Homophobic United States preacher’s closet gay double life


This video from the USA says about itself:

Exposed Anti LGBT Pastor Resigns After being caught

20 May 2015

MIDLAND, Mich. — An anti-gay pastor in Michigan has resigned following revelations that he regularly solicited men on the popular gay hookup app, Grindr.

Rev. Matthew Makela, a married father of five, resigned as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Midland, Mich., on Sunday, just one day before Queerty posted screenshots and text messages of sexually explicit conversations between the pastor and other men.

Queerty reports that Makela, who had been at St. John’s since 2010, confirmed himself as a Grindr user, and notes that Makela has a record of disparaging the LGBTQ community, posting (now deleted) screenshots of the reverend decrying same-sex marriage and stating that the “transgender movement is going to assist opportunistic sickos in preying upon children and others.”

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Anti-LGBT vicar Matthew Makela resigns after being found on Grindr gay dating app

Reverend Matthew Makela had made anti-LGBT comments in the past

Kashmira Gander

Wednesday 20 May 2015

A pastor who has expressed views against LGBT communities has resigned from his post, after he was found to be using a gay dating app.

Reverend Matthew Makela has stepped down from St John’s Lutheran church in Midland, Michigan, after he sent sexual messages to a man on Grindr.

He wrote in one message: “I love to make out naked. Oral and massage. And I top” and “I would love to mess around with a bicurious guy”, news website Queerty reported.

His contact on the app comes after he expressed anti-gay views under an article which argued that sexual attraction must be resisted like the temptation to steal or lie.

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Revered Matthew wrote: “I love people who have same sex attraction, and so does God. The proof is in the sacrifice He made for all of us.”

The comments seen by Queerty, which have since been deleted, went on: “We don’t tell a person born with tendencies to abuse alcohol to keep on giving in to his innate desires because he can’t help it. We try to help him in his struggle.”

And as the issues which trans people face have been brought further into the fore in recent years,  Reverend Matthew labelled the rights movement as “aiding opportunistic sickos in preying upon children and others”, according to posts on his Facebook page seen by the news website.

The pastor has confirmed to Queerty that the profile was genuine, and that he has stepped down from his post.

Explaining why the website decided to publicly out Reverend Makela outside of Grindr, it explained: “If Makela made even one LGBT kid at St. John’s “Christ-based” elementary school, their parents, friends, family or anyone who ever stepped foot in the church feel like being true to yourself is shameful (and it seems all too likely that he did), then we’re glad to share his hypocrisy with the world.”

Reverend Makela’s resignation comes after an anti-gay politician from North Dakota was outed by a fellow user of Grindr, after he shared photos to the local Fargo newspaper, The Advocate reported.

Randy Boehning posted the images of himself on the app, after he voted against protecting lesbian and gay North Dakotans from housing and employment discrimination.

George W Bush’s homophobic little brother


This video from the USA says about itself:

GOP Will Lose If It Doesn’t Talk About Gay TV Kisses

11 March 2015

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality’s Peter LaBarbera joined Janet Mefferd on Friday to discuss the Supreme Court brief filed by a number of prominent conservatives in favor of marriage equality, along with a Buzzfeed article labeling Jeb Bush “2016’s gay-friendly Republican.”

See more here.

Bigots like LaBarbera consider any politician not advocating the death penalty by stoning for LGBTQ people to be ‘gay-friendly’. However, how ‘gay-friendly’ is George W Bush‘s little brother Jeb really?

From Bloomberg news agency in the USA:

Jeb Bush Says Gay Marriage Isn’t a Constitutional Right

May 17, 2015 11:24 PM CEST

The former Florida governor said the success of the country is directly tied to having “a child-centered family system.”

Jeb Bush knows the way he would rule on same-sex marriage if he were a Supreme Court justice.

Interviewed Sunday by the Christian Broadcasting Network‘s David Brody, Bush was asked whether he believed that gay marriage was a right protected by the U.S. constitution.

“I don’t, but I’m not a lawyer, and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace,” he said.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule sometime next month on whether gay marriage should be made legal in all 50 U.S. states, and Bush tied the future of the country itself to the issue of the family structure.

“To imagine how we’re going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, a child-centered family system, is hard to imagine,” Bush said. “Irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling, because they’re going to decide whatever they decide, and I don’t know what they’re going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”

In previous interviews, Bush has argued that same-sex marriage is something best left to the states to decide. On Sunday, however, he spoke about the issue in much more urgent, and moralistic terms. …

In the wake of the nationwide controversy over so-called religious freedom laws, that critics argue allow for discrimination against same-sex couples, Bush was asked whether he thought it acceptable for business owners to refuse to provide services for a gay wedding.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Bush said.

New British ‘equalities’ minister supports LGBTQ inequality


This video from Britain says about itself:

12 May 2015

Caroline Dinenage, New Equalities Minister, Voted Against Gay Marriage.

In David Cameron‘s new Conservative government in Britain, the ‘Justice’ Secretary has said he wants to bring back the unjust, medieval death penalty by hanging.

‘Of course’, in this government, like in most recent governments in Britain and elsewhere, the secretary of war (Britain’s wars are far away from Britain, like in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia …) is not called secretary of war, but ‘defence’ secretary.

In George Orwell’s novel 1984, with its Orwellian newspeak, the ministry of torture is called the ministry of love.

So, perhaps it is not surprising that in Cameron’s new government the ‘equalities’ minister opposes equality.

From daily The Guardian in Britain today:

Equalities minister voted against same-sex marriage

David Cameron’s new minister for equalities, Caroline Dinenage, voted against same-sex marriage because she said the state had “no right” to redefine marriage, Pink News reports. So perhaps some people are more equal than others.

The paper reports that in 2013, Dinenage – the daughter of the TV news presenter Fred – told a PinkNews reader that “preventing same-sex couples from being allowed to marry takes nothing away from their relationship”.

Dinenage also voted against the marriage (same-sex couples) bill at its second reading in the House of Commons, the paper says, and was absent for its third reading.

This from Pink News:

In a letter to a PinkNews reader, Ms Dinenage wrote that the Church states that “marriage is in its nature a union of ‘one man and one woman’, and went on to say “the insitution of marriage is distinctive.”

She wrote: “These proposals were not included in any of the three main manifestoes nor did it feature in the Coalition’s Programme for Government. As I have mentioned, under current law same-sex couples can have a civil partnership but not a civil marriage and I believe that there is no legitimate reason to change this.

“Preventing same-sex couples from being allowed to ‘marry’ takes nothing away from their relationship.”

See also here.

United States religious fundamentalist blames gay people for drought


This video from the USA is called Crippling Drought in the Golden State: California Soul.

Not so long ago, in January 2014, there was flooding in Britain. Then, a politician of the far right Ukip party blamed LGBTQ people for those floods.

Now, there is an extreme right religious fundamentalist in USA, also blaming LGBTQ people for natural forces. This time, not for too much, but for too little water.

From EcoWatch in the USA:

Gay Marriage to Blame for California’s Epic Drought, Bill Koenig Claims

Anastasia Pantsios | May 8, 2015 10:56 am

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Obergefell vs. Hodges. The decision in that case, expected in June, could legalize marriage equality across the country in the dozen states that have not done so on their own.

But as that possibility inches closer, opponents have become more desperate and outlandish. Blaming gay marriage for everything wrong in the country seems to be their go-to explanation, even when things are wildly disconnected—such as climate change. When they’re not busy denying climate change exists, they just say it’s happening because God is angry that gay people aren’t being persecuted enough.

The latest to step forward with this explanation is commentator and White House correspondent Bill Koenig of the conservative World Watch Daily, which lists its beats as “wars and rumors of wars, economic news, military buildups, terrorism, political situations, difficult relations between countries, famines, natural disasters and drastic or record-breaking weather.”

It’s the last that Koenig recently connected to the move to assure equality rights for LGBT people. Talking to hosts Jan Markell and Eric Barger on the evangelical radio show Understanding the Times, which pushes the idea that all the conflicts and controversies in the world are part of God’s plan for what they see as the Biblical “end times,” Koenig claimed that gay rights in the U.S. are angering God so much he created the drought in California.

Breaking: rain in southern California: here. Also because of LGBTQ people!? [sarcasm off]

Marriage equality in Ireland


This video says about itself:

Marriage Equality: Bring Your Family With You

15 April 2015

Irish LGBT youth and parents coalition call for a Yes vote in the forthcoming marriage equality referendum. The BeLonG To lead coalition call on everyone to talk to their family and friends about why marriage equality is so important and to work for a Yes vote

The coalition includes: Barnardos, Headstrong, Youth Work Ireland, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre, EPIC – Empowering Young People in Care, Children’s Rights Alliance, Childline – ISPCC, Foróige, Loving Our Out Kids, Yes Equality

By Timothy McGrath:

This video will make you wish you could vote for gay marriage in Ireland

April 16, 2015 @ 5:00 PM

In the mood for a feel-good cry? We’ve got your back.

Ireland’s voting next month on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, and BeLonG To Youth, an Irish LGBT group, has just released a campaign ad that seems likely sway people on the fence and get marriage equality supporters to the polls — if they can stop sobbing and holding their loved ones.

Things are looking good for the “Yes” camp. A recent poll by the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI found that 74 percent were planning to vote to legalize same-sex marriage, while just 26 percent said they were voting “no.”

The referendum, which takes place on May 22, is likely to be a much tighter contest, the Times warns. Conservatives will ramp up their campaigning in the final weeks, and current poll numbers could be skewed if some opponents of gay marriage have been reluctant to share their true opinion with an unknown pollster.

There’s also the question of demographics. Support for marriage equality in Ireland — like in many Western countries — is strongest among young people and weakest among elders. The same Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI found that 85 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 supported legalization, and only 10 percent said they were against it. The gap narrows as the people surveyed get older and flips once respondents are 65 or older. They plan to vote “no” by a margin of 43 percent to 37 percent, with 14 percent undecided and 5 percent saying they won’t vote at all.

That explains why the theme of BeLonG To Youth’s ad is simple. Young people: Bring your older family members to the polls.

If it works, and the referendum passes in Ireland, it will be the first time in history that a country has legalized same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

That’s a huge deal.

An Irish Pastor has defended making the comparison between homosexuality and rape, as well as adultery. Pastor Craig Ledbetter of the Bible Baptist Church in Ballincollig, in Cork, made the comments to the Irish Examiner in an interview regarding the build-up to the marriage equality referendum taking place on May 22: here.

While liberal Roman Catholic priests and nuns are defying their bishops to urge a yes vote on Friday, religious leaders in the evangelical Christian community are now placing their congregations on the frontline of the battle to persuade Ireland to say no: here.

One step towards LGBTQ equality in Chile


This video from Venezuela about Chile says about itself:

14 April 2015

On Monday Chilean President Michele Bachelet signed a law legalizing civil unions for both straight and same-sex couples. The measure, initially proposed in 2003, is expected to benefit 2 million Chileans. Although the law falls short of authorizing same-sex marriage, it was nonetheless praised as a step forward by LGBT activists.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Chile: Civil unions recognised after Bachelet signs law

Wednesday 15th April 2015

PRESIDENT Michelle Bachelet signed into law a long-awaited Bill recognising civil unions for same-sex and opposite-sex couples on Monday.

“We are saying this is a concrete step forward in the path toward ending the differences between homosexual and heterosexual couples,” she said.

She added that she saw this as “a vindication of the struggle for sexual diversity rights.”

Ms Bachelet was joined at the ceremony by LGBT advocacy groups such as the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation that were praised by the president for their leadership and advocacy work.

“Today is a historic day for social diversity. For the first time the state recognises that there isn’t just one way to build a family,” said the movement.

Communist Party MP Karol Cariola tweeted: “With this law the country recognises the existence of families with same-sex parents.”

An estimated 2 million cohabiting couples may benefit from this new law.

See also here.