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News of 2005-JAN:

bullet 2005-JAN-10: FL: U.S. Supreme Court declines to review gay adoption: A group of four gay men, including a father who has parented the same foster children for 17 years, launched a lawsuit challenging a Florida law which prohibits gays and lesbians from adopting children. The case is: Lofton v. Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, 04-478. The U.S. Supreme Court decided to not review the case. Mathew Staver, president of the fundamentalist Christian group, Liberty Counsel, said that the decision "sends a huge message that the court is not going to be open to a broad-based homosexual agenda." Matthew Coles, the American Civil Liberties Union, said: "Whether kids should have two moms or two dads, it's always been a fake argument. What all the professional organizations say is sexual orientation has nothing to do with whether someone is a good or bad parent." 1
bullet 2005-JAN-11: IL: Illinois House Passes Gay Rights Bill: The Illinois Senate passed a bill by a vote of 30 to 27 that bans discrimination against heterosexuals, gays, lesbians, and bisexuals on the basis of their sexual orientation. The House passed the same bill 65 to 51. The bill amends an existing law which bars discrimination in housing and employment based on race, religion, etc. Governor Rod Blagojevich is expected to sign the bill into law. Illinois is the 15th state to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation. Supporters of the bill argue that it is a human rights issue. Opponents express concern that it will lead to SSM and allow cross-dressers to use rest rooms of the opposite sex. 2 Covenant News, a fundamentalist Christian news service, referred to the bill in the following terms: "Wicked and Vile Men Pass 'Sodomite Rights' Bill: The Illinois House passed a bill that bans discrimination against deviant sodomite behavior, giving sex offenders and predators license to roam Illinois streets freely." This appears to be a misunderstanding of the intent of the bill. It does not give persons of any sexual orientation the freedom to commit sex crimes. 3
bullet 2005-FEB-01: ID: Idaho marriage amendment is in difficulty: Although Idaho has a Defense of Marriage Act which prevents same-sex couples from marrying, it is widely believed to be unconstitutional and thus subject to being overturned. In an attempt to strengthen the prohibition of same-sex marriage, an amendment to the sate constitution has proposed. According to Focus on the Family, "...both the House and Senate must approve the amendment with a two-thirds majority for it to make it to the voters on the 2006 ballot. At this time, there are enough votes in the Senate to kill the amendment on the floor." Six Democrats and six Republicans are planning to vote against the bill. 4
bullet 2005-FEB-11: Sweden: Pastor acquitted of hate speech: Aake Green, a Pentecostal minister in Sweden had been convicted under an anti-hate speech law after he delivered a sermon in church which denounced homosexuals as a "a deep cancer tumor on all of society." He linked it to pedophilia and bestiality. Prosecutor Kjell Yngvesson argued that Green "expressed disdain for the homosexuals as a group. He compared the sermon to a racist shouting out the Nazi salute 'Sieg Heil'." An appeals court overturned Green's 30 day jail sentence, saying: "The purpose of making agitation against gays punishable is not to prevent arguments or discussions about homosexuality, not in churches or in other parts of society."
bullet Ralph Toerner, a priest of the Holy Catholic Church said: "This indicates that the justice system works, and that it gives a certain amount of protection to us who preach God's word...But at the same time, I think this should be a warning signal to preachers overall, that they shouldn't use such coarse language when talking about something sensitive. The Christian faith is not about judging people."
bullet Nystroem, a spokesperson of the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education said: "To say these things in a public setting is to call for action [against gays]. It's one thing to be against homosexuality, but when you're urging people to take action in the way he did, it's a completely different matter."
bullet Swedish Archbishop Karl Gustav Hammar calling the sermon "a miserable theology." He said: "It's not a question of the freedom of the pulpit. The sermon was evidently sent out to the media to create a reaction."
bullet 2005-FEB-23: Worldwide Anglican Communion splits over treatment of homosexuals: In 2003-OCT, The Lambeth Commission on Communion was created to find ways in which Anglicans can agree to disagree by preventing schism of the Communion over the question of homosexuality. On 2004-OCT-18 the Commission's 92 page Windsor Report was released to the public. It called for dialogue, sensitivity to each other's beliefs, attempts to reach compromises over homosexuality, while striving to keep the Anglican Communion united. 1,2

At a meeting of almost all of the heads of the 38 Anglican Provinces (national churches), the primates, in effect, rejected the Windsor Report. They decided to ask the the Episcopal Church, USA and the Anglican Church of Canada to withdraw from the Anglican Consultative Council until the next Lambeth Conference of 2008. This is the key body which facilitates contact among the 38 provinces.

In effect, the primates have ejected the two North American churches from worldwide Anglican Community. The Anglican Communion survived internal conflicts over human slavery, the morality of birth control, equality of treatment of women. But it seems to have not been able to survive an internal conflict over its treatment of homosexuals. More information.

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  1. "Supreme Court Sidesteps Gay Adoption Case," Associated Press, 2005-JAN-10, at:
  2. "Illinois House passes gay rights bill," Associated Press, 2005-JAN-11, at:
  3. "Covenant News," 2005-JAN-12, mailing list. Their home page is at:
  4.  Mona Passignano, "Idaho Marriage Amendment in Jeopardy," CitizenLink, 2005-FEB-01, at:
  5. "Swedish Pastor Acquitted After Anti-Gay Sermon," Associated Press, 2005-FEB-11, at:

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Copyright © 2005 by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2005-JAN-12
Latest update: 2005-FEB-27
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