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Bigots get the brush-off in a landmark Boy Scouts vote

YESTERDAY, in the face of strong opposition from religious groups, the Boy Scouts of America voted to lift a century-old ban on openly gay scouts.

More than 60 percent of the group's National Council, comprised of some 1,400 delegates, voted in favour of scrapping the ban with effect from January 1, 2014.

But a prohibition on openly gay adult leaders remains in place.

Sacked lesbian minister sues Methodist Church

WHAT has been described as “messy, gritty” courtroom battle has erupted in South Africa over the dismissal of a lesbian Methodist minister after she told her congregation of her decision to marry her partner.

Ecclesia de Lange, according to this report, was sacked by the Methodist Church because she married another woman before the church had taken a decision on gay marriage, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.