67% Of Republicans Would Vote For A Gay Candidate: Today In Gay

republicansA majority of Republicans would be okay with voting for an openly gay candidate, but they wouldn’t want to have a gay child, according to a new Marist poll.

67% of Republican voters say a politician’s sexual orientation would have no bearing on whether or not they’d vote for them, as compared to 30% who say it would.

But close to the same percentage would get their panties in a bunch if their kid came out as gay—with 37% saying they would be “upset” and 23% saying they would be “very upset.”

Perhaps less surprisingly, 63% of Republicans still oppose same-sex marriage

In comparison, 30% of Democrats said they’d be upset if their child were gay. Democrats also widely support marriage equality by a margin of 70%.

florida marriageOn the topic of marriage equality, a federal judge struck down Florida’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage today, following in the footsteps of four state judges who already ruled against the ban this year.

U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled that the ban, approved by Florida voters in 2008, violates the 14th Amendment’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

“When observers look back 50 years from now, the arguments supporting Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage, though just as sincerely held, will again seem an obvious pretext for discrimination,” Hinkle wrote in a 33-page ruling. “To paraphrase a civil rights leader from the age when interracial marriage was struck down, the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.”

He issued a stay pending a review from the Supreme Court, however, meaning same-sex couples in the Sunshine State will have to wait to jump the broom.

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 5.30.59 PMEven as Nigeria works to re-implement it’s Anti-Homosexuality Law and Kenya contemplates a Stone-the-Gays measure, religious leaders in Liberia are blaming homosexuality for the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

The Liberia Council of Churches declared “God is angry with Liberia” and has sent the virus “as a plague” to punish the country.

“Liberians have to pray and seek God’s forgiveness over the corruption and immoral acts (such as homosexualism [sic]) that continue to penetrate our society,” the Council said in a statement. “As Christians, we must repent and seek God’s forgiveness.”

LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance An 18-year old in Azerbaijan was reportedly set on fire by his parents after they found out he was gay.

According to the LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance, the teen was being blackmailed online by a bully, who sent his parents a photograph of their son participating in an LGBT forum back in July. When they received it, they beat him, doused him in gasoline and tried to burn him to death.

The unnamed youth escaped and is now in hiding due to continuing threats against his life.

“Even though [he] ran away from home, a lot of his personal belongings and documents were taken away by the family… [his] freedom of movement and chances to leave the country has been restricted because [his] documents were taken away.”

While homosexuality is not a crime in Azerbaijan, LGBT people face severe discrimination and violence in the largely Muslim country.

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 5.39.51 PMA Mennonite pastor who presided over a same-sex wedding earlier this spring is under review, reports The Michigan City News-Dispatch.

Pastor Karl Shelly said he performed the service after determining that “being born with a same-sex sexual orientation and entering into a life-long covenant of fidelity and love with another human being is not sin.”

Same-sex ceremonies are prohibited by Mennonite church doctrine, putting it at odds with the denomination’s strong focus on social justice.

A churchwide debate on whether the church should allow same-sex covenant ceremonies is expected next year at the national assembly.

25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Dinner and ShowAn IP address linked to the U.S. House of Representatives has run afoul of Wikipedia for editing entries with transphobic language.

According to The Hill, Congressional staffers have been blocked from making anonymous edits for 30 days because someone changed the entry on Orange Is The New Black Emmy nominee Laverne Cox from “a real transgender woman” to “a real man pretending to be a woman.”

A user associated with the IP address claimed some of the edits were “official business” authorized by a member of Congress. “There’s nothing illegal about editing Wikipedia to promote official business that has been explicitly authourized by the Representative,” the user said in a Wiki forum, “When you have other Representatives trying to push for laws such as ENDA, or when you have the EU using neocolonialist methods to impose transgenderism on the nation of Georgia through a visa agreement, it’s all the more important.”

This same user declared that “the whole concept of ’transphobia’ is being promoted to trivialize the experiences of real women.”

Disturbingly, this is the third time since July that this particular IP address has been blocked for similar offenses.



Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.