Symon Hill, a Christian writer and associate director of the pro-gay Ekklesia think tank, is planning a three-week pilgrimage in the UK to make amends for his past homophobia.
He explained: “I was fine with homosexuality and bisexuality before I became a Christian in my late teens. But after my conversion, I thought that opposition to same-sex relationships was ‘part of the deal,’ even though my own sexual feelings had not been exclusively heterosexual (and still aren’t).
“This was partly out of a desire to fit in at the church I had joined. That church was very good in many ways, and had a very positive effect on me in other areas of my life, but I think they were severely mistaken about sexuality.
"I have become convinced that I was wrong.”
Hill will begin his 150-200 mile march in early June 2011, hoping to arrive in London just before the city's Pride march. He plans to speak at churches along the way, encouraging the Christian Church as a whole to repent for its homophobia and to think differently about sexuality.
Maybe he should make a pit stop in Rome ...
Christian writer’s pilgrimage to ‘repent’ of homophobia [Pink News]
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The US Senate has voted to keep the National Defense Authorization Act for further debate, failing to allow the bill to pass and bring an end to Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The vote: 57-40. Democrats needed a vote of 60 to take the bill to the next level, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was, in the end, only able to convince one Republican to vote with the Democrats.
The 60 vote supermajority is required in order to avoid a fillibuster by Senator John McCain, who has sworn to do everything in his power to prevent the repeal of DADT.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released a statement asking: "How many more personal and painful stories of discrimination must these lawmakers hear before they act to end this harmful policy?"
However, all may not be lost on the DADT front. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is asking the Senate and President Barack Obama to remain in Washington to “find another path for repeal." And Sens. Joe Lieberman, Mark Udall and GOP Sen. Susan Collins have all stated the possibility of introducing a bill specifically focused on allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to work openly. Senator Lieberman tweeted that a bill could be introduced before the end of the current Senate session.
There's light at the end of tunnel, keep your chins up, troops!
Senate blocks 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal [USA Today]
Gay leaders denounce Senate block on 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal vote [Miami Herald]