Pope Francis celebrated mass on the occasion of years of Christianity in the Philippines, in St. Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which advocates for greater acceptance of gays in the church, predicted the Vatican position would be ignored, including by some Catholic clergy. Francis has endorsed providing gay couples with legal protections in same-sex unions, but that was in reference to the civil sphere, not within the church. Those comments were made during a interview with a Mexican broadcaster, Televisa, but were censored by the Vatican until they appeared in a documentary last year. While the documentary fudged the context, Francis was referring to the position he took when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires. At the time, Argentine lawmakers were considering approving gay marriage, which the Catholic Church opposes.
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The Sapporo District Court said sexuality, like race and gender, is not a matter of individual preference, therefore prohibiting same-sex couples from receiving benefits given to heterosexual couples cannot be justified. The court was hearing a case brought by three same-sex couples who were seeking government compensation for the difficulties they had to suffer from not being able to legally marry. The court declined to financially compensate the plaintiffs. Nevertheless, activists say the ruling is a major victory that could influence similar court cases and help their efforts to push for parliamentary debate and changes to the law to allow same-sex marriage. He said the government seeks to achieve a society more tolerant to diversity, but did not say how it would respond to the ruling, except that it will watch pending court cases. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs said they planned to appeal the ruling, because it did not hold the government responsible for the damages sought. Japan is the only country in the Group of Seven — a group of major industrialized nations — where same-sex marriages are not legal.
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Yet the June uprising by young gays, lesbians and transgender people in New York City, clashing with police near a bar called the Stonewall Inn, was a vital catalyst in expanding LGBT activism nationwide and abroad. What unfinished business remains? From the perspective of veteran activists, the progress has been astounding.
If you subscribe to the Celluloid Closet theory of LGBT representation — that straight homophobia and internalized homophobia alike were perpetuated by pop culture's total erasure or, if anything, horrific representation of gay people pre-'90s — then you probably think that The Real World 's premiere on MTV should mark the moment when the world started to change. The show was born during the tail end of George H. They would make mistakes, or they would be uncomfortable, or they'd have to figure out how to get along. They'd say things that weren't appropriate.