Anti-LGBT "Pastor Protection Act" one step closer to becoming law in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. - The “Pastor Protection Act” (HB 43) has just passed the Florida House Civil Justice Subcommittee.

In a statement, Carlos Guillermo, Government Affairs Manager for Equality Florida, says he just left a meeting where the bill was approved 9-to-4 by Republicans.

The Pastor Protection act is a proposal that would protect faith leaders from having to perform marriages if they believe such unions would be contrary to their principles.

Guillermo said that none of the democrats on the party line vote supported the bill.

Carmel Indiana passes anti-LGBT discrimination ordinance

CARMEL, Ind. – An ordinance banning discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation was passed by the Carmel City Council on Monday.

In a narrow 4-to-3 vote in favor of the new decree, citizens packed the council meeting to hear how officials would vote, reports the Associated Press.

Six of the seven council members sponsored the ordinance, and Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard wanted to fast-track the vote when it was suggested in August.

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Man asked to change into longer shorts at Disneyland; he looked pantless

Disneyland’s unofficial Gay Days Anaheim was a huge success this past weekend. Crowds of LGBT men and women dressed in red shirts descended upon the park in an act of queer solidarity.

However one man, UK visitor Anthony Gilét, decided to ditch the red shirt and go rogue. Gilet donned a loose fitting thigh-length athletic jersey, sunglasses and a pair of mouse ears.

But that wasn’t the problem. He also wore a pair of short-shorts that were so completely hidden underneath the sports jersey that he looked bottom-less.

Alleged anti-gay beating reported at Penn State University

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - According to a young man was assaulted on the streets of “Frat Row” last Saturday at Penn. State University.

The victim, identified as John Mateer, sent out a tweet saying, "Don't let a frat guy know that you're gay."

The post quickly went viral, getting over 11,000 re-tweets and 13,000 favorites. This prompted the local police department to launch a hate crime investigation.

Blount County asks God to spare them during Armageddon in town meeting

BLOUNT, Tenn. - In perhaps the ultimate cross over between church and state, Blount County Tennessee legislature is holding a meeting tonight to ask that God bypass them when He delivers His wrath upon the world over the passing of The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

New Campbell's Soup ad has gay dads reenacting "Star Wars" scene to their son

Campbell’s Soup has joined the growing number of advertisers who wish to reach the LGBT community.

Their new ad promotes not only their signature brand of homestyle soups, but the upcoming Disney produced “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

In the 30-second spot, real-life parents Larry Sullivan and David Monahan play “airplane” of sorts with their son Cooper as they feed him one of the brand’s signature soups, each doing their best impression of Jedi master Darth Vader from his reveal scene in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Westboro Baptist just messed with the wrong crowd

A crowd of high school students drove Westboro Baptist Church protestors away from their school in Kansas City, Missouri last week where the hate group gathered to protest the recent election of a transgender girl as homecoming queen.

Westboro showed up to picket Oak Park High School on Thursday, Oct. 1, but were met by a rally of students already gathered to support transgender homecoming queen Landon Patterson.

Hillary Clinton promotes gay rights as pillar of 2016 bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday delivered the strongest speech in support of gay rights in the 2016 presidential race on Saturday, promising that ending discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people would be a central pillar of her administration.

"I see the injustices and the dangers that you and your families still face," she told hundreds of gay activists at the annual meeting of the Human Rights Campaign. "I'm running for president to stand up for the fundamental rights of LGBT Americans."

She added: "That's a promise from one HRC to another."

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Vatican releases statement denying Pope Francis' meeting as an endorsement of Kim Davis

The Vatican released a statement today saying the Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis was not intended to endorse her stance on religious freedom, rather an informal meeting of “a dozen” people before the pontiff left Washington.

In the statement released by The Vatican, they want to clarify that the papal session, “should not be considered a form of support of her position.”

President Obama and Senator Boxer respond to Oregon tragedy

ROSEBURG, Oregon, - Umpqua Community College was the scene of a mass shooting this afternoon which left ten people dead including the gunman, and more than 20 injured.

CNN reports that the 20-year-old shooter exchanged gunfire with law enforcement, ultimately resulting in his death.

The Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told reporters, "It's been a terrible day. At this point, it's a very active scene. It's a very active investigation."