Metropolitan Community Churches: Do Gays Need A Church Of Their Own Anymore?

Metropolitan Community Churches: Do Gays Need A Church Of Their Own Anymore?

-- On that Sunday in 1968 when Troy Perry borrowed a minister's robe and started a church for gays in his living room, the world was a very different place.

Perry's Metropolitan Community Churches was then a lone spiritual refuge for openly gay Christians, an idea so far from the mainstream that the founders were often chased from places where they tried to worship. Four decades later, some of the most historically important American denominations, which had routinely expelled gays and lesbians, are welcoming them instead. Read more »

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Maine same-sex couples marry in first hours of law

Maine same-sex couples marry in first hours of law

PORTLAND, Maine — Arriving in a limo, Donna Galluzzo and Lisa Gorney had all the trappings of a traditional wedding: Rings, flowers, wedding vows, an entourage and a friend to officiate.

With tears in their eyes, they were among the first gay couples to exchange wedding vows early Saturday morning after Maine's same-sex marriage law went into effect at midnight.

We're paving the way for people to go after us. I think it's just amazing. It's freeing. It's what's right," an emotionally drained Gorney said after their ceremony in front of City Hall. Read more »

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HIV/AIDS and the New Rules of 50-Plus Dating

Boomer women are at high risk — but few are taking the steps they need to avoid infection Read more »

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Chuck Hagel apologizes for gay slur

Chuck Hagel apologizes for gay slur

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, seeking to preserve his viability for nomination as secretary of Defense, on Friday issued a strong apology for a gay slur in 1998 that turned some top Democratic activists against his potential selection.

Hagel’s statement is part of an extremely unusual campaign to bolster a candidate for a top job who has not yet been nominated. The White House this week took the extraordinary step of publicly defending Hagel against attacks by backers of Israel.

Hagel, a Republican being considered by President Barack Obama to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in 1998 disparaged James C. Hormel as “openly aggressively gay” after President Bill Clinton named him ambassador to Luxembourg. Read more »

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Pope attacks gay marriage in annual address

Gay marriage denies God and devalues human dignity, Pope Benedict XVI said Friday in his annual “state of the Church” address at the Vatican.

Speaking to the Curia, the bureaucrats who run the global church of 1.2billion Catholics, the pope said opposition to gay marriage is a way of defending humanity: “Whoever defends God is defending man.”

Benedict also quoted the chief rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, who has written that promoting a right to same-sex marriage is an “attack” on the traditional family made up of a father, mother and children.

The address echoed his recently released annual peace message, which said gay marriage, abortion and euthanasia are threats to world peace. Read more »

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Newt Gingrich On Mitt Romney: 'I Would Have Probably Done Better' Against Obama

Newt Gingrich On Mitt Romney: 'I Would Have Probably Done Better' Against Obama

Newt Gingrich blames Mitt Romney for being a bad candidate.

More than that, he blames the Republican party for fostering a corrosive culture that produced Romney as its candidate. The former House Speaker argued that the GOP has grown stale and introverted, putting itself on the wrong side of history on issues like immigration and painting itself into a corner on others, like gay marriage.

Romney's failed candidacy was just the latest illustration of this, the 69-year-old Gingrich said in hour-long interview that dealt, in large part, with the GOP’s problems and what he hopes to contribute to their solution. Read more »

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and his wife Nicole named ECHO Magazine's Man and Woman of the Year

For their support of the LGBT community, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and his wife Nicole have been named Man and Woman of the Year by Echo Magazine, Arizona’s leading publication for the LGBT community.

The Stantons are featured in a cover story interview in Echo Magazine’s Dec. 20 Year in Review edition, which also includes an honor roll of other local allies and a review of the top LGBT stories of the year.

Since Mayor Stanton took office in January, the Stantons have been advocates for many of the LGBT community’s core issues, including anti-bullying, anti-discrimination, marriage equality and HIV/AIDS awareness. Read more »

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OC Business Member Arizona Broadway Theatre Hello Dolly!

OC Business Member Arizona Broadway Theatre Hello Dolly!

Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT) is proud to announce the opening of Hello Dolly! on January 11, 2013; on stage through February 17.  Hello Dolly! marks the Theatre’s 56th Mainstage production since opening its doors in November of 2005.

“No season would be complete without bringing to our stage a show as full of life and as vibrant as Hello Dolly!,” said ABT’s Executive Producer, Kiel Klaphake. “Whether you’ve seen the show before on stage or film, or if our production will be your first time, you’re sure to leave calling Hello Dolly! a favorite. It’s shear audience enjoyment!” Read more »

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