| Truth Wins Out | May 19, 2015
Conversion (aka reparative) therapy is on the long, arduous road to extinction in America because to label it “therapy” is a misnomer.
All leading mental health associations have emphatically declared that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are mentally sound. Yet, conversion therapists brazenly, and without evidence or peer reviewed studies, claim that homosexuality and transgenderism are pathologies that can be treated – for a substantial fee.
With no basis in science, the goal of conversion therapy isn’t to change one’s sexual orientation, which is not possible. Its real purpose is to co-opt medical language to offer a psychotherapeutic veneer to theologically based animus. The raw hatred is evident when conversion therapists talk about their clients.
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David Edwards | Raw Story | May 20, 2015
A Christian college in Texas has threatened to punish LGBT students who engage in same-sex dating or students who publicly express support for marriage equality.
Outsports reported that LeTourneau University in Longview had recently targeted gay students by adding new language to its student-athlete handbook, which bears the NCAA logo.
“Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality;, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable,” the handbook now reads.
PublRT News | May 20, 2015
Collecting too much data is a very real threat to national security, and what the NSA is doing no exception, according to Daniel Schuman, policy director of Demand Progress. Telling RT’s Ben Swann how the government’s mass surveillance practices undermine civil liberties and potentially safety, Schuman dives into the details of the proposed reform measures now under consideration.
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GRANT SCHULTE | Yahoo News | May 20, 2015
Governor says Nebraska has ordered new death penalty drugs
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty that would make it the first conservative state to do so since 1973 if the measure becomes law.
The vote margin in the unicameral Legislature was more than enough to override a promised veto from Gov. Pete Ricketts, a supporter of capital punishment. Ricketts, a Republican, said the vote represented a “dark day” for public safety.
“Nebraska has a chance to step into history — the right side of history — to take a step that will be beneficial toward the advancement of a civilized society,” said Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha, an independent who has fought for four decades to end the death penalty.
Former troops march with a group representing LGBT military veterans in a Veterans Day parade. (Photograph: Steven Senne/AP)
Chicago-area cemetery to host Memorial Day unveiling ceremony as veterans prepare: ‘I never believed anything like this could’ve happened’
A monument dedicated to LGBT veterans will be unveiled in a national cemetery near Chicago on Memorial Day, in a celebration of the first federally approved monument to LGBT veterans.
A black granite slab flanked by two blocks of pale granite, the monument will feature the five seals of the military’s main branches – the army, navy, marine corps, coast guard and air force – as well as the the emblem of the merchant marines.
The memorial was planned by the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (Aver) and approved in November by the interim undersecretary of memorial affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Ronald E Walters. Cemetery office supervisor Lynne Phelan said it is, to the best of her knowledge, the first such approved monument.