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Pope Benedict: Same-sex marriage threatens humanity

Set to elevate anti-gay American bishop in New York to cardinal



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Pope Benedict XVI condemned efforts to extend marriage to same-sex couples, Monday. (photo by Rvin88 via Wikimedia Commons)

Pope Benedict XVI used his Monday ‘State of the World’ address to condemn efforts around the world to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, calling same-sex marriage a threat to “human dignity and the future of humanity itself.’

Initially speaking about economic issues, the ‘Arab Spring,’ and of the importance of education, the pontiff switched gears and took aim at the LGBT community.

“Pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and woman,” the leader of the 1.3-billion member Roman Catholic Church said.

“This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself,” he told the crowd of 180 diplomats gathered in the Vatican.

Next month, according to New York Daily News, the pope will elevate New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, a leading opponent of marriage equality to cardinal, the elite group that leads critical Roman Catholic institutions. Dolan once attacked the Obama administration for not supporting a federal ban on gay marriage, saying the the choice would drive “conflict” between church and state of “enormous proportions.”

Marriage is now legal for same-sex couples in New York, where Dolan is located.

“The family unit is fundamental for the educational process and for the development both of individuals and states; hence there is a need for policies which promote the family and aid social cohesion and dialogue,” the pope told the diplomats.

According to Reuters, Benedict has been effective in attracting dissatisfied conservatives from other denominations into the Catholic Church, including Anglicans and Episcopalians whose traditions, core beliefs, structure of worship service, and hierarchical leadership structure mirrors that of the Catholic Church. Anglicans and Episcopalians who abandon their church over LGBT or womens’ rights can connect to a special parallel hierarchy overseen by the Catholic Church called “ordinariates,” which are similar to dioceses.

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  1. Kurt

    January 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Now that the Catholic church is dictating how government should pass or not pass certain laws and rights. Its time for the church to start paying TAXES.

  2. blue-heron

    January 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Exactly when is this armageddon scheduled to commence according to ze Pope? Is there a Time, or a precise Number of Gay weddings when the battle horn will be heard from the Heavens?? How will we’uns ever know that we are having a Holy Catastrophe, I mean,… aside from being told by the Pope?

    Will Jesus himself make a special return to “straighten” us all out??? Will God send another of his Prophets to [ahem] wave arms and to open up the Earth large enough to swallow all of faggotry to burn in Hell for ever and ever Amen!? […and the People may rejoice with Angels singing]?

    Isn’t this all a bit overdue?

    Or like all of the other babble spewed out by the Roman Catholic Church, are Gay Marriages having Absolutely Positively Zero affect upon all of Straight mankind? Is Nothing about to occur? Yes, Nothing tangible, Nothing audible, nor viewable, nor hearable, nor smellable, nor detectable on the finest of Ghost-Catchers’ Spirit Detecting Devices may dare be predicted by the Grand Poobah of the Gilded Mother Church, in so much as it might then be witnessed by Sane mankind, and “Oops!” the Cat would be “out of the bag!” Yes folks, Nothing is about to occur.

    Sane Mankind is seeing over and over the absolutely ridiculous claims of supernatural phenomenon made by the church, and this again, albeit proclaimed tirelessly by those who defend their self-granted dominion over the weak, shall Never come to pass any more authentically than has “The Rapture”. Holies must even lie in evidencing the modern day Miracles that are necessary to “authenticate” their “Saints” – [I chuckle!]

    No wonder the Pope, the K-Street “Family”, and the Rick Warrens of the world, seek to posess the minds of Sub-Saharan Africans. Everyone else is wiseing-up. Where WILL tomorrows minions come from?

    It is the Pope Himself who withholds “Human Dignity” from others, and this is NOT what Jezus would do. Yet sane people shall prevail. Gay people actually exist, and they are harming precisely noone.

  3. datus

    January 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Gay marriage – thread to Vatican hierarchical structure.
    No one during the history of humankind has done more to promote homosexual subculture than the hierarchs of the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman practice of compulsory clerical celibacy, underpinned by theology of ontological superiority of ordained priests, used to be a very attractive alternative choice for gay individuals living in a society condemning homosexuality.
    For a long time catholic seminaries enjoyed monopoly on providing a safe haven and guaranteed a respected and sacred career for homosexual individuals rejected by homophobic religious society. This worked well for all within the system ensuring continuity and a growth of hierarchical structure.
    Social changes, especially change of attitude towards homosexual unions in a secular society, have resulted in Roman Catholic Church losing its monopoly on providing attractive lifestyle for gays and lesbians. Dramatic drop in number of so called vocations to priesthood has sent SOS message to the catholic hierarchs. They realized that their holy celibate orders cannot longer compete with a new social order and that the only way to stop this recruitment crisis and to ensure continuity of celibacy and homosexual hierarchical structure is by restoring a homophobic attitude of the society.
    The recent homophobic statement of the pope needs to be seen in the context of the dwindling number of gays joining catholic seminaries and interpreted as a self defense mechanism that aims at hiding hierarchs own sexuality issues and maintaining their status quo. The pope’s words: “policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself” need to be read as follow: Policies which allow gays and lesbians to get married threaten a celibate hierarchical cast and future of the Roman Catholic Church itself.
    Gay men who can legally and safely get married will no longer be forced to consider hiding behind clerical collar. Amen.

  4. Martin Luther

    January 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    This venomous pope and his self-righteous satraps (bishops) are the real threat to the future of humanity!

  5. Mark

    January 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

    the Catholic church threatens our freedom.

  6. Joseph Mott

    January 13, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Oh, please. Not with 7 billion people on the planet, it doesn’t “threaten humanity.” On the contrary . . . if more folks were gay instead of breeding like rabbits, then humanity — and the Earth itself — might stand a chance.

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Steven McCarty

Congratulations to Steven McCarty on being named president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. He said, “I’m honored to be installed as the president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. and to be able to shepherd our programs and volunteers to impact youth where they are needed most. Our club’s new partnership with SMYAL has already turned a portion of their Youth Center in Southeast D.C. into the first Clinical Services Department in the District that offers free and affirming mental healthcare to LGBTQ Youth. As an openly gay man, I’m proud to further our club’s mission with radical empathy and inclusion.” McCarty has also recently been awarded Kiwanis’ highest honor, the George Hixson award.

McCarty is a Technical Program Specialist at stac labs in D.C. He is also founder and campaign manager at Abolish Racism 2020. He worked as a Senior Customer Success Manager,  Crowdskout. He was a workplace equality intern at Human Rights Campaign and a summer fellow at Michigan State AFL-CIO, in Lansing, Mich. 

McCarty earned his bachelor’s in Political Science and Communications Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Congratulations also to Shin Inouye on his appointment as Executive Vice President of Communications, The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund. 

Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund said, “We are thrilled Shin Inouye will be taking on even greater responsibilities on our senior leadership team. His incredible talent and commitment to this organization and our work are truly outstanding, and his strategic leadership will no doubt continue moving us forward in the fight to protect and advance civil and human rights.”

Inouye has held a number of positions with the organization including Managing Director of Communications. Inouye also held a number of high-level positions in the Obama administration, including Press Secretary and Acting Senior Adviser for Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Adviser for Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Executive Office of the President; White House Office of Communications: Director of Specialty Media; and served as an authorized spokesperson for the Obama Inaugural Committee, with a focus on specialty media outlets, including LGBTQ, AAPI, Native American, Youth/College, Faith, and Jewish press. Prior to that Inouye was Communications Director in the Office of Congressman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) and has also worked for the ACLU and as a summer intern with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. 

Inouye received a number of honors including being named One of 25 “LGBTI next generation leaders to watch” by Out in National Security and the Atlantic Council; and One of “40 Asian American Pacific Islander National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders” by New America and the Diversity in National Security Network.

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Petition urges White House to develop plan to protect LGBTQ Afghans

Taliban regained control of country on Aug. 15



Two men in Kabul, Afghanistan, in July 2021 (Photo courtesy of Dr. Ahmad Qais Munzahim)

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition that urges the Biden administration to do more to help LGBTQ Afghans who remain in Afghanistan after the Taliban regained control of the country.

The Human Rights Campaign; the Council for Global Equality; Immigration Equality; Rainbow Railroad; the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration and the International Refugee Assistance Project on Friday presented to the White House the petition that urges the administration to adopt “a 10-point action plan … to expedite and ease the refugee and asylum process for LGBTQI Afghans.”

The same six groups last month urged the Biden administration to adopt a plan that would “prioritize the evacuation and resettlement of vulnerable refugee populations, including LGBTQI people, and ensure that any transitory stay in a third country is indeed temporary by expediting refugee processing.” The groups, among other things, asked the White House to “speak out forcefully against human rights abuses by the new Taliban regime and any increased targeting of vulnerable communities, including LGBTQI people, and use existing mechanisms to sanction and hold accountable perpetrators of human rights abuse.”

The Taliban entered Kabul, the Afghan capital, on Aug. 15 and regained control of the country.

A Taliban judge in July said the group would once again execute people if it were to return to power in Afghanistan.

Rainbow Railroad and Immigration Equality are among the other groups that have continued their efforts to evacuate LGBTQ Afghans since American troops completed their withdrawal from the country on Aug. 30. Some of the 50 Afghan human rights activists who Taylor Hirschberg, a researcher at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health who is also a Hearst Foundation scholar, has been able to help leave the country are LGBTQ.

“We reiterate our call for President Biden to adopt the 10-point policy plan which will expedite and ease the refugee process for LGBTQI Afghans,” said Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof in a press release. “The 10,000+ people who signed our petition have demonstrated that they want the United States, long a beacon of refuge for those fleeing persecution, to take action to protect LGBTQI Afghans—a vulnerable group who risk oppression, even death, simply for who they are or who they love. Now is the time for action.”

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VIDEO: Utah deal promoted as national model for LGBTQ rights, religious liberty

Data finds state has 2nd highest support for LGBTQ rights



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A new video from the premier LGBTQ group in Utah, challenging the idea LGBTQ rights must be at odds with religious liberty, promotes an agreement reached in the state as a potential model to achieve a long sought-after update to civil rights law at the federal level.

The video, published Friday by Equality Utah, focuses on a 2015 agreement in Utah between the supporters of LGBTQ rights and the Mormon Church to enact a compromise acceptable to both sides. The agreement by those two sides led to an LGBTQ civil rights law in the state, which has Republican control of the state legislature and the governor’s mansion.

Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, says in the video dialogue is key to achieving meaningful success, whether its among the people of Utah, a state legislature or lawmakers in Congress.

“When you are working with LGBT rights in a state like Utah, and you want to advance legal equality, you can’t do it without working with Republicans, with conservative, with people of faith,” Williams says.

Williams, speaking with the Washington Blade over a Zoom call, said the main audience for the video is people on “the center right and the center left” willing to listen to other side when it comes to LGBTQ rights and religious liberty.

“People that have the courage to reach out to each other, and sit down across from each other and say, ‘Hey look, let’s hammer this out,” Williams said. “That’s who my audience is.”

Not only did Utah enact non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, but the state under a Republican governor administratively banned widely discredited conversion therapy for youth. When lawmakers proposed legislation that would ban transgender youth from competing in school sports, the proposal was scuttled when Gov. Spencer Cox (whom Williams called a “super Mormon”) said he’d veto it after it came to his desk.

Marina Gomberg, a former board for Equality Utah, is another voice in the video seeking dispel the narrative religious liberty and LGBTQ rights are in conflict.

“in order to protect LGBTQ people, we don have to deny religious liberty, and in order to provide protections for religious liberties, we don’t have to deny LGBTQ people,” Gomberg says. “The idea that we do is a fallacy that Utah has dismantled.”

In July, new polling demonstrated the surprisingly the Utah, despite being a conservative state, has the second highest percentage of state population in support for non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The data Public Religion Research Institute from 77 percent of Utah residents support LGBTQ people, which is just behind New Hampshire at 81 percent.

Tyler Deaton, senior adviser for the pro-LGBTQ American Unity Fund, said the Utah agreement demonstrates the possibility of reaching an agreement at the federal level once “second order” issues are put into perspective.

“The first order question has to be how are we winning the culture,” Deaton said. “Do people even want to pass the bill? And if they do, you then figure out the details.”

The American Unity Fund has helped promote as a path forward for LGBTQ non-discrimination at the federal level the Fairness for For All Act, legislation seeking to reach a middle ground on LGBTQ rights and religious freedom. Polling earlier this year found 57 percent of the American public back a bipartisan solution in Congress to advance LGBTQ civil rights.

Supporters of the Equality Act, the more established vehicle for LGBTQ rights before Congress, say the Fairness for For All Act would give too many carve-out for LGBTQ rights in the name of religious freedom. The Equality Act, however, is all but dead in Congress and has shown no movement in the U.S. Senate.

Skeptics of the Utah law would point out the law doesn’t address public accommodations, one of the more challenging aspects in the fight for LGBTQ rights and one or remaining gaps in civil rights protections for LGBTQ people in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Bostock v. Clayton County. As a result, it’s perfectly legal in Utah for a business owner to discriminate against LGBTQ coming as patrons.

Williams, however, shrugged off the idea the lack of public accommodations protections in Utah make the agreement in the state makes it any less of a model, making the case the spirit behind the deal is what matters.

“I think copying and pasting Utah’s law doesn’t work for lots of reasons,” Wililams said. “What’s most important is a model of collaboration because when you are sitting around the table with each other — Democrats and Republicans, LGBTQ people and people of faith — that’s when the transformation happens. That is when the mutual respect is really forged.”

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