Clay Aiken’s political opponent dies suddenly

Democratic primary candidate Keith Crisco, who was in a contest still too close to call with former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken, died suddenly at his home on Monday. According to news reports, Crisc...

5 LGBT things for you to know today, April 7

1. Gay “American Idol” runner-up turned politico Clay Aiken leads in yesterday's Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat in North Carolina, but it's too close to call as of Wednesday morning. Aiken leads by le...
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[Video] Another anti-gay N.C. pastor makes an ass of himself

Charles Worley

Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C., is about to feel the wrath of the internet. The somewhat inaudible, backwoods preacher man has an idea for dealing with gays and lesbians in the wake of President Barack Obama's announcement of his support for same-sex marriage. Spoiler alert: Worley is an ass.

“I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers but it couldn't get it passed through Congress," Worley says in an epic rant suitable for "Deliverance."

"Build a great, big, large fence, hundred or hundred-fifty mile long, put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified til they can't get out. Feed em' and you know what, in a few years they'll die out. Do you know why? They can't reproduce.”

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Outspoken: Joe Biden, CM Punk, Caroline Kennedy and more…

“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”

— Vice President Joe Biden on Meet the Press, touching off debate over whether he had gone beyond President Obama, who does not support gay marriage but has said his views are “evolving.” (Meet the Press, May 6)

“There are few things in life more important than being able to marry and build a family with the person you love. This fundamental right should be available to all Americans, including gay and lesbian couples.”

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[Video] N.C. amendment banning gay marriage a win for LGBT equality?

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Southerners on New Ground, which is based in North Carolina and Atlanta, created a video to say it and its members are not defeated by the passage of Amendment 1. The state constitutional amendment states that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

S.O.N.G. works to empower LGBTQ people living in rural areas of the South on such issues as immigration rights and transgender non-discrimination says instead that Amendment 1 unified all people in the state to fight for LGBTQ equality as well as form a movement to work for the rights of all disenfranchised people.

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Meme of the week: Redneck Randal ain’t no homo

Redneck Randal reminds me of a guy I went to high school with who used to walk around saying, “I ain't gay, I drive a truck” or “I ain't gay, look at these arms” as he would flex his biceps in an attempt to impress all of the guys around him.

Yes, bicep size is an indicator of sexual orientation, but I'm sure you knew that already.

While the Redneck Randal meme has mostly picked on the stereotype of a southern, inbred NASCAR fan that likes to speed date at family reunions, this Redneck Randal meme highlights the backward views of marriage equality that some 60 percent of North Carolina voters expressed yesterday when they voted to enact Amendment One.

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N.C. student petitions to overturn Amendment One

Not even 24 hours old and already activists in North Carolina are pushing to have Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, overturned.

Some 60 percent of North Carolina voters supported Amendment One on the ballot.

Jenn Halweil, a North Carolina college student, has taken matters into her own hands and has created a petition on Change.org calling for one million people to demand the state supreme court overturn the constitutional amendment.

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Meme of the week: Scumbag N.C. preacher

Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., made quite the stink this week when an audio transcript of one of his recent sermons was made public. In the audio, Harris said, among other vile things, "Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok?"

Harris was preaching on the sanctity of marriage and the immorality of the homosexual lifestyle.

Harris continued, "And when your daughter starts acting too butch you reign her in. And you say, ‘Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.’"