The hit series "Modern Family" has been denounced as "poison" for its portrayal of homosexual relationships by Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. His comments come on the heels of "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell stating that the show had led to "progress" among conservatives against homosexuality.
"'Modern Family,'" Fischer told radio host Kevin Miller, "is designed to make you think that same-sex households are wonderful and the optimum nurturing environment for children. We know that social research indicates exactly the opposite."
Fischer then went on to state that watching the show is "like getting a little bit of poison over a long period of time, eventually getting enough accumulation in where it can be kind of lethal to the organism." more >>
NBC's "Days of Our Lives" will make history once again by airing the first same-sex wedding between two men this week. Beginning today, the show will feature the wedding of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis, which will conclude on Friday. Viewers' reactions to the wedding have been very mixed, highlighting the divide between those who support gay marriage and those who do not.
"Days" is no stranger to controversial storylines. There have been marriages, divorces, deaths, revival of characters, amnesia, rape, blackmailing, affairs, and who could forget the infamous possession storyline? The show decided to tackle the issue of homosexuality nearly three years ago with the introduction of character Sonny Kiriakis, played by Freddie Smith. His character was the first gay character and helped Will Horton, played first by Chandler Massey and now by Guy Wilson, reveal his own homosexuality.
The storyline divided fans but earned the show, and Massey, several Emmy nominations. Massey took home the Emmy in 2012, becoming the first gay character on a soap opera to do so. His character later fell in love with Kiriakis, and the two got engaged earlier this year. Now they will exchange vows in the fictional town of Salem, Illinois. The wedding, however, will not be officiated by a priest or member of the clergy but instead by Horton's grandmother, Dr. Marlena Evans, played by Diedre Hall. more >>
Sir Elton John has said that he will marry his partner, filmmaker David Furnish, following the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.K.
"We'll do it very quietly," John told TODAY's Matt Lauer. "But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children," he added, referring to their young children, Zachary and Elijah.
Same-sex marriage became legal in the U.K. on Saturday. The musician said he is "very proud" of the laws he and Furnish have seen come to pass. The two have been together for over two decades, and entered into a civil partnership in 2005. more >>
The vice mayor of Maricopa, Ariz., issued an apology after he praised recently-deceased Westboro Baptist founder Fred Phelps on Facebook, ultimately admitting that he had no idea who Fred Phelps was and had read an obituary from the satire publication The Onion, mistaking it for fact.
Vice Mayor Ed Farrell drew criticism on Facebook for a post he wrote on Monday, in which he praised Phelps. Phelps, a pastor, died at the age of 84 on March 19. He and his extremist Westboro Baptist group are known for their controversial and aggressive protesting style that often includes picketing the funerals of celebrities and U.S. soldiers and toting vulgar protest signs.
Farrell's Facebook post from Monday read: "We need more Fred Phelps in this world. May you rest in peace sir," and included a link to an obituary on Phelps from the satire publication, The Onion. The fake obituary was titled "Fred Phelps, Man Who Forever Stopped March Of Gay Rights, Dead At 84" and jokingly described Phelps as an activist who effectively ended LGBT advocacy altogether. more >>
Same-sex marriage becomes legal in England and Wales on Saturday and while the Church of England has accepted that new reality, it still maintains guidelines for its clergy against marrying gay and lesbian couples.
"I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it's the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being," Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told The Guardian on Thursday.
Queen Elizabeth II officially approved the gay marriage law in July 2013, after the bill passed the parliament. The Anglican Communion had spoken out against the bill, arguing that changing the definition of marriage will not be good for society. more >>
Willie and Korie Robertson, stars of the hit A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty," recently addressed their father Phil's controversy over comments he made regarding homosexuality. The couple agreed that ultimately, they believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible and added that they certainly don't profess to be perfect, sinless people.
The Robertson couple sat down for an interview with CNN's Kyra Phillips to "clear the air" regarding the Phil Robertson controversy in December 2013, when the family's patriarch told GQ Magazine that he found homosexuality to be a sin as he paraphrased a verse from Corinthians: "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers – they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."
Robertson's comments gained wide media coverage at the time and he was temporarily suspended from his reality show, only to be reinstated eight days later. more >>