Gay Men's Chorus Sings At Anti-Gay Ministry (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus sang outside Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 8 (video below).

The SFGMC performed in nearby Denver at the GALA Choruses Festival when it made a short trek to the headquarters of the anti-gay Christian ministry, notes Joe My God.

The groups sang a rendition of "If You Were Gay" from the Broadway musical "Avenue Q" in front of the ministry's sign on the property. It joined the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus and Out Loud: Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus for a performance at the Air Force Academy Chapel, marking the first time openly-gay choruses have performed at the venue.

In more religious news, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission released a new "Revised Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Public Accommodations Brochure" on July 8 in response to a church outraged by the 2008 brochure, reports The Associated Press.

The Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed a lawsuit on July 4 against the commission because the church believes the 2008 brochure tells churches to provide bathrooms for transgender people and somehow censored pastors from preaching against LGBT people.

The brochure is based on the Iowa Civil Rights Act, which does not allow for "unfair or discriminatory practice" in public accommodations.

The commission said the new brochure should make it clear that Iowa's anti-discrimination law does does not apply to places of worship. It also expressed its regret for any confusion from the brochure.

The brochure doesn't change the Iowa Civil Rights Act, which exempts "any bona fide religious institution with respect to any qualifications the institution may impose based on religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity when such qualifications are related to a bona fide religious purpose," notes ThinkProgress.

The lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of the church relied on the wording of the 2008 brochure, not the law itself.

Now that the brochure has been updated, it's not clear if the ADF intends to drop its lawsuit.

Sources: Joe My God, The Associated Press via ABC News, ThinkProgress / Photo Credit: SFGMCVideo/YouTube

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