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Catholics choose anti-gay, conservative pope

The Roman Catholic Church has announced their new pope, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina. The 76-year-old took the name Pope Francis and is the first pope born in the Americas, the first from the southern hemisphere and the first Latin American chosen for the role.

Bergoglio, while cardinal, strongly opposed Argentina’s legalization of same-sex marriage in 2010, calling it a “real and dire anthropological throwback.”

“Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God,” Bergoglio wrote during the debate. “We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”

He is also against adoption by gay and lesbian people, calling it discrimination against children.

Bergoglio is also against the distribution of contraceptives, abortion and euthanasia, all of which are inline with Catholic beliefs


Boy Scouts poll members on gay stance

The Boy Scouts of America is sponsoring a survey asking participants if the ban on allowing gay members and leaders is acceptable. The questions include targeted scenarios, such as, “Is it acceptable or unacceptable for an openly gay Boy Scout to share a tent with a heterosexual boy on an overnight camping trip? Is it acceptable or unacceptable for a lesbian to serve as a den leader for her son’s Cub Scout den?”

The survey is being distributed to 1.1 million Scout leaders, alumni and volunteers. Other questions include, “Do you believe the current policy prohibiting open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders is a core value of Scouting found in the Scout Oath and Law?”

Some of the questions ask how participants feel concerning gays and lesbians. For example: “The current Boy Scouts of America requirements, stated above, prohibit open homosexuals from being Scouts or adult Scout leaders. To what extent do you support or oppose this requirement? (Scale: Strongly support, Somewhat support, Neutral, Somewhat oppose, Strongly oppose.)”

Most Americans believe marriage equality is inevitable

More than 60 percent of Americans believe full marriage equality in the U.S. is inevitable, according to a study by LifeWay Research. The survey was conducted by a Nashville polling firm with ties to the Southern Baptist Convention, a conservative organization that opposes marriage equality. The poll said 64 percent of Americans believe marriage equality will soon be the norm.

Married gay men live longer, study finds

Gay men who are in gay marriages live longer than single gay men, according to a new study that looked at the Danish population.

“Our study expands on century-old knowledge that married people generally have lower mortality than unmarried and divorced persons,” lead author Dr. Morten Frisch, a professor of epidemiology at Aalborg University, wrote. From a public health viewpoint it is important to try and identify those underlying factors and mechanisms.”

The study was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology looked at the mortality rates of 6.5 million Danish adults who were in relationships. The rates of mortality for married gay men has been steadily decreasing since 1996 and is now lower than that of unmarried and divorced straight men.


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