News Brief: Evangelicals “Preparing for Split” from Church of England Over Same-Sex Marriage

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News Brief:  Evangelicals “Preparing for Split” from Church of England Over Same-Sex Marriage

Evangelical groups within the Church of England are readying for a split, in the event that the Church opts to embrace same-sex unions.  Under rules hastily implemented during the introduction of same-sex marriage, the Church of England remains opposed to same-sex weddings.  This means that the clergy still cannot carry out services or “blessings” for same-sex couples.

However, this current policy is seen as largely unsustainable, with many members of the clergy already flouting the rules by performing blessings or entering same-sex marriages themselves.  But evangelicals within the Church are steadfast in refusing to allow progress on the issue.  This past month, dozens of parishes met to discuss the possibility of setting up a new conservative “shadow synod.”

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News Brief: Gay South African Couple Make History with Birth of Triplets

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News Brief:  Gay South African Couple Make History with Birth of Triplets

Christo and Theo Menalaou, a South African gay couple, just made medical history after each of their DNA was used to have triplets.  A surrogate mother carried the two eggs, one of which split in two and birthed the third child.

To clarify, the DNA was not combined to form one person.  The twins are born from one father’s sperm and the third child is from the others.  Thus making them, technically, half-siblings.  Despite their doctor recommending that two of the fetuses be terminated early on in the pregnancy, Towleroad reports that the couple elected to proceed with all three.  Although born prematurely, all three are happy and healthy.

Congratulations, Christo and Theo!

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News Brief: ISIS Brutally Executes a Man Accused of Being Gay in Iraq

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News Brief:  ISIS Brutally Executes a Man Accused of Being Gay in Iraq

ISIS has publicly executed another man accused of being gay by throwing him from a rooftop in northwestern Iraq.

The young man was convicted of being “a homosexual” in the Nineveh province after being detained.  The victim is the latest of dozens of men perceived to be gay to have been executed by the militant group.

BEWARE:  This article contains images that some readers may find disturbing!

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News Brief: Hundreds Cheer for the Demise of a LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law

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News Brief:  Hundreds Cheer for the Demise of a LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law

Chillicothe, Ohio has shelved proposed anti-discrimination legislation, which would have led to fines for people who discriminate in housing business, and other areas based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

At a meeting on August 10, which gathered more than 200 people, the city council committee cancelled the proposed ordinance.  The process for the ordinance will be restarted, however, and an updated proposal may be put forward soon.

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News Brief: 48 Out LGBTI Olympians... But Representing Only 14 Nations

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News Brief:  48 Out LGBTI Olympians... But Representing Only 14 Nations

There are a record-breaking number of out LGBTI athletes competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics – at least 48, according to the most recent count by The Advocate.

This may seem like a small number compared to the 11,000 participants, but it is a significant jump from the 2012 London Olympics (23) and the 2008 Beijing Olympics (10).  A breakdown of this year’s total, however, reveals significant disparities in both gender and country of orgin, which are indicative of an uneven pace in the global march of LGBTI rights.

In total, 14 of 206 nations have out athletes participating in the 2015 competition.  The United States and the United Kingdom, with eight athletes each, tied for the greatest LGBTI representation at the Summer Games.  The additional 12 nations are:  the Netherlands (7), Brazil (6), Sweden (4), Canada (3), France (2), Germany (2), New Zealand (2), South Africa (2), Australia (1), Finland (1), India (1), and Tonga (1).

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