GAY RIGHTS: Indiana has hired a PR firm to rebuild the state’s image.

After trying to make it legal for Christian businesses to discriminate against LGBT clientele went, to put it lightly, poorly, the state has hired a PR firm to help rebuild its image: The state of Indiana has hired a global public relations firm to help rebuild its image in the wake of national criticism that [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS & FAITH: Ohio lawmaker wants his state to be the next to lose a lawsuit.

In Ohio certain people are allowed to sanctify a marriage.  These include many government officials: Ohio’s existing law allows anyone registered with the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office as a “minister” to sanctify a marriage, along with mayors and municipal and probate judges. With a pending federal case likely to bring equality to the Buckeye [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS: A monument to love.

A while back a story went viral of a gay man from Mountain Home, Arkansas who took his own life.  Afterward his childhood church refused to hold his service and some members even called to cancel the reception at the local fire station.  The man was James Stone, who I knew in High School.  There [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS & FAITH: Anti-gay crowd must be running out of arguments…

Man, there were some pretty loopy things said today.  Let’s start with the Liberty Counsel.  Even though same-sex marriage has been the law of the land in Florida since January 6th, and even though Judge Hinckle clarified his ruling as applying to the whole state, the Liberty Counsel has filed three briefs seeking to prohibit [Read More...]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Pastor James David Manning: we must be willing to kill to stop sodomites.

I’m always told that faith in Christ makes people better, yet there are so many examples of people whose faith has clearly made them worse.  How can that be? So often we hear the message, “What I’m doing can’t be bad – the bible says to do it!”  Meanwhile, to everybody else, it occurs to [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Louisiana governor wants to pass RFRA worse than Indiana’s.

Governor Bobby Jindal would like to pass an, ahem, religious freedom bill that is even worse than Indiana’s original: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is throwing his support behind a religious freedom bill that’s broader in many ways than the controversial one in Indiana that Gov. Mike Pence (R) wasforced to clarify after a national uproar. [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS: Springfield, MO votes to repeal protections for LGBT.

My private voice students are in hell week for their production of All Shook Up.  The directors have asked me to come give what insights I can, so I’m heading over there later today.  However, a lot’s happening in the news – so get ready for short posts. Last October the City Council of Springfield, [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS: Josh Feuerstein’s search for anti-Christian discrimination.

Joshua Feuerstein is at it again.  This time he thought he’d be clever by marching into a bakery and asking for a cake that read “We do not support gay marriage” and announcing anti-Christian bigotry when they refused to make it: Cut the Cake bakery said it has lost business and faced harassment since last [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS: Why public businesses have to serve the public – all of it.

I came across this article in the Arkansas Times titled “Partners.”  These two paragraphs from it are magical: See those taxpayer-subsidized power lines running to that restaurant? See all that fresh, clean water running out of the taps? See the sewer lines running away from that restaurant, to the fragrant wastewater treatment plant at the [Read More...]

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GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Anti-gay law like Indiana’s passed in Arkansas, sent to Gov. Hutchinson who has said he’ll sign it.

The Arkansas legislature has just sent the state’s right-to-discriminate bill, virtually identical to Indiana’s, to Gov. Asa Hutchinson who has said he plans to sign it: Arkansas is a penstroke away from having a “license to discriminate” law nearly identical to Indiana’s. HB 1228, the Arkansas “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA), already passed both the House and the [Read More...]

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