What’s Brewing: Youth pastor at anti-gay church says he had sex with boys to purify them

 

Brent Girouex

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. A former youth pastor at an anti-gay church in Iowa is charged with 60 counts of sexual exploitation after he told police he molested young males to purify them in the eyes of God. Brent Girouex, 31, of Victory Fellowship Church in Council Bluffs, said he wanted to help the victims with homosexual urges by praying while they had sexual contact with him, according to police. “When they would ejaculate, they would be getting rid of the evil thoughts in their mind,” Girouex allegedly told authorities. In 2010, Victory Fellowship Church used its website to call on people to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices who voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Read more on Girouex’s church from Truth Wins Out.

2. Speaking of “ex-gay” therapy, Exodus International now claims its iPhone app isn’t designed to cure people of homosexuality. The group’s statement comes in response to a petition by Truth Wins Out — which now has more than 127,000 signatures — calling on Apple to remove the ex-gay app from the iTunes store.

3. A homophobic new ad (screen grab above) for the Brazilian liquor Cachaça Magnifica suggests that parents might need a strong drink after discovering their son is gay. Who the hell comes up with this shit? Answer: Agência 3, Rio.

—  John Wright

HRC Urges President to Support Marriage Equality

Following two appeals filed today by the U.S. Department of Justice in support of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Human Rights Campaign urged President Barack Obama to support marriage equality for all Americans. In December, the President said that his views were “evolving.” Today, HRC is calling on him and his Administration to take the next step and embrace full marriage equality for all Americans.

“All families deserve the recognition and respect of their government,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “It’s time for him to help lead the American public toward full equality for all Americans. We ask him to fully recognize the dignity of LGBT Americans and their families by supporting marriage equality.”

Earlier today, the Department of Justice filed a brief appealing two federal court rulings that found DOMA to be unconstitutional. The Administration claims that it has a duty to defend the laws that are on the books, despite the President’s public statements denouncing DOMA as discriminatory. We disagree. At the very least, the Justice Department can and should acknowledge that the law is unconstitutional.

Now is the time for the President to stand firmly against bigotry and discrimination in our laws and for the full inclusion of our community in marriage.

After the Department of Justice filed the brief in federal court today, HRC issued a nation-wide action alert to its 1.3 million members and supporters asking them to urge the President to support marriage equality.


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Rep. Mike Pence, Values Voters Presidential Straw Poll Winner, Attacks ‘DADT’ Repeal, Urges Defense of ‘Traditional’ Marriage

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Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) won the presidential straw poll at the Values Voters Summit this weekend. On Friday, before the poll was taken, Pence gave a speech attacking "Obamacare" and other Democratic measures, as well as repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Pence also said "traditional marriage" must be protected.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

Politico reports:

"Pence, the GOP's Conference Chairman, won 24 percent of the vote, Huckabee 22 percent and Mitt Romney came in a more distant third, taking 13 percent of the vote at the annual conference of social conservatives. Newt Gingrich took 10 percent for fourth place and Sarah Palin came in fifth place with 7 percent., Straw poll participants also cast the most votes for Pence as their Republican vice-presidential pick, giving him 119 votes and Sarah Palin 112. Pence's victory here will offer his presidential hopes a burst of attention. The Hoosier, first elected to the House in 2000, has visited some of the traditional early primary states and is headed back to Iowa to keynote the banquet of a cultural conservative group next month. He faces an easy re-election this fall and, if he doesn't seek the presidency, may run for governor of Indiana in 2012."

Said Pence to "Values Voters": "To those who say that marriage is not relevant to our budget crisis, I say that you would not be able to print enough money in a thousand years to pay for the government that you would need if the family that continues to collapse."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP

Pence advocates for not repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":


On protecting life and defending traditional marriage:



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