President George H.W. Bush served as a witness for a same-sex wedding last weekend. Bush, along with his wife, Barbara, were the official witnesses at a private ceremony for their close friends, Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen. The newlyweds posted a photo of Bush signing the witness papers on their Facebook page.
Anti-gay comments made by chairman of Italian pasta company Barilla has prompted an LGBT boycott of their products. In an interview, Guido Barilla said he would never feature a gay family in one of his commercials and emphasized traditional family roles and values.
For us the concept of the sacred family remains one of the basic values of the company. I would not [feature a gay family in a commercial] but not out of a lack of respect for homosexuals who have the right to do what they want without bothering others … [but] I don't see things like they do and I think the family that we speak to is a classic family.
When asked how he thought the LGBT community might respond to his comments, he added:
If gays don’t like it, they can always eat another brand of pasta. Everyone is free to do what they want, provided it doesn’t bother anyone else.
Despite some seemingly pro-gay comments made over the past few months, Pope Francis has defrocked an Australian priest allegedly for supporting same-sex marriage and supporting the ordination of women.