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Gay activists reveal plan
SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--If the major homosexual activist groups have their way, there won't be an outbreak of "gay marriage" lawsuits nationwide now that California has legalized such unions -- at least not yet.
Nine of the nation's largest homosexual activist organizations have issued a joint six-page statement urging couples not to sue in their home states or in federal court. The reason? Losses in such lawsuits could set the "gay marriage" movement back for years.
The joint document, called "Make Change, Not Lawsuits," was signed by, among others, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal and the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).
For years the groups have worked together to put forth a unified effort on the issue of "gay marriage" and "gay rights." The statement, though, is the first time they have jointly put their strategy on paper for the entire nation to read.
The document apparently seeks to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2005 when a federal judge in Florida tossed out a lawsuit against the federal Defense of Marriage Act and in Arizona in 2003 when a state appeals court refused to legalize "gay marriage." Neither lawsuit had the backing of major homosexual activist groups.
"The fastest way to win the freedom to marry throughout America is by getting marriage through state courts (to show that fairness requires it) and state legislatures (to show that people support it)," the June 9 statement reads. "We need to start with states where we have the best odds of winning. Read More
Gay couples in Calif. begin 'marrying'
SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--With "party A" and "party B” replacing the traditional "bride" and "groom" on the licenses, California June 16 officially became the second state in the nation to allow homosexual couples to "marry." Read More
Japan quake prompts call for prayer
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--International Mission Board missionaries serving in Japan are asking Southern Baptist churches to pray for the victims of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook northern Japan on June 14. Read More
Crossover collegians venture into the floodNEW WHITELAND, Ind. (BP)--A team of 13 Criswell College students never imagined they would battle floodwaters as part of Crossover'08. Read More
Floods are 'creation groaning,' pastor says
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (BP)--The floodwaters overtaking the Midwest -- as well as tornadoes, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters -- are a symptom of the curse initiated by the fall of man in Genesis 3, a pastor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said.
Eric Schumacher of Northbrook Baptist Church preached June 15 on "The 500-Year Flood and the Kingdom of Christ."
"I preached out of Genesis that man was created to subdue the earth and have dominion over it, representing God in our rule," Schu... Read More
Children, youth enjoy their SBC activities
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Elementary school children figuratively became princes and princesses while older students climbed Mount Kilimanjaro during the Southern Baptist Convention and the preceding Pastors' Conference in Indianapolis June 8-11.
Nearly 200 children ages 4-12 attended the children's camp led by Children Conferences International, based in Madison Heights, Mich.
As part of the theme, "The Sword and the Soap," the boys and girls learned how to be knights and ladies in God's Kin... Read More
IMB thanks top-giving churches
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--J.D. Greear recalls a time when he didn't see missionaries in a very positive light.
"I once concluded that missionaries were pastors that could not get jobs in the United States," said the pastor of the Summit Church in Durham, N.C., during the International Mission Board's annual pastor's dinner June 9 in Indianapolis.
"It changed for me in college when God, in a very real way, opened my eyes to what it meant for 1.8 billion people to have never heard the name of J... Read More
Annie fuels evangelization, Hammond says
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--"It happens because you don't sit on your hands," North American Mission Board missionary David Proffitt told pastors who led in giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions in 2007.
The offering finances the ministry of more than 5,200 missionaries in North America. NAMB's annual appreciation luncheon June 9 in Indianapolis honored about 130 churches as top givers by amount given or per capita giving in their associations.
"Churches who ... Read More
Rainer receives Union's Dodd Award
JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Union University presented Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, with its M.E. Dodd Denominational Service Award during a June 10 dessert reception at the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis.
The Dodd Award is named for the man who was a Union alumnus, served as president of the SBC and is considered the father of today's Cooperative Program, the method by which Southern Baptists fund their missions and ministry work.
The award is given ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Calif. threatens marriage nationwide
DALLAS (BP)--The California Supreme Court's decision legalizing "gay marriage" prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to send an e-mail blast to supporters. Read More