Netanyahu condemns his minister’s remarks on LGBTQ conversion therapy

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ABOVE: Benjamin Nentanyahu talks to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer during a 2011 interview. (Photo by IsraelinUSA, courtesy of Flickr)

JERUSALEM (AP) | Israel’s prime minister is condemning remarks by his education minister in favor of “conversion therapy,” a controversial psychotherapy technique that seeks to turn LGBTQ individuals into heterosexuals.

Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Twitter that Rafi Peretz’s statements are unacceptable and “do not represent my government’s position.”

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California man pleads not guilty in killing of gay student

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) | A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Nov. 9 to the murder of a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime.

Samuel Woodward, a 21-year-old from Newport Beach, California, entered the plea during a hearing in Orange County Superior Court.

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Police say Israeli Pride Parade targeted by 2015 attacker

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Jerusalem (AP) — Israeli police say an extremist ultra-Orthodox Jewish man in prison for a deadly attack on last year’s annual Jerusalem gay pride march has plotted another attack on this year’s march.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said July 21 that police thwarted the plot by Yishai Schlissel and arrested his brother, Michael, as an accomplice.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Rachel Silverman and Abby Nicholson

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Newlyweds Abby Nicholson, the preventative director for Hope & Help of Central Florida, and Rachel Silverman, an assistant professor at Embry Riddle, recently tied the knot after six years together. They met in Tampa while Rachel was finishing her PhD.

“We met at a Halcyon concert, and we had mutual friends,” says Abby Nicholson. “I proceeded to very politely stalk Rachel and convince her she should give me the time of day.”

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Lesbian rabbi to become president of reform group

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As a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in the 1980s, Denise L. Eger lived away from other seminarians. She quietly started a group for fellow gay and lesbian students, but held the meetings in another borough. By the time of her ordination, she was not formally out of the closet, but her sexuality was known, and no one would hire her. Later, she took the only job offered, with a synagogue formed expressly as a religious refuge for gays.

Since then, the Reform Jewish movement — Rabbi Eger’s spiritual home since childhood — has traveled a long road toward recognizing and embracing same-sex relationships. That journey has led this week to Philadelphia, where she will be installed on Monday as the first openly gay president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the rabbinical arm of Reform Judaism.

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Jewish congregations move to include gays

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jane Tausig and her partner were Conservative Jews who came out late in life.

But back then, in 2000, the movement had not yet caught up with them.

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Israel OKs gay Jews to immigrate with spouses

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it will now allow Jews to immigrate to Israel with their non-Jewish same-sex spouses.

In a directive publicized Aug. 12, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Saar told immigration authorities not to differentiate between married gay and straight couples.

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