Gay Millionaires Tell Alabama It’s Too Bigoted for Their Money and Equality California endorses Hillary Clinton in 2016 presidential race

By Junior Mayema,

There are vulnerable members of the LGBT community who need that fund like LGBT Homeless youth, LGBT refugees and LGBT asylum seekers so instead of pouring millions on  barren grounds and wasting it, please donate it to people who need it most here is the entire story below :

http://www.advocate.com/politics/marriage-equality/2015/03/16/gay-millionaires-tell-alabama-its-too-bigoted-their-money?team=social

Gay Millionaires Tell Alabama It’s Too Bigoted for Their Money

A gay couple who fell in love at the University of Alabama planned to leave their formidable estate to their alma mater — but have changed that plan in the wake of Alabama’s resistance to marriage equality.

BY SUNNIVIE BRYDUM

MARCH 16 2015 5:06 PM ET

Elliott Mitchell (left) and Clark West

Elliott Mitchell (left) and Clark West

A pair of gay, married alumni of the University of Alabama have discontinued plans to leave their estimated $15 million estate to their alma mater because of the state’s — and by extension, the state school’s — refusal to embrace marriage equality.

Elliott Mitchell, now 65, and Clark West, now 60, met at the University of Alabama in 1972 and have been together ever since, reports AL.com, a website for several Alabama newspapers. The couple married in Hawaii in 2013, and they currently share a home in Sarasota, Fla.

Ten years ago the couple donated $1 million to their alma mater’s arts and sciences, business, and athletic departments. They had planned to leave their estate — estimated at $15 million accrued over a lifetime of professional success the couple shared as a real estate developer and mental health counselor — to the university.

After the university rejected the couple’s offer to fund a new community outreach center that would include programs for LGBT students, Mitchell and West wrote a letter to the school explaining their decision to remove their alma mater as the beneficiary of the couple’s estate, according to AL.com.

“We understand the conflict of well-intended people struggling to find balance with this issue,” the men wrote. “But, we also realize there is no support in the legislature or initiatives at the University to create a dialogue. Instead, there is a very strong and continued effort by the state and the majority of its citizens to exclude this group in every way possible.”

The prominent alumni even encouraged the University to share the couple’s story as a way to change hearts and minds in the traditionally conservative state.

“You are welcome to share our situation with anyone you believe will be helpful in encouraging Alabama to provide equality to all its citizens,” West and Mitchell wrote. “You have done it before and you can do it again. We do not want anything from you, just a recognition that all decisions have consequences.”

At the time, the couple received no response from the university.

When approached by AL.com, University of Alabama president Judy Bonner expressed gratitude for Mitchell and West’s “unprecedented generosity and support  for their alma mater.”

Noting that she “enjoyed several opportunities to talk with” Mitchell and West, Bonner’s statement concluded that “Elliott and Clark will continue to be valued members of the UA family, and we look forward to many years of working with them to make a difference in the lives of our students.”

But Mitchell and West told AL.com that kind words aren’t enough, especially when the state’s officials — who have a hand in distributing funding to the state school — have gone above and beyond to ensure that same-sex marriage is not respected in Alabama. Earlier this month, the state Supreme Court instructed all probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in direct defiance of a federal court order that struck down the state’s ban on marriage equality.

“We just have to assume that any legal arrangement or any financial arrangement would not be honored in Alabama,” Mitchell told AL.com.

That assumption is affirmed by the tragic story of Paul Hard, a gay man from Montgomery who was not allowed to see his husband in a hospital before his spouse died of injuries sustained in a 2011 car accident. Hard filed a federal lawsuit in February 2014 challenging the portion of Alabama law that prohibits recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

Mitchell and West said a fear of a similar fate keeps them from returning to the state where they fell in love, even for vacations. If a tragedy similar to Hard’s befell the couple, “after 42 years together, we would not be allowed to visit each other on our deathbed,” Mitchell told AL.com.

And here is another good news please endorse Hillary Clinton and please desist from endorsing the republican, they are evil and wicked people, they will bring us back to the stone age if they take the white house. Please read below :

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/03/equality-california-endorses-hillary-clinton-in-2016-presidential-race/

Equality California endorses Hillary Clinton in 2016 presidential race

LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, on Monday announced it was endorsing former Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.

Hillary Clinton

EQCA is the first major LGBT organization in the nation to endorse the former Secretary of State for President.

“We want Hillary Clinton to run and are ready to mobilize our 800,000 members to help her win,” said Equality California’s Executive Director Rick Zbur. “We’re enthusiastic about her candidacy because she has the best record of accomplishment on LGBT issues of any potential candidate. Equality California is ready for Hillary!”

In addition to announcing the group’s endorsement of Clinton, Equality California will kick off a campaign focused on engaging its 800,000 members across the state and country to build a diverse coalition of support for Clinton.

EQCA is the second largest LGBT advocacy group in the nation terms of membership.

 It is about time even people who are using religion to stop samesex couples from being able to get married are now being on the right side of history:

San Francisco’s Evangelical City Church Will No Longer Ask LGBT Members To Be Celibate

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/16/san-francisco-city-church-lgbt_n_6881442.html

EVANGELICAL

(RNS) A prominent evangelical Christian church in San Francisco has announced it will no longer ask members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender to remain celibate.

“We will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining,” senior pastor Fred Harrell Sr. and six board members of City Church, one of the largest members of the Reformed Church in America denomination, wrote in a letter emailed to members Friday (March 13).

The church, which claims about 1,000 attendees and meets at two San Francisco locations, has long welcomed LGBT persons to attend, but has required lifelong celibacy of those LGBT persons seeking membership.

“Imagine feeling this from your family or religious community,” the letter states. “‘If you stay, you must accept celibacy with no hope that you too might one day enjoy the fullness of intellectual, spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical companionship. If you pursue a lifelong partnership, you are rejected.’ This is simply not working and people are being hurt. We must listen and respond.”

City Church’s action places it in the ranks of at least two other large, urban evangelical congregations that have reversed their policies requiring celibacy for gay members. In January, both GracePointe Church in Nashville, Tenn., and Seattle’s EastLake Community Church reversed their celibacy policies.

The policy of many evangelical denominations and independent churches is that homosexuality is “incompatible” with the Bible and therefore cannot be tolerated among members, or the broader society.

Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, tweeted his displeasure with City Church on Friday, calling their decision a cave-in to secular society and “tragic.”

In Nashville, the pastor’s announcement of the change from the pulpit was greeted with a standing ovation.

But there have been costs, too. Giving, attendance and membership declined at GracePointe immediately after it changed its stance, and two board members at City Church have resigned, according to the letter.

Laura Turner, communications coordinator for City Church (and a blogger for Religion News Service), said City Church’s leadership spent nine months debating the new policy as well as reading the gospel, books by evangelical theologians and social science research.

“Churches are slowly coming to recognize that if God is bringing people to them who are LGBT they have to meet them where they are and not demand that they change,” Turner said. “Telling LGBT people they have to change before they can become Christians is leading to depression, suicide and addiction and we won’t do that anymore.”

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