The so-called “Don’t Say Gay bill,” which perhaps brought more national attention for the Tennessee Legislature than any other piece of legislation, will not be put to a final vote needed for passage, the measure’s House sponsor said Sunday.
The decision by Rep. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald, means that SB49 will die with the adjournment of the 107th General Assembly. Legislative leaders hope that will be today.
Says the gun owner in the video: “Right now there’s this amendment trying to be passed, Amendment One. It’s gonna state that marriage is between a man and a woman, which is how it ought to be. Somebody thought it’d be a good idea to put this sign near my house. They oughta know not to put stuff like that near my house.”
Tonight a rally will be held to remember and demand justice for Paige Clay, a transgender woman who on April 16 was found shot to death on Chicago's West Side. Her wake and funeral service will take place this Friday, May 4.
Changing policies that prohibit United Methodist clergy from presiding at union or marriage services for same gender couples is an issue that ought to be a “slam dunk” for the United Methodist Church. Logic, let alone our United Methodist commitment to the ministry of ordained clergy, is torn to shreds when United Methodist clergy are able to bless buildings and animals and homes, etc., but are not allowed to bless the loving commitment of woman to woman and man to man.
This week, I'm watching and praying for the United Methodist Church as they meet in General Conference. Among all the issues, there are major decisions about whether lesbian and gay people can be married and serve as clergy. These deliberations are not new to me, or to the United Methodist Church. I pride myself on my United Methodist identity and heritage. My father and my grandfather were both United Methodist ministers.
Principal Denny Starnes from Mount Pleasant, Michigan's Sacred Heart Academy, spoke today in front of the student body about the controversial decision to disinvite Dominic Sheahan-Stahl as graduation speaker because he is gay. Sheahan-Stahl, a Sacred Heart alumnus and older brother of a current graduate, was asked in the fall to give the keynote address at the May 20 graduation but was subsequently told he was "no longer welcome" to speak when the school and Bishop Joseph R.