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  • 18-year-old Aussie loses her job for saying ‘it’s OK to vote no’ on same-sex ‘marriage’

    09/20/2017 4:37:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 20, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    An Australian children’s entertainment company fired a young woman for saying on social media “it’s OK to vote ‘no’” in the country’s current referendum on same-sex “marriage.” Capital Kids Parties owner Madlin Sims may have violated discrimination laws in firing an 18-year-old because Sims said her former employee’s view amounted to hate speech, The Guardian reported. The young woman known thus far as Madeline said in various media interviews that she was let go because her Christian view did not allow her to vote yes in Australia’s voluntary postal survey on gay “marriage.” The plebiscite runs from September 12 through...
  • The LGBT Agenda vs. Religious Freedom: Which Will Dominate Society?

    09/14/2017 8:25:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/14/2017 | Avner Zarmi
    One day in 2012, Charles Craig and David Mullins entered Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, to order a wedding cake. Phillips, a Christian and self-described “cake artist” who custom-designs cakes for various occasions, politely declined, citing his religious beliefs.Having previously, in the words of his lawyer, refused to bake cakes for Halloween, or with anti-American, anti-family, or what he considered profane messages, Phillips also would not design a cake to celebrate an event in violation of his understanding of Leviticus XX, 13.Craig and Mullins promptly filed a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation...
  • Australia Gay Marriage Debate Highlights Church Divisions

    As Australia prepares for a contentious postal vote on legalising gay marriage, fierce divisions have emerged within the church, with many Christians disregarding traditional religious views as outdated. Although attitudes to same-sex marriage vary across denominations and congregations -- and even between the pulpit and the pews -- many Australians view the church as the greatest source of resistance to such unions. "I think it is really bad news for the church that it is seen as taking this exclusive, judgemental, unloving stance toward a significant part of the Australian community," Reverend Margaret Mayman, minister of the Pitt Street Uniting...
  • Trump Administration Sides With Baker In Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case

    09/07/2017 3:05:10 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 73 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 7, 2017 | Chris Geidner and Dominic Holden
    In a surprise move, the Trump administration on Thursday sided with a Colorado bakery whose owner is arguing to the Supreme Court that he should not need to bake a cake for a same-sex couple when their ceremony violates his religious beliefs. Colorado's public accommodation law bans discrimination based on sexual orientation, and its courts have ruled that means businesses catering to the public cannot discriminate against same-sex couples seeking services for weddings or other commitment ceremonies. Masterpiece Cakeshop, however, is run by Jack Phillips, a man who incorporates his Christian faith into the way he runs his business. Baking...
  • Software problems block same-sex marriage registration in Germany

    08/29/2017 7:40:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 08.29.2017 | Alistair Walsh (with DPA)
    Germany’s bureaucratic computer systems will be unable to cope with the legalization of same-sex marriage in Germany, Berlin authorities announced on Monday. When the new same-sex marriage law takes effect on October 1, registry systems will not allow bureaucrats to enter two people of the same gender into one marriage, German news agency DPA and daily newspaper Berliner Morgenpost, reported. Same-sex marriage was spontaneously legalized in Germany in July, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed members of her ruling Christian Democratic party (CDU) to vote according to their conscience. The CDU had previoulsy opposed the granting of full marriage rights...
  • Wyoming Judge Appeals To Nation’s Highest Court After Losing Job For Being A Christian

    08/15/2017 5:20:24 PM PDT · by Mafe · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 15, 2017 | Jonathan Lange
    “Does a state violate the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause or Free Speech Clause when it punishes a judge who has discretionary authority to solemnize marriages because she states that her religious beliefs preclude her from performing a same-sex wedding?” That’s the question Judge Ruth Neely from Pinedale, Wyoming, wants the Supreme Court to answer. On August 4, she filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), asking them to review a March 7, 2017 ruling from the Wyoming Supreme Court. That ruling handed down a public censure and effectively removed her from a circuit court...
  • New Jersey woman charged with murder for shooting her wife in the face

    08/07/2017 10:50:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 7, 2017, 5:17 PM | CrimeSider Staff
    Prosecutors say a woman shot and killed her wife Sunday in their New Jersey home. Laura Bluestein, 28, was charged Monday with first degree murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and tampering with evidence. Police were called Sunday by a relative of Bluestein, who reported a possible assault at her home in Mount Holly, New Jersey. When they arrived they found 29-year-old Felicia Dormans dead from a gunshot wound to the face. …
  • Ultra-Rich Gay Activist On Targeting Christians: It’s Time To ‘Punish The Wicked’

    07/19/2017 7:25:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 76 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 7/19/17 | Bre Payton
    In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, tech millionaire turned LGBTQ activist Tim Gill said he’s aiming to punish Christians who don’t want to participate in same-sex weddings. For more than two decades, the software programmer has poured an estimated $422 million into various gay rights causes. After the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states in 2015, Gill turned his attention and resources to targeting Christians. The election of Donald Trump, who claims to support gay rights but stocked his administration with anti-LGBTQ extremists, has only emboldened those looking to erase the gains of the...
  • Gay marriage-recusal law survives federal court challenge [North Carolina law]

    06/28/2017 8:43:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 28, 2017 1:04 PM EDT | Jonathan Drew
    North Carolina’s law allowing magistrates to refuse to perform same-sex marriages survived a challenge Wednesday when an appeals court determined that three couples weren’t harmed enough to fight the state’s use of taxpayer money to apply the law. The Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed their lawsuit, rejecting arguments by the couples that their status as North Carolina taxpayers gives them standing to sue. Because two of the couples are already married and the third is engaged, the law hasn’t hurt their ability to wed, the judges said. “The outcome here is in no way a comment on same-sex...
  • Germany set to legalize gay marriage as early as this week

    06/27/2017 9:59:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 June 2017 09:02 CEST+02:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    The Bundestag (German parliament) could hold a vote on legalizing gay marriage as early as Friday, after Chancellor Angela Merkel told her party members to vote on the issue according to their consciences.The Christian Democrats (CDU) are preparing for a vote on gay marriage on Friday, insiders told DPA on Tuesday. At a meeting of CDU parliamentarians on Tuesday, Merkel told MPs to vote with their conscience during the vote, meaning there will be no compulsion to follow the party line. In an open vote, a gay marriage bill is almost certain to pass through the Bundestag. Volker Kauder, leader...
  • Gallup: LGBTs More Likely to Marry Opposite-Sex Partners Than Same-Sex Partners

    06/26/2017 9:52:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 26, 2017 | 4:51 PM EDT | CNSNews.com Staff
    According to Gallup polling done between June 2016 and June 2017, “LGBT” Americans are more likely to be married to a spouse of the opposite sex than one of the same sex. […] “LGBT Americans are still more likely to be married to an opposite-sex spouse (13.1%) than a same-sex spouse (10.2%), but the gap is narrowing,” said Gallup. …
  • 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...