Judge strikes down Utah’s anti gay marriage law. Mormons become sad pandas.

Booyah! A federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban Friday in a decision that brings a nationwide shift toward allowing gay marriage to a conservative state where the Mormon church has long been against it. The Salt Lake County clerk’s office started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Deputy Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee said the [Read More...]

Father on Duck Dynasty’s ex-star Phil Robertson’s “freedom of speech.”

So you may have heard that the star of a reality show based around what a down home yokul he is said some very hateful things about gay people.  As a result, he was fired from the show.  Well this has the South up in a tizzy about how persecuted this poor Christian man is.  [Read More...]

Pastor fights to maintain affiliation to a church whose commands he knows to be immoral.

Pastor Frank Schaefer defied the Methodist church last month when he said he would perform a gay wedding and then followed up on it, despite threats from the church to strip him of his credentials.  Well, the church has followed up as well, but Schaefer has refused to part with them willingly.  Good on him, [Read More...]

Russian actor who ran for president wants to put gays in oven.

Just read this story and it made me boggle at what religion can do to a mind: A Russian actor best known for announcing a run for his country’s presidency two years ago has stated that he would like to put all gay people “in the oven”. Ivan Okhlobystin, a popular star with fiercely conservative [Read More...]

School board member says transgender students should be castrated.

So, here’s the lowdown: Colorado school board member Katherine Svenson said that transgender students would have to be castrated before using school bathrooms that fit their gender identity, KREX-TVreports. Said Svenson: “I would like to pass out something that shows people what is going on in the rest of the country. Massachusetts and California have passed [Read More...]

Man who has helped pull Bangladesh out of poverty accused of trying to destroy its citizens…because religion.

Here’s a link back to today’s morning happiness post.  You’ll need it after this: In the 41 years since its independence, Bangladesh has made great strides. Until recently one of the poorest nations on Earth, poverty is fading. The country has made remarkable gains in reduction of hunger, and now ranks among Goldman Sachs’ “Next [Read More...]

Methodist pastor to be stripped of position for officiating gay weddings.

The Methodist Church has said it will strip Pastor Frank Schaefer of his credentials if he officiates over same-sex weddings: A United Methodist jury Tuesday night gave a Pennsylvania pastor 30 days to agree not to break church law by presiding at future same-sex weddings or give up his clergy credentials. The penalty was announced [Read More...]

Catholic bishop to exorcise gay demons in Illinois.

After the political process (read: playing fair) failed to stop marriage equality in Illinois, a Catholic bishop has a new idea: exorcism. The Catholic bishop of Springfield, Illinois, Thomas Paprocki, announced that he would lead a prayer service next week to exorcise the gay-loving demons there that helped bring same-sex marriage to Illinois. Because the [Read More...]

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Defies the Church Again

First he delivered a blistering reprimand to the Catholic Church over the Cloyne Report. Then he offered a heartfelt apology to the women incarcerated and forced to labor as slaves in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries. (Full text is of the 19 minute apology is here.) (The church, of course, has yet to apologize.) Now he’s publicly [Read More...]

Leave Orson Scott Card alone! *tears*

Maurine Proctor, columnist for the Mormon Meridian Magazine is very upset that Orson Scott Card (author of Ender’s Game and brazenly opposed to all things gay, the very definition of a proud bigot) is being treated like a proud bigot. Instead it has been an opportunity for much of the press to malign him and [Read More...]