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    US Group Urges Nations to Block Efforts to End Discrimination Against Gays

    Mark Phariss (L) clutches the hand of partner Victor Holmes as they talk to the media outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 12, 2014.
    Mark Phariss (L) clutches the hand of partner Victor Holmes as they talk to the media outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 12, 2014.
    Mariama Diallo
    Leaders of a new U.S. organization say the group will combat what they call a global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender agenda. Scott Lively of Defend the Family International and Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality unveiled the Coalition for Family Values at the National Press Club in Washington.

    Lively said the Coalition for Family Values wants what it calls "family friendly nations" to block efforts to end discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. “The LGBT agenda has already gone too far, but it’s still advancing,” he said.

    Among those nations he applauded is Russia. “As the 2014 winter Olympics come to a close in Sochi, Russia, we want to praise the Russian Federation for providing much-needed leadership in restoring family values in public policy, and to encourage the governments of the world to follow the excellent example of what the Russian government has said in 2013 and 2014 by banning LGBT propaganda to children and limiting the adoption of children to natural families only,” said Lively.

    At Friday's news conference in Washington, he said about 70 anti-gay activists and religious leaders from the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Brazil have so far joined the coalition.

    “Let us pray for healing for those who choose the LGBT path and within reason respect their rights to be wrong and their private lives, but let us not allow the LGBT political movement to transform the world in its own distorted image,” he said.

    Peter LaBarbera, of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, said American liberals do not care about religious teachings against homosexuality or protecting children from what the group says are efforts to normalize homosexual behavior and gender confusion.  

    “Children need a mom and a dad; and a homosexual partner cannot substitute for what a mom or a dad brings to a natural family,” said LaBarbera.

    Gay rights activists with the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance heckled the speakers. Ellen Sturtz was one of them.

    “I would like to stand for equality and stop the killing that’s going on in your name in Uganda and Russia,” said Sturtz.

    Lively has campaigned in the United States, Europe and Africa for laws against the gay rights movement.

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    by: faceless from: canada
    February 25, 2014 12:37 AM
    When will the bigots wake up? The hatred. And speaking of values? Haha.
    By the way trans persons used to exist 1 in 30000. Not to many yes? Well mother nature loves us so much she increased our birth rate 200x hahaha. Some of you hating mothers and fathers will soon have to deal with watching your trans daughter get raped assaulted by cis men. But I'm sure you will stand back and not take care of your own. Christianity is about love and acceptance. Not kill homosexuals and non whites.
    Oh well I'm sure one of you will be made a fool of when you pick up a hot trans girl. Or your preaching hatred and yet harbor your homo and trans kids. The reality of these day and ages is a rejoicement of ALL of gods creations. Of course you know better coz you and god talk yes in church. Yea he told you to hate. Yes your all phonies and time will prove most of you to be hyprocrates.

    by: Evv from: USA
    February 24, 2014 12:13 AM
    There are many USCitizens who praise the Russian community for standing firm against evil. Our country has lost it's way. I also wish to apologize for the arrogance of those who made fun of the preparation and hard work that went into hosting the Winter Olympic. I saw the closing only and thought it was truly magnificent.
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    by: Ian from: USA
    February 24, 2014 10:50 AM
    I like to add this as well,
    and a few years back Stalin was the only God and the Communist Manifesto was the only bible, your Russian communist friends would love to give you the one way ticket to hard labor camp in Siberia for believing in any God or Gods until you see your maker.
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    by: Michael Cowan from: United States
    February 24, 2014 3:21 AM
    a few years back your conservative friends with gladly murder you for being a communist sympathizer. Lucky for you progressives are here to protect your freedoms.

    by: ed from: nj
    February 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    From what I see from these posts from Africa...thank God the majority of Americans are a tolerant people. Live and let live. There are hundreds of millions of gay men and women on this planet.
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    by: Collins from: Nigeria
    February 24, 2014 7:55 AM
    Tolerant people you said? Then how come... "Gay rights activists with the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance heckled the speakers."? You don't like us in Africa becos we simply refuse to go against d law of nature. Problem wt ppl like you is that you think you are smarter than us in Africa. You think u could hide behind words, your govts & d so-called UN to bamboozle us into accepting d unthinkable. But even if 3billion ppl(half of d world's popn), including myself become gay today, that still does not mk it right! Pls live wt this fact.

    by: Hillary kemboi from: kenya
    February 23, 2014 12:07 PM
    let US respect our culture and virtures we do want sodomy &gomora behavior

    by: Anonymous from: Nigeria
    February 23, 2014 10:47 AM
    Thought all decent & right-thinking Americans hv all gone lily-livered in the face the sustained tyranny of a few but vocal gay activists. Now I know better. Keep it up, guys! Let your voice be heard for you are on the proper side of history.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    February 22, 2014 7:06 AM
    Thank God there is someone there who speaks out to save America. The present constitution of America geared toward promotion of darkness and doom is about to bring on end of the world starting from USA. It's not only Russia that has stood out against the American and European madness called gay right, many countries in Africa have made their stand firm to abrogate it. Even China is against it but lacks the spine to stand on its feet. We pray that Russia does not chicken out so soon, because it does not appear too strong to stand by what it preaches. Even now, just so that he doesn't incur a massive boycott of the winter Olympics, Putin almost yielded to pressure. That is not the character of someone to rely on to give the leadership. Now Russia took a right step in the right direction; will it stand firm in its rejection and condemnation of gay issues as it has stood behind its allies Iran and Syria against western meddle-mania? As the US threatens countries that reject gay rights with sanctions and withdrawal of aid, it behooves China to also threaten USA with withholding of loans to strangulate its operations if USA meddles in any country's affairs by trying to force them imbibe gay rights. What is needed to stem USA and Europe's field day threatening countries to accept gay rights is a strong political leadership which for now neither Russia nor China has proved to be able to afford. Only countries of South America have shown little audacity to confront USA, but that has been in other areas than gay right issues. But Africa (with the exception of South Africa) needs encouragement to sustain the fight against gay spread. For in the basic communities of Africa lies the hope to preserve the earth.
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    by: Ian from: USA
    February 24, 2014 10:34 AM

    A keen observer would always find this interesting human behavior quite common :
    "peoples who live in glass houses are typically the ones who up in arms throwing stones at others' glass windows the most yet never seems to touch their own.
    Let save one own country from barbarous female genital mutilation and butchering then eating human flesh before trying to save another country from gay and lesbians won't we!


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