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Nicholas Sparks Apologizes for Homophobic Emails, Claims Loving and Accepting LGBTQ People is One of His ‘Core Values’

Nicholas Sparks / Facebook Author Nicholas Sparks apologized on Monday for a string of homophobic emails published last week by the Daily Beast in which he discussed blocking the formation of a group for LGBTQ students and stamping out student protest at the faith-based school he co-founded in North Carolina, the Epiphany School of Global Studies. Read the Daily Beast’s full exposé here. The emails emerged from a lawsuit against Sparks by a former headmaster who claimed that the author falsely told people that he had Alzheimer’s disease. The NYT...
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SCOTUS Turns Down Case of Oregon Bakery That Refused to Bake Cake for Gay Wedding

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case involving the bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which refused to bake a cake after they discovered it was for a lesbian’s wedding. Sweet Cakes, owned by Aaron and Melissa Klein, closed in October 2016. The Kleins were fined $135,000 by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). The Kleins had refused to pay the damages  and the Klein’s attorney had requested a stay with the Oregon Court of Appeals, arguing the fine would ruin the couple’s business, despite the fact that supporters of the bakery had...
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Christian Summer Camp Fires 18 Year Old Counselor for Being Gay, Because Jesus

A Washington State 18-year old says the Christian summer camp he loves fired him as a counselor because he’s gay. Jace Taylor tells Q13 Fox that Firs Camps & Retreats told him, “we don’t support homosexuality, and it’s against the Bible.” Firs acknowledges the termination of Jace Taylor for his “sexuality.” “When it became evident in the application process that did not personally align with our statements of faith (in particular, one regarding sexuality) we determined we could not use him in this role,” Firs Executive Director Tom Beaumont said in a statement, adding that Jace has...
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After Ejecting Gay Couple for Kissing, Owner of L.A.’s Langer’s Deli Says He Would Eject Any Couple for Kissing

“Where Pastrami Goes When It Dies” by fordsbasement is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0  The owner of Langer’s Deli, an L.A. institution, is under fire after he asked a gay couple to leave the restaurant for kissing. Her original post was set to friends-only, but others are sharing her statement publicly, and she seems to be okay with it, so: pic.twitter.com/BCUzY7ad46— April Wolfe (@AWolfeful) June 12, 2019 A woman on Twitter, later identified as Rachel Curry, accused the deli’s owner, Norm Langer, of creating an “unsafe space” for LGBTQ people and said the incident,...
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Gay Server Called ‘Faggot’ by Fellow Employees Gets $20K Settlement

Brian Peeke, a server at Voorhees Diner in New Jersey has received a $20,000 settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit in which he alleged that fellow employees targeted him constantly with anti-gay slurs. The Courier Post reports: ‘ Peeke was hired at Voorhees Diner as a server in November 2016 and worked there until June 2018, when, he alleges, “the situation at work was so unbearable, that he felt he had no choice but to resign,” according to a complaint filed with the attorney general’s Division of Civil Rights. Some...
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‘Masterpiece Cakeshop’ Baker Hit with 3rd Discrimination Lawsuit for Refusing Transgender Woman — WATCH

Anti-gay baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop. A Denver woman is suing Masterpiece Cakeshop and its anti-LGBTQ baker Jack Phillips for discrimination. Denver-based attorney Autumn Scardina, who has sued Phillips once before, says that the baker will not sell her a cake because she is transgender. SCOTUS ruled for Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission in June 2018. The NYDN reports: ‘In the newest complaint, she claims Phillips refused to sell her a birthday cake “because she is transgender, despite repeatedly advertising that they would sell...
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Aspiring Camp Counselor Found Out the Hard Way How Christian Groups React When They Discover You’re Gay: WATCH

Jace Taylor, an 18-year-old aspiring camp counselor, found out the hard way how cruel and heartless Christian organizations can be when they find out you are gay. Taylor had been hired as a camp counselor at Fir Creek camp for kids, a lifelong dream, because as a kid attending the camp “they made me feel loved, they made me feel accepted especially by God and Christ.” He knew the manager and other camp officials well, but when they found out he was gay via social media, all bets were off....
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Puerto Rico passes ‘religious freedom’ bill in House of Representatives

Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives has passed a ‘religious freedom’ bill, which human rights activists say will allow LGBT+ discrimination. The bill states public policy in the US commonwealth will be “the protection of our citizens’ right to practice the religion of their choice,” according to local media. It also ensures religious-based organisations will “not be discriminated against because of their religious affiliations” in accessing government services, permits, loans and other services that are “available to other non-religious entities.” LGBT+ rights advocates say the bill opens the door to discrimination...
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