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Austin, Texas Man Proposes To Partner In Church That Bans Gay Marriage – And Gets A Magical Reaction

Austin, Texas Man Proposes To Partner In Church That Bans Gay Marriage – And Gets A Magical Reaction

(AUSTIN,TX) A man surprised his partner with a proposal in front of the congregation of their church -even though their faith doesn’t recognize marriage equality.

Mr. Trevor Harper and his boyfriend Davis Covin have been a couple for nine years, and members of the First United Methodist Church of Austin for the past two years.

“That church has been, for us, really the first time we have really been able to live out loud as a couple,” Harper, 36, told BuzzFeed.

He knew there was no where else he wanted to propose to Covin, 30, when the two had been invited to share their faith story in front of their congregation.

 

And while the United Methodist Church doesn’t recognize gay relationships, this congregation sure does as the video shows-

“Your lifestyle, your sexuality, your choices, who you love — they don’t define your right to search out the faith that makes you feel whole,” said Harper later in a YouTube video. “You cant let your sexuality define your right to walk a spiritual walk.”

Harper and Coin hope by the time they get married in 2016, the United Methodist Church will recognize same-sex marriage.

 

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Corpus Christi residents charged with federal hate crime charges

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Corpus Christi residents charged with federal hate crime charges

(CORPUS CHRISTI, TX) Federal hate crime indictments were returned Monday against two Corpus Christi men accused of beating and torturing a gay black man back in 2012.

hate-crime-300x211 Corpus Christi residents charged with federal hate crime chargesIn the days after the alleged attack, the victim told KRIS6 News he was targeted because of sexual orientation and race. Per policy, we are not identifying the victim of an alleged sexual assault.

He detailed how he owed the men $5. The victim claims that even though he paid them the money, they still beat him, poured bleach in his eyes, stripped him naked and sexually assaulted him with a broom or mop and forced him to clean up blood in the home.

The victim says he was only able to escape several hours into the ordeal by jumping out a second story window.

Evidence presented by the FBI and the Corpus Christi Police Department led to the indictments against 32-year-old Jimmy Garza Jr. And 22-year-old Ramiro Serrata Jr for conspiracy to commit hate crimes, a hate crime violation based on race and color, a hate crime violation based on sexual orientation and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

If convicted, both face a maximum life sentence in federal prison.

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Transgender Woman Found Murdered In Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin’s LGBT+ community is mourning the tragic murder of a transgender woman found shot to death on her front door steps on January 22. It’s the city’s first murder of 2016, and the nations first murder of a Transgender woman for 2016.

The victim has been identified as Monica Loera. Austin Police Department are identifying the victim as a man.

rowell-256x300 Transgender Woman Found Murdered In AustinAccording to the police report, the victims roommate told police that Rowell “kept knocking on the door and Loera said ‘he was going to get rid of him because he didn’t want to mess with him.’ When the victim went to open the door, the roommate said he heard a sound like a firecracker and Loera said, ‘he shot me.’”

After the shooting, Loera was taken to the University Medical Center Brackenridge hospital “where she was pronounced dead from her injuries and the Travis County Medical Examiner ruled Loera’s death a homicide

Austin Police has arrested Jon Casey William Rowell in connection with her death.

Rowell is facing a charge of first-degree murder. His bond is set at $250,000.

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Teen Sex Offender Arrested For Assault Of Teen He Met At LGBT Event

An undocumented Hispanic male whom is a registered sex offender has been arrested in Austin for allegedly sexually assaulting a teen victim he met at “Out Youth.”

 

Jose Medrano, a 24-year-old sex offender has been arrested and charged sexually assaulting a boy who was less than 17-years-old at the time of the incident. According to court documents the incident occurred 2 years ago, when the victim was 15.

Officers were responding to a call about a sex crime in November 2015 when the victim came forward to tell police he had been in a consensual relationship with Medrano in which they had multiple sexual encounters for about two years. The relationship ended two years ago, the teen victim told authorities.

The two met at Out Youth, a Austin program for LGBT teens, and Medrano became his “mentor,” the teen told police.

Out Youth is an organization that “serves the Central Texas LGBTQ+ youth and their allies with programs and services to ensure these promising young people develop into happy, healthy, successful adults.”

Not on parole or probation Medrano who goes by the nickname “Bam-Bam” is reregistered on the state of Texassex offender list.

“Out Youth does not have a mentor program,” stated Aubrey Wilkerson, the organization’s director. “Medrano was never an employee or volunteer and none of the incidents described in Medrano’s arrest affidavit happened on Out Youth property.”

Austin police officers arrested Medrano on Monday, according to Travis County jail records. A bond of $50,000 has been set for the charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. An ICE Detainer has been placed on Medrano, jail records revealed.

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