An Episcopal congregation in Queens was in for a big surprise recently when their priest Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, came on pulpit to give Sunday sermon and announced that he is gay. The shocked congregation was further informed that he is divorcing his wife and marrying a younger man.

Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, is the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, On a Facebook post this week, the Cuban-born prelate announced that he got married in a Los Angeles church.

“I’m in Miami Beach with my new husband. God is good,” he wrote in a caption of a picture on the beach.

According to the New York Post, many parishioners have severed ties to the church after Quevedo-Bosch came out. Many are opting to attend Mass at a satellite church a few blocks away.

“Most of the people aren’t coming anymore,” an elderly woman told the newspaper. “Because he’s homosexual, people have stopped coming.”

However, there are many people in the largely Hispanic congregation who are supporting their priest, especially after he publicly offered to resign, the woman added. A petition was circulated to urge him to stay.

Saturday services have been canceled and attendance continued to dwindle down, the Post reported.

While talking to the Post, Quevedo-Bosch would not answer questions about his former wife Adria or their divorce. He revealed very little about his new marriage to the unidentified man.

“I am aware that there have been concerns regarding my divorce and subsequent remarriage and have been in touch with my bishop and my congregation about them,” he said.

Bishop Larry Provenzano, head of the Long Island diocese, which includes Queens, told the Post that he has been in touch with Quevedo-Bosch “as is customary in personal matters that involve divorce and remarriage.” He said the priest has his full support.

“Priests who wish to enter into same-gender marriage are approved to do so in the Episcopal Church and in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island,” Provenzano said.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Episcopal Church voted to allow same-sex marriage in the church.

In a Twitter post last week, Quevedo-Bosch said he would be keeping his personal and professional lives separate.
 

A business mogul, Dr. Henry Ekow Manly-Spain, has charged young Ghanaian people to adopt an entrepreneurial attitude in order to generate income for themselves and desist from depending solely on government for employment.

He pointed out that with the right attitude young graduates could put their talents into effective use to earn a living instead of forming graduates unemployed groups.


“As young people you have so much potential and energy which can be channeled into income generating ventures rather than allowing yourselves to be used to foment troubles during elections and other activities,” Dr. Manly-Spain advised.

Dr. Manly-Spain made the above statement when he delivered a talk on the topic: ‘Creating your wealth, the untold story’ during the Koforidua Diocesan 11th Biennial Delegates Conference 2015 at Mpraeso Bethel Methodist Church, Ghana in the Eastern region on Saturday, 25th July, 2015.

The conference was on the theme: “Upholding the Spirit of Self-giving as a witness to Christ and holistic spirituality.”

According to Dr. Manly-Spain, the days when the youth looked up to government for employment was long gone stressing that there is the need to strive for innovation and creativity in their field of endeavours.


He averred that it has become absolutely clear that government was saddled with so many responsibilities, and can, therefore, not create employment for every young person hence the current unemployment rate in the country.

‘It is clear that over dependency on government for employment is the reason for high rate of unemployed youth in the country. This calls for attitudinal change,” Manly-Spain added.

To this end, Dr. Manly-Spain challenged the youth to set up their own businesses and employ others.

Mr. Manly-Spain indicated that young people needed to be focused if they wanted to be successful entrepreneurs.


Taking his turn to address the conference on the topic; “Youth in Politics, Challenges and the Way forward, Capt Rtd Nkrabea Effah Dartey, former Member of Parliament for Berekum urged the youth to build themselves up before venturing into the arena of politics.

Capt Rtd Effah Dartey also advised the youth to take active part in politics to help push forward the agenda of Christ.

He also urged them to resist gay marriage.

He entreated them to be disciplined and desist from violent acts

The 11th Biennial conference was an election conference hence coming into force six new executives to steer the affairs of the Koforidua Diocesan Methodist Youth Fellowship for three years.

The six member new executive has Bro. Douglas Ofori-Amanfo as Chairman, Bro. Jacob Asamoadu as Vice Chairman, Bro. Samuel Appah-Peniel as Secretary, Bro. Godfred Obeng Nyame as Assistant Secretary, Bro. Daniel Adjei as Financial Secretary and Sis. Comfort Maku as Treasurer.

Rev. Ekow Ainoo Jnr, the Diocesan Youth Organizer and Bro. Kwabena Frempong Fening, the outgoing Diocesan Chairman both charged the new officers to work harder than before to move the Koforidua Diocesan MYF forward and should respect to all and sundry.

For months, Ireland has debated whether to legalize gay marriage. Now it’s time to vote, and the choice is a simple yes or no.

Friday’s referendum on amending the Irish constitution to give marriage rights to homosexuals is expected to be approved, based on all opinion polls that have given “yes” voters a double-digit lead throughout the two-month campaign.

But government officials and gay rights activists are expressing caution given Ireland’s track record in producing surprise referendum results.

They say achieving a high voter turnout is crucial, particularly among younger citizens who traditionally don’t vote in great numbers.

Leaders of the country’s dominant faith, Roman Catholicism, have fueled opposition to the measure.

Polls opened at 7 am (0600GMT) and close at 10 pm (2100GMT). Results will be announced Saturday.

Lawyers for Dr Sulley Ali Gabass, the senior medical officer at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi standing trial for allegedly sodomising a 16-year-old Senior High School student, are likely to end the cross examination of the victim in the case.

Indications are that the defence counsel is most likely to wrap up their cross examination which had largely been held in camera.

The prosecution on the on other hand are also lacing their boots to produce a witness in the trial.

Lawyers for Dr Ali Gabass have for weeks been questioning the victim on a wide range of issues.


The court has been hearing, among other things, how the victim and the suspect became friends on facebook, a social media platform, through to the time the victim was allegedly sodomised by the accused.

At the last adjourned date, the cross examination was stalled when both the victim and the accused person were absent in court.

In the case of Dr Gabass, it was alleged that his lawyers had submitted a medical form to the effect that he (Dr Gabass) was not feeling well and as such had been sent to the hospital for medical attention.

Dr Ali Gabass has been in custody over a two count charge of defiling a child under 16 years and unnatural carnal knowledge, an offence he has denied.


He is alleged to have in the months of October 2013 and April 2014, at Kasoa and Alajo respectively, had unnatural carnal knowledge of the victim aged 16.

According to the police, during the month of October 2013 Dr Gabass arranged and met the victim at Kasoa New Market Area where he forcibly had anal sex with the victim in his car in front of the Kasoa HFC Bank.

During police interrogation, Dr Gabass admitted knowing the victim as a friend, but denied having anal sex with him.

The trial judge, Mrs Rita Agyemang Budu, has adjourned hearing of the case to January 23, 2014.

Relatives of the medical doctor suspected to have sodomised a 16-year-old senior high school student allegedly assaulted a photojournalist of TV3 network when he attempted to take a footage of the suspect who appeared before the Cocoa Affairs Court in Accra yesterday.

Mr Peter Adattor was taking a video footage of handcuffed Sulley Ali-Gabass, a gynaecologist at the Effia Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi, when the suspect emerged from the courtroom together with police escort and few relatives.

Mr Adattor, who stood outside the courtroom, together with other journalists, started capturing the well-composed doctor wearing a short-sleeved shirt over a pair of brown trousers.

However, some angry family members surrounded the doctor to prevent the cameramen from filming the accused person.


Unable to get the best shots, Mr Adattor attempted to overtake the relatives shielding the doctor, but he was allegedly kicked from behind, causing him to tumble.
Injured and hooted

Due to the impact of his fall, Mr Adattor sustained minor injuries on his arms, while his pair of trousers got torn at the knee.

Determined and strong-willed, the TV3 reporter, who was hooted at by the Ali-Gabass relatives, got back on his feet and started to pursue the accused person who was being taken to the police cells on the court’s premises.

More of the male relatives surged forward and made attempts to destroy his camera but he resisted them.

Female family members also joined in the fray and some were seen using their clothes and head gears to block Mr Adattor from taking footages of the medical doctor, who took quick steps to avoid being captured.


Prior to the violent incident, some male family members of the accused person were spotted occasionally getting close to media practitioners and warning them to stay off Ali-Gabass.
Ali-Gabass remanded

Earlier, the court had remanded the medical doctor in prison custody after the trial was held in camera at the judge’s chambers.

Ali-Gabass is standing trial for having canal knowledge of his victim five times at Kasoa in the Central Region and Alajo in Accra between October 2013 and April 2014. 

He has been charged with two counts of defilement and unnatural canal knowledge but at the hearing yesterday he pleaded not guilty to both charges.

He is to reappear on November 25, 2014.
Background 

According to the facts of the case, the victim is a student and resides at Kasoa, while Ali-Gabass is a medical practitioner at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital.

It said in September 2013, the victim encountered the accused person on Facebook and they became friends.

“They chatted online and communicated by phone for a while until in October, 2013 when the accused arranged and met the victim at Kasoa New Market area, where he forcibly had anal sex with him in his car,” the prosecution said.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a last-minute order delaying same-sex marriages in Virginia, less than a day before officials there were to begin providing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The move came a week after the federal appeals court that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage refused to delay the effects of its ruling, and it increased the pressure on the Supreme Court to address the issue when its term begins in October.

 

“It is time for the Supreme Court to affirm what more than 30 courts have held in the past year: Marriage discrimination violates the Constitution, harms families and is unworthy of America,” Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said Wednesday.

The stay was outlined in a one-page document and provided no clues about the court’s intentions. It was not a surprise; a month ago, the court made a similar decision, saying that Utah was not required to recognize the marriages of about 1,000 same-sex couples while state officials pursued appeals of a lower-court ruling that had allowed the marriages to take place.

 

Opponents of same-sex marriage praised the court’s decision to block Virginia county clerks from granting marriage licenses to gay couples.

Byron Babione, a lawyer at Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group that represented one of the Virginia clerks, said a Supreme Court decision would settle the confusion created by various court orders for and against same-sex marriage. “Virginians deserve an orderly and fair resolution to the question of whether they will remain free to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman in their laws,” Mr. Babione said.

Carl W. Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, said that the Supreme Court probably wanted to hear the reasoning of more appeals courts before deciding to take a same-sex marriage case. So far, every appellate ruling has favored allowing gay couples to marry, and proponents have won more than two dozen victories in courts across the United States.

 

Mr. Tobias said that split decisions among circuit courts would be “difficult for the court to tolerate” on same-sex marriage because of the national implications of the issue. “If all the courts decide the same way, the court may be satisfied to pass on it,” he said.

Same-sex couples have gained the right to marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, and lawsuits are pending in all of the states where bans remain, Mr. Tobias said.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va., ruled in July that same-sex couples could be legally married in Virginia. A group of county clerks appealed, but last week the appeals court denied their request for a delay and said the marriages could go forward, beginning on Thursday. If the Supreme Court had not acted to stay the decision, same-sex marriage bans would also have been upended in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia, which are under the appeals court’s jurisdiction as well.

 

The attorney general in Virginia, Mark R. Herring, a Democrat, has refused to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and is pushing for the Supreme Court to review the case in hopes of accelerating a final ruling.

James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, said that gay Virginians were suffering by having to wait to have their relationships affirmed by the state, adding that they had waited “long enough for the freedom to marry.”

“Loving couples and families should not have to endure yet another standstill before their commitment to one another is recognized here in Virginia,” Mr. Parrish said.