Confirmation students won’t join church, citing LGBTQ rules

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) | Eight middle-school confirmation class members have decided against joining an Omaha Methodist church in protest at the denomination’s renewed ban on same-sex marriage and gay clergy.

The eight were scheduled to become part of the congregation on April 28 at First United Methodist Church. But the class, comprising seventh- and eighth-graders, declined and issued a written statement instead.

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University of Nebraska drops homecoming king, queen titles in favor of ‘royals’

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The University of Nebraska at Omaha has named its royal homecoming pair, but don’t call them king and queen.

The school has joined a growing number of other schools around the county that are moving to gender-neutral homecoming courts to be more inclusive of transgender students.

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Nebraska man convicted of burning gay pride flag gets probation

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man convicted of burning a gay pride rainbow flag has been given two years of probation.

Online court records say 25-year-old Cameron Mayfield was sentenced Aug. 31. He’d been convicted of felony arson as a hate crime.

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Online petition seeks to save job of gay speech teacher

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Students, parents and alumni of an Omaha Catholic high school have signed an online petition calling for the school to reverse its decision to fire a teacher over his same-sex relationship.

The change.org petition seeks to save the job of Matthew Eledge, an English teacher and Skutt Catholic High School’s speech team coach. His team recently won its fourth straight state championship.

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Omaha songwriter releases CDs of gay love songs

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An Omaha songwriter is releasing two new CDs of love songs created for same-sex marriages.

Karen Sokolof Javitch says she wanted to make sure gay couples had some of their own love songs, so she wrote the songs for the “Women in Love” and “Men in Love” CDs.

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