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[ANALYSIS] Sodom, Gomorrah, and the fate of gender equality

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:04 PM

At the heart of the resistance is the moral conviction that to be queer is not only strange, it is evil

CA Justice Bato supports same-sex marriage in SC application

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Two other Court of Appeals justices vying for a position at the Supreme Court express openness to the concept of same-sex marriage

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. Court of Appeals Justice Ramon Bato Jr expresses support for same-sex marriage, citing equal protection clause in his interview with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on June 25, 2019, for a justice position at the Supreme Court. Screenshot from JBC

SC applicant rejects same-sex marriage, says LGBTQIA ‘not minority’

Jun 21, 2019 - 2:55 PM

‘Why should the recognition and rights be given to them over and above what is given to other people?’ says law professor Jeremy Benigno Gatdula

JBC INTERVIEWS. Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) member former justice Jose Mendoza (left) interviews law professor Jeremy Benigno Gatdula for a position on the Supreme Court bench. Photo courtesy of the JBC

Jury convicts U.S. sex cult leader who attracted the rich and famous

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:51 AM

The US jury convicts Keith Raniere, who coerced a string of women into having sex with him as the charismatic leader of a life-coaching group he founded in New York state

FOUNDER. Photo from the Facebook account of Keith Raniere @keithraniereofficial.

Ecuador's highest court approves same-sex marriage

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:06 PM

LGBT and human rights activists erupt in celebration in Quito and the port city of Guayaquil, waving rainbow flags that symbolize the gay rights movement

APPROVED! People celebrate after the Ecuador's Constitutional Court approved equal civil marriage, in Quito, on June 12, 2019. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP)

U.S. arrests 1,700 'online child sex offenders' in two-month operation

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:05 AM

The US justice department says the 'Broken Heart' operation of April and May targeted people who make and distribute child pornography, as well as those who receive and download it

Botswana High Court decriminalizes homosexuality

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:38 PM

In a courtroom packed with activists, the judge emphasizes the current laws oppressed a minority of the population

Botswana to rule on scrapping anti-gay laws

Jun 10, 2019 - 10:48 AM

An unnamed applicant is challenging two sections of the code that threaten offenders with a jail sentence of up to 7 years

Hong Kong court issues landmark ruling on benefits for gay couples

Jun 06, 2019 - 1:12 PM

The judgment is the latest instance where the judiciary has found against the government and in favor of gay rights groups seeking greater equality

SAME-SEX RIGHTS. Same-sex couples attend an event to raise awareness of gay rights in Hong Kong on May 25, 2019, one day after Taiwan made history with Asia's first legal gay weddings. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Judgment reserved in Pell appeal against child sex conviction

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) The judges can decide to reject the appeal, order a retrial, or acquit Pell, the Catholic Church's most senior convicted child molester. There is no indication of when their ruling would be handed down.

GEORGE PELL. Australian Cardinal George Pell (L) is escorted into the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on June 6, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Australia's Cardinal Pell launches appeal against child sex conviction

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Cardinal George Pell arrives in court under heavy guard for the start of his appeal against his conviction for sex abuse

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell (C) arrives under heavy police protection for a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in Melbourne on July 26, 2017. Pell, a top advisor to Pope Francis, denied all charges of historical sexual abuse on July 26 at his first appearance in an Australian court over the allegations. / AFP PHOTO / Mal Fairclough

R. Kelly hit with 11 new sex crime charges

May 31, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Three of the charges are for the sexual abuse of a minor

Taiwan holds first gay marriages in historic day for Asia

May 24, 2019 - 8:24 AM

The weddings place Taiwan at the vanguard of the burgeoning gay rights movement in Asia

FIRST COUPLE. Taiwan's first gay couple Shane Lin (L) and Marc Yuan kiss outside the Household Registration Office in Shinyi district in Taipei on May 24, 2019. Taiwan's first official same-sex weddings kicked off in a landmark moment for LGBT rights in Asia. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

As #LoveWins in Taiwan, Filipinos weigh in on same-sex marriage in PH

May 18, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Is predominantly Catholic Philippines ready for same-sex marriage?

U.S. Catholic abuse victims sue to open Vatican archives

May 14, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The group wants Vatican to release 'all identities of thousands of offenders known exlusively and held in strict secrecy'

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

May 09, 2019 - 6:14 PM

Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican – but the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional

WARNING. On World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis warns against 'disinformation' and 'targeted distortion of facts' on the internet. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

U.S. 'sex slave' guru goes on trial in New York

May 08, 2019 - 7:59 AM

An American 'self-help' guru who allegedly ran a cult-like society of women sex slaves is undergoing in Brooklyn, and some of his former female supporters are the first to take the stand

COMPLAINANT.  Former television actress Catherine Oxenberg, whose 26-year old daughter India Oxenberg has been involved with NXIVM, speaks to reporters outside the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Filipino pastor takes new gay marriage fight to Hong Kong court

May 07, 2019 - 10:41 AM

An unprecedented legal challenge filed by the Filipino Reverend Marrz Balaoro turns the more commonly heard religious argument opposing gay marriage in Hong Kong on its head

PASTOR BALAORO. In this picture taken on May 5, 2019 Filipino Christian pastor Marrz Balaoro poses for a photo after an interview with AFP in Hong Kong. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Brunei won't enforce gay sex death penalty after backlash

May 06, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah says a moratorium on capital punishment that already applies to Brunei's regular criminal code would also extend to its new sharia code, which includes death by stoning for various crimes

PROTESTING. Gay activists shout slogans as they stage a protest in front of the Brunei embassy in Paris over the sultanate's new death-penalty laws for gay sex and adultery, on April 18, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

WATCH: Netflix's 'Sex Education' cast react to season 2 scripts for the first time

May 02, 2019 - 12:14 PM

School is back in session, and we can't wait for more 'sex ed!'

Film on Catholic priests using nuns as 'sex slaves' pulled

May 01, 2019 - 9:33 PM

The documentary 'Sex Slaves in the Catholic Church' has been pulled from the channel Arte, following a complaint by a priest

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

Co-founder of Sundance Film Festival pleads guilty to child sex abuse

May 01, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Sterling Van Wagenen faces between 6 years and life in prison

Secrets and crimes: Gay South Korean soldiers trapped in legal bind

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The South Korean military classes openly gay men in its ranks as having 'special needs' and campaigners say it actively pursues soldiers who have consensual same-sex intercourse with each other

ON DUTY. South Korean soldiers gather at Arrowhead Ridge, as a tactical road is built across the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the central section of the inter-Korean border in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, in South Korea on November 22, 2018. File photo by Kim Min-Hee / POOL / AFP

Ex-pope Benedict blames Church sex abuse crisis on 1960s sexual revolution

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The pope emeritus, who retired in 2013, blames the crises rocking the Roman Catholic Church globally with the fight for an 'all-out sexual freedom, one which no longer admitted any norms'

ROME - APRIL 2013: Pope Benedict XVI stepping down from his Popemobile after a procession into Easter Sunday Mass, in a crowded St Peter's Square, Vatican City - 24th April 2011 - Image

TV crosses a new sex frontier with 'Mums Make Porn' and 'Sex on the Couch'

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:42 PM

In France, daring TV shows range from moms making wholesome 'skin flicks' for their kids to couples sharing their 'sex lives' with sex therapists on camera

'Smallville' actress Allison Mack pleads guilty in sex cult case

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Allison Mack can face up to 40 years in prison for pleading guilty to recruiting women to join a cult-like society of 'sex slaves'

Pope Francis promises 'healing' of Church amid sex abuse scandal

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The Argentine pontiff issues stringent child abuse legislation for Vatican City employees as part of the Church's bid to address a wave of sex abuse allegations against priests

Worshippers reach out to Pope Francis (C) as he leaves the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Centre after celebrating a mass, in the Moroccan capital Rabat on March 31, 2019.  Fadel SENNA / AFP

Pope issues new child abuse legislation for Vatican City

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Anyone convicted of abuse must be 'removed from office' under the new legislation

JUSTICE. Pope Francis vows to never again ignore allegations of abuse. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

'Sex and The City' confirms TV series sequel

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:50 AM

'Is There Still Sex in The City?' – author Candice Bushnell answers this question in her new novel, which is also being made into a series of the same name

Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:03 PM

The tiny sultanate will implement the harsh new penal code – which also prescribes amputation of a hand and foot for theft – next Wednesday, April 3

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K-pop star Jung Joon-young arrested for filming and sharing sex videos

Mar 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The K-pop singer is arrested after apologizing for filming and distributing illicit sex videos without his partners' consent

‘On the Basis of Sex’ review: Beyond stereotypes

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:00 AM

'On the Basis of Sex' is quite a spirited biopic

Convicted French cardinal Barbarin to meet Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Pope Francis will grant the 68-year-old archbishop of Lyon a private audience at 10 am Monday, March 18

MEETING POPE FRANCIS. This photo taken on April 26, 2017 at St Peter's square in the Vatican shows Pope Francis (R) talking to Lyon's cardinal Philippe Barbarin at the end of a weekly general audience. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Convicted Australia cardinal sentence to be broadcast live

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Catholic clergyman George Pell faces a maximum 50 years in prison for assaulting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral in 1996-97

PELL TO BE SENTENCED. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way through members of the media to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

French cardinal convicted over sex abuse cover-up

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'I have decided to go to see the Holy Father to hand him my resignation. He will receive me in a few days' time,' Cardinal Philippe Barbarin says after the verdict

CONVICTED. In this file photo taken on April 03, 2016 Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Lyon, Philippe Barbarin leads a mass, in Saint-Jean cathedral in Lyon. File photo by Jeff Pachoud/AFP

Convicted Australian cardinal sued over alleged abuse

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Local media reports one alleged victim of Cardinal George Pell was upset the criminal case was dropped and planned to take civil action

Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. Australian Cardinal George Pell, who helped elect popes and ran the Vatican's finances, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes. CON CHRONIS / AFP

R. Kelly speaks up to deny sex abuse charges

Mar 06, 2019 - 4:10 PM

R. Kelly dismisses the sexual abuse allegations made against him, saying that they're all 'rumors' and 'not true'

France urges Vatican to act after envoy charged with sex abuse

Mar 01, 2019 - 7:23 PM

'I am waiting for the Holy See to assume its responsibilities,' French European Minister Nathalie Loiseau says when asked if Luigi Ventura should see his diplomatic immunity lifted

Vatican to open probe into Cardinal Pell over child sex abuse

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:56 PM

The investigation could result in a canonical trial and George Pell's eventual expulsion from the priesthood

VATICAN PROBE. Cardinal George Pell (C) makes his way to the court in Melbourne on February 27, 2019. Photo by Con Chronis/AFP

Vatican has 'utmost respect' for justice after Pell conviction

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes

CONVICTED. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

R. Kelly freed on bail, denies sexually abusing children

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:16 AM

R&B singer R. Kelly is released from custody after spending 3 nights behind bars for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse

Top pope aide Cardinal Pell convicted of child sex crimes

Feb 26, 2019 - 8:55 AM

(UPDATED) There is no immediate reaction from the Vatican, but George Pell maintains his innocence

CARDINAL PELL. Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on March 3, 2016. File photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope calls child sex abuse like 'human sacrifice,' vows 'all-out battle'

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:10 PM

But some victims are not convinced, saying that Pope Francis talks about the devil but not 'permanently excluding child rapists and abusers' from the Catholic Church

Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019, within the fourth and last day of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. (Photo by GIUSEPPE LAMI / POOL / AFP)

Singer R. Kelly, facing sex abuse charges, gets $1 million bail

Feb 24, 2019 - 12:39 PM

The singer surrenders on Friday to police after decades of allegations of sexual abuse

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Cardinal calls for global recognition of sex abuse in Catholic Church

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'The entire Church must take an honest look, undertake rigorous discernment, and then act decisively,' says Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias

'TAKE AN HONEST LOOK.' Indian cardinal Oswald Gracias (R) arrives for a grand mass in St Peter's Basilica ahead of a papal election conclave on March 12, 2013 in St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. File photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Sex abuse survivors describe horrors to world's bishops

Feb 22, 2019 - 7:02 AM

Quotes from the landmark summit at the Vatican on the protection of minors from video testimonies of survivors of clerical pedophilia relating their traumatic experiences

END ABUSE. Members of Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA), a global organization of prominent survivors and activists, hold a protest gathering on February 21, 2019 by the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, with the Vatican's St. Peter's basilica in background. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Cardinal Tagle at sex abuse summit: Bishops wound victims

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:25 PM

At a historic Vatican summit on sex abuse, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle hits a culture of cover-up 'to protect perpetrators and the institution'

HISTORIC SUMMIT. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the first presentation on February 21, 2019, the first day of a historic sex abuse summit convened by Pope Francis. Screenshot from Vatican News

'Concrete measures' on sex abuse needed, pope tells Vatican summit

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'We humbly and sorrowfully admit that wounds have been inflicted by us bishops on the victims and in fact the entire body of Christ,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the assembly

PRAYER. Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 21, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

Taiwan unveils long-awaited gay marriage bill

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:26 PM

(UPDATED) The bill by the cabinet is the Tsai administration's attempt to meet the court's demands for amendments while trying to respect the referendum result by not altering the Civil Code defining marriage as between a man and a woman

TAIWAN'S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE STRUGGLE. People take part in a rally in support of same-sex marriage near the Presidential Office in Taipei on November 18, 2018, ahead of a landmark vote on LGBT rights on November 24. File photo by Chris Stowers/AFP