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Salem Mayor Writes Awesome Defense Of City's Decision To End Contract With Anti-Gay College - VIDEO

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On Wednesday we reported the decision by the City of Salem, Massachusetts, to kill a contract with anti-gay Gordon College.

Under the contract, the college operated the city’s Old Town Hall.  College president Michael Lindsay was one of more than 140 signees of a letter to Barack Obama seeking exemptions from a pending executive order which aims to prevent work discrimination by federally funded organizations. Letter by Kimberly Driscoll

Speaking to The Christian Post, Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll said that Gordon College's "behavioral standards" policy, which specifically forbids "homosexual behavior," "is in violation of the LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance that was unanimously adopted by the Salem City Council earlier this year.”

Driscoll has since published an awesome letter defending Salem’s inclusive policies and calling out attacks made by right wing blogs and websites.  Specifically citing wingnut Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, Driscoll writes that “this has resulted in a number of phones calls being place to my office from people outside of Massachusetts who have expressed some patently offensive views regarding LGBT individuals.”

In response to the barrage of phone calls, Driscoll goes on to say “we are keeping a tally of these phone calls and for each one we receive I will be making a donation of $5 to nAGLY [North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth], in support of your good work to create, sustain, and advocate for the policies and services that support youth here on the North Shore.”

Driscoll also asks that individuals make contributions to nAGLy as a response to “the persistence of those who would deny LGBT citizens their equal rights.” 

Watch a video introducing nAGLY, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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Macedonia To Ban Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

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Macedonia’s government is to consider proposed constitutional amendments that would effectively ban same-sex marriage, reports The Big Story.

The country’s politicians agreed on July 16th to begin the amendment process proposed by the conservative government.

A spokesman for the conservative VMRO-DPMNE party said the amendment aimed to protect "traditional, family and religious values of marriage."

The proposed amendments would define marriage as a heteosexual union, set limits on Macedonia’s national debt and limit the country’s annual budget deficit to 3%.

Although President Gjorge Ivanov has said that discrimination against gay people in Macedonia is a myth, the country’s Pride parade was cancelled last year following an increase in the number of homophobic attacks.

Watch a 2012 Macedonian television interview in which minister for labor and social policy Mr. Spiro Ristovski explains why his party is opposed to same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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Tallahassee Mayor John Marks Speaks Out for Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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Mayors for the Freedom to Marry is a nonpartisan group of mayors who believe that all people should be able to share in the love and commitment of marriage.

500 mayors from more than 40 states and Washington, D.C., have so far signed the Mayors for the Freedom To Marry statement.

Founded in 2012, The six chairs of the group are Kevin Faulconer (San Diego), Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles), Michael Nutter (Philadelphia), Annise Parker (Houston), Kasim Reed (Atlanta) and Greg Stanton (Phoenix).

In a video supporting marriage equality, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks says “this is the right thing to do. Individuals have rights and freedoms, and we need to allow everybody to have those same rights and those same freedoms."

Watch Mayor Marks explain why he supports same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Church Of England Votes to Allow Female Bishops: VIDEO

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The Church of England yesterday announced that it has voted to allow female bishops, reports Yahoo! News.

Justin_Welby_at_Seoul_CathedralThe General Synod’s vote reached the required two-thirds majority in each of its three different houses. 351 members approved of the move, 72 voted against and ten abstained.

Welcoming the vote, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called for tolerance and love for traditionalists who disagree with the decision.  Although it took almost 20 years for the first women priests to be ordained after the synod said it had no fundamental objections in 1975, Welby said that he expects the first woman bishop by next year.

However, many opponents have argued that allowing women into such a senior position in the church goes against the Bible.

Although there are no out gay bishops in the U.K., the Church of England announced last year that it will allow celibate gay men in civil partnerships to become bishops.

Watch an Associated Press report on the vote, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Matt Fishel’s ‘Finally’ Celebrates Gay Love Worldwide: VIDEO

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Out singer/songwriter Matt Fishel’s new cover of CeCe Penniston's “Finally” celebrates international Pride with photos sent in by fans from the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Lithuania, Cuba, Thailand and China

You may remember Matt’s "The First Time" about young lust and nostalgia and “Testament,” which is about repression, tradition, marriage, religion and celebration.

Watch the video for “Finally,” AFTER THE JUMP...

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Apocalyptic Hail Storm Caught On Camera: VIDEO

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A video captured on a beach in Novosibirsk, Siberia, looks like an apocalyptic scene from The Day After Tomorrow.

People are seen enjoying a sunny day day at the beach before the 99F weather instantly turns into a massive hailstorm.

A woman later told The Siberian Times:

"My husband was protecting my young daughter but his back was exposed to the hailstones and he has bruising all over it"

Watch the footage of the freak storm, AFTER THE JUMP...

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