Richard Nixon Argues Gays Are ‘Born That Way’ In Newly-Released White House Tapes

377869 37: (UNDATED FILE PHOTO) Portrait of 37th United States President Richard M. Nixon. June 17, 2002 is the 30th anniversary of the arrest of five burglars inside the Watergate complex in Washington, DC that eventually lead to Nixon being forced from office. Nixon died in 1994. (Photo by National Archives/Getty Images)

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US: Pastor who defied church to support gay son will attend White House pride reception

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A Southern Baptist pastor who defied his church to support gay rights will attend an event at the White House today.

Danny Cortez, who leads the New Heart Community Church in southern California, declared his support for same-sex marriage after his 15-year-old son Drew came out as gay, in spite of the teachings of the Southern Baptist Church.

His public support for gay rights and same-sex marriage contravenes the teachings of the SBC – the largest Protestant denomination in the US – which has in the past passed policy opposing homosexuality.

A statement from New Heart said: “As you know, the Cortez family has recently been under fire for reaching out to those in the LGBT community, who have been marginalized far too long.

“If you know Danny like we do, this is not out of character for him. He’s been standing in the gap, and seeking truth, and fighting for justice, and defending the widow, and loving the homeless

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Singapore’s ‘Pink Dot’ Gay Rights Rally May Be Protested By Religious Demonstrators In White

In this Saturday June 29, 2013 photo released by Pink Dot SG rally organizers, two men kiss at the annual Pink Dot SG rally in support of gay rights in Singapore’s Hong Lim Park. Singapore’s first openly gay politician, Vincent Wijeysingha, a member of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party says he believes Singapore’s government will someday be forced to abolish a law that criminalizes consensual sex between men. (AP Photo/Pink Dot SG)

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