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Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by "small-minded rules" about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Criticizes Church Emphasis On Abortion, Gays

Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by “small-minded rules” about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception.

09/19/2013

Pope Francis salutes the crowd as he arrives for his general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on September 18, 2013. (Photo by AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI)

Pope Francis: ‘It Is Not Possible to Interfere Spiritually’ in Lives of Gay People

During a lengthy interview with America magazine, Pope Francis made several comments about homosexuality, following the headline-grabbing statements he made on the subject earlier this year.

09/19/2013

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Pope Francis: ‘Who Am I to Judge’ Homosexual Priests?

In an historical move, Pope Francis made a comment that supports homosexuality in the priesthood, stating that he will not judge clergy members for their sexual pasts.

07/29/2013

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Pope Francis: ‘Who Am I to Judge’ Gay Clergy?

Pope Francis is reaching out to gays, saying he won’t judge priests for their sexual orientation, in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returns from his first foreign trip.

07/29/2013

As the hub of the Soviet Union, Russia was reviled for rights abuses by many U.S. conservatives during the Cold War. Now some are voicing support and admiration as Russian authorities crack down on gay-rights activism. ( YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/GettyImages)

Some US Conservatives Praise Russia’s Anti-Gay Bill, Crack Down

As the hub of the Soviet Union, Russia was reviled for rights abuses by many U.S. conservatives during the Cold War. Now some are voicing support and admiration as Russian authorities crack down on gay-rights activism.

07/01/2013

President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a White House official said Monday.  (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

Gay Rights Disputes May Taint Obama Africa Tour

President Barack Obama’s trip to Africa next month may result in a stark juxtaposition between the growing power of the gay rights movement in the U.S. and the criminalization of homosexuality throughout the African continent.

05/31/2013

Domina beats a submissive man at a dungeon party during the DomConLA convention in the early morning hours on May 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif.(credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

APA: Happy People Who Have Sexual Fetishes No Longer Have Mental Disorder

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) no longer classifies sexual masochism, fetishism, transvestism, and sadism as mental disorders.

03/14/2013

Distinctive American cultural values have -- often considered negative to many Europeans -- have receded in recent years. (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Study: American ‘Values’ More European Since First Obama Term

Although a transatlantic cultural gap still exists on certain issues, many Americans have started to think more similarly to Europeans since the beginning of President Obama’s first term.

12/05/2012

Screen shot of Caiden Cowger's website. (credit: caidencowgerprogram.webstarts.com)

Teen Claims On Radio Show That Obama ‘Is Making Kids Gay’

A teenage conservative radio talk show host believes President Obama is making kids gay.

06/08/2012

File photo of a homeless person. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Homeless Youth: The Next Battle For Gay Equality

There are tens of thousands of homeless youths across America who are LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Most are on the streets because they have nowhere else to go — outcasts who leave home after being rejected by family members or flee shelters because residents bully or beat them.

03/08/2012

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