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  • Evangelical leader Russell Moore denounces ex-gay therapy

    10/30/2014 8:53:59 PM PDT · by oohebo · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 28, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy at a conference here, saying the controversial treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation has been “severely counterproductive.” Moore, who serves as president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, spoke to a group of journalists Tuesday (Oct. 28) covering the group’s national conference. “The utopian idea if you come to Christ and if you go through our program, you’re going to be immediately set free from attraction or anything you’re struggling with, I don’t think that’s a Christian idea,” Moore told journalists. “Faithfulness to...
  • Man’s Estranged Partner Accused Of Sending Nude Photo Of Teacher To Hundreds Of His Students

    10/30/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 30, 2014 6:16 PM
    PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — The estranged partner of a Pasadena high school science teacher is accused of unlawfully accessing the man’s account and sending hundreds of nude photos to students and adults on his email list. The emails contained a nude photo of John Muir High School teacher Richard Rosa. After an investigation, it was determined that Rosa was out of the country at the time the emails were generated. Authorities determined Rosa’s estranged partner, David A. Galvan, 38, accessed Rosa’s account and sent the emails because he was angry over their relationship ending. In addition to sending the email to...
  • Gaming Out the End of the Gay-Marriage Fight (Nausea notice)

    10/30/2014 7:28:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 29, 2014 | David A. Graham
    Evan Wolfson and Ted Olson aren't pleased with the Supreme Court's decision not to make marriage equality the law of the land, but they're ready to keep fighting. In the heat of the civil-rights fight, when told he shouldn't push too hard for racial equality because of political backlash, Lyndon Johnson famously shot back, "What the hell's the presidency for?" Ted Olson had a similar question for the Supreme Court Wednesday, pondering why the justices had opted not to take a single case on same-sex marriage this term. "I agonize over the court not making a decision," said Olson, an...
  • Evangelical leader Russell Moore denounces ex-gay therapy

    10/30/2014 7:21:14 PM PDT · by oohebo
    Religion News Service ^ | October 28, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks. Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to...
  • Remember that Hitching Post gay wedding case? Yeah… never mind

    10/30/2014 2:59:41 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Sorry I missed this earlier in the week, given all of the rush hour traffic clogging the lanes between ISIS City and Ebolatown. We previously covered the now familiar tale of the Knapps at the Hitching Post in Idaho. For the short version of the recap, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, both ordained ministers, were informed that they were going to have to perform same sex weddings at their chapel in order to remain in compliance with a city non-discrimination ordinance. The ensuing uproar which traveled from coast to coast like a shotgun blast apparently attracted the attention of the city...
  • New York State Blesses 'Incest' Marriages Between Uncle, Niece

    10/30/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | 29 October 2014 | Julia Marsh, NY Post
    New York State Blesses 'Incest' Marriages Between Uncle, Niece By Julia Marsh, New York Post October 29, 2014 | 5:39am ... state’s highest court ... toppled ... cultural taboo — legalizing... incest... uncle and niece... unanimous ruling. ... laws against “parent-child and brother-sister marriages... grounded... universal horror... no comparably strong objection... uncle-niece marriages,” ... Judge Robert Smith... were lawful... until 1893 ... ... case ... Vietnamese citizen ... appealed a ruling ... immigration judge. The judge... boot her from... United States... 2000 marriage ... mother’s half-brothe... ... ... “They’ve been married 14 years... ... language of the state’s domestic-relations law....
  • Rick Scott Beating Charlie Crist in Florida Chamber Poll

    10/30/2014 3:15:03 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 10/30/14 | Kevin Derby
    A new poll from the Florida Chamber of Commerce Political Institute shows Gov. Rick Scott with the lead over former Gov. Charlie Crist. The Florida Chamber is backing Scott for another term. The poll of likely voters, taken by Cherry Communications, shows Scott ahead with 44 percent and Crist at 39 percent, outside the margin of error. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie takes 4 percent
  • Cruz on Apple CEO Tim Cook being gay: 'Personal decision'

    10/30/2014 12:23:27 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 195 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    "Those are his personal choices. I’ll tell you, I love my iPhone," Cruz said. "Listen, Tim Cook makes his personal decisions, and that is his life. My focus is on the constitutional question of who has the authority to make decisions," he later added. Cruz said that marriage is a "question for the states" because of the country's federalist system. "This is something we’ve seen over and over again, which is the federal government and federal courts deciding they don’t trust the people," Cruz said. "They look down on the people, they don’t trust us to make judgments about our...
  • Pathetic Privilege (Brutal Takedown of Lena Dunham's Memoir)

    10/30/2014 12:03:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/29/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Lena Dunham is fond of lists. Here is a list of things in Lena Dunham’s life that do not strike Lena Dunham as being unusual: growing up in a $6.25 million Tribeca apartment; attending a selection of elite private schools; renting a home in Hollywood Hills well before having anything quite resembling a job and complaining that the home is insufficiently “chic”; the habitual education of the men in her family at Andover; the services of a string of foreign nannies; being referred to a homework therapist when she refused to do her homework and being referred to a relationship...
  • City of Houston Retreats: Withdraws Subpoenas for Pastors' Sermon Notes, Private Messages

    10/30/2014 8:57:39 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/30/14 | AWR Hawkins
    Then, on October 29, Senator Cruz released a statement announcing that city officials were in retreat and had withdrawn the subpoenas.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: “Being Gay Is Among The Greatest Gifts God Has Given Me”

    10/30/2014 7:18:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 139 replies
    Business2Community ^ | 10/30/2014 | By Steph Bazzle
    Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out about his sexuality, for the first time openly since he was accidentally outed by a CNBC anchor back in June. He’s coming out publicly to announce that he is proud to be gay, and to speak about the things his sexuality has taught him — and how his coming out may help others. Back in June, a CNBC anchor was discussing the story of John Browne, a former CEO of BP, who left his job after being publicly outed by a tabloid paper. In response, host Simon Hobbs commented that there are many...
  • Apple CEO Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

    10/30/2014 5:10:01 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 129 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/30/2014 | CNN
    Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday, announcing that he is gay in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek. "Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," he wrote. Cook has not publicly discussed his sexual preferences before now, despite some rumors and speculation that he is gay. A year ago he announced support for a federal law which would have protected workers from facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation. "For too long, too many people have had to hide that part of their identity in...
  • Marriage Group Backs Liberal Dem over Gay Republican

    10/29/2014 9:22:12 PM PDT · by Mariner · 72 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/29/2014 | Michelle Moons
    In a Tuesday email to supporters entitled, "Carl DeMaio Wants You to Vote For Him, But He Totally Disrespects Your Vote," the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has followed through on a promise to "actively oppose" the candidate the GOP establishment has branded a "New Generation Republican." The email endorses voting for the incumbent Democrat, Scott Peters, even though he is "wrong on the issues."
  • Houston Mayor Drops Subpoenas: Big Win For Religious Liberty

    10/29/2014 8:48:45 PM PDT · by This Just In · 68 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | October 29, 2014 | Yehuda Remer
    "I didn't do this to satisfy them. I did it because it was not serving Houston." Following a barrage of Bibles being sent to the office of Houston Mayor Annise Parker in response to her controversial subpoenas of five pastors to turn over their sermons, the city of Houston has withdrawn those subpoenas.
  • Beware of False Conservatives! Neocons and Their Leftist Mistreatment of Christians

    10/29/2014 1:30:24 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 8 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Beware of False Conservatives! Neocons and Their Leftist Mistreatment of Christians By Julio Severo I received a report yesterday from Peter LaBarbera, one of the major Christian voices against the gay agenda in America, that he was detained by customs agents when he entered Canada. They did an intense search of his phone, laptop and belongings. No, no. LaBarbera is not an Islamic terrorist. According to the Gaystapo and the politically-correct mob, he is worse: he is “homophobic” — a vague term that can be loosely interpreted to refer to criminals or merely Christians quoting Bible verses condemning homosexual...
  • Guess How Many Bibles Have Arrived at Office of Houston Mayor After She Subpoenaed Pastors’ Sermons

    10/29/2014 5:14:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 28, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker has received a flood of Bibles — somewhere between 500 and 1,000 according to a spokesman for the mayor’s office — after the city subpoenaed the church sermons of five local faith leaders opposed to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which the mayor signed in May. “This is more dangerous than anything I’ve ever seen,” Glenn Beck said last week after interviewing one of the five subpoenaed religious leaders. “This is not about equal rights. … This is about shutting people down.” Steve Riggle, the pastor of Grace Community Church in Houston, told Beck that the...
  • WATCH THE MEDIA IGNORE WHAT POPE FRANCIS JUST SAID ABOUT MARRIAGE

    10/29/2014 11:57:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | October 28, 2014 | John White
    Some Catholic blogs and news outlets are reporting this, but we’ll see about the mainstream media and the “progressive” Catholics.They certainly seemed to think the Synod on the Family was front page news, but of course Pope Francis didn’t publicly say anything during the synod and the secularists and progressive Catholics could fabricate whatever image of Pope Francis they wanted to – and we all know what that was.But now Pope Francis is talking about marriage, and newsflash – it’s definitely not what the New York Times and the National Catholic Reporter were hoping for. It will be interesting to...
  • Gay Marriage: No One Expects the Secular Inquisition (Pastors Threatened)

    10/29/2014 11:55:01 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 20, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    On Friday, city officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, informed Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers and proprietors of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, that they would be required to perform gay weddings or face fines or possibly jail time under the city’s “public accommodations” statute. Their religious views are expected to adjust to the edicts of the state. So it’s official: a new religious orthodoxy is sweeping across the nation, imposed by government and backed by force. It’s a religious orthodoxy required by secular authorities for a secular purpose, but no matter. Heretics will be found out and forced...
  • NY State blesses ‘incest’ marriage between uncle, niece

    10/29/2014 9:29:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 29, 2014 | Julia Marsh
    The state’s highest court has toppled a cultural taboo — legalizing a degree of incest, at least between an uncle and niece — in a unanimous ruling. While the laws against “parent-child and brother-sister marriages . . . are grounded in the almost universal horror with which such marriages are viewed . . . there is no comparably strong objection to uncle-niece marriages,” Tuesday’s ruling reads.
  • Transgender military personnel from 18 countries..gather to discuss whether US... could lift ban

    10/29/2014 9:36:06 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/20/14 | Jill Reilly
    Transgender military personnel from 18 countries across the world gathered today to talk about their experiences and discuss whether the US military could join them. The conference attendees, who are all from militaries that allow transgender service, gathered in Washington, DC. The gathering, Perspectives on Transgender Military Service from Around the Globe, is the first-ever and largest international conference of transgender military service members on US soil.
  • Elton John calls Pope Francis ‘my hero’ for acceptance of gays

    10/29/2014 3:12:35 AM PDT · by xp38 · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Oct. 29 2014 | Associated Press
    Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in Manhattan. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?"
  • Why defending marriage is a pro-life issue

    10/29/2014 5:59:09 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 3 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/28/14 | Voice of the Family
    This past weekend saw the 2014 Faith of Our Fathers conference, held in Knock, Ireland, and organised by the Catholic Voice newspaper. John Smeaton, chief executive of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Children (SPUC) and the co-founder of Voice of the Family, delivered an address entitled Why defending marriage is a pro-life issue (full text). In his address, Mr Smeaton explained: Statistical evidence on abortion clearly shows that marriage as an institution protects children, both born and unborn. [Also], same-sex marriage represents an attempt to redefine marriage, thus undermining marriage and family life, as a growing body of academic research clearly shows. It is...
  • Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

    10/28/2014 11:03:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 2014 8:50 PM EDT | Rachel Zoll
    More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others—gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful—were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage? Hands rose all across the convention hall. “This moral revolution is happening at warp speed,” said the Rev. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “This is a real challenge to us on biblical authority.” Speakers at the event said they understood they were on the losing end of the culture war on marriage. But they were prepared to...
  • Creighton University to offer same-sex benefits

    10/28/2014 6:30:37 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    KETV ^ | Oct 27, 2014
    OMAHA, Neb. —Creighton University will soon offer health benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of its employees despite the objections of the local Catholic archbishop. Creighton President Rev. Timothy Lannon announced the change Monday. He said 21 of the 28 Jesuit universities in the U.S. already offer similar benefits. Lannon said Creighton continues to support the Catholic Church's teaching about marriage. But he added the university is taking this step to meet the needs of its employees and remain competitive with other universities that already offer similar benefits. Lannon outlined the decision in a letter sent to trustees. Below is...
  • Gay Marriage Is Legal In 32 US States – But What About The Other 18?

    10/28/2014 6:11:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | October 28, 2014 | Amanda Holpuch
    Gay Marriage Is Legal In 32 US States – But What About The Other 18? Eighteen states in the union have not yet recognised gay marriage – but for several, it’s just a matter of time before that changes Amanda Holpuch 27 October 2014 11.46 EDT After the unexpected decision by the US supreme court not to hear a series of appeals, same-sex marriage is now legal in 32 US states. So what about the 18 remaining states? In those covered by the jurisdictions of appeal courts that have ruled in favor of gay marriage, it’s just a matter of...
  • Christian rapper Jackie Hill-Perry comes out as ex-gay firebrand

    10/28/2014 9:06:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, October 27, 2014 | David Daniels
    Jackie Hill-Perry considers herself not merely an agent of change, but its embodiment as well.A Christian spoken-word poet from Chicago, Ms. Hill-Perry professes to be a former lesbian — a change she ascribes to God.God, she says, "not only changes your affections and your heart, but He gives you new affections that you didn't have." Now married to a Christian man, the 25-year-old poet is pregnant with the newlyweds' first child, which is due Dec. 13.Her debut spoken-word album "The Art of Joy" will be released for free on Nov. 4 by Humble Beast record label.Ms. Hill-Perry's experience runs...
  • Film on LGBT Mormons to screen at BYU

    10/28/2014 5:28:11 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 46 replies
    BYU Universe ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Simon Liu
    The Department of Theatre and Media Arts is releasing the first public screening of the student film “Pride and Faith” on Oct. 24. The documentary, written and directed by BYU alumnus Scott Raia, explores the complex lives of two LGBT students as they reconcile their identity and faith. Raia filmed “Pride and Faith” during his senior year for his capstone project as a film student. He hoped to become an ally of the LGBT community after broadening his awareness on the subject. “As I prepared for graduation, I looked to my future and some of my friends and their futures,”...
  • Chaput: clergy might stop signing marriage licenses as “principled resistance”

    10/27/2014 8:36:30 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    Chaput: clergy might stop signing marriage licenses as “principled resistance” October 21, 2014 by Deacon Greg KandraStrong words from the Archbishop of Philadelphia: Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message, and “confusion is of the devil.”  In a lecture delivered Monday evening in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that in the wake of the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic priests might consider opting out of certifying civil marriages as...
  • The Special Treatment Homosexuals Demand

    10/27/2014 7:35:52 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 10-26-14 | Selwyn Duke
    There is one particular thing that illustrates better than anything else the unreasonableness — and some would say gall — of homosexuality activists. It’s not demanding that bakers, shirt printers, and wedding planners be party to events and expression deeply contrary to their principles, as offensive as that is. What I speak of is something even more fundamental, something again brought to light by the recent Vatican synod on the family. As many know, the synod made news with an unwisely released and widely misrepresented mid-term report containing language that the secular media interpreted as signaling church capitulation on the...
  • Evangelical Church Grapples With Growth of Gay Rights

    10/27/2014 6:42:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 59 replies
    Wall St . J ^ | October 27, 2014 | TAMARA AUDI
    Evangelical Church Grapples With Growth of Gay Rights Conservatives Face Calls to Re-Examine Traditional Teaching on Homosexuality By TAMARA AUDI As advocates for same-sex marriage celebrate a series of legal victories and Pope Francis strikes a softer tone toward gays, the most-conservative quarters of the American evangelical Christian movement are wrestling with how to respond to a dramatically shifting legal and cultural landscape. Most evangelicals remain firmly opposed to homosexuality, and see the increased legalization of same-sex marriage as a threat to religious freedom and proof of the deterioration of Christian values in society. But some are advocating...
  • Pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination (Frank Schaefer, Methodist)

    10/27/2014 5:42:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2014 4:28 PM EDT | Travis LOLler
    A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. The Judicial Council of the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not promise never to perform another same-sex wedding. The council ruled on technical grounds and did not express support for gay marriage in general. Its decision is final. Reached by phone after the decision, Schaefer called it “amazing.” …
  • Notre Dame Professor Hits School President After Pro-Gay Policy

    10/27/2014 4:39:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 10/23/14 | Mark Sticherz
    In face of university's "secularist project, Father Miscamble advises go straight to the topWASHINGTON – An orthodox Notre Dame professor gave out the email address of the school president publicly Tuesday night after the nation’s flagship Catholic university announced it would extend benefits to same-sex couples. The Rev. Wison D. Miscamble, C.S.C., a professor of United States history at Notre Dame, urged one young alumni member in the audience at the Catholic Information Center to send an email to President John Jenkins, C.S.C. “Write directly to Father Jenkins. That’s the best person to write to. Now it’s not clear that...
  • Houston’s Church-Attacking Mayor Annise Parker Caught Lying, Smearing Texas DPS

    10/27/2014 11:10:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 27, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Take a look at P.J. Gladnick’s post over at Newsbusters . The gist: Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s daughter had trouble getting her driving test done to get her driver’s license. Parker, a lesbian who married her partner out of state after being elected mayor of Texas’ largest city, blamed the problem on the Texas Department of Public Safety and, specifically, on Texas law which does not recognize same-sex marriage. Their daughters are adopted and they also have a foster son. Parker launched her blame game in this tweet. Daughter needs drivers test. Has all docs, some in MomA name, some...
  • Jimmy Carter: Leave gay marriage to states to decide

    10/27/2014 10:19:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/27/2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former President Jimmy Carter said the federal government really doesn’t have a role in ruling on gay marriage — that the issue should actually be left to the states to decide. “I’m kind of inclined to let the states decide individually,” Mr. Carter said, during a WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth interview. “As you see, more and more states on deciding on gay marriage every year. If Texas doesn’t want to have gay marriage, then I think that’s a right for Texas people to decide.” In 2013, Mr. Carter actually said that he supported nationwide gay marriage, Newsmax reported.
  • Fighting Back against LGBT Fascism: What You Can Do

    10/27/2014 7:01:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/27/2014 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    Since the story broke about the Human Rights Campaign's slanderous persecution of the very people their group was designed to protect – bisexuals and children of same-sex couples – I have received a great deal of support from people.  While it was nerve-wracking to have the truth about the 26 months of harassment by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, Scott Rosenzweig, Jeremy Hooper, and a host of other totalitarians circulate at my job, it has been healthy.  My colleagues and students had no idea about the extent of this campaign of suppression, censorship, and harassment.  Now they know the...
  • 'What is being proposed is not marriage' – Pope calls for defense of family

    10/27/2014 6:12:31 AM PDT · by EBH · 22 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/26/2014 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 26, 2014 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world. “The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardized,” the Pope told those in attendance at the Oct. 25 audience. He warned against the common view in society that “you can call everything family, right?” “What is being proposed is not marriage, it's an association. But it's not...
  • Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isn’t Religious Freedom, It’s Just Discrimination

    10/26/2014 9:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 23, 2014 | Sally Kohn
    A ‘Christian’ wedding chapel—a private business—in Idaho is suing for the right not to marry gay couples. There is no such right. Yet.The first thing you need to know is that most “wedding chapels” are not actually chapels. They are private businesses, sometimes run by ordained ministers who are thus licensed to perform marriage ceremonies, but just as often run by Elvis impersonators. Thus, the question of how marriage-equality laws apply to private wedding chapels is ostensibly a question of under what circumstances the government can lawfully step on a for-profit company’s blue suede shoes. Ground zero for this debate...
  • Same-sex Weddings, and the Right Not to Perform Them

    10/26/2014 7:27:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/25/2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    ON OCTOBER 7, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage. On Oct. 15, county clerks in the state for the first time issued marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Then, five days later came startling news out of the Idaho resort town of Coeur d'Alene: Two Christian ministers, owners of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, had reportedly been told by local officials that they were now required to perform same-sex weddings, or risk fines of up to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail if they refused. Under the city's...
  • Wisconsin health insurance companies plan special sign-ups for same-sex couples

    10/26/2014 10:48:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    MILWAUKEE — Several Wisconsin insurance companies are holding special sign-ups so same-sex couples can add spouses to their health plans. The special enrollment periods are needed because gays and lesbians who got married in Wisconsin last summer were unable to add spouses to their coverage amid the uncertainty surrounding the legal status of their marriages. People generally can make changes to a health plan during the year only after a "life-changing" event, such as a marriage, divorce, or birth or adoption of a child. The typical deadline is 30 days....
  • Politics and Religion Pt. 1

    10/25/2014 10:53:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Politics and Religion Pt. 1 Catholic Answers published its now-famous “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” back in 2004 (updated in 2006) that has now sold millions of copies with millions more having been distributed for free. In that document, for which Catholic Answers has taken a lot of flack by the way, we give guidance to Catholics in voting so that, quite frankly, Catholics will “vote like Catholics,” yet, we do much more than just that. We give instruction, in complete harmony with the teaching authority of the Church, as to the most important moral issues of our day that are politically in play....
  • NC Judge Stands Up for His Beliefs in Same-Sex Marriage Fight

    10/25/2014 10:20:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com ^ | October 25, 2014 | Greg Campbell
    While supporters of same-sex marriage rejoice over the recent rulings of activist courts, it is seldom mentioned in articles hailing these decisions that the Judicial Branch is overturning voter-approved measures that serve as an affirmation of the democratic process. NC Judge Stands Up for His Beliefs in Same-Sex Marriage Fight October 25, 2014 By Greg Campbell ZMarriedWhile supporters of same-sex marriage rejoice over the recent rulings of activist courts, it is seldom mentioned in articles hailing these decisions that the Judicial Branch is overturning voter-approved measures that serve as an affirmation of the democratic process. As the Supreme Court ducks...
  • Houston mayor says daughter was denied driver's test because she has two moms

    10/25/2014 8:30:12 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 90 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 25, 2014, 3:45 PM | James Queally
    The daughter of Houston Mayor Annise Parker was briefly denied the chance to take a driving test this week because her birth certificate and other documentation indicated she has two mothers, the mayor said.. Parker, who married her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, in California this year and remains a rarity as an openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city, complained on her Twitter account on Friday.
  • Harris enlists state in defense of health care law

    01/21/2011 9:19:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 1/21/11 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Attorney General Kamala Harris enlisted California in the legal battle over health care Friday, joining eight other states in a court filing defending the new law's requirement that everyone obtain medical insurance. The nine states, all with Democratic attorneys general, filed arguments with a federal appeals court in Cincinnati supporting the constitutionality of the law that's supposed to provide coverage for uninsured Americans. The law includes government subsidies for those who can't afford to buy health coverage and can't get it from their employer. While the Republican-controlled House voted this week to repeal the law, a potentially more serious challenge...
  • California seizes 1200 illegally owned guns

    06/17/2011 11:57:33 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 87 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 17, 2011 | Don Thompson
    California law enforcement agents have seized 1,200 firearms from people who cannot legally own them because of mental illness or restraining orders. However, Attorney General Kamala Harris said Thursday that more than 34,000 handguns and nearly 1,600 assault weapons are still believed to be held statewide by people who should not have them. Most people bought the weapons legally but were later prohibited from owning guns. But 12 people were arrested on suspicion of illegally owning assault weapons or grenades during a six-week sweep by the state Department of Justice in April and May. Harris said 90 percent of the...
  • Kamala Harris rejects GOP request to review California budget

    09/08/2011 12:24:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/8/11 | Kevin Yamamura
    State Attorney General Kamala Harris has rejected a GOP request that she opine on whether the state budget signed by Gov. Jerry Brown is constitutional. Republican lawmakers asked Harris last month to examine whether the budget complies with the constitution's requirements for education funding. Supervising deputy attorney general Susan Duncan Lee wrote in response that Harris' office could not do so because it will likely have to represent the state should someone sue on those grounds. Interestingly, Lee suggested in a Tuesday letter that the budget is destined for a court battle.
  • California attorney general vetos hospital sale to controversial chain [SEIU opposed sale]

    09/21/2011 3:22:05 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    California Watch ^ | September 20, 2011 | Christina Jewett
    In a widely watched decision, the state attorney general's office today denied the sale of Victor Valley Community Hospital to Prime Healthcare Services' nonprofit foundation, saying the sale would not be "in the public interest." Prime's nonprofit foundation blasted the decision as "unexpected" and "inexplicable." Prime accused the attorney general of siding with a labor union that "has been running a blatantly false smear campaign of vilification against hospitals operated by Prime Healthcare." Prime, which owns 14 hospitals, has come under increasing fire for its business practices and is under investigation for possibly exaggerating the severity of patient illnesses for...
  • Who Will Be Obama’s Next Supreme Court Pick? Blog Points to California AG Kamala Harris

    02/19/2012 4:17:48 PM PST · by RummyChick · 52 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 2/15/2012 | Debra Cassens Weiss
    Who will be the next justice to retire, and who will be nominated to replace that person? SCOTUSblog does some prognosticating and says California Attorney General Kamala Harris could be the next nominee tapped for the U.S. Supreme Court, replacing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. There's one big problem, though: Harris may not want the job. “In the lists of names, only one truly stands out as checking every box: Kamala Harris,” Goldstein writes. Like the president, she is biracial, and she will be 50 years old in 2015. She is liberal, but she has a law enforcement background. The only...
  • As Sacramento Dawdles, District Attorneys Revolt

    07/29/2012 6:11:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2012 | Debra J. Saunders
    California's death penalty has been in limbo since 2006, when a federal judge stayed the execution of Michael Morales, who was sentenced to death for the brutal 1981 murder and rape of 17-year-old Terri Winchell. The judge was fearful lest the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol would cause Morales undue pain. Since then, a number of states have switched to a one-drug protocol. Why hasn't California? The answer could be that Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris don't want the death penalty to work. Brown and Harris are personally opposed to the death penalty, but when they campaigned...
  • Obama praises Kamala Harris: 'Best-looking attorney general in the country'

    04/04/2013 4:42:31 PM PDT · by Third Person · 59 replies
    Polutico ^ | April 4th, 2013 | Donavan Slack
    President Obama, speaking at his last California fundraiser Thursday, apparently couldn't help but gush about California Attorney General Kamala Harris. And it wasn't all about her legal chops. No, he also praised her looks. “She is brilliant and she is dedicated, and she is tough, and she is exactly what you'd want in anybody who is administering the law, and making sure that everybody is getting a fair shake," Obama said. "She also happens to be by far the best-looking attorney general in the country... It’s true! C’mon.”
  • President Obama: Kamala Harris 'best looking attorney general in the country'

    04/04/2013 9:53:05 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 4, 2013 | Daniel Beekman
    President Obama felt the heat Thursday after calling a powerful female official smoking hot. And as luck would have it, he made the unfortunate comment on the same day his wife — remember her, tall lady with the midlife bangs? — mistakenly referred to herself as a single mother. But back to the Prez and his very male salivary glands: “She also happens to be by far the best looking attorney general in the country,” Obama said of California’s Kamala Harris during a fund-raiser. The unexpected comment ruffled the feathers of some observers and caused a commotion on social media...