How a Gay Student Came Out at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University

Let me say outright what we’re all thinking: If you’re gay, Liberty University is not the right school for you.

That’s what one former student thought at first, too; after all, Liberty’s founder, the infamous Jerry Falwell, is perhaps best remembered for founding the anti-gay Moral Majority, claiming that pagans, feminists and gays caused 9/11, and warning of a “homosexual steamroller” that would “literally crush all decent men, women, and children.” (In the years since his passing, the misuse of “literally” in Falwell’s steamroller quote has inspired one of the best Oatmeal comics of all time, but that’s another story.)

But in a piece for the Atlantic this week, former Liberty student Brandon Ambrosino says that when he came out as gay at Liberty, he was pleasantly surprised — at least to an extent. Ambrosino followed a girlfriend to Liberty, assuming God had intended for them to eventually get married. As the story often goes, they broke up, and it wasn’t long before Brandon knew he was actually gay.

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North Carolina Church Refuses to Marry Heterosexual Couples Until Gays and Lesbians Can Get Married, Too

Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina says it won’t perform any marriages between opposite-sex couples until same-sex couples can legally marry in the church as well.

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Nonprofit Paints Rainbow House Across From Westboro Baptist Church

The founder of a Florida-based nonprofit is determined to wave gay pride in Westboro Baptist Church’s face — and he’s a lot closer than you may think.

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GOP Senator Supports Marriage Equality After Son Comes Out; What Does That Say About Politics?

This week, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio became the first sitting Republican senator ever to publicly support marriage equality. He says he had a change of heart after his 21-year-old son Will came out as gay two years ago, an explanation some have praised and others have criticized.

A high-profile Republican who worked with President George W. Bush and was hailed as a potential Vice-Presidential pick for Mitt Romney, Portman once voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), for a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality, and against letting same-sex couples adopt kids in Washington, D.C.

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Family Research Council Fellow: Society Should ‘Punish’ and ‘Shame’ Pre-Marital Sex

Pat Fagan, a senior fellow with the anti-gay, largely religious Family Research Council, recently wrote a scathing condemnation of marriage equality in which he also belittles anyone who has sex before marriage.

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