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By Mark Satterlee | October 12, 2009
The Oct. 3 column, “Church stood up for its beliefs,” by Michael Arvizu is very one-sided and biased. I have two questions for him. Did he talk to any other Episcopalians besides the Rev. Rob Holman and his congregation? And, has he ever talked to any gays and lesbians, especially those who are Christians and specifically Episcopalian? Contrary to Arvizu’s opinion, it is the Episcopalian church that is courageous and has taken a very “unpopular” stand by becoming the first and hopefully not the last Christian denomination to accept women, gays and lesbians completely.
FEATURES
By Rabbi Joshua Grater | July 25, 2008
Anglican leaders prohibited openly gay Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson from speaking at the Lambeth Conferences, a decennial gathering of Anglican bishops held recently in Canterbury. It was feared that Robinson’s presence would draw too much attention away from the goals of the conference. Robinson has criticized his peers, saying that such an action contradicts the teachings of the Anglican church itself — to serve all people. What does your church teach about reaching out to gay and lesbian communities, and does your church offer such a ministry?
NEWS
July 14, 2000
Alexa Capeloto GLENDALE----Dana Cagle just ended her term as president of the Glendale Religious Leaders Assn. and now it looks as though her congregation will be saying goodbye as well. Cagle is pastor at Glendale's Metropolitan Community Church, a nondenominational Christian congregation composed mostly of gays and lesbians. The church owns property on Riverdale Avenue but is preparing to sell it and move out of Glendale. Cagle said the cost of owning and maintaining property has become too prohibitive for the 40-member congregation.
NEWS
April 23, 2013
I read with some skepticism of Zareh Sinanyan's change of heart in the matter of the disparaging YouTube comments he had made a few years ago ( Zareh Sinanyan admits racist remarks, expresses regret ,” Ron Kaye, April 21). I am glad he finally came clean, but it is hard to forget his cowardly and juvenile behavior during the election - not admitting yet not denying, turning around to his supporters during a City Council meeting and telling them, about Laura Friedman, that “she is lying.” I also am an Armenian.
FEATURES
February 10, 2007
A study of more than 5,000 leaders in Conservative Judaism commissioned by the Jewish Theological Seminary found that about two-thirds of the movement's leaders favored the ordination of gays. What are your thoughts on the ordination of gay men and women? Is this study significant to you in the context of your own faith? I feel that I can't judge members of the gay and lesbian community, since it can be very difficult for a heterosexual to fully understand the needs and lifestyle of a homosexual.
NEWS
October 4, 2010
Mailbag: City needs to invest in safer driving The female pedestrian who was hit by a car on Brand Boulevard last week is a friend of mine. Her injuries were very serious and included a fractured pelvis and a broken elbow. I doubt that the driver's insurance company will accept “I didn't see her” as a valid reason for the collision and its subsequent expense. Ultimately, the responsibility for injuring a pedestrian lies with the driver of the car. Although police officers have plenty to do already, it would seem that enforcement of safe driving practices is worth the investment of public funds.
NEWS
February 28, 2002
Before we get too far into debating whether ROTC will stay at Crescenta Valley High School or move to Glendale High School, let's be clear about what exactly ROTC has to offer. ROTC, being part of the U.S. Department of Defense, adheres to the same policy as the DOD when it comes to nondiscrimination guidelines. This means that gay kids, who refuse to lie about their identity by pretending to be straight, are refused admission to the ROTC. So how does this play out?
NEWS
May 19, 2008
Hateful letter must not go unchallenged The vitriol of hate oozing from every paragraph in Martik Abramian?s letter (?We need a day of awareness instead,? Mailbag, May 13) is sadly depraved and deeply hurtful. (Nearly as appalling is the News-Press? decision to dignify this speciously prejudiced screed by printing it.) Abramian?s homophobic diatribe cannot go unchallenged; that blatant discrimination against gays and lesbians is advocated is a line of thinking that must be vigorously rebutted.
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December 30, 2013
Organizers of the Rose Parade are defending the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's plans to hold a same-sex wedding on its float amid criticism and complaints posted online. The float, titled “Living the Dream: Love Is the Best Protection,” was created to celebrate victories in 2013 for gay-marriage advocates, including Supreme Court decisions upholding the repeal of California's Proposition 8 and striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, according to the Los Angeles Times .   Foundation spokesman Ged Kenslea said the organization supports legally sanctioning same-sex marriage because it encourages more stable relationships as well as behavior that will prevent the spread of HIV.   “We believe that marriage saves lives,” he said.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | June 26, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Wednesday that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and reopened the door to gay marriage in California provoked mixed reactions among area religious leaders. Some who have already embraced same-sex unions - Pastor Amy Pringle of St. George's Episcopal Church in La Cañada Flintridge and Pastor Bill Thomas of Burbank's Little White Chapel - said the decision helps them fulfill a mission to treat all parishioners equally. But for conservative clergy like Pastor Bryan Griem of Montrose Community Church and Pastor Jon Barta of Valley Baptist Church in Burbank, the high court rulings represent a challenge of core religious beliefs.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 19, 2013
The man accused of brutally murdering a Glendale resident earlier this year did so because the victim was gay, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday. Hachik Maskovian, 28, was arrested April 26, two days after the body of Joshua West was found beaten and with multiple gunshot wounds on a street in Sun Valley. Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said Wednesday that West, 33, was killed because he was gay, prompting the hate crime allegation.
NEWS
April 23, 2013
I read with some skepticism of Zareh Sinanyan's change of heart in the matter of the disparaging YouTube comments he had made a few years ago ( Zareh Sinanyan admits racist remarks, expresses regret ,” Ron Kaye, April 21). I am glad he finally came clean, but it is hard to forget his cowardly and juvenile behavior during the election - not admitting yet not denying, turning around to his supporters during a City Council meeting and telling them, about Laura Friedman, that “she is lying.” I also am an Armenian.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 22, 2013
A cast of six singers with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles shared stories of facing discrimination and finding hope with Glendale High students on Tuesday during a sneak peak of a new musical to debut Feb. 1. The personal testimony and intimate performances brought huge applause from the hundreds of students who attended the event. The chorus reached out to Glendale High to perform part of their new musical in conjunction with the It Gets Better Project, an organization that promotes positive messages for lesbian, gay and transgender youth.
NEWS
By Gary Huerta | May 17, 2012
WARNING: I am about to render an opinion on gay marriage. It may be unsuitable for audiences who are unwilling to entertain a rational debate. But before I dive into yet another liberal rant, it might be good to preface my opinion with some thoughts about rhetoric and steadfast beliefs. Rhetoric and unbending will destroy the ability to have a proverbial “aha” moment where an opinion can be expanded or changed and perception can grow. It's unfortunate that we have become a nation of sound bites and slogans.
THE818NOW
May 16, 2012
The Grove shopping mall in Los Angeles has banned boxer Manny Pacquiao over comments he made about gay marriage, but the boxer said he was misquoted. "Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao, we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance," the Grove said in a statement. Officials from the Grove -- which is also owned by Americana at Brand developer Rick Caruso -- did not return immediate calls seeking additional comment.
THE818NOW
May 16, 2012
Boxer Manny Pacquiao has been banned from the Grove shopping mall -- which along with the Americana at Brand is owned by devolper Rick Caruso -- because of comments he made about gay marriage. In an interview with National Conservative Examiner, Pacquiao addressed President Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage. "God's words first ... obey God's law first before considering the laws of man," Pacquiao told the Examiner. "God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married," the boxer is quoted as saying.
NEWS
By Jason Wells and Megan O'Neil, Times Community News | May 9, 2012
Local gays and lesbians on Wednesday applauded President Obama's public support of same-sex marriage, calling the announcement a pivotal moment in their fight for equality. In explaining the “evolution” of his view on gay marriage over the last several years, Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts that “at a certain point, I've just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” His statements in support of same-sex marriage were the first for a sitting U.S. president.
NEWS
May 9, 2012
Saying it was his "sincere hope that marriage equality will soon become the law of the land," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) today applauded President Obama's announcement in an interview with ABC News that he supports the right of same-sex couples to marry. In explaining the “evolution” of his view on gay marriage over the last several years, Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts that “at a certain point, I've just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” His statements in support of same-sex marriage were the first for a sitting U.S. president.
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