Minnesota Minister Who Stood for Marriage Equality Trying to Save Church
May 29 2012 7:44 PM ET

Pro-LGBT Minn. Pastor Trying to Save Church

Trudy Ring

Supporters are trying to help a St. Paul church that lost many members over its pastor's endorsement of marriage equality.

Protest Against Homophobic Pastor Will Go On
May 25 2012 5:23 PM ET

Protest Against Homophobic N.C. Pastor Will Go On

Trudy Ring

Catawba County officials have decided to permit a protest against the Reverend Charles Worley, who called for placing gay people in a concentration camp–like setting.

Out Orthodox Jewish Rapper YLove Says It Got Better After Coming Out
May 23 2012 4:28 PM ET

Out Rapper Y-Love: It Got Better

Michelle Garcia

Rapper Y-Love came out earlier this month to Out. What did Orthodox Jews say around the Shabbat table?

Former Worley Church Goer Saddened But Not Surprised by Homophobia
May 23 2012 3:44 PM ET

Lesbian, Former Worley Church Goer Speaks Out

Michelle Garcia

A lesbian who has attended multiple sermons at Rev. Charles Worley's church in North Carolina since the 1980s said that the antigay pastor's violent words are typical of his views. "I recall, as a younger person, listening to those kind of comments on an occasion or two," she told journalist David Pakman. She added, "I'm saddened but I'm not surprised." After coming out, the woman said stopped attending services, but still has family members who frequent the Providence Road Baptist Church.

Antigay Pastor Charles Worley Spewed Hate in 1978
May 22 2012 6:57 PM ET

Surprised? Antigay Pastor Was a Homophobe In 1978, Too

Michelle Garcia

Decades before antigay pastor Charles Worley said lesbians and "queers and the homosexuals" should be rounded up, placed in camps surrounded by electric fences and left to die "so the won't reproduce," the pastor  described other violently homophobic acts against gay people during a sermon.

North Carolina Preacher Charles Worley Wants Gay People Put in Concentration Camps
May 21 2012 6:35 PM ET

N.C. Pastor Calls for Concentration Camps for 'Queers'

Neal Broverman

Pastor Charles Worley of Maiden, N.C.'s Providence Road Baptist Church recently told his congregation that lesbians and "queers" should be rounded up, placed in camps with electrified fencing, and left to die.

Former Priest Convicted to Trying To Hire Hit Man To Kill Boy Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault
May 19 2012 3:47 PM ET

Former Priest Convicted to Trying To Hire Hit Man To Kill Boy Who Accused Him of Sexual Assault

Jeremy Kinser

  John Fiala, a former Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy at gunpoint, has been convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill the boy, reports Dallas News.

Presbyterian Body Goes Against Court Ruling and Supports Minister on Gay Weddings
May 16 2012 5:07 PM ET

Presbyterian Group Rejects Court Ruling, Supports Minister on Gay Weddings

Trudy Ring

A Northern California Presbyterian body has refused to rebuke a minister for performing same-sex weddings.

Rand Paul Condemned for Laughing at Obama's Religion
May 14 2012 2:20 PM ET

Sen. Rand Paul Condemned for Laughing at Obama's Religion

Lucas Grindley

Sen. Rand Paul's joke last week that he didn't think President Obama's views "could get any gayer" didn't have Republicans laughing during the Sunday shows. Party chairman Reince Priebus told NBC's David Gregory on Meet the Press that he didn't want to see others following Paul's example. Then he went on to say the party as a whole supports amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Anti Gay Leaders Want Senate to Vote No on Historic Ex Gay Therapy Bill
May 12 2012 7:01 PM ET

Antigay Leaders Want Senate to Vote No on Historic Ex-Gay Therapy Bill

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Now that California's Senate Bill 1172 has passed the Judiciary Committee, it now goes to vote by the full Senate. The bill, introduced by Sen. Ted W. Lieu, would be the first the in nation to regulate so-called conversion therapy.

Lawrence O'Donnell Has History of Marriage Lesson for Right Wing
May 11 2012 3:56 PM ET

Lawrence O'Donnell Has History of Marriage Lesson for Right Wing

Lucas Grindley

MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell explains that contrary to what Tony Perkins and Mitt Romney say, the definition of marriage has changed quite a few times over the years. Social conservatives like Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, have grown accustomed to claiming that allowing same-sex couples to marry is "redefining" marriage and that redefining it alone is a radical step.

Watch Barney Frank and Chris Matthews Shred Tony Perkins on Antigay Views
May 10 2012 9:18 PM ET

WATCH: Barney Frank Shreds Tony Perkins's Logic

Lucas Grindley

Activists have been trying to keep Tony Perkins and his virulently antigay views off the airwaves, but when the leader of the Family Research Council went on MSNBC today he was met with a tougher opponent than usual — Rep. Barney Frank. Perkins made his usual rash of claims, including that kids are made gay because of immoral parenting, and that the purpose of marriage is to procreate. As a result, Perkins reluctantly admitted he doesn't believe same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt.