WATCH: Houston megachurch pastor Joel O’Steen equates gays to drunks, drug addicts

We honestly thought Barbara Walters was going to ask Joel O’Steen whether he’s homosexual when she brought up the issue of an evangelical pastor in Georgia who recently came out (Jim Swilley) on Tuesday’s The View. She didn’t. But if O’Steen were gay, he says he would probably have to step down from Lakewood Church, even though he could still be a member: “We don’t have a sign at the door: ‘No gays, no drunkards, no people on drugs.’ We’re for everybody.” Well that’s great, pastor, because so is this!

—  John Wright

Out Takes presents awards for 2010

Out Takes Dallas celebrated its 11th season last week by presenting awards for its prior year of programming. Here are the winners:
Best Narrative Feature-Length Film: The New Twenty
Best Narrative Short Film: Gayby
Best Documentary (Feature or Short): Training Rules: No Drinking, No Drugs, No Lesbians
Best Lead Performance in a Feature-Length Film: Javier Cámara as Maxi in Chef’s Special
Best Supporting Performance in a Feature-Length Film (tie): Bernhard Bulling as Pascal/Ueli in Soundless Wind Chime and Manolo Cardona as Santiago in Undertow
Audience Choice: Training Rules: No Drinking, No Drugs, No Lesbians

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Audio: And next they’ll accuse us of plying Kate Gosselin with fertility drugs

Oh hell no, Focus on the Family! You are not going to pin TLC’s new heterosexual polygamy show on us:

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*AUDIO SOURCE: TLC Reality Show Highlights Polygamy [FOTF]

Wait, is the show making these connections or is Jeff Johnston (an “ex-gay” whose FOTF beat is most always LGBT issues)? Because in reality: Polygamy exists because human potential exists! Polygamous unions have a recorded history because recorded history exists! The possibility of polygamous marriage exist because a custom known as marriage exists — not because same-sex marriage in particular has proven itself to be a worthy civil reality! There is absolutely no need to invoke the fight for two-person marriage equality when talking about this complete other kind of relational setup.

In terms of legality: Any change to the way this or any other nation recognizes civil marriage is to be decided ON. THE. MERITS. OF. THE. INDIVIDUAL. CASE! Pro-polygamy activists have every right to contend in court, with their representative, and with the public at large. But their burden will be to present legally sound arguments that hold muster under constitutional law. Their basis will come from a “slippery slope” dating back to the discovery of sex and the creation of a civil marriage system, not back to 2003′s Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health!

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Oh, and considering TLC is the network of Sarah Palin and the Duggars, perhaps these social conservatives want to rethink their claims about TLC’s strategy of “pushing the envelope.”

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*EARLIER: We predicted they’d try to pin it on us: TLC’s slippery slope: Duggars lead to polygamy [G-A-Y]




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—  John Wright