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Catholic student told to condemn homosexuality, wrote a 127 page essay on why ‘Gay Marriage is Fabulous’ instead – The indy100

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Reddit user and student of a Catholic High School, averagesmurf, was asked to write an essay explaining why the churchs stance on homosexuality is correct.

He told Reddit that he wrote a 127-page paper titled Gay Marriage is Fabulous instead.

He originally planned to write an essay on how Jesus would be a supporter of same-sex marriage, but was told he must write it in support of the Churchs view.

He explained he recently came out, and said there was no way he could write that paper.

So here’s the paper he did write:

In the essay, he writes:

It has become evident–through laborious and rigorous study, work, and reflection–that Christ never condemned homosexuality, God never condemned homosexuality, and nor does the Bible condemn homosexuality. There is no evidence that the Bible condemns loving relationships, but rather lust, violence, and greed.

The very notion that, in any way, the Bible even remotely condemns loving, gay individuals or their right to marry, is ridiculous and unsupported. Therefore, to suggest that God or Jesus would ever object to a loving, devoted, loyal marriage between two same sex individuals is laughable. On the contrary, Jesus Christ would never condemn love.

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Taiwan’s same-sex marriage ruling could cement its place as Asia’s liberal beacon – The Guardian

Chi Chia-wei holds a rainbow flag during an anti-homophobia exhibition in Taipei. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

Chi Chia-wei will find out on Wednesday if his decades long fight to make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage has been a success.

Chi, 59, a pioneering Taiwanese gay rights activist, is the celebrated face behind one of the most controversial legal cases the island democracy has seen in recent years, where 14 judges must rule if the civil code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

The constitutional courts landmark ruling will not only determine the success or failure of draft new parliamentary laws to introduce marriage equality, but could cement Taiwans reputation as a beacon of liberalism in a region where the LGBT community faces increasing persecution.

Chi, an equal rights campaigner since he first came out as a gay teenager in 1975, remains pragmatic about making civil rights history. If it doesnt work out this time, Ill keep on fighting for the people, and for human rights, he said in an interview with The Guardian.

But he is determined that one day, the fight will be won.

Somebody has to do it. I dont want to see any more people commit suicide because they dont have marriage equality, he said.

Last October the suspected suicide of French professor, Jacques Picoux, who was unable to marry his Taiwanese partner of 35 years, Tseng Ching-chao, became a rallying call for Chi and other LGBT activists.

His struggle is also personal. Chis lawsuit, launched two years ago and supported by the municipal government in the capital, Taipei, is the latest of several attempts to get legal recognition for his 30 year relationship with his partner, who wishes to remain anonymous.

In 1986, when the nation was still under martial law, Chi was imprisoned for five months after submitting his first petition asking for gay marriage to be recognised.

As a flag bearer for equality, he hopes to inspire other LGBT activists fighting a crackdown across Asia.

On the eve of Taiwans court ruling, two gay men face a public caning in Indonesia. In South Korea, the military has been accused of carrying out a witch-hunt against gay recruits. In Bangladesh, 27 men were arrested last week on suspicion of being gay, a criminal offence.

Back in Taiwan, the political stakes of Wednesdays decision are also high.

When President Tsai Ing-wens ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) passed the first draft of a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in December, it prompted a fierce conservative backlash.

The issue has split Taiwanese society and vocal protests from a coalition of religious and right-wing family groups have caused many legislators to have second thoughts.

The fate of the legislation, soon to face a second reading, now lies in the hands of the court, believes Yu Mei-nu, the DPP parliamentarian who drafted it.

If the court ruled clearly in support of same-sex marriage and President Tsai offered her unequivocal support, it would embolden wavering legislators to vote in favour of the new laws, she argued.

If the grand justices make a decision that is not very clear, and it depends on a legislative yuan [parliament] vote, then it will be difficult. I think most legislators will abstain, she said.

We want her (Tsai) to be braver. If she can come out and say yes I support it then it will be passed.

Ahead of her election last year, Tsai voiced her support for marriage equality in a Facebook video. In the face of love, everyone is equal, she said.

But as she marked the first anniversary of her inauguration this weekend with low public approval ratings, Tsai faced criticism from all sides over her handling of gay marriage.

Its a little bit depressing for us. Before the election, she was really pro-gay rights. But now she has kind of disappeared, said student Vic Chiang, 23, at a Taipei rally last week on the International Day Against Homophobia.

Meanwhile, Robin Chen, a spokesman for the Coalition For Happiness of Our Next Generation, which links support for gay marriage with increased HIV infections, criticised the government for rushing the laws through.

The majority of the population does not know whats happening, he said. We need to discuss things on different levels because family is the foundation of society.

His fears were shared by Father Otfried Chan, secretary-general of the Chinese Regional Bishops Conference, who believes the court will likely back gay marriage. There is no debate, he said. Its a one-sided game.

Nerves are frayed ahead of the ruling, with both sides intending to demonstrate outside the court.

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Chi, the choice is simple.

To legalise marriage would mean that Taiwans civil code and constitution will say that gay people are people, he said. If the law can be changed, Taiwans gay community will have human rights.

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Catholic student writes 127 page essay on why ‘gay marriage is fabulous’ – Metro


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Republicans have lost the war on gay marriage: Support for same-sex unions at all-time high – Salon

A new poll from Gallup shows record support for same-sex marriage. Survey results released Monday show that 64 percent of Americans are in favor of the Supreme Courts 2015 decision to legalize marriage equality up from 61 percent last year. In addition, 72 percent of respondents told Gallup that consenting relations between individuals should not be banned by law. Just 32 percent of Americans agreed with those sentiments three decades ago.

Interestingly, Gallup notes that the historic highs register across the board. Nearly half of Republicans (47 percent) are in favor of the freedom to marry, while a majority of Protestants (55 percent) support legal recognition for same-sex unions for the first time since the polling agency began tracking the issue.

These survey results are great news for the LGBT community, which has worked for decades to show that our relationships and families deserve the same rights as everyone elses. Twenty years ago, just 16 percent of Republicans believed that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. In the wake of the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, that same political party has attempted to undermine those newly won protections with legislation that contradicts the Supreme Courts decision, but Gallups findings show the GOP isnt winning back hearts and minds. Anti-LGBT conservatives are even losing their own party.

2017 has been a nonstop assault on LGBT rights across the U.S. The American Civil Liberties Union has estimated that over 200 pieces of discriminatory legislation targeting queer and trans people will be introduced at the state level this year, and a great many of those bills have gay marriage in their crosshairs. Having lost the courts, Republican legislators are trying to win the war by ensuring that same-sex unions are relegated to a second-class status.

The most obvious attempt to do so was a North Carolina bill which sought to ban marriage equality in the state. Known as the Uphold Historical Marriage Act, House Bill 780 declared the Obergefell ruling null and void in the State of North Carolina. Sponsored by Republican House Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Carl Ford, the legislation stipulates that the states definition of marriage should supercede the national one. In 2012, 61 percent of N.C. voters cast a ballot in favor of a Constitutional Amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

That bill, like many such efforts, failed. It was tabled in April.

These attacks, despite their varying effectiveness, have remained consistent throughout this years legislative session. Tennessee got its own bill threatening to block same-sex marriage in the state called the Natural Marriage Defense Act but Republican legislators also introduced a bill that would prevent same-sex couples who conceive through artificial insemination from having both parties listed on the childs birth certificate. Neither of those bills have become law, but one bill did sneak through: Senate Bill 1085 requires that words like mother and father be treated with their natural and ordinary meaning.

While Texas considers a bill that would allow same-sex couples to be turned away from adoption agencies, a new law from a state thirsty for an anti-LGBT bill would allow for Kim Davis-style discrimination. Senate Bill 522, which got a thumbs up from the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday, would allow county clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses based on their sincerely held religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

These legislatures have attempted to use same-sex unions as wedge issues to drum up support for the Republican party. By playing to what they believe their base wants and taking LGBT down a peg, it helps state representatives win their reelection races, sure to be contentious in 2018. Record numbers of people of color and women are running in next years midterms.

Although a handful of states have passed anti-LGBT laws in 2017, theres a good reason why more havent joined them: These appeals to Republican voters have fallen flat. Texas myriad attempts at discrimination which include bills targeting transgender bathroom usage and trans athletes have drummed up more opposition than they have support. The Texas Association of Business has warned that taking action against the LGBT community could lead to an $8.5 billion boycott of the state. That exact number has been questioned, but given the economic fallout after North Carolinas troubled anti-LGBT bill, the impact wouldnt be good.

Discriminating against LGBT people, especially same-sex couples, is as costly as it is unpopular. A poll from the Public Religion Research Institute released earlier this year showed that of all of the faith groups polled, only one supported the right of individuals to discriminate against LGBT married couples based on their sincerely held religious beliefs. White evangelical protestants were in favor of religiously-based refusals by a margin of 50 to 42. Over three-fifths of all respondents believed that LGBT and heterosexual couples should be treated equally.

Instead of driving a stake into the heart of the marriage equality movement, polling indicates that the intensifying GOP opposition only helps the cause. According to Gallup, the support for same-sex marriage has shot up in the past year by three points a pretty significant increase.

There will continue to be efforts to strike at LGBT peoples rights. Republicans will continue to push an agenda that makes queer and transgender people into scapegoats, whether its a Congressional bill that would allow LGBT workers to be fired or the slow rollback of federal protections under the new administration. The GOP may score a handful of victories, including the handful of anti-LGBT adoption bills enacted this year, but the surveys show that the forces of inclusion are winning.

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Constitutional Court to rule on gay marriage case Wednesday – Focus Taiwan News Channel (press release)

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Taiwan’s Council of Grand Justices is set to release its interpretation on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage on May 24.

The council will make the ruling after it received two requests for a constitutional interpretation on the issue.

One of them was filed by veteran gay rights advocate Chi Chia-wei () in 2015 after his registration of marriage with his male partner was rejected by the household registration office in Wanhua District in Taipei in 2013 and subsequent court appeals failed.

The other request was filed by the Taipei City government’s Department of Civil Affairs in 2015 after three same-sex couples filed an administrative lawsuit against the government after their marriage registrations were rejected by the department.

The Council of Grand Justices held a hearing on the issue on March 24 allowing supporters and opponents of marriage equality to debate whether Article 972 of the Civil Code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

Taiwan was the first Asian country to allow a constitutional interpretation on the issue.

If the judges rule that Taiwan’s current ban is constitutional, same-sex marriage will not have legal protection. If it rules that the ban is unconstitutional, then the Legislative Yuan will be forced to amend the law to legalize same-sex marriage.

Even as the case has been taken up by the Council of Grand Justices, proposed same-sex marriage legislation is also working its way through the Legislative Yuan.

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US state argues against federal gay marriage ban – Wisconsin Gazette

BOSTON (AP) The Massachusetts attorney general asked a judge Wednesday to strike down a federal gay marriage ban, arguing it interferes with the right of states to define marriage and have those marriages acknowledged by the federal government.

The challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act by Attorney General Martha Coakleys office was heard in federal court in Boston.

Assistant Attorney General Maura Healey argued states have historically had the right to define marriage.

She said the 1996 law could result in the denial of federal benefits to married couples in Massachusetts, where same-sex unions have been legal since 2004.

A lawyer from the U.S. Justice Department, Christopher Hall, argued the federal government has the right to set eligibility requirements for federal benefits including requiring that those benefits only go to couples in marriages between a man and a woman.

Hall also pointed to instances where the federal government has regulated the definition of marriage in certain immigration cases.

It is the second time this month that a challenge to the federal law, also known as DOMA, has been heard in a federal court.

Earlier this month, gay rights groups launched their own challenge before the same judge, arguing the law unconstitutionally denies gay couples federal benefits available to other married couples.

An estimated 15,000 same-sex couples have been married in Massachusetts, which is one of a just a few states to legalize gay marriage.

U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro hasnt indicated when he would rule on the challenges.

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Support for Gay Marriage Soars, But Americans Are Still Conflicted on Bathroom Policies – Unicorn Booty (blog)

LGBT individuals have long shared a home in a community of the misunderstood. A community built not by our respective differences, but by being part of a collective differentness.A community in part formed by a society thatpressures all things different into one separate category of abnormal, i.e., not cisgender and straight. Yet today our communities are moving towards acceptance at varying rates, according to several new Gallup polls. Can LGBT unity continue to exist as one entity, or are we bound to our individual identities?

A recent Gallup poll shows support for both same-sex marriage (64% in favor) and same-sex relationships (72% in favor) at an all-time high. Protestants, who generally rank much lower in support of gay rights than Catholics in the U.S., now hold a majority in favor of gay marriage (55%) for the first time in history. Signs also point to progress for Republicans and Independents in their growing support of gay marriage.

While America is moving in the right direction withregards to gay rights, the overall attitude toward trans rights isstill up in the air. Another recent Gallup poll shows that less than half of Americans believe individuals should be allowed to use arestroom based on their gender identity, whereas nearly 50% want to see trans men and women forced into the bathroom of the gender assigned to them at birth.

Its hard not to wonder if the widening acceptance of gay rights is causing a distance from the trans community. Has the gay community wavered in itssupport of trans rights? Sometransgender and gay individuals have come out in favor of separating the LGB from the T as a form of progress for all communities involved. They bring up the distinctdifferences between trans and gay rights, and that while both parties can remain fervent allies of one another, theres an importancethat society separate thetwo, thus separating sexuality and gender. There are also transphobesthat have begun a similar movement in the name of hate. In some sort of twisted irony, they have made claims that by needing hormones or surgery, transgender men and women are unnatural.

If theres one thing that cannot be shaken, its the history the LGBT community has endured together. Its impossible to look at the gay rights movement of the past without alsolooking at trans history. It would be like someone creating a film about the Stonewall Riots andexcluding the predominant trans presence that ignitedit.

What are your thoughts on the future of LGBT unity in America? What does this mean forthe other communities in theLGBTQQIP2SAA community? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

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Texas House committee approves bill allowing county clerks to deny … – CW39

AUSTIN, Texas Many believe that the state of Texas is going out of its way to target Gay people.

The recent approval of House bill SB 522 is not helping this theory.

The bill will allow county clerks to deny marriage licenses for Gay couples if it conflicts with their religious beliefs despite the Supreme Court ruling two years ago that legalized Gay marriage.

Its something thats, these bills just going across and trying to like, this moment of payback for whats happened with the victories that are gained, Houston GLBT Caucus President Fran Watson said.

I should be allowed to marry who I want to, when I want to and not have to wait for somebody to come in and do their job, transgender resident Lou Weaver said.

It should not be legal to discriminate against people who are a different sexual orientation than you, William Dawson said. I think its wrong and completely unfounded.

I think we should all have the freedom to love whoever we want to love, Maree Ikonomou said.

But now SB 522 may be on a fast track to the governors desk.

The Lone Star State currently leads the nation in anti-LGBTQ legislation more than any other state according to stats from the Human Rights Campaign in Washington.

Communities of difference are getting a voice, are getting progress and what happens is you want to roll back the status quo, Watson said.

Texas is once again telling its LG&B residents that they are not worthy of the same equality as their counterparts, Weaver said.

Proponents of the bills said they are all about protecting religious beliefs and public safety but the LGBT community disagrees.

I think its ridiculous, Taylor Anderson, a Gay community sympathizer, said. I think that we are regressing as a society.

We believe that all Texans should be protected, Watson remarked. All Texans should be taken care of.

One bill actually legalizes denying Gay couples adoption services.

When were talking about the foster care system, were talking about kids effecting kids using Hate against communities of difference to hurt children, Watson said.

Then, theres the states controversial Bathroom Bill that prevents transgender people from using the public bathroom of their choice.

I dont feel safe with any men being able to go into a restroom with probably younger women, Houstonian Richard North said. Especially, I got three daughters. I dont want no man to be able to go into the restroom with them.

State Representative Chris Turner, who chairs the House Democratic Caucus, issued a statement about the Bathroom Bill. Its sad that Governor Abbott is allowing Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to dictate his agenda by pushing a discriminatory measure that will harm the Texas economy.

Watson agreed. And so this hurts Texas.

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Catholic school teen writes 127-page opus in support of gay marriage to defy his teacher – The Daily Dot

Earlier this year, students in a Missouri Catholic high schools morality course were assigned an essay in which they had to defend the churchs stance against gay sexuality. Now, one teen has earned the applause of Reddit after sharing his 127-page opus that breaks from the churchs stance and defendsthe LGBTQ community.

Reddit user averagesmurfshared his Gay Marriage Is Fabulous essay on Reddits /r/lgbt subreddit last week. He said, even though he was tasked to show and prove that the churchs position is right about gay marriage, he had previously fought with his teacher over the subject, using the churchs teachings to defend homosexuality, arguing that many church conventions against LGBTQ life are flawed or go against Biblical teachings. After his teacher forced the class to watch an anti-LGBTQ propaganda video, he decided to write his paper and presentation in defense of gay marriage.

When we were talking about gay = pedophilia, I said that there was no evidence nor science to back the claim up, but rather much to discredit such a laughable theory, the teen said on Reddit. Furthermore, I went on to say that the only people who have higher rates of pedophilia are priests who molest little boys. Her response was, Is that a fact? Or is that just something the media wants you to believe? She went on to totally deny that priests had ever molested children.

Several posters werent convinced that the paper was real, so averagesmurf proceeded to posta GIF in which hegoes through each page. The teen later uploaded his full paper onto Google Docs, which can be read online. While he claims the essay isnt perfect, hes still proud of the hard work that went into it over the course of several months.

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He reportedly loves the last paragraph, saying that its his favorite in the entire essay.

God created you, and he made no mistakes, God created me bisexual, and he made no mistakes, and he creates some people gay, and makes no mistakes, the paper reads. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected (1 Tim. 4.4-5). Marriage is not between man and woman, marriage is between love and love. Love is not wrong, love is not a mistake, love is not an abomination, love is just love.

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Catholic student told to condemn homosexuality, wrote a 127 page essay on why ‘Gay Marriage is Fabulous’ instead – The indy100

Picture: REDDIT / AVERAGE SMURF Reddit user and student of a Catholic High School, averagesmurf, was asked to write an essay explaining why the churchs stance on homosexuality is correct. He told Reddit that he wrote a 127-page paper titled Gay Marriage is Fabulous instead. He originally planned to write an essay on how Jesus would be a supporter of same-sex marriage, but was told he must write it in support of the Churchs view. He explained he recently came out, and said there was no way he could write that paper. So here’s the paper he did write: In the essay, he writes: It has become evident–through laborious and rigorous study, work, and reflection–that Christ never condemned homosexuality, God never condemned homosexuality, and nor does the Bible condemn homosexuality. There is no evidence that the Bible condemns loving relationships, but rather lust, violence, and greed. The very notion that, in any way, the Bible even remotely condemns loving, gay individuals or their right to marry, is ridiculous and unsupported. Therefore, to suggest that God or Jesus would ever object to a loving, devoted, loyal marriage between two same sex individuals is laughable. On the contrary, Jesus Christ would never condemn love. You can read the full paper here. More: The best and worst places in Europe to be gay, mapped

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Taiwan’s same-sex marriage ruling could cement its place as Asia’s liberal beacon – The Guardian

Chi Chia-wei holds a rainbow flag during an anti-homophobia exhibition in Taipei. Photograph: David Chang/EPA Chi Chia-wei will find out on Wednesday if his decades long fight to make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage has been a success. Chi, 59, a pioneering Taiwanese gay rights activist, is the celebrated face behind one of the most controversial legal cases the island democracy has seen in recent years, where 14 judges must rule if the civil code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. The constitutional courts landmark ruling will not only determine the success or failure of draft new parliamentary laws to introduce marriage equality, but could cement Taiwans reputation as a beacon of liberalism in a region where the LGBT community faces increasing persecution. Chi, an equal rights campaigner since he first came out as a gay teenager in 1975, remains pragmatic about making civil rights history. If it doesnt work out this time, Ill keep on fighting for the people, and for human rights, he said in an interview with The Guardian. But he is determined that one day, the fight will be won. Somebody has to do it. I dont want to see any more people commit suicide because they dont have marriage equality, he said. Last October the suspected suicide of French professor, Jacques Picoux, who was unable to marry his Taiwanese partner of 35 years, Tseng Ching-chao, became a rallying call for Chi and other LGBT activists. His struggle is also personal. Chis lawsuit, launched two years ago and supported by the municipal government in the capital, Taipei, is the latest of several attempts to get legal recognition for his 30 year relationship with his partner, who wishes to remain anonymous. In 1986, when the nation was still under martial law, Chi was imprisoned for five months after submitting his first petition asking for gay marriage to be recognised. As a flag bearer for equality, he hopes to inspire other LGBT activists fighting a crackdown across Asia. On the eve of Taiwans court ruling, two gay men face a public caning in Indonesia. In South Korea, the military has been accused of carrying out a witch-hunt against gay recruits. In Bangladesh, 27 men were arrested last week on suspicion of being gay, a criminal offence. Back in Taiwan, the political stakes of Wednesdays decision are also high. When President Tsai Ing-wens ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) passed the first draft of a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in December, it prompted a fierce conservative backlash. The issue has split Taiwanese society and vocal protests from a coalition of religious and right-wing family groups have caused many legislators to have second thoughts. The fate of the legislation, soon to face a second reading, now lies in the hands of the court, believes Yu Mei-nu, the DPP parliamentarian who drafted it. If the court ruled clearly in support of same-sex marriage and President Tsai offered her unequivocal support, it would embolden wavering legislators to vote in favour of the new laws, she argued. If the grand justices make a decision that is not very clear, and it depends on a legislative yuan [parliament] vote, then it will be difficult. I think most legislators will abstain, she said. We want her (Tsai) to be braver. If she can come out and say yes I support it then it will be passed. Ahead of her election last year, Tsai voiced her support for marriage equality in a Facebook video. In the face of love, everyone is equal, she said. But as she marked the first anniversary of her inauguration this weekend with low public approval ratings, Tsai faced criticism from all sides over her handling of gay marriage. Its a little bit depressing for us. Before the election, she was really pro-gay rights. But now she has kind of disappeared, said student Vic Chiang, 23, at a Taipei rally last week on the International Day Against Homophobia. Meanwhile, Robin Chen, a spokesman for the Coalition For Happiness of Our Next Generation, which links support for gay marriage with increased HIV infections, criticised the government for rushing the laws through. The majority of the population does not know whats happening, he said. We need to discuss things on different levels because family is the foundation of society. His fears were shared by Father Otfried Chan, secretary-general of the Chinese Regional Bishops Conference, who believes the court will likely back gay marriage. There is no debate, he said. Its a one-sided game. Nerves are frayed ahead of the ruling, with both sides intending to demonstrate outside the court. But for Chi, the choice is simple. To legalise marriage would mean that Taiwans civil code and constitution will say that gay people are people, he said. If the law can be changed, Taiwans gay community will have human rights.

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Catholic student writes 127 page essay on why ‘gay marriage is fabulous’ – Metro

Metro Catholic student writes 127 page essay on why ' gay marriage is fabulous' Metro When this Missouri Catholic High School student was given the assignment to write a 'Summa Theologica' style paper in which he was asked to write an essay explaining why the church's stance against homosexuality is correct, he knew he wouldn't be able … A Catholic student got a homophobic assignment and wrote a 'fabulous' pro- gay essay instead Revelist (blog) A Student Claims He Wrote A 127 Page Essay For His Catholic School's Intolerant Assignment Titled " Gay Marriage Is … Bustle all 3 news articles »

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Republicans have lost the war on gay marriage: Support for same-sex unions at all-time high – Salon

A new poll from Gallup shows record support for same-sex marriage. Survey results released Monday show that 64 percent of Americans are in favor of the Supreme Courts 2015 decision to legalize marriage equality up from 61 percent last year. In addition, 72 percent of respondents told Gallup that consenting relations between individuals should not be banned by law. Just 32 percent of Americans agreed with those sentiments three decades ago. Interestingly, Gallup notes that the historic highs register across the board. Nearly half of Republicans (47 percent) are in favor of the freedom to marry, while a majority of Protestants (55 percent) support legal recognition for same-sex unions for the first time since the polling agency began tracking the issue. These survey results are great news for the LGBT community, which has worked for decades to show that our relationships and families deserve the same rights as everyone elses. Twenty years ago, just 16 percent of Republicans believed that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. In the wake of the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, that same political party has attempted to undermine those newly won protections with legislation that contradicts the Supreme Courts decision, but Gallups findings show the GOP isnt winning back hearts and minds. Anti-LGBT conservatives are even losing their own party. 2017 has been a nonstop assault on LGBT rights across the U.S. The American Civil Liberties Union has estimated that over 200 pieces of discriminatory legislation targeting queer and trans people will be introduced at the state level this year, and a great many of those bills have gay marriage in their crosshairs. Having lost the courts, Republican legislators are trying to win the war by ensuring that same-sex unions are relegated to a second-class status. The most obvious attempt to do so was a North Carolina bill which sought to ban marriage equality in the state. Known as the Uphold Historical Marriage Act, House Bill 780 declared the Obergefell ruling null and void in the State of North Carolina. Sponsored by Republican House Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Carl Ford, the legislation stipulates that the states definition of marriage should supercede the national one. In 2012, 61 percent of N.C. voters cast a ballot in favor of a Constitutional Amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. That bill, like many such efforts, failed. It was tabled in April. These attacks, despite their varying effectiveness, have remained consistent throughout this years legislative session. Tennessee got its own bill threatening to block same-sex marriage in the state called the Natural Marriage Defense Act but Republican legislators also introduced a bill that would prevent same-sex couples who conceive through artificial insemination from having both parties listed on the childs birth certificate. Neither of those bills have become law, but one bill did sneak through: Senate Bill 1085 requires that words like mother and father be treated with their natural and ordinary meaning. While Texas considers a bill that would allow same-sex couples to be turned away from adoption agencies, a new law from a state thirsty for an anti-LGBT bill would allow for Kim Davis-style discrimination. Senate Bill 522, which got a thumbs up from the House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday, would allow county clerks to refuse to issue marriage licenses based on their sincerely held religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. These legislatures have attempted to use same-sex unions as wedge issues to drum up support for the Republican party. By playing to what they believe their base wants and taking LGBT down a peg, it helps state representatives win their reelection races, sure to be contentious in 2018. Record numbers of people of color and women are running in next years midterms. Although a handful of states have passed anti-LGBT laws in 2017, theres a good reason why more havent joined them: These appeals to Republican voters have fallen flat. Texas myriad attempts at discrimination which include bills targeting transgender bathroom usage and trans athletes have drummed up more opposition than they have support. The Texas Association of Business has warned that taking action against the LGBT community could lead to an $8.5 billion boycott of the state. That exact number has been questioned, but given the economic fallout after North Carolinas troubled anti-LGBT bill, the impact wouldnt be good. Discriminating against LGBT people, especially same-sex couples, is as costly as it is unpopular. A poll from the Public Religion Research Institute released earlier this year showed that of all of the faith groups polled, only one supported the right of individuals to discriminate against LGBT married couples based on their sincerely held religious beliefs. White evangelical protestants were in favor of religiously-based refusals by a margin of 50 to 42. Over three-fifths of all respondents believed that LGBT and heterosexual couples should be treated equally. Instead of driving a stake into the heart of the marriage equality movement, polling indicates that the intensifying GOP opposition only helps the cause. According to Gallup, the support for same-sex marriage has shot up in the past year by three points a pretty significant increase. There will continue to be efforts to strike at LGBT peoples rights. Republicans will continue to push an agenda that makes queer and transgender people into scapegoats, whether its a Congressional bill that would allow LGBT workers to be fired or the slow rollback of federal protections under the new administration. The GOP may score a handful of victories, including the handful of anti-LGBT adoption bills enacted this year, but the surveys show that the forces of inclusion are winning.

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Constitutional Court to rule on gay marriage case Wednesday – Focus Taiwan News Channel (press release)

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Taiwan’s Council of Grand Justices is set to release its interpretation on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage on May 24. The council will make the ruling after it received two requests for a constitutional interpretation on the issue. One of them was filed by veteran gay rights advocate Chi Chia-wei () in 2015 after his registration of marriage with his male partner was rejected by the household registration office in Wanhua District in Taipei in 2013 and subsequent court appeals failed. The other request was filed by the Taipei City government’s Department of Civil Affairs in 2015 after three same-sex couples filed an administrative lawsuit against the government after their marriage registrations were rejected by the department. The Council of Grand Justices held a hearing on the issue on March 24 allowing supporters and opponents of marriage equality to debate whether Article 972 of the Civil Code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. Taiwan was the first Asian country to allow a constitutional interpretation on the issue. If the judges rule that Taiwan’s current ban is constitutional, same-sex marriage will not have legal protection. If it rules that the ban is unconstitutional, then the Legislative Yuan will be forced to amend the law to legalize same-sex marriage. Even as the case has been taken up by the Council of Grand Justices, proposed same-sex marriage legislation is also working its way through the Legislative Yuan. (By Wang Yang-yu and Evelyn Kao) Enditem/ls

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US state argues against federal gay marriage ban – Wisconsin Gazette

BOSTON (AP) The Massachusetts attorney general asked a judge Wednesday to strike down a federal gay marriage ban, arguing it interferes with the right of states to define marriage and have those marriages acknowledged by the federal government. The challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act by Attorney General Martha Coakleys office was heard in federal court in Boston. Assistant Attorney General Maura Healey argued states have historically had the right to define marriage. She said the 1996 law could result in the denial of federal benefits to married couples in Massachusetts, where same-sex unions have been legal since 2004. A lawyer from the U.S. Justice Department, Christopher Hall, argued the federal government has the right to set eligibility requirements for federal benefits including requiring that those benefits only go to couples in marriages between a man and a woman. Hall also pointed to instances where the federal government has regulated the definition of marriage in certain immigration cases. It is the second time this month that a challenge to the federal law, also known as DOMA, has been heard in a federal court. Earlier this month, gay rights groups launched their own challenge before the same judge, arguing the law unconstitutionally denies gay couples federal benefits available to other married couples. An estimated 15,000 same-sex couples have been married in Massachusetts, which is one of a just a few states to legalize gay marriage. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro hasnt indicated when he would rule on the challenges.

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Support for Gay Marriage Soars, But Americans Are Still Conflicted on Bathroom Policies – Unicorn Booty (blog)

LGBT individuals have long shared a home in a community of the misunderstood. A community built not by our respective differences, but by being part of a collective differentness.A community in part formed by a society thatpressures all things different into one separate category of abnormal, i.e., not cisgender and straight. Yet today our communities are moving towards acceptance at varying rates, according to several new Gallup polls. Can LGBT unity continue to exist as one entity, or are we bound to our individual identities? A recent Gallup poll shows support for both same-sex marriage (64% in favor) and same-sex relationships (72% in favor) at an all-time high. Protestants, who generally rank much lower in support of gay rights than Catholics in the U.S., now hold a majority in favor of gay marriage (55%) for the first time in history. Signs also point to progress for Republicans and Independents in their growing support of gay marriage. While America is moving in the right direction withregards to gay rights, the overall attitude toward trans rights isstill up in the air. Another recent Gallup poll shows that less than half of Americans believe individuals should be allowed to use arestroom based on their gender identity, whereas nearly 50% want to see trans men and women forced into the bathroom of the gender assigned to them at birth. Its hard not to wonder if the widening acceptance of gay rights is causing a distance from the trans community. Has the gay community wavered in itssupport of trans rights? Sometransgender and gay individuals have come out in favor of separating the LGB from the T as a form of progress for all communities involved. They bring up the distinctdifferences between trans and gay rights, and that while both parties can remain fervent allies of one another, theres an importancethat society separate thetwo, thus separating sexuality and gender. There are also transphobesthat have begun a similar movement in the name of hate. In some sort of twisted irony, they have made claims that by needing hormones or surgery, transgender men and women are unnatural. If theres one thing that cannot be shaken, its the history the LGBT community has endured together. Its impossible to look at the gay rights movement of the past without alsolooking at trans history. It would be like someone creating a film about the Stonewall Riots andexcluding the predominant trans presence that ignitedit. What are your thoughts on the future of LGBT unity in America? What does this mean forthe other communities in theLGBTQQIP2SAA community? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

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Texas House committee approves bill allowing county clerks to deny … – CW39

AUSTIN, Texas Many believe that the state of Texas is going out of its way to target Gay people. The recent approval of House bill SB 522 is not helping this theory. The bill will allow county clerks to deny marriage licenses for Gay couples if it conflicts with their religious beliefs despite the Supreme Court ruling two years ago that legalized Gay marriage. Its something thats, these bills just going across and trying to like, this moment of payback for whats happened with the victories that are gained, Houston GLBT Caucus President Fran Watson said. I should be allowed to marry who I want to, when I want to and not have to wait for somebody to come in and do their job, transgender resident Lou Weaver said. It should not be legal to discriminate against people who are a different sexual orientation than you, William Dawson said. I think its wrong and completely unfounded. I think we should all have the freedom to love whoever we want to love, Maree Ikonomou said. But now SB 522 may be on a fast track to the governors desk. The Lone Star State currently leads the nation in anti-LGBTQ legislation more than any other state according to stats from the Human Rights Campaign in Washington. Communities of difference are getting a voice, are getting progress and what happens is you want to roll back the status quo, Watson said. Texas is once again telling its LG&B residents that they are not worthy of the same equality as their counterparts, Weaver said. Proponents of the bills said they are all about protecting religious beliefs and public safety but the LGBT community disagrees. I think its ridiculous, Taylor Anderson, a Gay community sympathizer, said. I think that we are regressing as a society. We believe that all Texans should be protected, Watson remarked. All Texans should be taken care of. One bill actually legalizes denying Gay couples adoption services. When were talking about the foster care system, were talking about kids effecting kids using Hate against communities of difference to hurt children, Watson said. Then, theres the states controversial Bathroom Bill that prevents transgender people from using the public bathroom of their choice. I dont feel safe with any men being able to go into a restroom with probably younger women, Houstonian Richard North said. Especially, I got three daughters. I dont want no man to be able to go into the restroom with them. State Representative Chris Turner, who chairs the House Democratic Caucus, issued a statement about the Bathroom Bill. Its sad that Governor Abbott is allowing Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to dictate his agenda by pushing a discriminatory measure that will harm the Texas economy. Watson agreed. And so this hurts Texas.

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Catholic school teen writes 127-page opus in support of gay marriage to defy his teacher – The Daily Dot

Earlier this year, students in a Missouri Catholic high schools morality course were assigned an essay in which they had to defend the churchs stance against gay sexuality. Now, one teen has earned the applause of Reddit after sharing his 127-page opus that breaks from the churchs stance and defendsthe LGBTQ community. Reddit user averagesmurfshared his Gay Marriage Is Fabulous essay on Reddits /r/lgbt subreddit last week. He said, even though he was tasked to show and prove that the churchs position is right about gay marriage, he had previously fought with his teacher over the subject, using the churchs teachings to defend homosexuality, arguing that many church conventions against LGBTQ life are flawed or go against Biblical teachings. After his teacher forced the class to watch an anti-LGBTQ propaganda video, he decided to write his paper and presentation in defense of gay marriage. When we were talking about gay = pedophilia, I said that there was no evidence nor science to back the claim up, but rather much to discredit such a laughable theory, the teen said on Reddit. Furthermore, I went on to say that the only people who have higher rates of pedophilia are priests who molest little boys. Her response was, Is that a fact? Or is that just something the media wants you to believe? She went on to totally deny that priests had ever molested children. Several posters werent convinced that the paper was real, so averagesmurf proceeded to posta GIF in which hegoes through each page. The teen later uploaded his full paper onto Google Docs, which can be read online. While he claims the essay isnt perfect, hes still proud of the hard work that went into it over the course of several months. count He reportedly loves the last paragraph, saying that its his favorite in the entire essay. God created you, and he made no mistakes, God created me bisexual, and he made no mistakes, and he creates some people gay, and makes no mistakes, the paper reads. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected (1 Tim. 4.4-5). Marriage is not between man and woman, marriage is between love and love. Love is not wrong, love is not a mistake, love is not an abomination, love is just love. H/T Fusion

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