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  • Swedish PM to Force Priests to Conduct Gay Marriages, Compares them With Abortions

    06/24/2017 7:36:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | JUne 24, 2017 | Chris Tomlinson
    Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has announced that he intends to force all priests in the Swedish church to marry same-sex couples even if they disagree with gay marriage. The Swedish Prime Minister made his view clear in a recent interview saying, “no priest in the Swedish Church can refuse to marry same-sex couples.” Mr Lofven argued that it did not matter what the view of the individual priests was and even supports a motion to only allow priests who agree with same-sex marriage the opportunity to be ordained SVT reports.
  • Gay marriage back on the discussion table in Swiss parliament

    06/19/2017 11:14:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 16 June 2017 10:58 CEST+02:00
    A Swiss parliamentary commission is to prepare a study on gay marriage after the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) on Friday failed in its bid to bury the issue. Gay marriage is not legal in Switzerland, though same-sex couples can enter into a civil partnership after the move was approved in a 2005 referendum. While many MPs — and, according to a 2015 survey, a majority of the Swiss public — are in favor of marriage equality, hardline conservative MPs have tried to block moves towards it. Speaking in parliament SVP MP Yves Nidegger said the word “marriage” was historically...
  • Farmer, barred from market for same sex marriage views, sues city

    06/03/2017 11:12:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/03/2017 | Rick Moran
    An orchard near East Lansing, MI is suing the city because they've been barred from a Farmers Market due to their religious views on same sex marriage. There are several issues that make this case unique. For one, the orchard does not discriminate in selling products in East Lansing to anyone, even same sex couples. The city has accused them of discriminating against gays on their private property because the owner refuses to host same sex marriages at the orchard in Charlotte, MI. Secondly, in order to bar the orchard from selling at the market, the city passed a...
  • Farmer says gay marriage views cost him market spot [East Lansing MI]

    05/31/2017 11:47:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2017 5:17 PM EDT
    A Michigan apple grower who posted on Facebook that he wouldn’t allow gay couples to get married at his farm filed a lawsuit against the city of East Lansing on Wednesday after he was shut out of an outdoor farmer’s market. The city said Stephen Tennes wasn’t invited back to the market because vendors must follow its civil rights ordinance, which bars discrimination. Tennes alleges that the city’s actions violate his rights to free speech and religion. Tennes’ farm, 22 miles away from East Lansing in Eaton County, is a popular place to have weddings. In a Facebook post in...
  • Posthumous wedding for gay French policeman killed by jihadist on Champs-Elysées

    05/31/2017 6:14:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 31 May 2017 15:13 CEST+02:00 | Evie Burrows-Taylor
    The partner of a gay policeman gunned down by a jihadist on Paris’ Champs-Elysées avenue in April has married him posthumously, according to reports on Wednesday. Former president François Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo attended the wedding on Tuesday of the late Xavier Jugelé and Étienne Cardiles. Jugele, 37, was shot dead on April 20 while on duty on the famous Parisian avenue, three days before the first round of France’s presidential election. The law in France states that posthumous marriages are permitted when there are “significant grounds” and terror attacks fall into this category, according to the government’s...
  • Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of 'purpose'

    05/25/2017 8:24:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2017 8:39 PM EDT | Barbara Ortutay
    Mark Zuckerberg returned Thursday to Harvard, where he launched Facebook and then dropped out, telling graduates it’s up to them to bring purpose to the world, fight inequality and strengthen the global community. “Change starts local. Even global changes start small — with people like us,” the Facebook CEO said. He shared stories about graduates such as David Razu Aznar, a former city leader who led the effort to legalize gay marriage in Mexico City, and Agnes Igoye, who grew up in conflict zones in Uganda and now trains law enforcement officers. “And this is my story too,” Zuckerberg added....
  • Church of Scotland Expected to Back Same-Sex Marriage

    05/20/2017 5:21:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/20/17
    The Church of Scotland is preparing to take a significant step towards same-sex marriage. The Kirk's General Assembly - gathering in Edinburgh - will be asked to approve more work on how such weddings could take place in church. Equal marriage remains a divisive issue within the church. Since 2014, Scotland has allowed same-sex couples to marry but individual church traditions can each decide whether to participate. A report on the issue prepared for the General Assembly invited the church to take stock of its history of discrimination against gay people and to apologise "individually and corporately". Moderator Designate the...
  • NC House Bill: U.S. Supreme Court Exceeded Authority of 'Almighty God' in Creating Gay Marriage

    04/12/2017 9:07:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 12, 2017 | 4:24 PM EDT | Michael W. Chapman
    Members of the North Carolina General Assembly introduced a bill on Tuesday, citing the 10th Amendment, which affirms that the U.S. Supreme Court exceeded its authority under the Constitution and in relation to the “decree of Almighty God” by legalizing same-sex marriage, and contends that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision “is null and void” in North Carolina and that the Tar Heel state shall only recognize marriages between one man and one woman. The legislation explains that North Carolina seeks to follow the 2012 law that was established in Section 6 of Article XIV of the North Carolina Constitution, which...
  • David Cameron joins the Brexiteers saying he never 'liked' the EU and is glad he called a referendum

    03/30/2017 7:09:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13:21 EDT, 30 March 2017 | James Tapsfield
    David Cameron has reinvented himself as a Brexiteer — saying he never “liked” the EU and is glad he called the referendum. The former Prime Minister, whose political career was brought to a shuddering close when he lost the historic vote last year, made the comments as he addressed an event in Ukraine. It is not known whether he was paid for the speech at the National University in Kiev — although he has racked up hundreds of thousands of pounds in earnings since leaving Downing Street last July. […] Despite masterminding the desperate Project Fear campaign with George Osborne...
  • Social Democrats fight to pass gay marriage bill before election [Germany]

    03/28/2017 3:33:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 March 2017 16:28 CEST+02:00
    The Social Democrats (SPD) are set to push for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples at a meeting on Wednesday with their coalition partners, Merkel’s conservative Union parties (CDU/CSU) — who have long opposed such legislation — according to a report on Tuesday by Funke Mediengruppe. SPD representatives in the Bundestag (German parliament) plan to propose a reform for the Bundesrepublik, which is one of the few west European countries that does not allow same-sex marriage. “In the future, marriage should be possible as well for same-sex couples,” the SPD promised in their proposal. “I hope that the CDU and...
  • YouTube reverses some restrictions on gay-themed content

    03/20/2017 8:32:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2017 6:17 PM EDT | Barbara Ortutay
    The YouTube video shows two women, dressed in suits and ties. They smile; they sniffle back tears; they gaze into each other’s eyes. They are reading their wedding vows to one another. The four-minute video titled “Her Vows” contains no nudity, violence or swearing. There’s no revealing clothing. No one is engaging in activities that have a “high risk of injury or death.” And yet, YouTube had deemed the video unsuitable for people under 18. YouTube acknowledged Monday that it might have made a mistake, saying in a tweet, “Some videos have been incorrectly labeled and that’s not right. We’re...
  • Arkansas Bill Would Nullify Supreme Court's Same-Sex 'Marriage' Opinion

    03/16/2017 12:26:54 PM PDT · by drewh · 65 replies
    Conservative Angle ^ | 2 hours ago
    A bill introduced into the Arkansas state House of Representatives would restore the traditional definition as the law in the Natural State. State Representative Stephen Meeks is the author of House Bill 2098, which reads, “Marriage shall be only between a man and a woman. A marriage between persons of the same sex is void.“ Moreover, “It is the public policy of the State of Arkansas to recognize the marital union only of man and woman.” Meeks’s measure enjoys the support of at least 19 co-sponsors (including one state senator) and, should it be enacted, the bill would block recognition...
  • SPD, Germans prod CDU, CSU to embrace marriage equality

    03/06/2017 3:51:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.06.2017 | Carla Bleiker
    Social Democrats want to put marriage equality on the table, and over 80 percent of Germans support expanding the right to marry to same-sex couples. But many Christian Democrats are still pushing back. Marriage equality is legal in 22 countries, including Argentina, South Africa and the United States. Germany is not one of them. But now members of the junior governing Social Democratic Party (SPD) are pushing to change that. They are calling on their coalition partners, the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU), to go along with a change of law that would grant same-sex couples...
  • What Happened to This Florist is Wrong!

    02/17/2017 1:54:32 PM PST · by Maudeen · 16 replies
    What happened to this florist is wrong! Created On: Friday, February 17, 2017 9:23 AM You may have heard that our friend Barronelle Stutzman lost her case at the Washington state Supreme Court yesterday. Barronelle is the florist from Richland, Washington, who declined to participate in a homosexual wedding ceremony because she said her Christian faith would not allow her to do so. For this the state of Washington came down on her with a lawsuit saying she could not deny her services to LGBT members, even if it violated her religious convictions.
  • Refusing to service Gay Wedding, Washington florist ready to take religious liberty case to SCOTUS

    02/17/2017 10:26:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/17/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    A Washington florist who refused to participate in a same-sex wedding lost a unanimous decision yesterday at the state Supreme Court. The 9-0 ruling rejected her claim to a First Amendment right to exercise her right to religious liberty in favor of the state’s anti-discrimination law. The next step for Barronelle Stutzman will be the US Supreme Court, as KIRO reported lat night:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The Associated Press has more details on the next steps. Stutzman’s legal counsel insists that the First Amendment allows for free exercise of religion, and that commerce does not limit it....
  • Court rules yet ANOTHER Christian owner must promote homosexual agenda

    02/16/2017 3:14:39 PM PST · by 198ml · 37 replies
    In yet another case where an LGBT “non-discrimination” order trumped First Amendment rights, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that conscience rights don’t matter when it comes to running a business. In the case of Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers – in which a gay client sued Baronelle Stutzman, a Christian floral artist who refused to participate in his same-sex wedding – the Evergreen State’s high court ruled that Stutzman’s First Amendment rights to freedom and expression should be subjugated to the LGBT agenda.
  • Retired bishops say Church of England ignores gay Christians

    02/12/2017 8:32:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2017 7:45 AM EST
    Fourteen retired Anglican bishops are criticizing the Church of England’s attitude to homosexuality, saying the church is not listening to the voices of gay Christians. They are responding to a report from the church’s House of Bishops, which calls for a “fresh tone and culture of welcome and support” for gays and lesbians, but says the church should not lift its opposition to same-sex marriage. In an open letter , the ex-bishops say that “while the pain of LGBT people is spoken about in your report, we do not hear its authentic voice.” …
  • History is made: First same-sex church wedding performed in Norway

    02/01/2017 4:39:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 1 February 2017 10:35 CET+01:00 | The Local/NTB/AFP
    In the very second that the clock struck midnight and the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church’s new liturgy allowing gay couples to marry in church weddings came into force, Kjell Frølich Benjaminsen and Erik Skjelnæs tied the knot in Eidskog Church. A church synod voted on Monday to approve the new liturgy, or service, allowing same-sex couples to get married in the church. At the stroke of midnight, Benjaminsen and Skjelnæs stood before the altar and made their vows in front of pastor Bettina Eckbo, who led the historic ceremony. “It was great fun and really cozy to be a part...
  • 'Antitheist' given life sentence for killing Christian flatmate over religion [Freiburg, Germany]

    01/31/2017 7:37:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 31 January 2017 11:00 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    A self-proclaimed “antitheist” was sentenced to life in prison for killing his Christian flatmate over her religion. The 25-year-old Daniel E. was sentenced to life in prison by a court in Freiburg on Monday for killing his Christian student flatmate last August in a crime ruled to be motivated by hate and disdain. The 31-year-old victim from Paderborn had first met her killer when she moved into a student flatshare last summer. The young woman was an active member of her parish who wanted to later work for the church. But Daniel E. vehemently rejected any form of religion, and...
  • Jesuit University Journal: End ‘Bourgeois’ Institution of Marriage

    10/16/2015 5:29:17 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Oct 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    A law professor at Jesuit-run Fordham University in New York is appealing for an end to the institution of marriage in America, which he describes as “religious, gendered, and bourgeois.” Ethan J. Leib published his essay in the Fordham Law Review. The article, titled “Hail Marriage and Farewell,” says Leib was “elated” when the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land on June 26, 2015, a ruling he described as “a victory for rights, for open-mindedness, for love, and for the future.” The decision, in fact, made him feel, at least for a moment, as if...