NC House bill to make gay marriage illegal again

NC should just hang a sign on the front door that says WE HATE GAYS! I have family there, unfortunately, and they are very much in line with all anti-LGBT sentiment. It truly makes me sick that so-called Christians are supposed to be CHRIST LIKE and they are anything but. Saying that what the United States Supreme Court decided about gay marriage is null and void is like a child telling a parent that he/she is not punished for whatever the child did wrong.

A bill filed Tuesday by four N.C. House Republicans would direct state government to defy a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and restore the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage.

House Bill 780 is titled “Uphold Historical Marriage Act,” and is sponsored by some of the House’s most conservative legislators. They frequently file bills that don’t get a hearing because House GOP leaders don’t support the proposals.

The bill says that the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country “is null and void in the State of North Carolina.” The sponsors argue in the bill language that it’s “clear that laws concerning marriage are for each state to establish and maintain severally and independently.”

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New Christian Organisation Aims To Address Harm Done To LGBTI People

Of course it’s not here in the good ol’ USA.

The fledgling group Equal Voices, which currently comprises a steering committee of seven, will hold its inaugural AGM on January 30.

The group was formed by Christians concerned about the way LGBTI people are treated and perceived in the church.

Former High Court justice Michael Kirby will officially launch Equal Voices at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, in early April.

Spokesperson Natalie Cooper told BuzzFeed News that most of the people behind Equal Voices are lay people from “fairly conservative church backgrounds”.

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Xtian Filmmakers File Suit Against MN Anti-Discrimination Law

No one has yet put this couple in the position of having to accept or reject the filming of any weddings, yet they feel the need to sue the state of Minnesota because they’re afraid they might be asked to film a gay wedding. Never mind that they don’t even advertise wedding filming of ANY kind on their website. Still, apparently the mere thought makes them quake in their Christian boots. I’m sure if they keep advertising their hate loud enough, though, smart LGBT folks will steer very widely around them. Maybe they’ll survive on that hate, maybe they won’t.

A heterosexual Christian couple is suing the state of Minnesota because they’re scared they will have to film a gay wedding… even though no one has asked them to.

Carl and Angel Larsen run St Cloud video production company Telescope Media Group, and claim that their production company carries out filming work to bring “glory to God”.

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Christian Hate

It never ceases to amaze me how Christians claim to read and follow the bible, yet are selective in the help they extend to others and the love that they express toward others. I’m pretty sure there aren’t any asterisks in the bible that express limitations of any kind on the 10 commandments. I’m fairly confident that Jesus never said, “Do this, but….” Christians pick and choose what to follow. Now I know for a fact that not all Christians are like this. One of my nearest and dearest friends is a Christian who struggles against the hateful rhetoric everyday. But her voice is small in the onslaught of hate.

Sometimes it feels like the planet just keeps getting more and more evil, and this time we’re seriously shaking our heads. So here’s what happened: a Chicago school canceled a haunted house depicting the Pulse shooting. Naturally, the first thought in our heads is like, WHY was this ever going to happen? Yep, that’s right. The “Christian” haunted house depicting the Pulse shooting was supposed to be scary, but nothing about that is just, like, normal level scary. It’s straight up messed up.

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Personal rant

Pardon me while I get a little personal today. I’m just at the point now that I’m ready to give up on everything. There’s so much hatred in the world today and not all of it directed solely at the LGBT community.

My best friend’s daughter is in a relationship with a guy and they have two lovely little boys together. Not married, but as good as. They live in a small town that doesn’t have much to offer any more, but they get by. The son-in-law has a recording studio in their home with which he makes money. Or at least they used to, until some fuckwad broke into their home last night, SHOT the SiL and stole all the equipment. Fuckwad told SiL not to try stopping them, to which SiL told him to take whatever he wanted and Fuckwad still shot SiL. By the grace of all the gods in the universe, the shot was in the shoulder. WHY?

States like North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama (not to mention countless others) doing all they can to show brotherly hatred toward people who may be different from their idea of perfection, rather than brotherly love. With representatives like these NOT VERY Christ-like Christians, why would anyone in their right mind want to follow a god who is clearly okay with how they treat other people?

All of this not to mention the extreme hatred of Muslims around the world that only seems to grow with each passing day. As if Catholicism or Protestantism or any other religion out there is superior to Muslims. We lump them all together and believe them all to be extremists, yet you wouldn’t ever hear of all Catholics being called pedophiles just because some priests were found guilty of doing so.

I’m ready to give up on this entire fucking planet. I’d leave if it weren’t for the few people I have anchoring me in place.

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10 Bible-Based Reasons Why Christians Should Love Homosexuality

More Christians should step away from the church, which has historically dictated how people should live their lives, to explore what the Bible is saying to them.

When Matthew Vines turned 19, he had a revelation shared by many ordinary teenagers: He was gay. But since he was also a Bible-believing Christian, he knew he was facing a tremendous struggle.

“In my church and so many others,” Vines says, “being gay and Christian wasn’t an option. But I couldn’t give up on my faith.”

A sophomore at Harvard at the time, Vines left school to do some soul-searching. His goal: To reconcile his sexual orientation with what the Bible said about homosexuality.

He spent the next four-years pouring over Scripture, studying what it said about same-sex sexual behavior and relationships. The result is his book God and the Gay Christian. Vine calls the book “an open letter to modern Christians” about why they should support same-sex relationships, and what the Bible really says about homosexuality.

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Lesbian Couple Makes NC History

Clearly there is no need to wish Carol McCrory and Brenda Clark many years of happiness. They’ve already had 25 years of happiness together and I’m sure will have 25 more. But they should definitely be congratulated on this momentous occasion and for having a role in an important time in North Carolina’s history.

After the Associated Press reported earlier today he would defy North Carolina’s gay marriage ban and begin accepting applications for same-sex unions, Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger has made good on his promise.

Carol McCrory and Brenda Clark, a lesbian couple who have been together for 25 years and raised two children, became the first couple to have their marriage application accepted by Reisigner earlier today. Additionally, the move brands McCrory and Clark as the first same-sex couple to have their marriage application accepted in the South.

However, this does not mean that the pair has been issued a marriage license.

“Drew, we want to thank you for your courage and standing up and doing the right thing,” the couple told Reisinger in the above video. “One of the reasons that we’re here is to be a visible face for this movement — to show the people of North Carolina that we’re not very scary. We have confidence that, as Christians and as Americans, eventually everybody will do the right thing… We want the same validity for our family that we have together that other people enjoy — that’s all we want.”

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NALT

It truly warms my heart to see something like this existing in the world. I’m also adding a link to the NALT website, which as you may or may not guess, doesn’t happen unless I feel really inspired or otherwise influenced by the work someone’s doing.

Dan Savage got so sick of people coming up to him after talks and TV appearances informing him that not all Christians were bigots and against full equality of LGBT people that he came up with a word for them — “NALTS” — for “Not All Like That.”

Part of the gay sex columnist and author’s frustration was that he wanted these Christians, who were so eager to tell him about their enlightened stance, to focus their efforts on telling that to the Christian leaders who were condemning gay people and telling it to LGBT people, especially young Christians, who need to hear that not all Christians are… well, “like that.”

Now some Christians have taken Savage’s challenge — and even adopted his title. Christian blogger John Shore and Wayne Besen, from Truth Wins Out, with the blessing and support of Savage, have launched NALT, The Not All Christians Are Like That Project. Based on the format of the “It Gets Better” campaign, the website launched on September 4th as a platform for Christians who want to send a direct message of welcome and acceptance to the LGBT community.

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