SEXUAL ORIENTATION trumping RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: A worldwide Chronicle

EUROPEAN UNION
*Europe’s top human rights court ruled that equality laws and safety concerns trumped religious freedom in three cases where British Christians were sacked or sanctioned for expressing their beliefs at work. (January 2013).

*European Parliament published the brochure, which recommended not to use the words ‘Missus’ and ‘Miss’, ‘Mademoiselle’, ‘Seniora’ and ‘Seniorita’. From the point of view of the European parliament, the use of such words was discriminating against women because they directly indicated their sexual identity.

*European officials already try to avoid the use of the word ‘family’ in top-level international documents. Instead, they use “family in all of its forms” expression, which implies all forms of cohabitation. As a matter of fact, they deliberately erode and expand the notion of family.

THE WAR*Dr. Gudrun Kugler, a religious liberty campaigner, was heckled at an EU meeting for speaking for the right of Christians to expresses their views. She was heckled for saying Christians should not be sent to prison for peacefully expressing their opinions. Some of the crowd said that Christians ought to be thrown in jail if they make a “negative comment” against a “minority group”. When Dr Kugler spoke about a pharmacy in Germany that had its windows smashed because of its opposition to the morning-after pill, someone shouted out “rightly so!” and others nodded in agreement. Dr.Kugler had documented several instances of persecution, including arrest, of Chrisitians in Europe. She was elected to the Advisory Panel of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Platform but her election was strongly opposed by members of the European Parliament due to her opposition to homosexual adoption.

*New laws introduced in Denmark require all Established Evangelical Lutheran churches to perform same-sex marriages. Individual ministers can opt-out of performing the ceremonies, but Bishops will be forced to find a replacement minister to perform the ceremonies. Campaigners are now calling for the ceremonies to be compulsory for non-Lutheran churches as well, including the Catholic Church.

* Same-sex marriage has been legalized in France, under the most unpopular president since the 1950’s according to a new poll. In April 2013 the socialist-majority National Assembly voted 331-225 in favour of gay marriage and adoption, despite massive public unrest about the issue. Organizers of a march at the Eiffel Tower in January say 800,000 campaigners gathered to call on the French President to drop the gay marriage plans. But they were hit with a 100,000 euro fine by the gay mayor of Paris, in a move dubbed the “height of pettiness”.

*In Sweden, the category of gender was canceled at one of Swedish kindergartens. The words “boy” and “girl” are no longer used there, while pronouns “he” and “she” were replaced with “it”. Kindergarten teachers believe that they are successfully breaking the gender stereotypes so that the people of two sexes would not feel predominant towards each other. They read books about two male giraffes who were very concerned about their inability to become parents until they found an abandoned crocodile egg. All other books at school are about same-sex families, single parents and orphans.

*In the Netherlands  , a Christian civil servant was fired by the Dutch city of The Hague for refusing to oversee same-sex marriages on Biblical grounds. Wim Pijl, 67, said “As a Christian I learned from the Bible that there is only one marriage, between a man and a woman.” The Hague city government said through a spokesman that it had no other choice than to dismiss Pijl as he had “refused to take back his remarks.” The Netherlands has 104 civil servants refusing to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, according to Dutch gay rights group COC. The Netherlands became the world’s first country to legalize gay marriage in 2001.

* In Italy,  Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, retired archbishop of Bologna says, “Freedom of thought and expression is under threat from the gay rights movement, the result is that those people who disagreed with the homosexual agenda are being ostracized by society. The ideology of homosexuality becomes a threat to our legitimate autonomy of thought: those who do not share it risk condemnation to a kind of cultural and social marginalization. Those who do not resign themselves to accept ‘homophilia’ … are charged with ‘homophobia… must we prepare ourselves for a new form of persecution, promoted by homosexual activists, by their ideological accomplices, and even by those whose task it should be to defend the intellectual freedom of all, including Christians?”

BRITAIN:
*Nadia Eweida, a British Airways check-in clerk was suspended by the company for insisting on wearing a small silver cross.

*Lillian Ladele was a registrar for Islington Council in London, but lost her job after she refused to preside over civil partnerships.

*Gary McFarlane was sacked by Relate after he refused to counsel gay couples about their sexual relationships.

*Traditional words ‘father’ and ‘mother’ will be replaced with official terms Parent 1 and Parent 2 in Britain. The terms will be used in official documents.

* A Christian bed and breakfast owner, Susanne Wilkinson, was sued by a homosexual couple Michael Black and John Morgan who shared a double room at her B&B. The Wilkinsons were inundated with hate mail, including a hand-delivered note threatening to torch their house.

* British-based Christian group Core Issues Trust had hoped to run the slogan “Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay and proud. Get over it!” on the sides of London’s famous double-decker buses, but in a 35-page ruling, High Court Judge Beverley Lang argued that the ad could be used to promote homophobic attacks, which trumps the group’s freedom of expression. Core Issues Trust says they only wanted the same opportunity as pro-gay activist groups who last year ran ads on the same buses that read “Some people are gay. Get over it!”

* British Teachers have been encouraged to introduce pornography into the classroom, using sex education lessons to explain that porn is ‘not all bad’ and ‘hugely diverse’. The recommendations, included in an educational guide, suggest that teachers confront ‘myths’ about porn and inform children as young as five about sexualization.

* A British primary school teacher faced disciplinary action in March 2013 because she didn’t want to read to her class from a storybook about gay penguins. The teacher from London, Mrs A, works in a school in a London Borough.“Mrs A” began reading a book called “And Tango Makes Three” to her primary school class. When she realised the book was advocating gay marriage, she stopped reading it. But the school’s head teacher said Mrs A had broken the law, and she would not be allowed to have her own class in the new school year.

BRAZIL
*The Brazilian Association of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgender People (ABGLT) filed several lawsuits against opponents of the homosexual movement in Brazil. One of these suits targeted the websites that had just exposed homosexual activist Luiz Mott for his promotion of pedophilia and pederasty.

*Another motion was filed against psychologist and therapist Rozangela Alves Justino, who provided counseling and therapy for homosexuals who wished to change their sexual orientation.

*Christian pro-life writer Julio Severo fled Brazil after charges were reportedly filed against him for his “homophobic” coverage of Brazil’s 2006 Gay Pride parade. Severo left the country abruptly with his pregnant wife and two small children.

*Homophobia legislation seeks to criminalize anything considered a condemnation of homosexuality, including priests who speak against the practice in homilies. Priests could face two to five years imprisonment for preaching against homosexuality. And a rector of a seminary who refuses admission to a homosexual student could face three to five years. Specialists say the “homophobia law” would essentially imply a legal frame for religious persecution. Maria das Dores Dolly Guimarães, lawyer and president of the Paulist Federation of Movements in Defense of Life, explained: “Whoever dared to criticize such behavior would be treated as a delinquent.”

CANADA
*Rev. David Lynn and a small group of friends attended the Toronto Gay Pride Parade. Setting up a small stand on a street corner Lynn preached and handed out Bibles and tracts. Toronto police wearing LGBT rainbow stickers shut him down and forced him to vacate the area. Police told Lynn he was ‘promoting hate’ and must leave.

* Heads of Canada’s law schools currently oppose Trinity Western University’s attempts to start a Christian law school. Christian students attending Canadian law schools are often told by Christian lawyers to “keep your head down and your mouth shut.”

* Christian ministers who condemn homosexual behavior can be subject to hate crime prosecution. Canada’s Supreme Court has determined that speaking out against destructive homosexual behaviors could be construed as vilification of homosexuals and therefore is prohibited in most circumstances.

* Hundreds of Canadians have faced legal proceedings for opposing same-sex ‘marriage’ in the public sphere following its introduction in 2005, it has been reported. Within five years of marriage being redefined in Canada, an estimated two to three hundred cases have been brought against individuals, mostly Christians, who have opposed same-sex marriage in the public sphere. The proceedings have been brought at employment boards, courts, and human rights commissions.

*A number of employees have been dismissed from their jobs because they have maintained a conscientious objection to same-sex marriage. Businesses have been sued and churches have been threatened with sanctions over their religious beliefs.

* Father Alphonse de Valk and Catholic Insight Magazine was sued  for speaking against homosexual behavior.

* Bill Whatcott, a Catholic activist, sued for producing pamphlets that called homosexual practice immoral (Whatcott was also “banned for life” from criticizing homosexuality). The event occured in 2001 but eventually the Supreme Court in Canada upheld his fine of $17,500.00

* Stephen Boisson, a pastor, sued for a letter to a newspaper denouncing homosexual practice as immoral (also ordered to desist from expressing his views on homosexual practice in any public forum).

* A television anchor on a prominent sports show was immediately dismissed after he posted his support for “the traditional and true meaning of marriage” on Twitter

*.A Roman Catholic bishop in Alberta, Fred Henry, was charged with a human-rights violation for writing a letter to local churches outlining the Catholic position on marriage.

* A Christian organization in Ontario working with some of the most marginalized disabled people in Canada was taken to court after objecting to the marriage of one of its homosexual employees and had to choose between changing its hiring and employment policy or being closed down.

* An evangelical Christian marriage commissioner in Saskatchewan was successfully sued for refusing to marry a homosexual couple, despite assisting the couple by putting them in touch with another marriage commissioner who would be willing to conduct the ceremony.

* A campaign has now begun in Canada to remove tax-free status from churches that refuse to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. Some Canadian provinces are even considering laws to forbid teachers in private schools from teaching that traditional marriage is the ideal.

*A Canadian couple decided not to unveil the sex of their child until the child decides for itself whether he/she wants to be a man or a woman. The father of the child said that parents choose too much for their children. The mother of the child added that she didn’t want to unveil the sex of her child because it would be up for the child to decide whom he (or she?) would like to eventually be.

* In Vancouver, British Columbia, in October of 2011 the “Out in Schools program”, OIS, showed Videos of naked men graphically sodomizing one another. It was included as “resource material” in an “anti-bullying” initiative for Vancouver’s primary schools. Messages appeared in the resource such as “If you f*** without a condom go get tested.”

AMERICA
*Adoption agency Catholic Charities is systemically shutting down branches in various states following legal disputes over the agency’s right to refuse to place children with homosexual couples.

*Parents of children who struggle with gender confusion are being encouraged to raise their children according to the gender they want to be.

*The US education department has been criticized for replacing the terms ‘mother’ and ‘father’ with ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’ on its student loan forms. The change to the student federal aid form is supposed to accommodate children brought up by gay parents. It said the new form will not use “gender-specific terms like ‘mother’ and ‘father.’”

*Instances of the Christian faith coming under attack in the military include: Commanders barred from disclosing any programs that are tied to the Chaplaincy or any programs involving religion; The Air Force banned the word ‘God’ from an Air force patch logo; A Navy banned Bibles at Walter Reed Hospital; Army Reserve training program listed Evangelical Christians and Catholics as examples of religious extremism; An Army email that listed prominent Christian ministries like the Family Research Council and American Family Association as “domestic hate groups.”

*Nationally, organizations are adopting gender neutral restrooms because “women’s” and “men’s” restrooms only acknowledge a two-gender system.

*In America, defending what the Bible teaches about homosexuality can often lead to public condemnation from gay activists. In recent years Christians have been called bigots for their beliefs. Here are five well-known Christian leaders who have been targeted:

(Rick Warren)……….When President Barack Obama invited Rick Warren, head pastor at Saddleback Church in Southern California and author of the best-selling A Purpose Driven Life, to deliver the invocation at his 2009 inauguration, gay rights activists were furious. About 100 protesters demonstrated outside Warren’s church the Sunday before the inauguration.

(Louie Giglio)……..The same controversy arose after Obama was re-elected. Louie Giglio, pastor at Passion City Church in Roswell, Ga., was chosen to deliver the benediction for Obama’s 2012 Inauguration. This time, though, Giglio withdrew from the ceremony rather than take the heat.

(Greg Laurie)…..Evangelist Greg Laurie was invited to participate in the National Day of Prayer but Human Rights Campaign and OutServe-SLDN asked Pentagon officials to remove Laurie, founder of Harvest Crusades and the lead pastor at Harvest churches, for “his blatantly anti-LGBT message”. I won’t back down,” Laurie exclaimed, quoting a Tom Petty song “We’re in a time in our country now where I’m attacked because I believe what the Bible teaches,”

(Joel Osteen)……Pro-gay marriage activists have also targeted megachurch pastor and televangelist Joel Osteen. Osteen’s preaching tends to focus on a positive message. Perhaps because of his sermons being sometimes labelled as “prosperity theology” and “superficial” , many in the media often seem surprised that he continues to defend traditional marriage. “When I’ve come back to the Scripture, as much as I am for everybody, I don’t see same-sex [marriage] in the Scripture,” Osteen said in a March interview on CNN.

*Crystal Dixon was removed from her position as associate vice president for human resources at the University of Toledo simply because she wrote an op-ed in a newspaper saying that homosexual behavior should not be compared to being black.

*A federal judge threatened “incarceration” to a high school valedictorian unless she removed references to Jesus from her graduation speech.

*City officials prohibited senior citizens from praying over their meals, listening to religious messages or singing gospel songs at a senior activities center.

*A public school official physically lifted an elementary school student from his seat and reprimanded him in front of his classmates for praying over his lunch.

*Following U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ policies, a federal government official sought to censor a pastor’s prayer, eliminating references to Jesus, during a Memorial Day ceremony honoring veterans at a national cemetery.

*Public school officials prohibited students from handing out gifts because they contained religious messages.

*A public school official prevented a student from handing out flyers inviting her classmates to an event at her church.

*Dr. Frank Turek, a Cisco employee, was fired for expressing his views on traditional marriage in his book, even though he never voiced his religious opinions at work.

* Samantha Schulz, 8, was barred from singing “Kum Ba Yah” at a Boys and Girls Club in Port Charlotte, Florida., because the song included the words “Oh, Lord.”

*A public university’s law school banned a Christian organization because it required its officers to adhere to a statement of faith that the university disagreed with.

*The U.S. Department of Justice argued before the Supreme Court that the federal government can tell churches and synagogues which pastors and rabbis it can hire and fire

*Through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the federal government is forcing religious organizations to provide insurance for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs in direct violation of their religious beliefs.

*The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs banned the mention of God from veterans’ funerals, overriding the wishes of the deceased’s families.

*Chick-fil-A CEO, Dan Cathy made comments in June 2012 opposing same-sex marriage. Chick-fil-A’s charitable endeavor, WinShape Foundation, had made millions in donations to political organizations which oppose LGBT rights. LGBT rights activists called for protests and boycotts and some business partners severed ties with the chain. Boston Mayor Tom Menino then opposed the restaurant’s efforts to open a location in his city. On February 28, 2012, the Northeastern University (NU) student senate passed a resolution to cancel plans for a Chick-fil-A franchise on campus. Other forms of protest occurred. Gay rights activists organized a “Kiss Off” to occur on August 3, while Jim Henson Company, which had entered its Pajanimals in a kids’ meal toy licensing arrangement in 2011, said that it would cease its business relationship with Chick-fil-A.

*When NBA player Jason Collins announced that he is gay, it became a major national news story. But when ESPN analyst Chris Broussard was asked how he felt about Collins claim, Broussard said “Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly, like premarital sex between heterosexuals. If you are living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that’s a sin… If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, whatever it maybe, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.” For his remarks Broussard was castigated by the liberal press as a homophobe and gay activists called for his firing or suspension from ESPN.

*Homosexual activists pressured PayPal to not handle donations made to groups that promote traditional values. Founder Peter LaBarbera, of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, refered to it as “homofascism in action,” as it asks people to stop financially supporting Christian groups, which the homosexual activists refer to as “hate groups.” They claimed PayPal became a favorite payment service for anti- LGBT extremists all over the world and petitioned PayPal to act immediately to shut down their accounts and ban all sites that promote anti-LGBT hate! In the bullseye were Severo and LaBarbera, Abiding Truth Ministries, New Generation Ministries, Noua Dreapta of Romania, Truth in Action Ministries, Dove World Outreach, Faith Word Baptist Church, Family Research Institute and American Society for the Defense of Traditional Family. After a rough process including termination, an executive with the company called and explained the decision was in error and that financial services to the websites could resume. A close call!

*Assistant state’s attorney for McHenry County, Thomas Carroll, commented: “You can be charged with a hate crime if you make a statement or take an action that inflicts injury or incites a breach of the peace based on a person’s … perceived sexual orientation.”

* In 2006 the Parkers and Wirthlins filed a federal Civil Rights lawsuit to force the schools to notify parents and allow them to opt-out their elementary-school children when homosexual-related subjects were taught. The federal judges ruled that the school had a duty to normalize homosexual relationships to children, and that schools have no obligation to notify parents or let them opt-out their children! A man undergoing a sex-change operation and cross-dressing was being brought into class to teach the children that there are now “different kinds of families.” School officials told the mother that her complaints to the principal were considered “inappropriate behavior”. School libraries have shelves of books to normalize homosexual behavior some of them quite explicit and even pornographic. A new book on homosexual marriage “Courting Equality” is placed in every school library in the state. Schools now celebrate “gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender appreciation days to fight intolerance” against same-sex relationships.

*The New Mexico Human Rights Commission ordered a female photographer to pay over $6000 to a lesbian couple for declining to photograph their commitment ceremony on the grounds that it violated her Christian beliefs.

*Harmony.com, A national Christian dating service, was dragged into several years of litigation by the state of New Jersey for not providing services for homosexual partnering, until finally, out of financial desperation, the company capitulated to the state earlier this year.

* January 2012, a New Jersey judge ruled against a Christian retreat house that refused to allow a same-sex civil union ceremony to be conducted on its premises, ruling that “some intrusion into religious freedom to balance other important societal goals.”

* In Georgia a counselor was fired just for referring a lesbian woman to another counselor for relationship advice.

*The Boy Scouts in Boston were no longer allowed free use of city facilities as a result of their policy against having scout leaders attracted to the same sex; they now had to pay tens of thousands of dollars to use the same facilities for which they previously paid not a cent.

*In New York City a school of medicine under Orthodox Jewish auspices was forced to rent married housing to homosexual couples under a “sexual orientation nondiscrimination” law.

* Matthew Reynolds, valedictorian for HLV Junior-Senior High School in Victor, Iowa, was told he had to give a ‘secular’ speech after he wished to attribute his success to his faith in Jesus Christ during his graduation speech.

* A cross was removed from a veterans’ memorial in San Diego, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit held that the memorial was unconstitutional.

* New Yorker Catherina Lorena Cenzon-DeCarlo, a nurse at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital, was forced to participate in a late-term abortion against her religious convictions, and was threatened with job termination and loss of license.

*The ACLU has filed a second lawsuit against the owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington representing the Gay couple who were denied service for their ‘wedding.’ State Attorney General sued the florist for ‘discrimination.’ Now the owner faces two lawsuits over the same incident with a potential for huge legal fees, along with fines and penalties in the future. (April 2013)

*In California a Lutheran high school was sued for expelling two girls in a lesbian relationship.

*In California, Californians Against Hate’s website, lists the names of 1,100 people and organizations contributing at least $5,000 to the Proposition 8 campaign. The list gives addresses, phone numbers and Web site addresses. Proposition 8 stated that Marriage is between a Man and a woman only. Fred Karger, who launched Californians Against Hate in July, acknowledged that intimidation is part of the political strategy.

*The smear campaign against Miss California, Carrie Prejean, for daring to disagree with a homosexual pageant judge’s affirmation of “gay marriage”.

*In California, the lesbian parents of an 11-year-old boy who is undergoing the process of becoming a girl defend their decision. They claim it was better for a child to have a sex change when young. Thomas Lobel, who calls himself Tammy, is undergoing controversial hormone blocking treatment in Berkeley, California to stop him going through puberty as a boy. The mothers say that one of the first things Thomas told them when he learned sign language aged three – because of a speech impediment – was, ‘I am a girl’. At age seven psychiatrists diagnosed Thomas with gender identity disorder. IN 2012 he started taking hormone-blocking drugs to stop him from experiencing puberty. San Francisco is one of four cities in the United States with a hospital that has a program for transgender children.

*“Mom and Dad” as well as “husband and wife” effectively have been banned from California schools under a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ordered public schools to allow boys to use girls restrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa, if they choose. SB777, bans anything in public schools that could be interpreted as negative toward homosexuality, bisexuality and other alternative lifestyle choices. “Having ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ promotes a discriminatory bias. You have to either get rid of ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ or include everything when talking about [parental issues],” she said. “They [promoters of sexual alternative lifestyles] do consider that discriminatory.”CCF noted that now on a banned list will be any text, reference or teaching aid that portrays marriage as only between a man and woman, materials that say people are born male or female (and not in between), sources that fail to include a variety of transsexual, bisexual and homosexual historical figures, and sex education materials that fail to offer the option of sex changes. Further, homecoming kings now can be either male or female – as can homecoming queens, and students, whether male or female, must be allowed to use the restroom and locker room corresponding to the sex with which they choose to identify. It also creates the circumstances where a parent who says marriage is only for a man and a woman in the presence of a lesbian teacher could be convicted of “harassment,” and a student who believes people are born either male or female could be reported as a “harasser” by a male teacher who wears women’s clothes, CCF said. “Whenever students are divided up into boys and girls, you should be allowed to join the group or participate in the program that matches your gender identity as much as possible.”

*In California a doctor was sued for declining to artificially inseminate a woman in a lesbian relationship.

*In California, a new education curriculum is raising controversy in public schools . It’s called “Cal State Fullerton’s Queer Studies”. The intent of the program is to educate students about the changing norms of sexuality and gender and to acknowledge those in the gay and lesbian community. But Forrest Turpin of “Christian Educators Association International” fears the program would eventually become a requirement for all schools, taking a similar route as the recent bill signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown requiring schools to now teach lessons about gays and lesbians in their social studies curriculum.

*In Illinois  ,two 16-year old girls from Crystal Lake South High School were arrested on felony hate crime charges for distributing about 40 fliers on cars in the student parking lot. The fliers contained an anti-homosexual slur and a photo of two boys kissing, one identified as a classmate. The fliers contained no threats of violence. The girls spent 18 days in jail and appeared in court for their hearing with shackles on their ankles. The girls were sentenced to one year of probation, 40 hours of community service, and given a two-week suspended sentence in the McHenry County Jail.

* In Illinois last year, just months after a civil union law went into effect, two bed and breakfasts turned down requests by two men to host their civil union ceremony. The ACLU of Illinois is representing the men in a suit claiming discrimination. The businesses are the Beall Mansion in Alton and the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton.

*In Florida,  a teacher  was Suspended for Posting Anti-Gay Marriage Views on FACEBOOK “‘It was my own personal comment on my own personal time on my own personal computer in my own personal house, exercising what I believed as a social studies teacher to be my First Amendment rights,’ . Chris Patton, a communications officer for the school system disputed the notion that the comments were private. “He has [more than] 700 friends,” Patton said. “How private is that – really?

* District Attorney Lynne Abraham prosecuted a small group of Christians who were peacefully demonstrating at a homosexual parade in Philadelphia. The group comprised eleven persons from an organization called “Repent America,” including two grandmothers and a 17-year-old girl. All eleven spent 21 hours in jail. The three felony charges were “ethnic intimidation” (proclaiming that homosexual practice was a sin), possession of instruments of crime (a bullhorn), and inciting a riot (reading from the Bible passages dealing with homosexual practice). These four Christian defendants faced up to 47 years in prison and fines of $90,000 each. County Court of Common Pleas Judge Pamela Dembe subsequently dismissed the criminal charges (after comparing the Repent America group to Nazis and the Klu Klux Klan). In 2007 U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel ruled that the city of Philadelphia had a right to “exclude persons expressing contrary messages” from the vicinity of the “Outfest” parade even though the event was a admittedly a “public forum” conducted in a “public place”.

*In Hawaii,  The Aloha Bed and Breakfast was sued by Lambda Legal after the business chose not to provide a reservation to a lesbian couple. When Cervelli specified they would need one bed, the owner asked if they were lesbians. Cervelli responded truthfully and the owner said she was uncomfortable having lesbians in her house because of her religious views, the lawsuit said.

*Workers with the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, Vermont., told a lesbian couple in 2010 that the property could not host a same-sex “wedding” reception, and the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit the next year. Gay “marriage” is legal in the state.

*A middle school in New York has been managing complaints from angry parents after their daughters complained that they were forced to ask each other for kisses and pretend to be lovers during an anti- bullying presentation on homosexuality and gender identity.

* In New Jersey, a state judge ruled that a Christian beachfront property operated by United Methodists violated state non-discrimination laws when it refused to host a lesbian couple’s civil union ceremony.

*A ban on gay therapy in New York has been proposed in a bill introduced in April 2013, modeled after the 2012 California law that first banned the service. The bill seeks to ban licensed therapists from helping minors who say they are struggling with  homosexual  tendencies. Liberty Counsel says “This law undermines parental rights. Mental health decisions should be left to the patient, the parents, and the counselors – not to the government to license one viewpoint.”

*Rev. Scott is a Lively, evangelical pastor who was sued in a Massachusetts federal court by a foreign group called Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG). The premise for this lawsuit is based upon the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). The ATS provides a cause of action for violations of international laws that are “specific, universal, and obligatory.” The lawsuit claims that beginning in 2002, Rev. Lively preached in Ugandan churches and shared his opinion on homosexuality and pornography. It further claims that as a result (albeit a convoluted one), some members of the so-called LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) community faced discrimination, and one (SMUG Advocacy Director David Kato) was killed on January 26, 2011. The suit leaves out the fact that a man named Enock Nsubuga Balibagga killed Kato because Kato tried to force him to have sex.

* On November 18, 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that it was unconstitutional not to allow same-sex “marriage.” Public schools held school-wide assemblies to celebrate same-sex “marriage” featuring speakers, including teachers who announced that they would be “marrying” their same-sex partners and starting families. Literature on same-sex marriage was handed out to the students. By September, 2004, an 8th-grade teacher told National Public Radio that she now discusses gay sex with her students as explicitly as she desires. She said she tells the kids that lesbians can have vaginal intercourse using sex toys. By 2005 Kindergartners were given picture books telling them that same-sex couples are just another kind of family. David Parker – a parent of a kindergartner – strongly insisted on being notified when teachers were discussing homosexuality or transgenderism with his son, the school had him arrested and put in jail overnight. Second graders read “King and King”, about two men who have a romance and marry each other, shows a picture of them kissing. Parents were told that the school had no obligation to notify them or allow them to opt-out their child.

*Since homosexual marriage became “legal” the rates of HIV / AIDS have gone up considerably in Massachusetts. This year public funding to deal with HIV/AIDS has risen by $500,000. LGBT lobby group MassEquality wrote after successfully persuading the Legislature to spend that money: “With the rate of HIV infections rising dramatically in Massachusetts, it’s clear the fight against AIDS is far from over.” Given the extreme dysfunctional nature of homosexual relationships, the Massachusetts Legislature has felt the need to spend more money every year to deal  with skyrocketing homosexual domestic violence. This year $350,000 was budgeted, up $100,000 from last year.

*All insurance in Massachusetts must now recognize same-sex “married” couples in their coverage and Businesses must recognize same-sex “married” couples in all their benefits, activities, etc., for employees and customers. The wedding industry must do same-sex marriages or be arrested for discrimination. Businesses are often “tested” for tolerance by homosexual activists. Groups of homosexual activists often go into restaurants or bars and publicly kiss and fondle each other to test whether the establishment demonstrates sufficient “equality”.

*The Massachusetts Bar Exam now tests lawyers on their knowledge of same-sex “marriage” issues. Stephen Dunne failed the Massachusetts bar exam because he refused to answer the questions on homosexual marriage. Issues regarding homosexual “families” are now firmly entrenched in the Massachusetts legal system. In many firms, lawyers practicing family law must now attend seminars on homosexual “marriage”. There are also now several homosexual judges overseeing the Massachusetts family courts. Homosexual “married” couples can now adopt children.

*The Massachusetts Department of Public Health helped produce The Little Black Book, Queer in the 21st Century, a hideous work of obscene pornography which was given to kids at Brookline High School on April 30, 2005. Among other things, it gives “tips” to boys on how to perform oral sex on other males, masturbate other males, and how to “safely” have someone urinate on you for sexual pleasure. It also included a directory of bars in Boston where young men meet for anonymous sex.

*In 2004, Governor Mitt Romney ordered Justices of the Peace to perform homosexual marriages when requested or be fired. Marriage licenses in Massachusetts now have “Party A and Party B” instead of “husband and wife.” The Legislature now gives enormous tax money to homosexual activist groups. Annual gay pride parades have become more prominent.

SWITZERLAND
The upper house of the Swiss parliament drafted a law in 2010 to decriminalize sex between consenting family members. Daniel Vischer, a Green party MP, said he saw nothing wrong with two consenting adults having sex, even if they were related. “Incest is a difficult moral question, but not one that is answered by penal law,” he said.

SCOTLAND
*47-year-old New Yorker Shawn Holes was on a UK tour when he was arrested in Glasgow after running afoul of UK hate-speech laws. While preaching in Scotland, a number of gay couples stopped to listen and asked him about his views. Holes said: “Homosexuals are deserving of the wrath of God – and so are all other sinners – and they are going to a place called hell.” Holes’ arrest was followed by the imposition of a £1,000 fine, which is a harsher penalty than even some Britons who commit violent crimes must endure.

* Scottish Government plans to redefine marriage, the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ will be dropped from matrimonial law. Official consultation documents which accompany the Scottish Government’s draft Bill spell out the changes to terminology. Where current matrimonial law refers to ‘mother’ and ‘father’, the Scottish Government plans for legislation to use the gender–neutral term ‘parent’.

* In Scotland, an explicit sex education DVD, which has been withdrawn from sale, is still being shown in Scottish primary schools. The DVD entitled Living and Growing contains explicit footage of a naked cartoon couple having sex. Hundreds of parents in Lanarkshire have signed a petition calling for the DVD to be withdrawn from classrooms, parts of which are aimed at children as young as five.

*A church in Aberdeen was blocked from holding a Sunday service in a hotel function room because of the church’s beliefs about sex and marriage. The Gilcomston Church has recently broken away from the Church of Scotland in opposition to the ordination of gay clergy. They had booked a function room at the Copthorne Hotel in Aberdeen to hold their first Sunday service as an independent church on 10 March 2013.But hotel management broke off the agreement after it received complaints and threats.

THAILAND:
*One school with 2,600 students created a separate “transvestite toilet” for its 200 “transgender”-identified students.

NEW ZEALAND
* In the weeks since New Zealand passed legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in the country, a pro-family charity in the country was notified that it will lose its charitable status because it offered support for traditional marriage.

CHILE
*Legislation that was passed May 8 2013 by the Chilean National Congress has many pro-family groups worried about the possible fallout which, they feel, would lead to the unwarranted persecutions of Christians in the country. The bill was written in an attempt to outlaw “discrimination” against homosexuals and could eventually lead to the recognition of same-sex marriage as well as offer homosexual parents the ability to adopt. It is thought that the bill will lead to the persecutions of Christians due to the guidelines put forth in the bill. The bill specifically addresses that any action- whether religious or not- that discriminates could result in legal action being taken.

JAMAICA
*Maurice Tomlinson, an attorney-at-law, is seeking redress on a number of orders, including one that states that JAMAICA’S TWO main television stations, CVMTV and Television Jamaica (TVJ) refused to air a paid advertisement promoting tolerance for homosexuals in Jamaica. Tomlinson was one of the actors in the advertisement. The claimant is seeking damages and the airing of the advertisement in exchange for the standard fee paid to both television stations…..

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
*Maurice Tomlinson, a gay activist and lawyer of Aids free World, who is suing Jamaican television stations, is also challenging T&T’s immigration law. Tomlinson received an invitation from the UNFPA to participate in an HIV workshop to be held in T&T on December 3 and 4 but says section 8 of Trinidad’s Immigration Act bars entry to homosexuals, who are, according to that law, a prohibited class. He is suing to have the ban removed. He is doing the same to Belize.

BELIZE
*Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican gay activist, who is filing anti gay lawsuits in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, is challenging Belize’s immigration law. Tomlinson says that his former wife and son moved to Belize but he says Belize’s Immigration Act bars entry to homosexuals, who are, according to that law, a prohibited class. He is suing to have the ban removed, so he and Aids-Free World have decided to challenge the legality of the act. He is doing the same to Trinidad and Tobago.

*Belizean Gay Activists orchestrated a  push for Oceana International to fire  Belize’s Oceana representative, Audrey Matura Shepperd.  Shepperd, a social commentator via her articles in one of the country’s leading newspaper, simply expressed her personal views on why the country should keep sodomy laws on the books.

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