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  • Dissenting Priest Defies Church of England's Teaching on Marriage, 'Marries' his Homosexual Paramour

    04/15/2014 8:04:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    A practicing homosexual priest has defied the Church of England's ban on homosexual and lesbian clergy marrying by wedding his longtime male homosexual companion. The 58-year-old Canon Jeremy Pemberton, a divorced hospital chaplain, wed his long-term homosexual paramour, 51-year-old Laurence Cunnington, this past weekend. A leading member of the church's faithful wing has called for discipline of any clergy seen to be veering from Christian orthodoxy concerning marriage and warned of a "crisis" if the leadership failed to take action.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The couple predict that they will be the first of many homosexual clergy to marry....
  • Judge to Ohio: Recognize out-of-state gay marriage

    04/14/2014 6:50:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post / The Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2014 | Amanda Lee Myers
    CINCINNATI — A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, and civil rights attorneys and gay marriage supporters immediately began looking ahead to their next fight: a lawsuit seeking to force Ohio to allow gay couples to marry. Judge Timothy Black’s ruling was a partial but significant victory for gay rights supporters, who called it a stepping stone for full marriage equality in Ohio....
  • Transgender, women’s rights advocate and prominent Twitter engineer charged with rape

    04/11/2014 10:55:50 AM PDT · by Menehune56 · 43 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 4/11/2014 | Jonah Owen Lamb
    A prominent advocate for transgender and women’s rights in the tech world has been charged with raping her wife, The San Francisco Examiner has learned. Dana McCallum, a senior engineer at Twitter who speaks and writes about women’s and transgender rights and technology issues, was arrested Jan. 26 and booked into County Jail on suspicion of five felonies, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
  • Bestiality Now Illegal in Sweden

    04/10/2014 3:41:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    A new law put into effect on Tuesday completely outlaws sexual intercourse with animals in Sweden. For the last 70 years, the penal code has avoided mention of bestiality, as the laws on animal cruelty were seen as adequate to cover such assault. Previous rules only prohibited sex with animals if it could be proved that the animal suffered mental or physical harm. The move was backed by Rural Affairs Minister Eskil Erlandsson who has long been behind a push to make bestiality illegal in Sweden. "There should be no doubt whatsoever that bestiality is unacceptable," he said in June....
  • Plans to build Chick-fil-A in Pasadena delayed after council vote

    04/10/2014 10:27:18 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | 4-9-14 | Lauren Gold
    PASADENA >> Plans to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant across from Pasadena City College were put on hold this week after a divided council approved a request by Councilman Terry Tornek to revisit the restaurant chain’s request for building permits. The project, which calls for an expansion of the existing drive-thru as well as removal of two protected trees, among other changes at the former Burger King site, was approved by a hearing officer in December and granted a conditional use permit by the Board of Zoning Appeals by a 3-2 vote in March. However, Tornek requested the project be revisited...
  • Leftist Thought-Gangsters Strike Again

    04/08/2014 2:32:37 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 4-8-2014 | David Limbaugh
    Let me see whether I have this right. Brendan Eich was forced to step down as CEO of Mozilla because it became public that he opposed same-sex marriage, the same position that President Barack Obama, darling of the LGBT community, held prior to his phony conversion. Why didn't the left demand that President Obama resign as president of the United States prior to the consummation of his "evolution" on the issue in favor of same-sex marriage? Was it because liberals knew he was never actually opposed to same-sex marriage and that his stated opposition was an opportunistic ruse to make...
  • Supreme Court won't hear case on gay wedding snub

    04/07/2014 6:49:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 106 replies
    USA Today | 4-7-14
    Link only: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/07/supreme-court-gay-lesbian-marriage-photographer/7304157/
  • Washington Post: gay marriage is new test for Catholic Church

    04/07/2014 4:12:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 4/6/2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details:   Having worked in Catholic church music ministry for nearly 40 years — basically his entire adult life — Mike McMahon thought he knew the landscape and his place in it. As a gay person, all was fine as long as he was “discreet.”And that worked for him even in the conservative Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Va., where he was employed for about 30 of those years as music director at several parishes. In that time, McMahon, who has three graduate degrees in theology, also served as president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the national body for...
  • The TOLERANT States Of America

    04/06/2014 3:29:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    The war that has been brewing between the Sexual Activists of America, and every day people of faith, morals, and conscience has moved into the major campaign of the conflict. This week has been bloody. For the better part of the past two years I have repeatedly stated on my radio show that we have entered a day where the Constitutional guarantee of absolute legal protection for one's freedom of religious faith and expression is running headlong into a culturally driven force that is a non-Constitutional right to sexual freedom. The United States Constitution doesn't address sex, sexuality, sexual...
  • Mozilla speaks, sort of

    04/04/2014 6:26:53 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 72 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 4, 2014 | Scott Johnson
    Under the heading “Brendan Eich steps down as CEO,” Mozilla has posted the following statement in the name of executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker. Eich has “stepped down” from his position at Mozilla days after his appointment, following the revelation that he contributed $1,000 to the campaign supporting the passage of Prop 8 in California six years ago. The Wall Street Journal covers the story here. Baker’s statement is must reading, though it requires some translation. It is not exactly straightforward. Using the mandatory shibboleths, the statement refers to a corporate culture of “diversity and inclusiveness.” If you’ve read 1984, you...
  • The Internet Is Tolerant. Don't Agree? Keep Out

    04/03/2014 4:04:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, gave $1,000 to Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure passed by a majority of California voters to limit marriage to one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court voided the measure, but the hate campaign against its supporters lives on. There's a Twitter campaign to force Eich to step down. "I'm an employee of @mozilla and I'm asking @brendaneich to step down as CEO," one employee tweeted. Rarebit CEO Hampton Catlin and his husband announced a boycott against Mozilla Firefox applications. It will cost the business money, but, Catlin wrote, "as a gay couple...
  • World Vision Board Member Resigns Over Gay Uproar

    04/03/2014 12:58:09 PM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    AP ^ | April 3, 2014 | Staff
    World Vision board member has resigned in protest after the Christian aid group quickly reversed its decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages. Jacquelline Fuller, director of corporate giving for Google Inc., said in an email Wednesday to The Associated Press that she remains a "huge fan" of the group's work on behalf of the poor, but she resigned Friday "as I disagreed with the decision to exclude gay employees who marry."
  • EDITORIAL: 20/20 hindsight at World Vision

    04/01/2014 6:01:16 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    wash times ^ | 4/1/14
    World Vision, an evangelical Christian charity that does good work the world over, stunned its donors last week with the announcement that henceforth it would employ the parties in a same-sex marriage. Not entirely surprising, two days later the policy was canceled. Call it World Vision’s 20/20 epiphany. World Vision is perhaps best known for recruiting sponsors for poor children overseas, and its supporters were shocked by its abandoning traditional and Christian values. They overwhelmed the switchboard with telephone calls and flooded the World Vision inbox with emails. They got results and an apology. “We have listened to you and...
  • US Recognizes Michigan Same-Sex Couple Marriages

    03/28/2014 9:17:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/28/2014 | ROGER SCHNEIDER and COREY WILLIAMS
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday extended federal recognition to the marriages of about 300 same-sex couples that took place in Michigan before a federal appeals court put those unions on hold. Holder's action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to the Michigan couples who married Saturday, which means they can file federal taxes jointly, get Social Security benefits for spouses and request legal immigration status for partners, among other benefits. The attorney general said the families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their benefits while courts decide the issue of same-sex marriage in...
  • Five same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in Mississippi

    03/27/2014 2:55:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Equality On Trial ^ | March 27, 2014 | Scottie Thomaston
    In Mississippi, five same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses on Tuesday, despite the fact that Mississippi has a constitutional ban. The Campaign for Southern Equality led the protest: However, waving signs saying “We do,” the crowd on Tuesday joined hands for a prayer led by Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of LGBT rights group Southern Equality. Then, the couples filed through metal detectors and into the courthouse. Once inside, the five couples lined up to apply for their licenses two-by-two at the office of the county clerk. The clerk noted that the forms did not have blanks for two males and...
  • Executive vs. Judiciary: Michigan Governor Refuses to Recognize Gay Marriages Performed in State

    03/27/2014 8:16:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/27/2014 | BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
    Michigan's governor has refused to recognize the gay marriage licenses issued after a judge declared the state's ban on same-sex unions unconstitutional. Gov. Rick Snyder stated that the approximately 300 gay marriages performed last weekend after the decision but before the stay on the decision will not be legally recognized. Snyder made the announcement Wednesday after an appeals court put a stay on the implementation of the recent ruling by federal Judge Bernard Friedman of Detroit. "Snyder's announcement Wednesday closes the door to certain benefits granted to Michigan married couples," reported the Associated Press. "Snyder says the marriages were legal...
  • World Vision Reverses Decision on Gay Married Employees: 'We Made a Mistake'

    03/26/2014 3:41:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/26/2014 | BY MELISSA BARNHART
    After days of backlash from Evangelicals, World Vision, an international nonprofit ministry, has reversed its decision to allow those in same-sex marriages to be employed. "Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our national employment conduct policy," the Christian humanitarian organization said in a letter to supporters Wednesday. "The board acknowledged they made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman." World Vision has come under heavy criticism since it...
  • World Vision reverses decision to hire gays

    03/26/2014 2:25:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 26, 2014 5:06 PM EDT
    A prominent evangelical charity is reversing a policy change announced two days ago to hire Christians in same-sex marriages. The humanitarian relief agency World Vision said in a letter to supporters Wednesday that the nonprofit had made a mistake by changing its policy for the U.S. The aid group’s leaders said they were broken-hearted over the pain the decision had caused. …
  • Gov. Snyder: Michigan won't recognize same-sex marriages

    03/26/2014 11:22:29 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    FOX News and AP ^ | March 26, 2014 | AP
    Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend. The marriages were performed Saturday before a federal appeals court suspended a decision that overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. Snyder's announcement Wednesday closes the door to certain benefits granted to Michigan married couples. The move comes after a day after an appeals court indefinitely stopped any additional same-sex marriages.
  • Christian Leaders Grieved by World Vision's Decision to Hire Employees in Same-Sex Marriages

    03/25/2014 7:10:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2014 | BY ALEX MURASHKO
    Christian leaders such as evangelist Franklin Graham and Russell D. Moore, who is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, expressed outrage that Christian relief organization World Vision announced it would hire employees in same-sex marriages on Monday. "I was shocked today to hear of World Vision's decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages," Graham, the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said in his statement. "The Bible is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. "My dear friend, Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, would be...
  • The Apostasy of World Vision Embracing Gay Marriage

    03/25/2014 1:24:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2014 | Michael Brown
    Shortly after I broke the news on my radio broadcast and on social media, Christianity Today confirmed the report: World Vision has decided to embrace homosexual "marriage" among its employees and to recognize practicing homosexual employees who profess faith in Jesus as true Christians. This is a betrayal of the gospel, a betrayal of the Lord, a betrayal of the family, and a betrayal of the countless thousands of Christians who have put their trust in World Vision as a legitimate Christian organization. In no way does it contribute to "building a better world for children" – one of the...
  • Illinois Catholic Democrats and Same-Sex Marriage: A Blatant Display of Hypocrisy

    03/25/2014 10:44:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/25/2014 | Robert Klein Engler
    Now that the Illinois primary is over, the state’s electorate can pick between the incumbent Gov. Part Quinn, a Democrat, and Bruce Rauner the Republican, in November’s general election for Governor of Illinois. Preparing for the coming campaign, both men are no doubt relieved that the same-sex marriage question is off the table, for now. Illinois passed same-sex marriage a few months ago and Gov. Quinn signed the bill into law. In doing so he removed a political issue that was a problem for many Republicans and some Democrats. Nevertheless, Gov. Quinn, a professed Catholic, demonstrated by his signature that...
  • The Apostasy of World Vision

    Last June, World Vision U.S president Richard Stearns stated that, “No one ever died of gay marriage,” thereby trivializing the importance of the issue, as if it contrasted with the organization’s mission of providing tangible relief to suffering humanity. Today, he went much further, claiming that this radical, unbiblical move is actually a “very narrow policy change” that should be viewed as “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity.” What? World Vision redefines the nature of marriage – the most fundamental institution of society, ordained by God in Genesis 2 as the lifelong union of a man and a...
  • Same Sex Marriage: 'Thoroughly Tiresome,' by Design

    03/20/2014 6:49:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/20/2014 | Doug Mainwaring
    Published in 1989, After the Ball is a seminal work which laid out a comprehensive plan to establish the “normalcy” of gays and lesbians and secure broader acceptance and rights.  It is subtitled, How America Will conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s.The manifesto was laid out by a pair of Harvard graduates.  Marshall Kirk (class of 1980) became a researcher in neuropsychiatry.  Hunter Madsen (class of 1985) received his degree in Politics and went on to work on Madison Avenue and become an expert in public persuasion tactics and social marketing. Today, twenty-five years after its...
  • Gay military widow not getting death benefits

    03/14/2014 10:22:50 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 25 replies
    wtkr.com ^ | 03/13/2013
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) — Tracy Dice Johnson goes to bed each night dreaming about her wife Donna Johnson.</p> <p>She misses her most around the holidays, especially St. Patrick’s Day — the day they first met — and Valentine’s Day, their wedding anniversary.</p>
  • Young Republicans Find Fault With Elders on List of Social Issues

    03/11/2014 9:26:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    It was difficult to miss Ian Jacobson at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Known as Rooster, he was 33, with an ample beard, earrings and a towering orange-and-aqua spiked Mohawk haircut. But he also sported a pinstriped suit, French cuffs and a natty contrast collar. Mr. Jacobson’s sartorial contradictions matched those of his politics: He is among the young Republicans who are pro-free market on fiscal issues and libertarian on social ones. While his views represent a potential growth wing for a party that is losing among other demographic groups, they also show an emerging tension with the older social...
  • The battle over gay rights is THE battle ... there is no other

    03/07/2014 3:06:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    One News Now ^ | March 6, 2014 | Bryan Fischer, American Family Association
    America's future will be determined by one thing and one thing only: whether the forces of light or darkness will win the battle over special rights based on sexually deviant behavior. This is for the simple reason that America must choose between homosexuality and religious freedom, between sodomy and liberty. There is no middle ground. As columnist Matt Lewis put it, the clash is a "zero-sum" game. Somebody wins and somebody else loses. Every single advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of religious liberty. Americans want to believe otherwise, that sodomy and religious liberty can coexist, but...
  • About that Washington Post/ABC News poll on same-sex “marriage”

    03/06/2014 7:44:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/06/2014 | Dustin Siggins
    Yesterday, Allahpundit looked at the Washington Post/ABC News poll that shows 59 percent of the American public supports same-sex “marriage.” It’s a devastating number, but no real surprise, since the numbers have been trending that way for years.Far more interesting than the support for same-sex “marriage,” however, is the way the poll reveals the real intent behind its creation: to create a narrative, not actually get the public’s opinion on the matters referenced in the poll.First, the poll asks what people think about giving “gays and lesbians the legal right to marry.” This is the wrong question for three reasons:A....
  • In the wake of Arizona’s SB 1062, “Jim Crow” is the new “Hitler”

    03/02/2014 9:33:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 1, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The entire flap over SB 1062 in Arizona has left a lot of people scratching their heads, particularly given the virtual media explosion over the fate of the bill and what it means going forward. As it turns out, there is similar legislation pending in Georgia even as we speak, and even though public clamor has already led to the bill being taken off the calendar, the rampant hyperbole which marked the coverage of Jan Brewer’s decision is not in short supply. One of the leading shots across the bow was penned for CNN by the two person team of...
  • Brewer veto not best part of anti-gay bill’s demise

    03/02/2014 12:01:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | February 26, 2014 | Jonathan Capehart, editorial board member & columnist
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)It took her a few (maddening) days, but Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) did the right thing. She vetoed that horrible bill that would have made it legal to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by claiming that doing so violated their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” But this sensible and just end isn’t the best part of all this. Never before have I seen such full-throated tri-partisan opposition to a piece of anti-gay legislation. By tri-partisan I mean Democrats, Republicans and corporations. That Democrats were against the measure was a no-brainer. That Republicans and businesses joined them...
  • In a Flip of Position, Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Now Want Federal Gov't to Decide

    02/28/2014 2:22:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/28/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON — A majority of same-sex marriage supporters now want the federal government to decide whether or not to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples for all states while opponents of SSM would prefer to leave the issue to each state. This is the opposite of where each side of the debate stood seven years ago, according to research conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. Fifty-four percent of SSM supporters now say the federal government should decide the issue of SSM, compared to only 42 percent who said the same in 2006. Forty-four percent of SSM supporters want the...
  • Texas' ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional

    02/26/2014 11:34:21 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 119 replies
    SAN ANTONIO — A federal judge in San Antonio has declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, however, also issued a stay, meaning the ban stays in effect for the time being. One lesbian couple had to go to Massachusetts to get married, and they want Texas to recognize the union. A second gay couple have a courtship of 17 years and want to get married here in their home state.
  • Texas Is Latest Red State To See Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional (The Left gloats)

    02/26/2014 5:17:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | February 26, 2014 | Justin Baragona
    On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that Texas’ amendment banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. While Judge Orlando Garcia stated that same-sex marriage should be legal in the state, he allowed his ruling to be stayed until an appeals court has a chance to review it. Therefore, at this moment, gay and lesbian couples cannot get married in the state of Texas. This is just the latest step in what will surely be the complete toppling of same-sex marriage bans across the country. Currently, gay marriage is legal in 17 states and the District of Columbia. At the same time, there...
  • Bipartisan group of attorneys ask Gov. Jan Brewer to sign SB 1062

    02/26/2014 3:04:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday, I wrote about the effort by the Arizona legislature to amend their state constitution to expand religious-liberty protection in the wake of lawsuits attempting to force participation in same-sex weddings by private businesses. The reaction of some to the bill described it as the next Jim Crow, without apparently knowing that Jim Crow mandated segregation rather than allow for private decisions on commerce. That hyperbolic and uninformed reaction doesn’t mean that the bill is good, though, and the retreat by Arizona politicians that once supported it — including one of its sponsors — sends a pretty big signal that...
  • U.S. Judge Strikes Down Texas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

    02/26/2014 2:54:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 26, 2014 | Manny Fernandez
    HOUSTON — A federal judge in Texas struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, ruling that the laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman violated the United States Constitution, handing gay-rights advocates a major legal victory in one of the nation’s biggest and most conservative states. The judge wrote that the amendment to the state Constitution that Texas voters approved in 2005 defining marriage as between a man and a woman — and two similar laws passed in 1997 and 2003 — denied gay couples the right to marry and demeaned their dignity “for no...
  • Yes, of course a business owner should have the right to refuse service to gay people

    02/26/2014 4:06:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | February 25, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    We critics of modern society tend to run into a problem very similar to the one you encounter when you go to a bar with 27 different beers on tap. Sometimes, we just don’t know where to begin. That’s how I feel when I read about the progressives working themselves into a lather over that religious freedom bill in Arizona. The legislation simply solidifies a business owner’s right to act according to his or her religious beliefs (I say “further solidifies” because the First Amendment already covers this ground pretty thoroughly). “News” outlets like CNN, engaging in blatant editorializing (surprise!),...
  • When ‘leave us alone’ became ‘bake us a cake!’

    02/25/2014 12:17:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 25, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Would Jesus bake a cake for a gay wedding? It’s a weird question, but we do live in interesting times. And believe it or not, this has become one of the most heated debates of the week. That’s because, this week, liberal Christians pushed the argument that legislation allowing Christian florists and bakers to decline to work for same-sex weddings is tantamount to Jim Crow laws. The analogy is a stretch. Sexual orientation is not race — and permitting what would most definitely be a very small number of observant Christians to exercise their right of conscience is vastly different...
  • First Presbyterian narrowly votes to stay with denomination.

    02/23/2014 11:28:04 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 23, 2014 | Mike Tolson |
    A hard-fought effort to move one of Houston's iconic Christian churches from its long-standing denomination to a new, more conservative group narrowly failed Sunday, with the congregation voting heavily in favor of the move but falling short of the supermajority needed for approval. The leadership of First Presbyterian Church, which was established shortly after Houston's founding, had unanimously endorsed the move from Presbyterian Church USA to the breakaway denomination called ECO, A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. The senior pastor, his staff, and the elected leaders from the congregation argued that PCUSA, the nation's largest Presbyterian body, had become too...
  • Redefining Marriage: Proponents of same-sex marriage insist they’re “on the right side of history.”

    02/23/2014 11:44:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 19, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    In 2006, 57 percent of Virginia’s electorate voted to amend their state’s constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Last week, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled the amendment unconstitutional. In 2004, 76 percent of Oklahoma’s electorate voted to amend their state’s constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. On January 14, 2014, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern ruled the amendment unconstitutional. In 2004, 66 percent of Utah’s electorate voted to amend their state’s constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman....
  • Conservative Christians Selectively Apply Biblical Teachings in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

    02/23/2014 11:31:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/22/2014 | Kirsten Powers
    Conservative Christian groups in Arizona cheered the passage Thursday of legislation that would allow individuals and businesses in the state to deny service to same-sex couples due to religious beliefs. All eyes have shifted to Governor Jan Brewer, who must now decide whether to sign the bill. Similar legislation died in Kansas last week, but has also been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. The Arizona law seems to apply to services beyond those tied to weddings, but same-sex weddings are the impetus for these bills. Specifically, they are in response to lawsuits against three different...
  • Arizona Senate: Business owners can cite religion to refuse service to gays

    02/20/2014 2:43:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | February 19, 2014 | Howard Fischer
    PHOENIX — State senators voted Wednesday to let businesses refuse to serve gays based on owners' "sincerely held" religious beliefs. The 17-13 vote along party lines, with Republicans in the majority, came after supporters defeated an attempt to extend existing employment laws that bar discrimination based on religion and race to also include sexual orientation. Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, said that's a separate issue from what he is trying to do. But Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said that's precisely the issue. "The bill opens the door for discrimination against gays and lesbians," he said. Yarbrough, however, said foes of SB...
  • The Brave New World of Same-Sex Marriage

    02/19/2014 5:58:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 19, 2014 | Professor Michael Hanby
    Advocates of same-sex marriage feel themselves to be riding the cresting wave of history, and justly so. The force with which an idea has taken hold that is unprecedented in human history and unthinkable until yesterday, the speed at which it is sweeping aside customary norms, legal precedent, and the remnants of traditional morality is nothing short of breathtaking. That it should have achieved this feat thanks largely to sentiment, fashion, and the brute power of a ubiquitous global media, with so little real thought about its profound effect upon human self-understanding or its far-reaching practical implications, is more astonishing...
  • Kansas' anti-gay bill: another attempt to force warped Christianity on others

    02/18/2014 8:05:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 17, 2014 | Jill Filipovic
    Conservatives keep trying to use America's religious freedom as a way to limit everyone else's rights. Last week, the Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill (pdf) that would have broadly legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians. Luckily, after national outrage, the bill was halted. But the fight isn't over: the bill's reliance on religious freedom to justify discrimination is a sign of right-wing efforts to come. The bill's scope was impressive in its expansiveness: Kansans would have been able to legally refuse to provide just about any service to anyone whose relationship they dislike for religious reasons, and could...
  • San Diego Republican Candidate Includes Same-Sex Partner in Campaign Advertisement

    02/18/2014 5:32:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/18/2014 | Morgan Lee
    A San Diego council member has become the first openly gay Republican to include his same-sex partner in a campaign advertisement. Carl DeMaio, who is currently attempting to win the Republican primary, and challenge Democrat Rep. Scott Peters, has featured footage of his partner, Johnathan Hale, and himself at a pride parade in 2012 in a campaign spot that was released on Thursday. GOP campaign officials and Elizabeth Wilner, who tracks campaign ads for the nonpartisan firm Kantar Media, told The Wall Street Journal that to their knowledge this was the first political advertisement from either party which included a...
  • Manufacturing Consent on Same Sex Marriage (By a gay man)

    02/18/2014 7:03:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/18/2014 | Doug Mainwaring
    Author's preface: I'm gay and I oppose the notion of same sex marriage and the engineering of children for same sex couples. Readers can view my recent speech on this topic given in the rotunda of the Utah State Capitol at the Celebration of Marriage Rally here. An Amicus brief I authored along with Professor Robert Oscar Lopez and Alana Newman for the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, in support of the State of Utah in Kitchen v Herbert in which we assert that children need and deserve both a mom and a dad can be found here....
  • Let the voters decide the fate of same-sex marriage: The Supreme Court would be wise to do this.

    02/17/2014 10:47:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/17/2014 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    Another week and another judge telling us what he or she thinks of same sex marriage. The latest is a judge that has found the Virginia ban unconstitutional. First, how can something be "unconstitutional" that isn't in the US Constitution? Can anyone find the word "marriage" in the document? I only find that word in state laws. Unlike other countries, we do not issue a federal marriage license in the US. Second, why are judges sticking their noses in anyway? Who said that federal judges define what marriage is anyway? My position on same sex marriage is that it should...
  • Christian Rapper Responds To Macklemore’s “Same Love”, Gets Death Threats From LGBT Community

    02/17/2014 7:05:43 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 89 replies
    therightscoop.com ^ | 2/16/14 | therightscoop
    Admittedly I don’t listen to Christian rap or rap of any kind for that matter, but after watching this news report I had to hear Bizzle’s new song which is a well thought out response from a Christian perspective to Macklemore’s song “Same Love.”- (the song the played at the Grammys for the big gay wedding.) And let me say Bizzle’s new song doesn’t pull any punches at all. It treads in love but it doesn’t tread lightly. It’s quite powerful actually. But first, watch this news report by KHOU on how Bizzle’s life is being threatened because of his...
  • Houston church (First Pres) considers split from Presbyterians (from PCUSA)

    02/16/2014 9:44:40 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    AP/Houston Chronicle ^ | February 16, 2014 3:06pm | no byline
    An influential, wealthy Houston church is considering a split from the nation's largest Presbyterian body as it is embroiled in a national debate between those who want to take a more conservative view of the Bible and those who support measures to make room for gay marriage, a newspaper reported Sunday. The First Presbyterian Church, the oldest such congregation in the city, will vote next Sunday on whether it wants to remain with Presbyterian Church USA or join a breakaway faction that wouldn't allow for gay clergy or marriage, The Houston Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1dAhc7p ). Similar debates are going on...
  • Wendy Davis calls on Greg Abbott to stop defending same-sex marriage ban

    02/16/2014 7:57:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 13, 2014 | Peggy Fikac
    SAN ANTONIO — Sen. Wendy Davis said Thursday that she supports same-sex marriage and that Attorney General Greg Abbott, her presumed general-election opponent in the race for governor, should stop defending the state's ban. “It's my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Davis told the Express-News editorial board. Davis, D-Fort Worth, said she is “pleased” that the state's constitutional definition of marriage, as being between a man and a woman, is under challenge in federal...
  • It’s Over: Gay Marriage Can’t Lose in the Court: A perfect record for equality post-Windsor.

    02/14/2014 10:59:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Slate ^ | February 14, 2014 | David S. Cohen and Dahlia Lithwick
    “We made a commitment to each other in our love and lives, and now had the legal commitment, called marriage, to match. Isn't that what marriage is? ... I have lived long enough now to see big changes. The older generation's fears and prejudices have given way, and today's young people realize that if someone loves someone they have a right to marry. Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have...