from The Great Debate:

Obama mobilizes his New America

By Bill Schneider
January 22, 2013

There's a reason why President Barack Obama has chosen to put gun control at the top of his second-term agenda. No issue draws as bright a line between the Old America and the New America as the gun issue. It will keep his coalition mobilized – the New America coalition that delivered for him in the election: working women, single mothers, African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, Jewish and Muslim voters, young people, gays and educated professionals.

from Photographers' Blog:

Gay and out in China

June 1, 2012

By Aly Song

As society in China modernizes, its gay community is less mysterious and increasingly part of the country’s fabric, pursuing dreams and happiness like other citizens.

from Photographers' Blog:

The struggles of a gay military family

September 26, 2011

The United States became the 23rd of 26 NATO countries to allow military service by openly gay people last week. An estimated 66,000 lesbians, gay men and bisexuals are serving in the U.S. military, according to a recent study by UCLA’s Williams Institute. Many are still afraid to come out. I visited a gay military family to hear the story they are now able to tell.

from FaithWorld:

Daniel-in-lion’s-den moment for new Catholic archbishop of free-wheeling Berlin

By Reuters Staff
July 5, 2011

(St. Hedwig's Catholic Cathedral in Berlin, 20 June 2009/Beek100)

Like Daniel in the lion's den, Berlin's new Catholic archbishop met the media on Tuesday to face accusations he was homophobic and far too conservative for such a prominent post in the free-wheeling German capital. Rainer Maria Woelki, a surprise choice for the high-profile post, professed respect for gays, denied membership in the staunchly conservative Opus Dei group and said he did not come to Berlin to point a censuring finger at non-Catholics.

from FaithWorld:

U.N. rights forum proclaims equal gay rights, Muslims states object

June 18, 2011

(Delegates talk at the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva June 9, 2011/Denis Balibouse)

from FaithWorld:

Vatican tells U.N. that critics of gays under attack

March 22, 2011

Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican/Tom Heneghan

Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican/Tom Heneghan

People who criticise gay sexual relations for religious or moral reasons are increasingly being attacked and vilified for their views, a Vatican diplomat told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

from FaithWorld:

British Christian couple loses foster ruling over gays stance

March 1, 2011

london court

(The Royal Courts of Justice, 18 April 2003/Michael Reeve)

A British Christian couple opposed to homosexuality because of their faith lost a court battle in London on Monday over the right to become foster carers. The couple, who are Pentecostal Christians, had gone to court after a social worker expressed concerns about them becoming respite carers after they said they could not tell a child that a "homosexual lifestyle" was acceptable.

from FaithWorld:

UK to allow same-sex marriage in church – reports

February 13, 2011

samesex

(Bride and groom figurines on wedding cakes at Cake and Art bakery in West Hollywood, California June 4, 2008/Mario Anzuoni)

from FaithWorld:

France to renew tight bioethics limits, critics hit Catholic lobbying

February 8, 2011

ivf

(An in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure in Warsaw, October 26, 2010/Kacper Pempel )

from Oddly Enough Blog:

The creepiest photo of all time?

February 7, 2011

NFL-SUPERBOWL/

What's the matter, Blog Guy? You look very upset.

It's my eyes. I saw something I shouldn't have. Probably the creepiest photo I've ever seen in my whole life. The pain won't go away.