No one is hurt by gay marriage | CharlotteObserver.com

I approve of gay marriage. I’m against Amendment One.

I don’t agree with the opposition, but I understand where a lot of it comes from. Many of you feel the Bible condemns homosexuality. I hope you also understand that if we lived under all the things the Bible condemns, adulterers would be put to death, women would have to cover their heads in church, and the Panthers couldn’t play on Sundays. Among many, many, many other things.

The Bible has a lot of rules, but only ten commandments, and Jesus prunes even those to their essence in Luke chapter 10: Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength and mind… and love your neighbor as yourself

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OUR OPINION: We must stop bullying. It starts here. And it starts now. – Sioux City Journal

Siouxland lost a young life to a senseless, shameful tragedy last week. By all accounts, Kenneth Weishuhn was a kind-hearted, fun-loving teenage boy, always looking to make others smile. But when the South O’Brien High School 14-year-old told friends he was gay, the harassment and bullying began. It didn’t let up until he took his own life.

Sadly, Kenneth’s story is far from unique. Boys and girls across Iowa and beyond are targeted every day. In this case sexual orientation appears to have played a role, but we have learned a bully needs no reason to strike. No sense can be made of these actions.

Now our community and region must face this stark reality: We are all to blame. We have not done enough. Not nearly enough.

This is not a failure of one group of kids, one school, one town, one county or one geographic area. Rather, it exposes a fundamental flaw in our society, one that has deep-seated roots. Until now, it has been too difficult, inconvenient — maybe%2

via OUR OPINION: We must stop bullying. It starts here. And it starts now..

Laurence Watts: 10 Breathtaking Sights You’ll Miss If You Boycott Anti-Gay Countries (PHOTOS)

At the end of March I was shocked to learn that two gay men from an Atlantis Cruise had been arrested in the Caribbean island of Dominica. The local authorities must have known it was a “gay cruise line” before it docked, which led me to question why, having allowed several hundred gay men into their country, they then decided to arrest two of them. The answer came a few days later when photos of the couple in question emerged, showing them butt-naked, on their balcony, in plain view of everyone on and around the pier, in flagrante delicto. “Well, what did you expect?” was my response.

As someone who has travelled to more than 150 countries, I am used to treating State Department travel advisories with a pinch of salt. I’ve been to dozens of countries where homosexuality is illegal, and where our government warns people not to go. Through common sense, I’ve managed to enjoy my visits. I’ve only ever been arrested once, and that was for entering a country without a valid visa. It had nothing to do with being gay.

via Laurence Watts: 10 Breathtaking Sights You’ll Miss If You Boycott Anti-Gay Countries (PHOTOS).

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14-Year-Old Kenneth James Weishuhn Commits Suicide After Coming Out / Queerty

A post on CNN’s iReports—which doesn’t vet or fact-check its content—is saying 14-year-old Kenneth James Weishuhn of Primghar, Iowa, committed suicide on Saturday night and was found dead on Sunday. (A funeral announcement seems to confirm the story.) Details are sketchy at this point, but James had been bullied regularly since he came out at school several months ago

via 14-Year-Old Kenneth James Weishuhn Commits Suicide After Coming Out / Queerty.

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Teen suicide is a serious problem in both gay and straight youth and bullying plays a big role in this, below are some resources available to those who may be thinking about suicide or youth questioning their sexuality, remember that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem – MAKE THE CALL!

 

Presenting the Grindr Gay Travel Awards 2012 | Grindr Blog

Gayest U.S. City: New York

Gayest International City: London

Best U.S. Gay Beach: Miami

Best International Gay Beach: Rio de Janeiro

Best U.S. Gay Resort: Palm Springs, Calif.

U.S. City With the Best Gay Festivals: San Francisco

International City With the Best Gay Festivals: Sydney

Hottest U.S. Grindr Guys: Los Angeles

Hottest International Grindr Guys: Tel Aviv

via Awards Season Isn’t Over Yet … Presenting the Grindr Gay Travel Awards 2012 | Grindr Blog.

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Tony Perkins: ‘If You Want A Military That Just Does Parades,’ Allow Gays To Openly Serve

Tamara Scott: Gay Marriage Leads To Eiffel Tower Marriage

Linda Harvey: Don’t Let Gay Doctors Attend To Your Children

Scott Lively: Gay-Straight Alliances Are Designed To Recruit Kids

Robertson Compares Polygamy, Bestiality And Pedophilia To Gay Marriage

Bryan Fischer On Why Gays Are Responsible For The Nazi Party

Pastor Wooden Says Gay Sex Causes Gay Men To Need Diapers

James Robison: ‘The Enemy’ Is Using ‘Glee’ To Destroy America

Newt Gingrich: Gay Marriage A ‘Perfect Example Of What I Mean By The Rise Of Paganism’

Daniel Lapin: Gays Should’ve Been Quarantined To fight AIDS

Liberty Counsel Warns That Macy’s LGBT Policy Could Lead To Rape, Sexual Assault

 

 

 

Tax Day Countdown: More Facts On the Unfair Tax Burden for LGBT Taxpayers | Backstory Blog | Human Rights Campaign

We’re another day closer to tax day. If you haven’t filed your tax returns yet, it’s time to get on it. As you get the forms ready, we’ll shed a little more light on the unfair tax burden LGBT taxpayers face. All week we’ve said the lack of marriage equality is the reason for the tax disparity. It is clear that repealing DOMA and making marriage equality a reality in all 50 states is the solution. The anti-equality leadership in Congress needs to hear from us.

To personalize our tax struggles, every day leading up to tax day we will also release a fact of the day on unfair taxation. We encourage you to use Facebook and Twitter to spread the message. Wednesday we told you an average retired same-sex couple will be denied more than $8,000 a year in Social Security survivor benefits upon the death of the higher-earning spouse after retirement. Yesterday we told you same-sex partners and spouses of Armed Forces members are denied military benefits that straight couples receive.

Today’s fact of the day: LGBT families pay $1,100 more on average in taxes a year for health care coverage. #gaytax #lgbt #healthcare #repealdoma

To raise awareness of the inequities same-sex couples face on tax day, HRC this week released an issue brief on Federal Taxation, illustrating how same-sex couples are denied equal treatment under the tax law, are forced to spend more time and money filing their taxes, and face inconsistent interpretation and enforcement of IRS guidance and practice related to adoption

via Tax Day Countdown: More Facts On the Unfair Tax Burden for LGBT Taxpayers | Backstory Blog | Human Rights Campaign.

Obama won’t sign gay nondiscrimination order – POLITICO.com

In a blow to activists in the gay community, White House officials say that no executive order is likely forthcoming to address discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation among federal contractors.

“While it is not our usual practice to discuss executive orders that may or may not be under consideration, we do not expect that an executive order on LGBT non-discrimination for federal contractors will be issued at this time. We support legislation that has been introduced and we will continue to work with congressional sponsors to build support for it,” a senior administration official said.

“We are deeply committed to working hand-in-hand with the LGBT community to enlist support from key stakeholders and other decision-makers, and to continue to engage with and educate the business community and the public more broadly about the importance of employment nondiscrimination and the importance of passing ENDA,” the official said.

Activists have been pushing the White House to issue an executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity among federal contractors. One same-sex couple held a press conference right before the White House Easter Egg roll, hoping to spur the administration to action. Reports in January indicated that the Department of Labor and the Department of Justice had both approved of a draft

via Obama won’t sign gay nondiscrimination order – POLITICO.com.