Now that she's been taken into custody, Kim Davis can rest assured: she's got a friend in Pat Robertson.
Robertson defended the Kentucky county clerk, who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Supreme Court's June 26 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, in a Sept. 2 installment of "The 700 Club," Right Wing Watch reports. The right-wing televangelist, who has been an outspoken opponent of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for some time, yearned for the days that homosexuality was still illegal in America.
"There was a time that homosexuality was considered an aberration," Robertson said. "It was illegal, as a matter of fact, and the thought of two homosexuals marrying one another was just undreamed of, we couldn’t even conceive of it."
He then pointed to turmoil in the global stock market as being somehow tied to same-sex marriage.
"Our finances right now are hanging by a thread," he said. "The rupture of the entire financial framework of our world is so tenuous right now. If there is was ever a time that we need the grace of God, it is now, and unless something is done to change the courts and to change the way this country is going, it is just a question of time before the fabric ruptures and we’ll all suffer because of it."
"Here in America, we have been complicit in terminating the lives of in excess of 50 million precious unborn children," he said. "And don't you think almighty God is going to hold us accountable for that? It's coming, ladies and gentleman. We just have a little taste of it in terms of the financial system, but it's going to get shaken to its core in the next few months, years or however long it takes, and it will hurt every one of us."
You're gonna need to be a little bit more convincing,...
The Empire State’s best entertainment, food, agriculture and technology is once again on prominent display at the annual Great New York State Fair in Syracuse. This year, however, the offerings feel more inclusive than ever, on account of the event's first-ever (and historic) LGBT Pride...
If he has his way, U.S. Marine Tanner White will be attending the 2015 Marine Corps Ball this fall with none other than singer-songwriter Steve Grand on his arm.
Taking a page from fellow servicemen and women who've successfully used social media to nab Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake and Kim Kardashian as their dates, White extended an invite to the out "All-American Boy" hunk for the ball, which is scheduled for Nov. 14 in Wilmington, North Carolina, via YouTube.
"Steve, you are an amazing singer. I’ve seen some of your blog videos and they were awesome," White says in the video before asking Grand to accompany him. "Hopefully you say yes. If not, it was worth a shot."
No word on how Grand, who is slated to perform Sept. 19 at Louisville Pride in Kentucky, will respond to the handsome White just yet.
White, who dubs himself "your favorite [HIV] positive Marine," focuses on the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention on his YouTube channel. You can check out his channel here.
We've got our fingers crossed for you, Tanner!
The gay couple at the epicenter of the media firestorm surrounding Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis after...
Ellen Page says her new movie, "Freeheld," inspired her own highly-praised, nonchalant coming out speech last year.
Striking a pose with Julianne Moore, her co-star in the film, for the October cover of Out magazine, the 28-year-old actress says being cast in the hotly-anticipated...
Parishioners at Texas's Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church are steadfast in their decision to fly a rainbow flag, despite that it's been ripped down and stolen four times.
After delivering an impassioned sermon on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford re-installed the flag for the fifth time on Aug. 23 at a service, The Austin American-Statesman reports. This time around, the flag has the church's name and telephone number written on it as a precaution.
"One of the things that we refuse to whisper is that we are a deliberately welcoming, inclusive place of worship," Crawford said during the service. "And we celebrate the lives and loves of those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer."
As the flag was installed, she said, "May this sign, may this flag serve as a beacon to all who drive by to know that they are welcome here."
It's the second time in recent weeks that an LGBT-friendly church has had to defend their inclusive stance in the wake of petty crime. Last month, members of North Carolina's Wedgewood Church decided to paint the front doors of their church in rainbow colors after unidentified vandals scrawled an anti-LGBT epithet across them.
We applaud you and your congregation, Rev. Crawford!
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As they began planning their lakeside ceremony, Michael Buchanan and Jason Gilbert said that friends and family told them that their "big gay wedding" just wouldn't be complete without unicorn jet skis.
So, it was decided that the couple would arrive for their Aug. 23 nuptials, held at their pal Kevin Beebee's home on Michigan's Lake Allegan, on -- you guessed it -- unicorn jet skis. And they did it in effortless style, with video footage of the entrance quickly garnering headlines on a number of media outlets, including NewNowNext, Time and BuzzFeed.
A Broadway actor who is currently touring with the smash musical, "The Book of Mormon," Buchanan, 38, didn't expect anything less than creative when he married Gilbert, 43, who had popped the question on "a dried-up waterfall precipice in Maui" roughly a year after same-sex marriage became legal in New York state in 2011. (Don't miss their proposal video below)
The New York-based pair is grateful for all of the media attention that the unicorn jet ski entrance has drawn, even though they are quick to stress that the mythical creatures weren't a central part of their wedding theme. Buchanan, who originally hails from Washington state, said he wouldn't change a thing about the day, but advises couples who are planning to tie the knot to "really drink in the community of people who got you to this moment and the work it takes to celebrate and continue our responsibility to bring LGBTQ awareness to everyone."
"What was so exciting about our wedding was that it wasn't a 'gay wedding,'" he said. "Thanks to the work of so many people and so much awareness we just had a 'wedding!'"
Still, you can't fault those unicorns for stealing the show.
"When someone suggests riding in on unicorn jet skis, you say yes," Gilbert, a South Carolina native who works as an analyst for LexisNexis, quipped. "Or, rather, yaaaaas!"
A Kentucky county clerk who has been outspoken in his opposition to marriage equality now says he'll "die" fighting to keep same-sex couples from tying the knot.
Casey County Clerk Casey Davis has reportedly refused to issue marriage licenses to both heterosexual and same-sex couples in...
Gordon Klingenschmitt, the former Navy chaplain turned Republican state representative who has continually made headlines for his right-wing, homophobic declarations, is back with yet another vehemently anti-gay diatribe.
Klingenschmitt, who was elected to the Colorado State Senate last November, blasted the Boy Scouts of America's newly-revised policy on openly gay adult leaders in the Aug. 23 installment of his "Pray in Jesus Name" radio program, Right Wing Watch reports. It isn't the first time that Klingenschmitt has rallied against the organization's updated, yet still controversial, criteria. This time, however, he seemed determined to expand upon his earlier claims that the policy would lead to "child abuse."
In the new broadcast, he clarifies that he doesn't think all gay men are pedophiles, but instead, believes that two unique satanic forces are "at play" behind homosexuality and pedophilia, respectively.
"There is, of course, a demon of homosexuality in those who openly parade their sodomy in the streets," he said. "But then, there's a different demon of child molesting that is inside some of these reported molesters."
Having accused the Boy Scouts of "thumbing their nose at God" by promoting "homosexual men to mentoring and camping with your boys" last month, he doesn't back down on that argument entirely, and believes there is some overlap.
"All the child molesters in the Boy Scouts are homosexual," he said. "And how can I tell that? Very simple, it's logical. There were no girls in the tents."
Of course, Klingenschmitt has made no secret of his opposition to LGBT rights over the years. Prior to his elected stint, he argued in favor of discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, noting, "If your heart is full of corruption or sin or immorality -- in this case, homosexuality -- then you should be discriminated against."
He's also stated he believes that everyone is born straight, but that some people are "recruited" and "deceived" into identifying as LGBT through corporate marketing.
"The marketing of homosexuality has an agenda, and that is to repopulate their population by recruiting the children of heterosexuals," he said.
You lost the Boy Scouts battle, Gordon. Probably time to move on.
Pierce Brosnan has no problem with a gay James Bond, but Hollywood might feel differently.
The 62-year-old actor, who played Sir Ian Fleming's signature character from 1995's "GoldenEye" through 2002's "Die Another Day," told Details magazine that he had no qualms about having Bond...
The New York headquarters of a popular gay male escort site was raided in a money laundering and state prostitution investigation this week.
Billing itself as "the world's destination to meet the perfect male escort or masseur," Rentboy.com boasts a database of more than 10,500 men in more than 2,100 cities around the world. A number of popular gay adult film actors are among those who advertise their services on the site, which receives an estimated 500,000 unique visitors daily and has over 20,000 Twitter followers, while subscribers must pay a minimum monthly fee of $59.95, according to the Daily News.
Seven people, including company CEO Jeffrey Hurant, were arrested as part of the August 25 raid in downtown Manhattan, NBC New York reports. Prosecutors allege that Hurant raked in more than $10 million from the site between 2010 and 2015.
Federal agents were seen removing boxes of documents and computer equipment out of the office, while the operation's bank accounts were frozen, CBS New York reports. Meanwhile, millions of dollars in company funds have been seized.
Prosecutors shrugged off Rentboy officials' claims that the site operates for "companionship" and not sex.
"Rentboy.com attempted to present a veneer of legality, when in fact this Internet brothel made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution," acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Kelly Currie told the Daily News. U.S. Homeland Security Special Agent Susan Ruiz echoed those sentiments in court documents cited by the publication, noting that "escort profile pages generally detail the sexual acts each escort is willing to perform and the price."
Hurant, 50, and six employees will appear before a Brooklyn magistrate judge Tuesday, according to the Post. Officials have been tight-lipped to media outlets in regard to what role each suspect played in the company, except to note that they include both current and former employees.
Each year, thousands of high school seniors face the daunting task of deciding which college to attend in the fall. That decision is only compounded when you're a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) student.
The annual Campus Pride Index was created in hopes of making students aware of academic...
Bryan Fischer is now adopting Lady Gaga's pro-equality mantra and twisting its message for his own, anti-gay argument.
On his "Focal Point" radio show this week, the conservative host and former Director of Issues Analysis at the American Family Association said that the only justification in identifying as a Christian in today's society was that he was "born this way," Right Wing Watch first reported.
"Who would choose, at this time in our nation's history, to be a Christian? You're ridiculed. You're mocked. You're made fun of," he said. Pointing to the case of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who is facing a lawsuit for refusing to issue marriage licenses to both straight and same-sex couples following the Supreme Court's June 26 ruling on marriage equality, he added, "Who would choose a lifestyle where you are the unending subject of ridicule, mockery, and contempt by liberals in society, by elites, by professors, on the media, by politicians? Who's going to choose that?"
"So our defense is, hey, I was born that way," he said, citing what he described as an "inner revulsion" to homosexuality.
Fischer, of course, is no stranger to anti-LGBT remarks. He's rallied against the pro-equality arguments seen in "Modern Family," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's marriage equality anthem "Same Love," and even a recent Burger King campaign.
Still, his latest is one for the books. Way to go, Mr. Fischer. If you're trying to justify a homophobic mindset, you might be better off NOT citing one of the world's foremost gay icons.
Well, this is a pleasant surprise!
YouTube personalities Lorenzo and Pedro, who hail from Portugal, decided to conduct a "social experiment" to see how locals in their capital city of Lisbon would react when they held hands on the street.
The pair, who are best known for their "Sexy Funny Kitchen" video series and have over 10,000 YouTube subscribers, was inspired by a similar video that was filmed in Moscow, where the same-sex couple in question was verbally and physically attacked by passersby. Produced by Israeli news website Ynet, a similar clip was produced in Jerusalem, which showed a number of pedestrians casting awkward glances, while others shouted homophobic epithets.
Over the course of three days, Lorenzo and Pedro held hands for the camera in a number of different neighborhoods around Lisbon. The result, they say, was very positive.
"Of course we got plenty of people looking at us," Lorenzo says in the video, noting that it might have had more to do with the height difference between him and Pedro than their sexuality.
"We felt respected and free just by being ourselves," he added. "Congrats, Portuguese people -- you are civilized."
Compared to the nations in which the previous clips were produced, Portugal is well-known for being tolerant of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The country legalized same-sex marriage in 2010, and in 2011, President Aníbal Cavaco Silva ratified Portugal's Law of Gender Identity, which simplified the process for transgender people to legally change their name and gender.
Congrats, guys, and thanks for being...