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ELCA eases limits on gay clergy

By: J. Shane Mercer

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America made history Friday, voting to open its clergy rosters to non-celibate gays and resolving to find ways for congregations to “recognize” and “support” homosexual relationships.

The resolution opening the clergy to people in “lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships” passed 559-451, while the assembly passed the resolution . . . → Read More: ELCA eases limits on gay clergy

Trouble on the reorient express

There is a good possibility the session at which Stanton Jones will present his paper at the 117th annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Toronto will be sparsely attended but raucous.

After a six-year study, Dr. Jones reached the conclusion that some homosexuals can become heterosexuals. It is an idea that is deeply . . . → Read More: Trouble on the reorient express

Psychologists repudiate gay-to-straight therapy

The American Psychological Association declared today that mental health professionals should not tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy or other treatments.

Instead, the APA urged therapists to consider multiple options – that could range from celibacy to switching churches – for helping clients whose sexual orientation and religious faith conflict.

“Both . . . → Read More: Psychologists repudiate gay-to-straight therapy

Archbishop of Canterbury addresses gay issue

The leader of the world’s feuding Anglicans suggested that the divided fellowship of churches could stay together under a system in which members with non-traditional views on issues like gay clergy accepted a lesser role in the group.

“Some actions – and sacramental actions in particular – just do have the effect of putting a . . . → Read More: Archbishop of Canterbury addresses gay issue

Court In India Strikes Down Law Banning Homosexuality

In India, the Delhi High Court today struck down as unconstitutional Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code insofar as it bans homosexual sexual acts in private between consenting adults.

The law at issue was enacted in the 19th century when India was a British colony. The challenge was brought by a group working on . . . → Read More: Court In India Strikes Down Law Banning Homosexuality

FT. Worth Gay Bar Raid

This weekend, on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots,police raided a new gay bar in Fort Worth. Seven arrests were made for public intoxication, and one man remains in intensive care for blows he received while being “subdued” by police. A protest was held Sunday afternoon to complain of the rough treatment and the . . . → Read More: FT. Worth Gay Bar Raid

The Pantheistic Gays (are Just Like Us)

by Jason Pitzl-Waters

It’s like George Barna is trying to win us over. First, the head of Christian polling organization The Barna Group seems to hint at wanting a cease-fire in the culture wars, and now he’s humanizing gays and lesbians! In other words, homosexuals tend to be more “pagan” that heterosexuals. But this “pantheism” . . . → Read More: The Pantheistic Gays (are Just Like Us)

Same-sex behavior seen in nearly all animals, review finds

Same-sex behavior is a nearly universal phenomenon in the animal kingdom, common across species, from worms to frogs to birds, concludes a new review of existing research.

“It’s clear that same-sex sexual behavior extends far beyond the well-known examples that dominate both the scientific and popular literature: for example, bonobos, dolphins, penguins and fruit . . . → Read More: Same-sex behavior seen in nearly all animals, review finds

Crusaders spreading gay fear

by Harley Dennett

Gay people aren’t very popular among those demanding more freedom of religion in a federal inquiry currently underway. The Human Rights Commission’s freedom of religion and belief inquiry extended the timeframe for new submissions until the end of this month, but so far conservative Christians have made more contributions than every other . . . → Read More: Crusaders spreading gay fear

Queer Coven

For gay Wiccans, Halloween means much more than costumes and candy

Ken Hunter was on a date with a nice guy at the posh Cafe Intermezzo in Midtown when he decided to share a bit about himself. He told his date he was Wiccan.

“He walked out on me. He dumped me on the date . . . → Read More: Queer Coven