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Nation's Law Would Bring Death Penalty for Gay Sex

Critics say revived bill in Uganda will 'fire up more hatred'

(Newser) - Africa is known for having some of the most rigid laws against homosexuality in the world, with Uganda now vying for one of the top spots on that front. Reuters reports a bill is in the works there that would resurrect a long-dormant one, with a dire punishment for gay...

Gay Abuse Victim Spoke to Pope. Francis' Words Were 'Forceful'

Juan Carlos Cruz said Francis told him: 'God made you like this and loves you like this'

(Newser) - While religious conservatives have long argued being gay is a choice and even a "disorder," Pope Francis has been known to push back on those arguments, most famously with his 2013 statement : "Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" Now...

Sect Members to Be Tried for Trying to Expel 'Gay Demons'
Sect Members to Be Tried for
Trying to Expel 'Gay Demons'
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Sect Members to Be Tried for Trying to Expel 'Gay Demons'

Matthew Fenner says he was beaten for hours to expel his 'homosexual demons'

(Newser) - Trial may be imminent for members of a sect who've been accused of trying to beat "homosexual demons" out of a now-former member. Matthew Fenner says that he joined Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, NC, with his mother and brother in 2010, but that he fled on...

'Secret Gay Society' Imperils Pope: Ex-Swiss Guard

Elmar Mader accepts homosexuals but questions their loyalty

(Newser) - A gay lobby indeed exists at the Vatican and may pose a threat to Pope Francis, a former commander of the Swiss Guard tells a Swiss newspaper. "I cannot refute the claim that there is a network of homosexuals," said Elmar Mader, a Guard commandant from 2002 to...

Church Billboard: 'Time for Jesus to Come Out'

New Zealand reverend: 'Would it make a difference?'

(Newser) - Nothing controversial here: A church in New Zealand has put up a billboard urging Jesus to come out of the closet as gay, Stuff (NZ) reports. "It's Christmas," reads the billboard in Auckland. "Time for Jesus to come out." But Rev. Glynn Cardy at St....

Episcopal Church Ready to Bless Gay Couples

Ritual would be first offered to same-sex couples by a major denomination

(Newser) - The Episcopal Church is soon expected to become the first major denomination to offer a ritual designed to bless gay couples. If approved, the rite will sure sound a lot like the marriage liturgy, as it features famed phrases like "we are gathered here today" and "I do"...

Student Sues to Wear 'Jesus No Homophobe' Shirt

Lambda argues Maverick Couch, 16, has constitutional shirt rights

(Newser) - A gay student is suing his Ohio high school for the right to wear a T-shirt saying "Jesus is not a homophobe." The Lambda legal organization filed the suit on behalf of Maverick Couch, 16, arguing the ban on the shirt violates his right to free speech, and...

Activists to Harvard: Give Degrees to Expelled Gays

Group wants students expelled by 'secret court' in 1920 recognized

(Newser) - In 1920, seven students were expelled from Harvard University because they were gay or thought to be gay—and now a group of students and faculty wants the school to award the seven with posthumous degrees. The group also wants Harvard to formally abolish its "secret court," the...

Zachary Quinto Comes Out of the Closet

'Mr. Spock' says gay teen's suicide filled him with 'despair'

(Newser) - Plagued by despair over a gay teenager's suicide, actor Zachary Quinto has come out as a gay man in a new magazine profile. The inheritor of the Mr. Spock role in "Star Trek" said the suicide of a bullied gay teen filled him with "indescribable despair,"...

Bristol to Heckler: Is It Because You're Gay?

Man calls Sarah Palin 'devil' while daughter is filming reality show

(Newser) - Bristol Palin would like you to know she is not a homophobe, thank you very much. In another sign of how quickly things can spiral downward anytime there's a mechanical bull involved, the eldest Palin daughter was filming her reality show at a bar and had just fallen off...

Most People Can Determine Sexuality Based Only on How Vowels are Pronounced
 Gay or Straight? 
 How Vowels Can Out You 

Gay or Straight? How Vowels Can Out You

People can determine sexual orientation by listening, says study

(Newser) - If high-tech gaydar equipment existed, you probably wouldn't need it. People can pick up on male sexual orientation based solely on how men pronounce the letters a, e, i, o, and u, reports US News . Researchers at Ohio State University conducted a study to see whether strangers could tell...

Why Is 'Homosexual Conduct' Still Illegal in Texas?
Why Is 'Homosexual Conduct' Still Illegal in Texas?
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Why Is 'Homosexual Conduct' Still Illegal in Texas?

Despite Supreme Court ruling, anti-sodomy law remains on books

(Newser) - According to the Texas state penal code, "homosexual conduct" is still a criminal offense—even though the Supreme Court deemed the state's anti-sodomy law unconstitutional eight years ago. Though the state stopped enforcing the law after the Supreme Court's decision, it's still on the books—and...

Gay British Men Can Donate Blood, With One Catch...

...they have to have abstained from sex with other men for 10 years

(Newser) - In Britain, gay men will be allowed to donate blood for the first time, with just one catch: They can only donate if they haven’t had sex with another man in a decade. It was determined that the ban on gay men donating blood could be discriminatory, and the...

Prop 8 Judge Says He's Gay —and It's Irrelevant

Vaughn Walker confirms homosexuality

(Newser) - The judge who overturned California's ban on gay marriage acknowledged in an interview for the first time that he's homosexual and that he never considered recusing himself from the case. "If you thought a judge's sexuality, ethnicity, national origin (or) gender would prevent the judge from handling a case,...

9M Americans Gay or Bisexual
 9M Americans Gay or Bisexual 
survey says

9M Americans Gay or Bisexual

But we need better surveys for a more accurate number: demographer

(Newser) - The true number remains elusive, but one demographer estimates that more than 9 million Americans—roughly the population of New Jersey—are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Gary Gates averaged the results of five US surveys conducted between 2004 and 2009 to find that 3.5% of Americans identify themselves as...

Meet the GOP's Gay Candidate for President
 Meet the GOP's 
 Gay Candidate 
 for President 


Meet the GOP's Gay Candidate for President

'Fred Who?' a longshot, but openly gay candidate breaking ground

(Newser) - The Republicans' best-formed candidate for 2012 isn't Romney or Huckabee: It's Fred Karger, a little-known conservative and longtime GOP operative—who happens to be openly gay. Karger is pounding the pavement in Iowa and New Hampshire, reports the Guardian , and he would be the country's first homosexual candidate for president....

If She Cheats, He'd Prefer It Be a Woman
 If She Cheats, 
 He'd Prefer It 
 Be a Woman 
study says

If She Cheats, He'd Prefer It Be a Woman

For cheating men, it's the opposite, study says

(Newser) - Men are more likely to stay with girlfriends who have cheated on them with other women than those who’ve cheated with another man, a University of Texas study suggests. Women, however, are the opposite: they’re more likely to stay with a man who’s cheated with a woman...

1st Openly Gay Bishop to Retire
 1st Openly Gay Bishop to Retire 

1st Openly Gay Bishop to Retire

Eugene Robinson says the experience has taken its toll

(Newser) - Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopalian whose election to bishop reverberated through the religious world, will take early retirement in 2013, reports the Boston Globe. "The last seven years have taken their toll on me, my family, and you,” Robinson told an annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese...

Ark. School Board Member Wishes All Gays Would Die

Clint McCance's Facebook post gets him unwanted national attention

(Newser) - An Arkansas school board member is under fire after apparently posting a message on his Facebook profile declaring his wish that all gay people commit suicide. "Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they...

Anti-Gay Riots Mar Serbia's Pride Parade

Extreme nationalists: 'Death to homosexuals'

(Newser) - Serbia's first Gay Pride parade in nearly a decade was disrupted yesterday by anti-gay riots that left 100 people injured and saw another 100 arrested. The rioters threw petrol bombs and stones at the police during the march in Belgrade, and the office of the ruling Democratic Party was briefly...

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