House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and pro-gay groups have urged San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the pro-traditional marriage "March for Marriage" event on Thursday in Washington, D.C, citing inclusive quotes by Pope Francis. The Vatican leader has repeatedly said, however, that he is not changing the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
"We share our love of the Catholic faith and our city of San Francisco," Pelosi wrote to Cordileone, in a letter obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Pelosi, a Catholic, asked Cordileone not to participate in The National Organization for Marriage's "March for Marriage" event, which she claimed some of the participants show "disdain and hate towards LGBT persons." more >>
Wrestling legend Pat Patterson had an emotional breakthrough on the season finale of WWE's "Legends' House" and revealed that he was gay. He came out to fellow wrestlers and fans, telling them that he had kept his sexual orientation a secret for over 50 years.
"For the rest of my life, I want to be happy," Patterson said in tears. "From where I come from, when I had nothing – no family, no money – and I ended up with Vince [McMahon], working in the office, to me that was the biggest achievement of my life. Sitting here tonight I'm going to say something and I would never want to say publicly, but being here with you guys, for once in my life, I'm going to be me now. I survived all this being gay."
Patterson also revealed that he had struggled in and out of the ring, including losing a very close friend and partner of 40 years to a heart attack. It was an emotional scene, and other WWE icons, including "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, "Mean" Gene Okerlund, and Jimmy the "Mouth of the South" Hart, all offered their support and teared up as Patterson told his story. more >>
Sounding irked by an NPR host's question to clarify her stance on gay marriage, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton argued that did she did not change her position and embrace same-sex marriage last year for political reasons.
Speaking with NPR's Terry Gross on Thursday, Clinton accused the host of being "very persistent" and playing with her words when asked about her support for same-sex marriage.
"No, I don't think you are trying to clarify," Clinton said. "I think you are trying to say that I used to be opposed and now I am in favor and I did it for political reasons. And that's just flat wrong. So let me just state what I feel like you are implying and repudiate it." more >>
The Satanic Temple, known for attempting to hold a Black Mass at Harvard University, has issued a statement that one of its priorities is homosexual rights and that it sees homosexual marriage as a "sacrament," the same as heterosexual marriage.
"We work on social issues, engaging the socio-political dialogue" Lucien Greaves, spokesman for The Satanic Temple, told the Detroit Metro Times. "One of the things we felt strongly about is gay rights. And there's been a lot of progress, but there's still a lot of progress to be made."
"Gay rights is an important equal rights issue with particularly religious overtones," Greaves then explained to CNS News. "There is no valid secular argument against legal recognition of gay marriage, but the issue is often wrongly painted as one of Religion versus Civil Liberties. Of course, not all religions universally oppose gay marriage and we are in a position to underscore that point." more >>
The producer behind the popular "Duck Dynasty" TV show has spoken out on the controversy surrounding star Phil Robertson who was temporarily suspended by A&E after making controversial comments on homosexuality, saying that the crew has several gay people in it.
"I know Phil Robertson. I know his beliefs. I know how he treats a crew that has several gay people on it, and people of different races and people from all different places," said Deirdre Gurney, executive producer of Duck Dynasty, according to a Hollywood Reporter article on Tuesday.
As for the controversial comments themselves, Gurney added that Robertson does not deny who he is, and that he stands by his beliefs. more >>
Alan Robertson, son of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, gave a moving speech honoring his father and comparing him to John the Baptist at the Watchmen on the Wall conference earlier this month. Alan also called his father a "21st century prophet" who was speaking the truth and honoring the Lord.
"My dad, Phil Robertson, has the heart and the mindset of a prophet … long hair, long beard, naturally camouflaged. He ate off the land and he pointed people to Christ," Alan said. "He was a voice of one, calling in the wilderness, 'Prepare the way for the Lord.' He (John the Baptist), also lost his head for speaking the truth in a culture that really wasn't prepared to hear truth."
Alan's speech comes just after a video of Phil delivering a somewhat controversial Easter sermon surfaced. In it, Phil defends his decision to critique homosexuality and quoted Scripture stating that fornicators and adulterers, in addition to other groups of people, will not inherit the Kingdom of God. more >>