted that she’s received endorsements from two LGBT groups, Log Cabin Republicans and Equality Texas. She was the first Republican to receive Equality Texas’ endorsement, a decision that drew criticism from some LGBT advocates, in part because she hadn’t come out for same-sex marriage.

“I haven’t had an opportunity to vote, but I’ve spoken about the issue,” Davis said. “In situations where I’ve been asked, I’ve always stated my position, so I don’t think this is new ground that I’ve just staked out.”

Meanwhile, the Texas House on Thursday approved the so-called "Pastor Protection Act" in a 141-2 vote. The state's two openly LGBT lawmakers voted in favor of the bill, including Democratic Rep. Celia Israel, who said on the House floor: 

Israel.Celia"Let me reassure those pastors out there: Some fine day, my partner and I are going to get married in the great state of Texas. The Supreme Court will hopefully take care of that issue for us. When that day comes, rest assured to those pastors and preachers who take a more literal interpretation of the Bible, that my partner and I will not be going to them to bless our unions. I will be going to someone who loves us and respects us for who we are and the way in which we have taken care of one another. So if we see this issue as a reiteration of what is in the United States Constitution, which is a respect for religion, this Roman Catholic urges you to vote yes." 

The anti-LGBT Texas Pastor Council issued a hateful statement celebrating passage of the Pastor Protection Act:  

Screen shot 2015-05-21 at 4.32.59 PM"This bill is a small step of protection in a much larger war against religious freedom raging across America and well underway in Texas," said Dave Welch, President of Texas Pastor Council Action, an ethnically and denominationally diverse coalition involving pastors in all major cities in Texas. "We are very pleased that SB 2065 survived efforts to weaken its scope that does nothing more than puts in Texas law protections for pastors to do what we have been doing since the birth of this nation - exercise our faith in obedience to God and with the support of our Constitution and laws."

Welch said they plan to revisit other bills that died during the session, particularly if the U.S. Supreme Court "goes rogue" and overturns Article 1, Section 32 of the Texas Constitution defining marriage as a union only of one man and one woman. "We will not yield on inch of the rights given us by God, the freedoms purchased by the blood of patriots and part of our national DNA to those attempting to recreate our moral laws, culture and laws according to those with a deviant sexual lifestyle or gender confused." 


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)


Former Bush Administration Official Compares Fight For Marriage Equality With Rise of Nazi Germany: LISTEN

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Appearing on the equally deranged Linda Harvey’s “Mission America” last weekend, anti-gay author and former Bush administration official Robert R. Reilly compared the fight for same-sex marriage to laws revoking citizenship of Jews in Nazi Germany, reports Right Wing Watch.

After demon-obsessed Harvey warned of coming “civil unrest and conflict” if marriage equality becomes a reality, Reilly attacked the totalitarian gay rights movement which is aiming to provide a “rationalization for sodomy”.

Harvey“I point to 1935 Germany as an analogy because that’s when the Nuremberg Laws were emplaced by Hitler’s regime which revoked citizenship to Jews and forbade Jews to marry non-Jews.

“Undoubtedly there were many fine people in Germany at that time who did not believe in the race theory of history and weren’t anti-Semites, but they probably said to themselves, ‘Well this is a losing cause, let’s just let this one go and move on to other things about which we can do something, move on to something else,’ and they probably didn’t admit to themselves the real fear they of what this would eventually lead to. Of course it led to the Holocaust, World War II and the death of 60 million people.

“And so too people today, now that we are entering the enforcement phase of the rationalization for sodomy, say, ‘Well, you know look at the media, look at the American elite, the heads of corporations, we’ve lost this once, let’s move on and pay attention to the economy and the creation of new jobs,’ probably because they are afraid and don’t wish to admit to themselves what the long-term consequences of this are going to be for American society and what else is going to be coming down the line”.

Later, Harvey attacked the “demonic” notion of accommodating gender-confused children, arguing that “people don’t mess with children like this unless there is a huge spiritual evil going on.”

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Gordon Klingenschmitt Concerned Bans On 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Will Increase Demonic Possession: VIDEO

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Anti-gay Colorado Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt has voiced his concern that gay people will no longer be able to rid themselves of demons if “ex-gay” conversion therapy is banned, reports Right Wing Watch.

Speaking on his “Pray In Jesus Name” program, demon-obsessed Klingenschmitt explained that judges are “cooperating with the demonic spirit inside of the homosexual addict and those judges are now reinforcing the sin and saying you cannot be delivered, you cannot cured, you cannot be healed".

In February, Klingenschmitt said the bakery owners in Oregon who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple are “a blessing” to gay people because they refuse “to participate in their acts of sodomy”.

Yesterday, it was reported that a bipartisan Illinois House majority approved House Bill 217 which aims to protect LGBT youth from “ex-gay” therapy. A federal bill banning the discredited practice has also been introduced

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