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    Wednesday
    Jun272012

    Canterbury Archbishop: Christians Must Overcome Gay 'Disgust'

    By Mary Papenfuss, Newser - June 27, 2012

    A surprise champion has stepped up to call for improved attitudes about homosexuality—a short time after he blasted the British government for considering legalizing same-sex marriages. Britain's Archbishop of Canterbury has admonished Christians for their failure to overcome their "disgust" of homosexuality.

    The Church of England is in a "tangle" over the issue of homosexuality, the archbishop admitted in his most frank comments to date on the issue, reports the Telegraph. "What's frustrating is that we still have Christian people whose feelings about it are so strong, and sometimes so embarrassed and ashamed and disgusted, that that just sends out a message of unwelcome, of lack of understanding, of lack of patience," Archbishop Rowan Williams told a group of teenagers at an event at his official residence. [Read Full Story]

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    Tuesday
    Feb142012

    UK study: 61% of Christians back equal rights for gay couples

    By Stephen Gray, Pink News - February 14, 2012

    Results of a poll released today say 61% of people in the UK who identify as Christian back fully equal rights for gay couples.

    The 2011 Ipsos MORI study explored the “beliefs, knowledge and attitudes” of people who identified as Christian after the nationwide census last year.

    74% of respondents said as Christians they thought religion should not have a special influence on public life. [Read Full Story]

    Saturday
    Feb112012

    Three Muslim men jailed over Gay Hate Leaflet

    By Rizwan Khatik, Times of Ummah - February 11, 2012

    Three men have been jailed after becoming the first to be convicted of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation for handing out leaflets calling for gay people to be executed.

    Ihjaz Ali, Kabir Ahmed and Rizwan Javed gave out the pamphlet, entitled The Death Penalty?, that showed an image of a mannequin hanging from a noose and quoted Islamic texts that said capital punishment was the only way to rid society of homosexuality.

    Ali was jailed for two years and Ahmed and Javed for 15 months each. [Read Full Story]

    Wednesday
    Feb082012

    Christian Evangelical Family Network Behind Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda  

    By Gianluca Mezzofiore, International Business Times - February 8, 2012

    American Christian evangelical organisations have actively lobbied for the re-introduction of the anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda, which was presented in the parliament Tuesday, according to local activists.

    The Uganda-based Family Life Network (FLN), founded by Stephen Langa, is the main organisation behind the efforts to revive the bill, according to Kikonyogo Kivumbi, executive director of civil rights organisation Uhspa-Uganda.

    "Many people in Uganda subscribe to the FLN ideology," he said. "We tried to engage with them, but they turned down the dialogue. They are part of a foreign, illiterate agenda that has all the intentions to make the bill pass through." [Read Full Story]

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    Wednesday
    Jan252012

    Tunisian LGBT Community: A “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Situation

    By Farah Samti, Tunisia.net - January 25, 2012

    The socio-political upheaval Tunisia has undergone since the revolution has led many Tunisians to question their place within this new society – Tunisia’s often undiscussed homosexual community is no exception to this uncertainty.

    While the fall of Ben Ali has afforded a greater space to free expression, not all Tunisian homosexuals are convinced things are headed in the right direction. [Read Full Story]

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