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August 22, 2004
Re "Parishes Split Off Over Gay Issues," Aug. 18: Why are people shocked at the Episcopalian Church schism? When the elite of the church decided to ignore the Bible's multiple condemnations of homosexuality, it chose worldly popularity over eternal truth. People have not left the church; it left them. Aaron Smith Carlsbad
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Anh Do
People gathered in Irvine at the annual conference for "gay cure" group Exodus International seemed to embrace the organization's change of course after its leader apologized to gays and said the church needs to be more embracing of homosexuals. Julie Rodgers, youth leader for Mercy Street Ministries in Dallas, said she and her organization still believe that "God only blesses sexual unions between a man and a woman," but she said it's time for the church to become a more welcoming place.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
As anyone who's watched even a few minutes of A&E's reality hit "Duck Dynasty" can tell you, Phil Robertson is a pretty conservative guy.  But in an interview published in January's GQ Magazine , the duck call inventor and Roberston family patriarch  goes on record with comments about the sinfulness of gays and black people under Jim Crow that are about as forward-thinking as his Old Testament facial hair.  In the profile, an unedited Robertson...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1996
As a lifelong Republican, I will have no reservation supporting President Clinton for reelection if the Dole campaign resorts to beating up on fellow Americans, be they gay or any other minority. I am ashamed to share my political party affiliation with the likes of Pat Buchanan, Robert Dornan, Jesse Helms and too many other elected Republicans who feast on trying to legislate their bigotry. Balance the budget and pass entitlement reforms, term limits and campaign finance reforms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1992
Regarding the article titled "Vatican Statement Supports Discrimination Against Gays" (July 17): By changing two words in the Vatican's statement, the fuller scope of the its policy becomes clear. According to these Men of God, "There are areas in which it is not unjust discrimination to take sexual orientation into account." Change the words sexual orientation to gender or race or national origin or physical limitation or marital status, and what do you have? An organization that cloaks itself in righteousness while promoting a systematic denial of rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1993
The Rev. Robert L. Morley ("On Rock 'n' Roll and Gays in the Military," Sermon, Voices, March 15) has rightly pointed out that the issue of homosexuality has largely been a matter of the heart rather than a matter of the head in our society. But instead of trying to inject some reason into the debate, he advocates keeping the debate on its current emotional level, stating: "You lead with your heart." How can we hope to have a better society by asking our citizens to check their brains at the door before they decide the policies that will guide our nation?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1990
We commend you on your editorial, "It's as Good a Time as Any for City to Assure Gay Rights," (Jan. 28). You made a point which is often lost in discussions of this sort, namely that no one acquires civil rights because others approve of him or her, but automatically by virtue of citizenship. Approval or disapproval of a minority by the majority is irrelevant to the issue of civil rights for the minority. Just as civil rights does not stem from approval, guarantee of civil rights does not imply approval.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - When South African airport officials threatened to send Dr. Paul Semugoma back to his native Uganda, he shook with fear. Semugoma, an outspoken gay activist, was determined to remain in this country, where he has lived for two years, rather than be sent back to one of Africa's most homophobic countries. Held by immigration officers after returning to South Africa with an expired visa, he was allowed to stay only after an outcry from human rights groups mindful of new legislation in Uganda calling for life in prison for those who engage in repeated acts of gay sex. The harshness of the law signed days later by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni - and similar strictures in more than three dozen African nations - is triggering a profound reaction in Africa.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By Michael McGough
An old friend,  a graduate of a Jesuit high school, called my attention to this story about the decision by McQuaid Jesuit High School in Brighton, N.Y. , to allow two gay  students to attend the  school's  Junior Ball as a couple. My  friend commented: "Of  course it's a Jesuit school. Humaneness is in the S.J. DNA.” But then  I learned from another friend that a school operated by the De La Salle Christians Brothers, who taught me, also allowed a male couple to attend a prom.  In both cases the reasoning was that the school doesn't presume that a couple who come to a prom together are engaging in sexual relations.
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