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Facebook Removed One Million Mom's Petition Against Gay Dads On Parents Magazine

Another one bites the dust for One Million Moms.

Last week, the Christian group raised a fuss after it realized that two gay men were on the cover of Parents Magazine. The cover included fitness trainer Shaun T. (of Insanity fame), husband Scott Blokker, and their one-year-old twins Silas and Sander. The inside of the magazine also included an interview with the dads about surrogacy and fatherhood.

After catching wind of this magazine issue, One Million Moms organized a petition to express their outrage at the gay inclusivity.

Related: These 7 Instagram Accounts Celebrate Gay Dads And Their Kids

“Parents is using its magazine as a platform to promote the pro-homosexual lifestyle. Even if families do not personally subscribe to the publication, they should be warned that it could be displayed in waiting rooms of dentist and doctor offices, where children could easily be subjected to the glorification of same-sex parents,” wrote the group.

Unfortunately, more than 10 thousand people signed that petition to express their disapproval. But fortunately, Faceboook isn’t having it.

According to On The Top Magazine, Facebook has removed the petition from its social media platform. As you can imagine, the organization is not happy.

“Facebook is trying to silence One Million Moms!” Monica Cole, the group's leader, said in an email to supporters. “Social media is a free resource we use to let our voice be heard and share our message, but Facebook is now censoring 1MM and Christian voices.”

“1MM can no longer rely on Facebook and other social media outlets to share our warnings and messages with others,” Cole added.

Cole says that the group has requested an appeal for Facebook’s decision. Hopefully, Facebook doesn’t listen.

h/t: On The Top

Conservative Christians Complain After AT&T Released A Commercial With Gay Fathers

AT&T has released a commercial advertisement which spotlights an interracial gay couple. The “Just OK” campaign argues that their products are built to excel, as opposed to their competitor’s “just ok” options.

The beautiful ad delivers this message by showing a gay couple leaving their children with a “just ok” babysitter. The babysitter quickly shows that she’s not up to the task of taking care of the children, and the couple become worried about her care. This is, of course, all meant to be received with a light laugh.

The AT&T commercial is inclusive and light without being too controversial or heavily political. That said, it seems like the very inclusion of a gay couple was too much for some folk.

According to LGBTQNation, a man named Peter LaBarbera, who’s also the head of hate group Americans For Truth, says the commercial is spinning a terrible story.

First, LaBarbera takes issue with the ad promoting an interracial couple in an argument reminiscent of the 1960s.

“Anyone with a pulse who watches TV should have noticed by now that the ad business is engaged in heavy-handed promotion of interracial couples. (It seems as if 90 percent are interracial.),” LaBarbera writes on the AfTAH website.”

“Even for everyday Americans like me who loathe racism and applaud such couples, the campaign is tiresome and condescending. As a friend told me the other day: ‘It’s as if in TV World, white people don’t marry white people anymore, and black people don’t marry black people.’ Irritating overkill from the ‘diversity’ scolds.”

So ultimately, LaBarbera is trying to condemn media for representing interracial relationships, but then tries to escape criticism by saying he “applauds such couples.”

But LaBarbera also has a problem with the fact that the couple are gay men too.

“Now throw sexual perversion into the mix,” he adds. “Hollywood and Corporate America have been working overtime for years to normalize homosexuality and gender confusion, and it’s only going to get worse.”

Honestly, we don’t want to give this man too much of a platform, so we’ll stop his ranting here. But unfortunately, it seems that he's not alone.

The YouTube video for the commercial has led to the congregation of anti-gay viewers since it's posting. While 219 people have liked the video, 255 have disliked it. In addition, the comments section is riddled with hateful messages.

 "MEN CANT HAVE BABIES SO THIS IS A FALSE AD" wrote one commenter.

"Two dads. Is this really necessary AT&T?" wrote another.

"Why offend 99% of the market to promote a special personal agenda ? Who is your Ad agency ?" shared a third.

But thankfully, not all of the commenters were anti-gay.

"Most of these comments are garbage (not surprising). Thanks for the subtle representation AT&T <3" penned one fan.

And instead of commenting further on the haters, we’ll just share the AT&T commercial again.

Again, the video is short and inclusive without being too heavy-handed, so we're almost surprised at the unnecessary hate. Almost.

But, we're too pleased at the support from AT&T to care. We should celebrate that. And we will.

h/t: LGBTQ Nation, Americans For Truth

Singaporean Lawmakers To Make Adoption Less Possible For Gay Couples

Singapore might change its adoption laws to block same-sex couples.

Back in 2013, a gay man from Singapore paid $200,000 to have a US woman become his surrogate and help him have a baby boy. Unfortunately, Singapore would not let the man legally adopt the boy for several years. The man was attempting to use a loophole to adopt a surrogate child from elsewhere, as surrogacy is illegal in the country, and give the child Singaporean citizenship that way.

But at the end of last year, a three-judge panel relented and saw that allowing the adoption bid would “increase the child’s prospects of acquiring Singapore citizenship and securing long-term residence in Singapore." Otherwise, the child would have been stranded and orphaned.

In the aftermath of that court battle, Singaporean politicians now want to make adoption laws stricter.

According to the South China Morning Post, the Minster of Social and Family Development was not pleased by the gay man’s workaround of the law.

“Following the court judgment, MSF (Ministry for Social and Family Development) is reviewing our adoption laws and practices to see how they should be strengthened to better reflect public policy,” said Minister Desmond Lee.

Ultimately, Lee, and like-minded politicians, want to thwart the growth of families run by same-sex couples. As such, they want to restrict adoption law to block “the formation of family units with children of homosexual parents through institutions and processes such as adoption.”

“While we recognize that there are increasingly diverse forms of families ... the prevailing norm of society is still that of a man and a woman,” said Lee.

Singaporean law still contains a colonial-era ban on gay sex, though prosecutions are rare. A slight majority still favors the law, according to an online survey conducted last year.

h/t: South China Gay News

Nickelodeon's "Double Dare" Included A Family With Two Dads

 A ‘90s classic just got a major modern update.

Earlier this year, kids’ channel Nickelodeon brought back the competition show Double Dare that originally ran from 1986 to 1993 (and briefly returned in 2000).

The family against family version of the series shows two parents and two kids competing in toss-up physical challenges. The winning team then receives control of the round and money for their final score. The host, YouTuber Liza Koshy, then asks contestants trivia questions. Each correct answer earns more money for their score and incorrect answers give the other team control.

The name of the series comes from the dare mechanic. A team in control can dare the other team to answer a question and double the monetary value. That team though can double dare for quadruple the original value.

But why are we talking about the series here? Because a recent episode contained a family with same-sex parents.

“This is one of those things that I hope won’t be a big deal soon, but right now I think it’s worth noting: A Christmas week episode of Double Dare featured a family with two dads competing, which I think has to be one of the first real-life examples of same-sex families on kids’ TV,” wrote game show expert Chad Mosher on Twitter.

Host Liza Koshy also commented on the moment by saying, “They love football and they love each other,” Koshy said. “They are team ’Double Dads.’ That’s right! It’s about time we had double dads on Double Dare!”

You can watch some of the moment down below.

India's Lower House Passed A Bill Blocking Same-Sex Couples From Surrogacy

The fight for LGBTQ rights continues in India.

India saw a major change in its law and culture this year. The country’s Supreme Court decided that the colonial era Section 377 in the penal code was unconstitutional. This thus legalized gay sex in the Asian country.

But just legalizing gay sex, and thus openly gay people/relationships, doesn’t give them any protections from anti-gay laws. This is a fact that has just been proven.

According to the Tribune, India’s lawmakers in the Lok Sabha passed a bill banning gay couples from becoming parents through surrogacy.

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 was passed earlier this week. The bill makes it so that only infertile couples who have been married for five years or more can seek surrogacy. As same-sex marriage is not legal in India, gay couples are out of luck. In addition, anyone who is found to violate this law will receive a fine of up to Rs 10 lakh (approximately $14,277).

The bill was drafted in 2016 by a group of Ministers run by Sushama Swaraj, the Minister of External Affairs.

“Surrogacy cannot be a fashion, hobby or a pleasure for actors who don’t want their wives to undergo labour or who already have biological children,
 said Swaraj. "Surrogacy must have a purpose. This Bill is in line with the Indian ethos.”

It was then Health Minister JP Nadda who introduced this bill to the lower parliamentary house, and Lok Sabha lawmakers debated for an hour before passing it.

The bill is set to discourage surrogacy and ensure that adoption is the choice for childless couples. India’s government says that there are about 20 million orphans and abandoned children in the country. Swaraj’s argument is that the bill was created with them in mind.

That said, many are critiquing the bill for excluding same-sex couples and single women.

“The focus on heteronormative couples discriminates against single people, same-sex couples. This, in spite of the recent Supreme Court judgement,” said global health and bioethics researcher Anant Bhan to News 18.

Queer India writer Harish Iyer also added:

“If the sole intention had been protecting the rights of surrogate mothers and to steer against making wombs-on-rent a norm, there would have been a plan to rehabilitate and integrate surrogate moms into our societal framework.

“There is no plan whatsoever in this direction. Instead, we get a bill that almost brings surrogacy to a standstill.

“If surrogacy is out of bounds for queer persons, has the government strengthened its policy for adoption by queer persons? The answer is a loud ‘no’. There are enough studies in the West that prove that queer persons make good parents, not as good as but better than heterosexual persons.”

h/t: Tribune, News 18, GayTimes

Andy Cohen Gets Mazel of the Year With Huge Announcement

On Thursday´s episode of Watch What Happens LiveAndy Cohen shared some exciting news--he's gonna be a daddy--and not the kind you think. Cohen, who is 50, during his final show of 2018 revealed the news that he will be having a baby via surrogate in front of the great lineup of Housewives guests: NeNe Leakes, Kyle Richards, Vicki Gunvalson, Ramona Singer, and Teresa Giudice.

During the announcement, Cohen shared:

Tonight I want to share a little personal news of my own. To the viewers at home, I call you my friends at home because we are friends. You have supported me through almost 10 years of live… This has been an incredible joyous journey with you all. I am grateful to be able to live my dream every day and grateful to you for coming along for the ride. And throughout it, I’ve always tried to be as transparent as possible about my life — I overshare and expect everyone to do the same. Tonight, I want you to be the first to know that after many years of careful deliberation, a fair amount of prayers and the benefit of science — if all goes according to plan in about six weeks time I’m going to become a father. Thanks to a wonderful surrogate who is carrying my future. Family means everything to me and having one of my own is something that I have wanted in my heart for my entire life. Though it’s taken me longer than most to get there, I cannot wait for what I envision will be the most rewarding chapter yet.

Nothing else has been revealed about Cohen´s upcoming bundle of joy.

Watch the clip here:

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Talk about having the Mazel of the Day! Congratulations to future papa, Andy Cohen!

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Israel's High Court Of Justice: Both Gay Parents' Names Must Be On Child's Birth Certificate

In a huge win for gay/lesbian parents, Israel’s High Court of Justice has ruled that the government cannot refuse to list both same-sex parents on a child’s birth certificate.

The decision, issued on December 12, comes as the result of a lawsuit filed by a gay couple who had adopted a son. 

According to The Times of Israel, when the two men tried to obtain a birth certificate with both of their names listed as the parents, officials at the Interior Ministry refused.

The court case was filed in conjunction with The Aguda, Israel’s LGBT Task Force, which advocates for gay rights.

The unanimous ruling, by a panel of three judges, noted the decision wasn’t just about the parents’ rights but the child’s right to be recognized as the couple’s son.

“The principle of ‘the good of the child’ argues for the recording of his entire family unit,” wrote Judge Neal Hendel, “and doesn’t permit us to limit ourselves to only one of his parents in the birth certificate."

"The contrast with the treatment of a child adopted by a heterosexual couple, who has the right to have both adopted parents written in a birth certificate, is a contrast that applies both to the child and to the parents," Hendel added. “It is unreasonable for the couple to be [legally] recognized as parents but for the certificate not to give expression to that fact.”

The high court decision orders the Interior Ministry to issue a birth certificate with both fathers’ names.

The Times of Israel notes that the ruling could affect two more LGBT parenting cases soon to arrive in the High Court of Justice.

One regards a lesbian couple suing to have both of their names on their child’s birth certificate even though only one woman has a biological link to the child, and the other concerns a transgender man who wishes to have his standing on his child’s birth certificate changed from ‘mother’ to ‘father.’

(h/t The Times of Israel - photo credit: Ted Eytan/Flickr - CC License)

New Study Created Healthy Mice Offspring From Two Same-Sex Parents

Researchers are using mice to decipher the natural laws of mammal reproductions. The latest research on this topic had a massive breakthrough.

According to Forbes, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences conducted a study to find out the challenges that have stopped mammals of the same-sex from being able to reproduce. More specifically, they were wondering why mammals are forced to reproduce through sexual reproduction when other species can reproduce by themselves or by changing their own sex.

"Although animals have 3 different reproduction modes, termed as asexual reproduction, unisexual reproduction and sexual reproduction, mammals can only undergo sexual reproduction. We were interested in the question of why mammals can only undergo sexual reproduction." said Qi Zhou, a senior author of the paper (which was published in Cell Stem Cell).

The results of the study created healthy mice from two mothers that were then able to produce healthy offspring themselves.

The way that they got those results was to use embroyonic stem cells (ESCs), which were haploid meaning they had half of the genetic material of a normal cell. This was to reflect the sperm or egg that a single parent would create.

Those ESCs were then altered through gene editing and then injected into the egg of a different female mouse.

After creating 210 embryos, the scientists were able to produce 29 healthy mice offspring. These 29 mice were able to mature properly and produce healthy offspring on their own.

That said, this is only the first stage in the research process for these scientists. The reserachers now plan to go back and dissect the imprinting modifications to ensure the survival of the offspring and any future generations.

After hearing of this research, there will surely be pushback and outrage. Many will claim that this research is playing with the laws of nature, but there are many reasons that the scientists are conducting the research. The first reason is to understand more about the reason mammals can’t asexually or unisexually reproduce. Then, there are potential benefits like understanding how to prevent infertility.

"One reason is to understand better how fertilization and embryonic development work. That could help understand and prevent some forms of infertility, as well as understanding (perhaps) the origins of some congenital diseases," said Hank Greely, Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences and Professor of Law at Stanford University.

That said, LGBTQ readers may see another reason to support this research. It could eventually (and we’re talking decades here) “lead to the development of ways for same-sex couples to reproduce healthy children of their own,” according to Dr. Teresa Holm, a member of the University of Auckland’s Molecular Medicine and Pathology department.

Of course, she also told Telegraph that there are “significant ethical and safety concerns that would need to be overcome.”

While this is alarming and surprising news, it could lead to greater advances in health and fertility amongst humans. But, it will most assuredly cause controversy and conflict as well.

h/t: Forbes, Telegraph

Tom Daley Says He Once Felt Inferior Because He Was Gay

Tom Daley is talking about fatherhood, losing his own father, and the self-acceptance that being a father has brought to his life.

While in an interview with radio program Desert Island Discs with host Lauren Laverne, in part to promote his upcoming surrogacy documentary, the Olympic swimmer and YouTuber shared that he grew up feeling insecure about his sexuality. To younger Daley, being gay was wrong because it was socially unacceptable.

“To this day, those feelings of feeling less than, and feeling different, have been the real things that have given me the power and strength to be able to succeed," he told the radio host.

But, he now says that fatherhood has changed that dynamic in him.

Daley, and husband Dustin Lance Black, announced earlier this year that they would be having a baby through surrogacy. Then the little boy came into their life in June.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While Daley has already grown to be comfortable with his sexuality, the need to raise a little human being has made him forget about all the little troubles. This includes even his passion for sports.

‘If you had asked me last year, it was all about 'I need to win a gold medal,'" he said.

“You know what, there are bigger things than Olympic gold medals. My Olympic gold medal is Robbie.”

During the interview, Daley also shared that he named his son Robbie after his own father who died a year before the London Olympics. Robert Daley was always supportive of Tom and wanted to be in the front row to support his son in London.

"I couldn’t say to him 'you’re not going to be around to be on the front row dad,'" he said.

“I was holding his hand as he stopped breathing and it wasn’t until he’d actually stopped breathing and he was dead that I finally acknowledged he wasn’t invincible.”

It’s that loss and also that lesson on how to be a loving father that has guided Tom Daley in his first few months of fatherhood.

We hope for happy days for this father and his son.

Lesbian Couple Sues French Government After Being Denied Right To Name Their Son Ambre

A lesbian couple in France was blocked from naming their son Ambre.

According to French news source The Local, a lesbian couple from Brittany region’s Morbihan department was upset in January when the government banned them from naming their baby boy “Ambre.”

Ambre is the feminine version of the French word Ambroise meaning mortal. Despite the gender of the word being recognized as female, very few women are given this name in France. Due to this, the couple thought it right to give their son the name.

Unfortunately for them, the registrar reported them to a prosecutor who didn’t agree with their decision, according to Telegraph. This prosecutor said that naming the boy Ambre could confuse and harm the child. The reasoning being that it’s a girl’s name.

In France, names are often changed and altered to be gender-specific. For instance, a girl will be named Jean and a boy will be named Jeanne. In addition, French parents used to pick names for their children from a government approved list of “prenoms,” according to the Local.

While that original list has since been thrown away, the government still interferes if they think the name chosen by parents is potentially harmful to their children.

Back to the two mothers, they sued the government, with the help of the gay parents association Les Enfants d'Arc-en-Ciel, and initially won the case with the judge saying there were no ground for rejecting the name. Then in July, the decision was appealed. The retrial is now set for next year.

"Society is very unfair, it lets ridiculous first names pass," said one of the mothers to French news sources.

The retrial is set for April, 2019, and the baby’s name is legally in limbo until then.

h/t: The Local, Telegraph

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