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.

Thousands Sign Message Condemning Antigay Preacher Sean Harris
May 07 2012 7:00 PM ET

10,000 Christians Sign Petition Against Preacher Who Advocated Punching Kids

Neal Broverman

A group called Faithful America is circulating a message that condemns antigay pastor Sean Harris, who advocated punching gay-acting children in a recent sermon.

Watch Entire Antigay Speech from North Carolina Pastor Sean Harris and Decide for Yourself
May 04 2012 8:11 PM ET

See for Yourself: N.C. Pastor Unleashes Hour-long Sermon Against Gays

Neal Broverman

The complete video is out, but take an aspirin before listening to the angry diatribe of preacher Sean Harris.

Methodists to Maintain Antigay Teaching
May 04 2012 2:23 PM ET

Methodists Vote to Keep Antigay Teaching

Trudy Ring

Conference delegates voted to keep the doctrine that being gay is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

NC Preacher Who Advocates Beating Gay Kids I Was Joking Sort Of
May 02 2012 2:42 PM ET

Preacher Was Kidding? He Told Church to Beat Gay Kids

Neal Broverman

Virulently antigay North Carolina preacher Sean Harris took a half-step away from comments he made on Sunday where he told his congregation to attack young boys who act effeminate.

North Carolina Pastor Advocates Punching Gay Acting Children
May 01 2012 7:33 PM ET

Preacher: Beat Up Your Gay-Acting Kids

Neal Broverman

The words of a homophobic North Carolina preacher are reverberating around the Internet today, following a sermon in which he advocated physically assaulting toddlers with "limp wrists."

Joel Osteen Does Not Hate Gays Just Thinks We Are Sinful
April 30 2012 3:29 PM ET

Joel Osteen: Gays Are Sinners, But I'm Not a Basher

Trudy Ring

The Houston megachurch pastor says that believing homosexuality is a sin doesn’t mean he’s a “hater” or a “basher.”