Same-sex marriage is still not legal in California, but the Golden State took a positive step for gay rights over the weekend when it became the first in the U.S. to ban a controversial form of therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of children and teens.
A 14-year-old West Virginia radio show host is in the news after he denounced homosexuality as perverted and unnatural on his program, and blasted the likes of President Obama and Lady Gaga for “making kids gay.”
In a disturbing rant posted to YouTube, a North Carolina pastor is seen calling for gays and lesbians to be killed by fencing them off in an electrified pen. The pastor, identified as Charles L. Worley, is reported to have made the homophobic remarks May 13 after President Obama came out in support of legalizing same-sex marriage.
Andrew Sullivan has some sharp words for how the Obama administration is dealing with LGBT issues: “I lived through eight years of the Clintons and then eight years of Bush. Through it all, gay people were treated at the federal level like embarrassments or impediments. With Clinton, we were the means to raise money. With Bush, we were the means to leverage votes by exploiting bigotry. Obama seemed in the campaign to promise something else.”
Not only would a proposed Nigerian law mean prison for gay people who live together, but also anyone who “aids and abets” them. A giant step beyond outlawing gay sex, the law would give police the power to arrest suspected cohabiting gays as well as human rights workers who deal with gay rights.