Former Ex-Gay Leader Ties the Knot With Same-Sex Partner

The former leader of a Christian group dedicated to “curing” homosexuality got married this week – to his same-sex partner.

Former Love In Action Director John Smid used to be a loud advocate for “ex-gay therapy,” the discredited, faulty, and harmful practice of trying to rid a person of “homosexual feelings” through prayer and other Christian teachings. Smid’s ministry committed itself to the the same mission.

But Smid resigned from his position as the group’s executive director in 2008 and later spoke out against ex-gay therapy. He divorced his wife the same year. And on Nov. 16, he married Larry McQueen in Oklahoma.



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Former Porn Star Asia Carrera is the Latest Driver’s License Pastafarian

The former porn star known as Asia Carrera is the latest person to don a colander for her driver’s license picture.

The Pastafarian (whose license has her birth name Jessica Steinhauser but who goes by Asia Carrera-Lemmon online) said she did it in order to make a statement about religious freedom in a conservative state:



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Why Our Kids Aren’t Going to Church Dances

Earlier this month, blogger and concerned mother Becky Blackburn published a post in the Deseret News (I was hoping it was the Dessert News, but we can’t always get what we want, can we?) called “Why aren’t our kids going to church dances?”

Blackburn recounted a harrowing tale of the time she tried to strong-arm her 15-year-old son into having The Best Night Ever at his church dance. While that sounds like general “Parent of a teen” fodder, her article takes an odd turn right out of the gate:

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Priests in Love: Catholic Clergy’s Forced Celibacy Is Cruel and Theologically Unnecessary, Deterring New Recruits

The New York Times gives some lovin’ to priests who violate their sacred promise to keep it in their pants. The paper isn’t talking about child rape for a change, but about consenting adults. One anonymous couple is introduced thusly:

They had not planned on falling in love, but they did. They did not want to become the objects of malicious gossip, but they are. They had not imagined living a life of furtive affections and secret rendezvous, but that is what has happened since the woman and the priest defied a Roman Catholic Church taboo and became romantically involved.

Some people see me as a devil, something dirty,” said the woman, who, along with the priest she is involved with, agreed to discuss their situation, sitting for an interview at a hotel in a city far from his parish.

Reporter Elisabetta Povoledo hit The Google and found that

An online search using “in love with a priest” produces blog after blog about church-crossed lovers, in any number of languages. There are support groups on social media, including Facebook groups for women. One group of 26 women even petitioned Pope Francis to change the church’s requirement of celibacy for priests, and relieve their suffering.



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Egypt Court Sentences Eight Men to Prison for Gay Wedding Video

Eight men in Egypt face a three-year jail sentence for broadcasting a video of a same-sex wedding and, as a result, “shaming God.”

The men were charged for “spreading indecent images” and “violating public decency” after filming two men kissing, exchanging rings and celebrating with cheering friends on a Nile riverboat, suggesting a same-sex wedding. They were initially detained in September after Egypt’s chief prosecutor called the video “shameful to God” and “offensive to public morals.”



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