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BY RACHEL ZOLL
AP RELIGION WRITER
NEW YORK -- Facing a firestorm of protest, the prominent Christian relief agency World Vision on Wednesday reversed a two-day-old policy change that would have allowed it to hire Christians in same-sex marriages in the US.
The aid group sent a letter to supporters saying the board had made a mistake and was returning to its policy requiring celibacy outside of marriage "and faithfulness within the Bible covenant of marriage between a man and a woman."
"We have listened to you and want to say thank you and to humbly ask for your forgiveness," the agency said in the letter, signed by World Vision president Richard Stearns and board chairman Jim Bere.
Justin Washington, a 24-year-old former porn star known as Snow Bunni with Flava Works of Miami, has posted a video of himself four days after his AIDS diagnosis.
From Washington's post at The Lucky Star porn blog:
Prior to creating the persona or alias, “snowbunni”, I attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The common misconception of me is that I worked in the industry ongoing. In reality I traveled to Miami FL and “worked” in between scheduled breaks i.e. Christmas break, Spring break and the following entire summer. ...
When I say the Miami LGBTQ community took me fast, I’m being modest. I felt as if I was pulled in so many different directions I forgot to analyze any decision I made.
BY MESFIN FEKADU
AP MUSIC WRITER
NEW YORK -- Laura Jane Grace, who came out as transgender two years ago, says she's able to sing in a new, liberated voice on her band's latest album because she's no longer hiding.
Grace, 33, came out as transgender in 2012. She was born Tom Gabel and has performed as the lead singer of the Florida-based punk rock band Against Me! since 1997.
"This isn't the first time on an Against Me! record that I've written songs dealing with those feelings, but it's the first time that I think I'm able to be interpreted correctly or being able to be taken from the correct perspective," Grace said in a recent interview. "So there was a lack of frustration going into this record that's a really good feeling."
The band's sixth album, "Transgender Dysphoria Blues," is a concept record about a transgender prostitute. The album marked a chart high for Against Me! when it reached No. 23 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in late January.
"It's pretty self-explanatory," Grace said of the album's title. "I'm a person who's going through gender transition and a lot of the record was written leading up to the decision to embrace that and to go public with that — in my private life and in my public life."
The band is on an international tour that wraps up June 19 in Vitoria, Spain. Band member Atom Willard said Grace's honesty made the group stronger.
"Being passionate about what you're doing and what you're singing about and what you're playing is paramount to making the music good in my mind," the drummer said. "So really to get to the best performance and best recording and the best songs ... we're very likeminded about it."
Grace, who is married and has a 4-year-old daughter, said deciding to transition wasn't easy.
"I've dealt with gender dysphoria as early as I could remember," Grace said. "The decision to fully transition was something that took a long time to come to for sure. And it was something that I struggled with for a long time, but I got there at the end."
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BY ED WHITE
DETROIT -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday put an indefinite halt to gay marriage in Michigan while it takes a longer look at a judge's decision overturning a 2004 ban on same-sex nuptials.
The court granted the state's request to suspend a ruling by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman, who declared the voter-approved ban unconstitutional on Friday. Hundreds of same-sex couples in four counties were married Saturday before the appeals court stepped in with a temporary stay that had been set to expire Wednesday.
The 2-1 decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a victory for Attorney General Bill Schuette, who had pledged to rush to the U.S. Supreme Court if the court turned him down.
Judges Karen Caldwell and John Rogers said a stay is appropriate, especially because the Supreme Court ordered a similar time-out in January in a gay marriage case in Utah.
"There is no apparent basis to distinguish this case or to balance the equities any differently than the Supreme Court did" in Utah, Caldwell and Rogers said. "Furthermore, several district courts that have struck down laws prohibiting same-sex marriage similar to the Michigan amendment at issue here have also granted requests for stays made by state defendants."