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2 Out Of 3 Americans Believe Right Wing Christian and Church Views Contribute to Gay Suicides

The Public Religion Research Institute asked 1,017 Americans their views  on religion and homosexuality between October 14 and 17, in the wake of a highly publicized rash of suicides by gay people and two out of three Americans believe gay people commit suicide at  least partly because of messages coming out of churches and other places of  worship, a survey released Thursday

Only five out of 100 people gave churches generally an A for their handling of “the issue of homosexuality” in the Public Religion Research Institute survey, while 28 percent said their own church handled it well.  One in three people said that messages from places of worship contribute “a lot” to higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth. Another one in three said they contribute “a little.” Only one in five said they do not contribute at all. The rest said they did not know.

Jim Daly, the head of Focus on the Family, argued in a commentary for  CNN that Christian churches are not to blame.  To violate the dignity of another person, in any form or fashion, is to contradict the very basis of Gospel-centered living. And to suggest that an orthodox understanding of Christianity encourages abuse against homosexuals is a sad misreading of the very tenets of the faith,” he said.”Some self-described Christians do not act in Christ-like ways toward those who are different than they are,” he conceded. “They save their harshest judgments for the sins they don’t struggle with themselves. That is not biblical Christianity in practice,” he said.

I’m not going to say a word about the last paragraph.  I think that you all can fill in the blanks.

BREAKING NEWS: Federal District Court Judge Rules That DOMA (The Defense Of Marriage Act) Is Unconstitutional

Today set the stage for two HUGE victories for gay marriage, as a federal judge in Boston ruled that section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is INDEED unconstitutional.

Both cases were argued, separately, in May,and today the decisons were reached.

Massachusetts, Judge Joseph Tauro ruled that Congress violated the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution when it passed DOMA and took from the states decisions concerning which couples can be considered married. In the other, Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, he ruled DOMA violates the equal protection principles embodied in the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

And in the second case Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Health and Human Services, Tauro ruled that   the federal law’s definition of marriage — one man and one woman — violates state sovereignty by treating some couples with Massachusetts’ marriage licenses differently than others. In Gill v. Office of Personnel Management, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), a gay legal group, asked Tauro to consider whether DOMA violates the right of eight same-sex couples to equal protection of the law

This also means the Department of Justice, OPM and HHS lost today. And they’will have to decide if they want to appeal it which given the current climate of LGBT rights relations and the Obama administration and will undoubtedly have HUGE ramifications either way.