WATCH: Houston megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen equates being gay to having an addiction

Houston mega-church pastor Joel Osteen spoke to Sally Quinn of the Washington Post  as part of the media tour hyping his new book Everyday a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week. Quinn steered the conversation towards Osteen’s recent appearance on Piers Morgan, and his statement that he would attend a same-sex wedding, but not perform one.  Osteen has gotten a lot of flack from the religious right for his willingness to attend attend a “homosexual wedding,” and it must be said that, in the world of mega-church leaders, his position is remarkably tolerant.  Unfortunately, Olsteen’s attempt at a middle-of-the-road response to Quinn’s question quickly steered toward the absurd:

“Somebody that maybe had this certain difficulty now, maybe in five years they’re not if we will love them. You know, I think one of the messages I speak on sometimes is, you know, we can love people back into wholeness. But sometimes we want to beat them down — you got this addiction and you shouldn’t have that, or you did this — I just don’t think that’s the best way.”

Yes, because being LGBT is just like having an addiction. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t hear much of a difference between “love away the gay” and “pray away the gay.”

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Rights Supporter Quinn Leads for Ill. Gov.

BILL BRADY PAT QUINN X390 (FAIR) | ADVOCATE.COMIllinois governor Pat Quinn, a gay rights proponent, holds a slim margin over antigay challenger Bill Brady with most ballots counted.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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ILLINOIS: GOP Gov. Bill Brady Gets Glee Treatment In Pat Quinn Ad


(Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

Joe. My. God.

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Quinn Wants Senate Marriage Commitment

New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn would like the marriage equality bill to get another vote more quickly than senate majority leader John Sampson seems willing to say.
Daily News

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Honoring lesbians who made history

In honor of Women’s History Month (today is the last day of the month, by the way), the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund made this video and posted it YouTube.

Check it out.

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