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Shocker: Pope Open to Gay Civil Unions
The Catholic Church could tolerate some types of civil unions as a way of protecting healthcare and property rights, Pope Francis said in an interview in the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera.
While asserting that “matrimony is between a man and a woman,” the pontiff added that moves to “regulate diverse situations of cohabitation [are] driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care. … It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety.”
It is the first time a Pope has ever indicated even a minute acceptance of civil unions.
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Inside the Conservative Campaign to Launch “Jim Crow-Style” Bills Against Gay Americans
By Dana Liebelson
Kansas set off a national firestorm last week when the GOP-controlled House passed a bill that would have allowed anyone to refuse to do business with same-sex couples by citing religious beliefs. The bill, which covered both private businesses and individuals, including government employees, would have barred same-sex couples from suing anyone who denies them food service, hotel rooms, social services, adoption rights, or employment—as long as the person denying the service said he or she had a religious objection to homosexuality. As of this week, the legislation was dead in the Senate.
But the Kansas bill is not a one-off effort. [READ MORE]
THE HUFFINGTON POST
A Minnesota teen says he received two anonymous letters which contained death threats in class after coming out on Facebook.
Ryan Eichenauer, who is a senior at Centennial High School in Circle Pines, Minn. says he shared a videotaped message with friends and family on Facebook at the end of 2013, which prompted the threatening letters he received Feb. 4, local Fox affiliate KMSP-TV is reporting.
The letter allegedly reads, “I can’t wait for the day that I get to walk over your grave and if you don’t put yourself there, I will be glad to. Just do us all a favor and do it soon. Kill yourself already.”
By Erin Delmore
PHOTO BY MARY SCHWALM/AP
NBA veteran Jason Collins, left, marches in Boston’s gay pride parade, June 8, 2013.
Former NBA player Jason Collins, who became the first male athlete actively playing on a major American sports team to come out as gay last April, will join first lady Michelle Obama in her VIP box above the House floor during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, the White House announced Monday.
They will be joined by Boston Marathon bombing survivors Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, who became an iconic image of the “Boston strong” movement after Arredondo, 53, was photographed rushing Bauman, 27, to safety. Bauman, who lost both legs in the bombing, was vital in the effort to identify the bombers during his recovery in the hospital, the White House said.
Also joining the first lady is Gary Bird, the fire chief of Moore, Okla., who led the search and rescue efforts after a tornado decimated the town and killed 25 people last May. Also in attendance will be Kathy Hollowell-Makle, a teacher of the year from Washington, D.C., and 16-year-old Joey Hudy, the youngest-ever intern at Intel who caught President Obama’s eye with his “extreme marshmallow cannon” during a 2013 White House Science Fair.