Gay Lenol Sat, 18 Sep 2021 13:23:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gay Lenol 32 32 British Christian watchdog warns Welsh pastors could face prosecution under ‘conversion therapy’ ban Sat, 18 Sep 2021 11:17:15 +0000

A Christian watch group is warning that the Welsh government has admitted pastors risk prosecution for its proposed law to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’ in Wales.

According to Christian Concern, a draft government LGBTQ + action plan that was released in July will ban “all aspects” of sexual orientation change therapy, or what is often derisively referred to as “sex therapy. conversion ”.

Some British Christians see this plan as a threat to pastors’ religious freedom and would not allow them to counsel members of their flock who have unwanted same-sex attractions.

In the government’s recently released equality impact assessment on the plan, the watchdog noted: “A proposal in the draft plan to ban conversion therapy practices may restrict religious freedoms. and put religious leaders at risk of prosecution.

Since the Welsh government cannot make criminal law, Dr Carys Moseley of Christian Concern assumes the government wants people to be able to report religious leaders to police for ‘hate incidents’.

Moseley also cited a section of the integrated LGBTQ + impact assessment. A section on religion and belief says:

“The LGBTQ + Action Plan sets out our ambition to be the most LGBTQ + inclusive country in Europe. This means that we must pursue systemic cultural change and move forward in creating an inclusive LGBTQ + Wales. LGBTQ + people have the right to feel safe at home, at school, in the workplace and in the community at large. This includes supporting faith communities to include LGBTQ + people. “

“The Welsh government does not have direct powers over human rights issues such as religious freedom, so it is clearly pushing the boundaries here by offering ‘support’ to those who would attack Orthodox Christianity,” said Moseley. “He should really maintain a neutral stance.”

Moseley is warning Welsh pastors to wake up and take a stand against the proposed law.

“The long and short of it all is that the process of this Welsh government consultation cannot be trusted. The consultation involves an attack on religious freedom and the rights of singles, threatening to send responses to the police, sowing confusion about the law, and pure cronyism, ”he wrote.

“Welsh pastors need to wake up and realize that they could be in danger of prosecution just because they faithfully do their job. It is time to stand up and step back for the Kingdom of God,” Moseley concluded.

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LGBT veterans with non-honorable time off will get VA benefits under new plan Fri, 17 Sep 2021 22:03:42 +0000

Tens of thousands of LGBT veterans forced out of the military because of their sexual orientation and given unworthy leave will be able to receive full veterans benefits despite their dismissal status under new ruling which will be announced on Monday.

The change comes as the country nears the 10th anniversary of the repeal of the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that forced nearly 14,000 servicemen out of the ranks for admitting their sexual orientation.

But the impact of the new VA announcement goes beyond those individuals, to potentially include troops who served before and after the law who may have received poor performance reviews or intimidated into leaving the military because of their service. LGBT status.

Outside advocates estimate that as many as 100,000 over the past 70 years may have been unintentionally separated from the military because of their sexual orientation. Data on the number of non-honorable leaves received is not available.

According to sources familiar with the pending announcement, VA officials are planning a series of reviews of these veterans’ cases, with a presumption in favor of granting them benefits unless the records give a clear reason for s ‘oppose it.

The announcement to be released on Monday – the anniversary of the DADT repeal – includes VA Secretary Denis McDonough, saying department officials have the power to grant these people full VA benefits if their case justifies it, whatever the exit status.

People with dishonorable dismissals or a clear criminal history documented in their service record will still not receive benefits under the new plan.

The “don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy was in place from 1993 to 2011. It prohibited members of LGBT services from discussing or publicly acknowledging their sexual orientation, with a penalty of dismissal from the ranks if the truth was discovered. Before that, all LGBT people were completely banned from service.

For years, gay rights advocates have noted that before and during the establishment of the DADT policy, many military commanders with prejudices against LGBT troops often issued dismissals for misconduct to such people – citing issues such as poor fitness reports or poor performance – to cover up fanaticism or frustration related to sexual orientation issues.

This subsequently prompted VA staff to deny these veterans benefits as their documents did not show honorable release status.

The new ruling will extend VA medical care, disability benefits, employment assistance and other benefits to people previously stranded due to non-honorable leave.

Ministry legal officials believe the change will not require any new legislation or policy statements, as the ministry already has broad powers to interpret which veterans are eligible for ministry services.

White House officials are expected to mark the anniversary of the DADT repeal with an event on Monday. The exact timing of VA’s announcement is unclear. VA officials declined to comment on the pending news.

Veterans with non-honorable releases can apply for a status upgrade, but this process often takes years and has been criticized by outside groups for being too cumbersome. VA’s new initiative effectively circumvents this process, quickly granting benefits to individuals, even if their review process is unresolved.

Joe Biden was vice president when President Barack Obama signed the repeal of DADT. As president, Biden is committed to making all government agencies more inclusive for minority and under-represented groups.

When McDonough took office as secretary in February, he pledged to make the department a place that “welcomes all veterans, including women, veterans of color and LGBTQ veterans.” In June, authorities announced their intention to offer transgender surgeries for the first time in departmental hospitals.

Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, DC since 2004, focusing on policies relating to military personnel and veterans. His work has earned him numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk Award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism Award, and the VFW News Media Award.

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Why Washington Is Worried About Stablecoins Fri, 17 Sep 2021 20:06:12 +0000

Stablecoins might be the most ironically named innovation of the cryptocurrency age, at least in the eyes of many regulators and policymakers in Washington.

These digital currencies promise to maintain their value, which is usually tied to a government currency like the dollar or the euro, by relying on stable financial support like bank reserves and short-term debt. They are exploding in popularity as they are a convenient and inexpensive way to transact in cryptocurrency. Stablecoins have grown from a virtual non-existence to a market of over $ 120 billion in just a few years, with most of that growth in the past 12 months.

But many are built more as slightly risky investments than the dollar and penny cash they claim to be. And so far, they’re slipping through regulatory loopholes.

The rush to oversee stablecoins – and industry lobbying to avoid regulation or side with profits – could be the most important conversation in Washington financial circles this year. How officials deal with the thorny questions about a relatively new phenomenon will set the precedent for a technology that is likely to endure and develop, effectively writing the first draft of a rulebook that will govern the future of the industry. money.