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Baptists Unanimously Vote Out Lesbian Couple Over Same-Sex Marriage: ‘It Was More Out of Spite’

A lesbian couple from Mississippi says they were asked to leave their Baptist church over their relationship. Mary Catherine Trollinger and her partner Olivia Jennings were notified by letter that they were no longer welcome at Gracewood Baptist Church in Southaven, where they met last year, reported WATN-TV. Their pastor, Barry Baker, signed the letter, which stated he had warned them against pursuing an “unbiblical” and “degrading” same-sex relationship, and told the couple they had been unanimously — and “sadly” — voted out during a special business meeting at the...
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DeVos-Linked Christian Adoption Agency Exposed Dozens of Children’s Highly Sensitive Medical Data Online: Report

A Christian adoption agency linked to Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that also has a disturbing history of anti-LGBTQ bias is once again under fire, this time over a report that it left exposed online the “highly sensitive” medical data from 40 of its potential child adoptees. In addition to names and dates of birth, Bethany Christian Services allegedly left information ranging from HIV status to lab test results to “intellectual development” to number of teeth in “PDFs openly available on its website. Some PDFs were called ‘Children Medical Examination Records,'” VICE News...
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Man Who Filmed Woman In Dressing Room Identified As High-Ranking Mormon Church Official: Police

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); A man who was caught secretly filming a woman inside a Nashville, Tennessee H&M dressing room has been identified has a high-ranking member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Fox 17 reports. Stephen Murdock, a high councilor with the LDS Church, was arrested on Tuesday after Metro Police said he took photos at an H&M store located in the Opry Mills Mall. According to an affidavit, Murdock’s wife begged the victim not to call the police after the incident. “It’s just...
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Pulse Survivors Headlining ‘Ex-Gay’ ‘Freedom March’ 10 Minutes from Nightclub

Two survivors of the Pulse Nightclub massacre who say that they’re no longer gay are headlining an “ex-gay” “Freedom March” 10 minutes from where the mass shooting that killed 49 people took place. The march is set to take place on September 14. Luis Javier Ruiz Newsweek reports: ‘The event is one of many such rallies put on across America by the Freedom March organization, which celebrates “freedom from homosexual/transgender lifestyles by the grace and power of Jesus Christ,” according to its website. The last Freedom March was held in...
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Youth Minister At Anti-Gay Church Charged With ‘Sexual Exploitation’ Of Teen Boy

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); A former youth minister at an evangelical church that condemns LGBT people is accused of sexually exploiting a teenage boy, reports Newsweek. Authorities claim Paxton Singer, a youth pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Aurora, Illinois, asked an unnamed 16-year-old for nude photos. Singer purportedly inquired about the teen’s sexual habits and requested that the two spend the weekend alone together. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); Prosecutors the 24-year-old youth pastor “knowingly enticed a person under 17 years of age to remove their clothing for...
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To the surprise of absolutely nobody, right-wing Trump-supporting pastor Franklin Graham slams schools teaching LGBT+ history

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Trump-supporting right-wing pastor Franklin Graham has slammed a new state law which requires schools to teach about LGBT+ history. In January, the state of New Jersey introduced a new law requiring schools to teach about the societal contributions of historical LGBT+ people. Bill S1569 requires that teachers “accurately portray political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and LGBT people” to middle and high school students, starting in 2020. It was the second bill of its kind in the country, after California. Earlier this...
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