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Jason Collins Blasts Indiana's Anti-Gay 'License To Discriminate' Bill: VIDEO

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Jason Collins, the first openly gay pro athlete in the four major North American sports leagues, has spoken out against Indiana’s recently passed “License To Discriminate” bill, reports IndyStar.

By a vote of 63-31, the Indiana House of Representatives yesterday passed the bill which allows private businesses, individuals and organizations to discriminate against LGBT individuals on religious grounds.

.@GovPenceIN, is it going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come to the #FinalFour? http://t.co/uBlKbIf8YK

— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) March 23, 2015

Governor Mike Pence says he is "looking forward" to signing the bill.

Collins, who has been mentoring other young, gay basketball players who have yet to come out of the closet, played for 13 seasons in the NBA for multiple teams, including the New Jersey Nets.

Watch the trailer for new documentary Out to Win, which provides insight into the lives of LGBT athletes including Collins, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Wade Davis and Brittney Griner, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Dolce & Gabbana Backtrack (Again!) on Same-Sex Parenting, Claim to 'Love Gay Adoption' - VIDEO

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Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have continued the damage limitation battle with an appearance on CNN - but failed to apologize for their controversial comments on “non-traditional families.”

The controversy began last week when the Italian Catholic designers said that "the only family is the traditional one" and that children born through in vitro fertilization were "synthetic.”

Following worldwide criticism and a call for a boycott by Elton John, Martina Navratilova and others, the former couple attempted to whitewash their comments.

Dolce said:

"I respect all the world, all the culture. I believe in the traditional family. It is impossible to change my culture for something different. You think what you think….I believe in the tradition of family.”

Gabbana added:

"We love gay couple. We are gay. We love gay couple. We love gay adoption. We love everything. It's just an express of my private point of view.”

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Glenn Beck Warns Dolce & Gabbana Backlash Could End Culture And Science: VIDEO

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Glenn Beck has weighed in on Dolce & Gabbana’s controversial comments about same-sex families and in vitro fertilization, reports Right Wing Watch.

Following the comments by the Italian Catholic designers in support of the “traditional family,” Elton John, Martina Navratilova and others called for a boycott of the company.

Speaking on his television show on Tuesday, Beck said that such a boycott would be like locking Galileo in a tower for opposing the conventional science of the day.

"Is this the kind of freedom that we're at? Anyone who feels the same as Dolce and Gabbana, let me ask you, are they empowered to express their view or are they now afraid that Hollywood and progressives will come after them?

“The party of progress is making progress indeed, back to the Dark Ages, back to the days when differing scientific views were labeled heresy and black magic. As the march toward conformity continues, America gets farther and farther away from the place where those who will change the world with art and science and music, those who will bring on the next Renaissance just might find themselves locked up in a tower and sadly never paint the next Mona Lisa.”

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Sweden's Eurovision Entrant Claims Gay Sex Is 'Not Natural': VIDEO

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In the least gay decision in a prolific 60 year history, a singer who thinks gay sex is “not natural” has been selected to represent Sweden in this year's Eurovision, reports Pink News.

Måns Zelmerlöw (above left) was forced to apologize last year after saying “it isn’t equally natural for men to want to sleep with one another”. He also said that gay people should not have children.

Zelmerlöw later said in a statement:

“I want to apologize to all who take offense. I believe and hope that the vast majority know that I respect differences and all forms of love.”

Hmmmm…someone doesn’t want to get booed off the stage in May but it’s probably too little too late.

Meanwhile, Australia is taking part this year to celebrate the gayfest’s 60th anniversary. Last year, 3 million Australians tuned in to watch Conchita Wurst win with “Rise Like A Phoenix.”

Watch Zelmerlöw's very gay performance of “Heroes” on the Swedish National Song Contest along with Guy Sebastian (above right) doing Australian shoe-in entry “Tonight Again,” AFTER THE JUMP...

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Franklin Graham Urges Bigot Conference To 'Not Shut Up' In War On Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Held in Orlando, Florida last weekend, the Awakening Conference was a veritable who’s who of hate groups and anti-gay bigots coming together because they are “united by love for our country’s freedom and our faith in Christ.”

This year’s theme was “Rebuilding The Wall.” It’s not clear what the wall represents but given that speakers included Mat Staver, the frankly ridiculous Benham Brothers and Janet Boynes we can safely assume it’s a giant fence of ignorant bigotry holding back a growing tide of common sense and acceptance.

Right Wing Watch reports that the best received speaker was Franklin Graham (above), son of hate speaker Billy.

Demonstrating that this small group of vicious homophobe Christians just hate gay people, Graham Junior railed against pastors and churches for giving up on condemning homosexuality:

“Let me tell you something. A lot of pastors have quit preaching against homosexuality. You know why? I’ll tell you why. Because they are afraid that there may be some man or woman in the congregation whose son or daughter is gay.

“Don’t shut up, guys. You don’t shut up. If the people that are coming after you, ‘yak, yak, yak,’ and they want to run you out of church, then let them run you out of church. Go to another church, let them have that church. I’ll tell you what, God will bless you and he’ll honor you if you speak up and you tell the truth.

“There’s a battle to fight. And the battle, listen, it’s not against flesh and blood, all right? This is a spiritual battle. We’re fighting Satan and his demons and let me tell you something, they have got their way into government, they have got their way into every level of our government.”

Last year, old charmer Graham praised Vladimir Putin for his moral treatment of homosexuals as pedophiles and said that gay people don't "adopt" children so much as "recruit" them.

Watch Graham spew his vicious hate in the guise of religion, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Irish Catholic Priest Calls For Yes Vote In Marriage Equality Referendum: VIDEO

A priest in the west of Ireland has broken ranks with the Catholic church's anti-gay agenda by announcing that he will vote in favor of May’s marriage equality referendum, reports IrishCentral.

Igg o'donovanLimerick-based Iggy O’Donovan (right) wrote in the Irish Times that he will vote on the grounds of “respect for the freedom of others who differ from us.”

O’Donovan explained that churches “have views, ideals and laws about the family, and they quite properly teach their members about those views… But when we become legislators, as we do when we vote in referendums, we legislate as citizens for all our fellow citizens.”

He continued:

“It is possible to have deep and passionately-held convictions without seeking to have those convictions imposed by the state on fellow citizens who do not share them….Respect for the freedom of others who differ from us is part and parcel of the faith we profess. For these and for other reasons I will be voting Yes.”

The priest’s comments came the day after the homophobic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran told broadcaster Chris O’Donoghue that gay couples with children “are not parents." In the same interview, Doran compared homosexuality with down syndrome and spina bifida.

You can listen to the full interview with Doran or read a transcript.

Watch Irish grandparents Brighid and Paddy join the #VoteWithUs campaign in support of same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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