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Sotomayor sees 'seriousness' of marriage definition debate
WASHINGTON (BP)--Pressed for her views on one of the nation's most controversial subjects, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor said Thursday that she understands the "seriousness" of the nationwide debate over the definition of marriage, although she didn't disclose where she stands.
Sotomayor was asked about "gay marriage" and an obscure 1972 Supreme Court case pertaining to that issue as the Senate Judiciary Committee concluded its final day of questioning, with each senator getting 10 minutes in a "third round" to probe Sotomayor. Although the panel's social conservatives had focused on abortion during the first two days of questioning, they increasingly turned to the issue of marriage during the final day and a half of the confirmation hearing.
Liberal groups are counting on Sotomayor to provide a Supreme Court vote for "gay marriage," but no one knows for sure what she believes. She has not ruled on the issue as a judge on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
"If the Supreme Court in the next few years holds that there's a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, would that be making the law or would that be interpreting the law?" Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas asked, noting that Sotomayor previously had labeled as interpretations of the law several Supreme Court decisions that conservatives have heavily criticized.
Sotomayor began her response by saying if she answered it directly it would be viewed as pre-judging the case. But she continued, "I understand the seriousness of this question, and I understand the seriousness of same-sex marriage, but I also understand and know -- as I think all America knows -- that this issue is being hotly debated on every level of our three branches of government."
She said she has not pre-judged the issue and would not let her own personal views determine the outcome. Read More
Missouri 'Peace Committee' gets up to $100,000 from reserves
BOLIVAR, Mo. (BP)--The Missouri Baptist Convention's Executive Board voted July 14 to adopt the final report of their "Peace Committee" and allocate up to $100,000 out of reserves to pursue biblical reconciliation between two conservative groups in the state. Read More
Bus crash victim struggles with brain injury
JACKSON, Miss. (BP)--Maggie Lee Henson, a seventh-grader who was trapped under a church bus that crashed in Mississippi, continues to struggle with a brain injury, and her parents are requesting urgent prayer on her behalf. Read More
GCR task force to meet twice in August
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force will meet twice in August, once in Atlanta and once in Rogers, Ark. Read More
CBF cuts budget amid shortfall
REVISED August 4, 2009 to delete incorrect CP information relating to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina in paragraph 2.
HOUSTON (BP)--The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, at its 19th annual meeting in Houston July 2-3, approved a $16.1 million budget, which is $400,000 less than the previous year's budget, following a 20 percent shortfall in income.
"Financial support for CBF continues to be disappointing. The Southern Baptist Convention's income is down a few percent f... Read More
Africa missions pioneer John Mills dies
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Missionary pioneer John E. Mills, who personally opened missions work in Ivory Coast and later led Southern Baptists to nearly triple the number of mission fields in West Africa, died July 10. He was 87.
Mills, a Texan who never lost his booming cowboy drawl, was passionate about West Africa -- and he proved it by serving and leading other missionaries there for more than 40 years.
"I believe this is Africa's day of opportunity and progress," he said in a report to ... Read More
Baptist Press interns capture SBC flavor
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Last month, Baptist Press recruited students from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., to provide video coverage for the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Louisville, Ky. The students created multi-media presentations highlighting a few of the events surrounding the meeting and capturing some of the flavor and experiences of SBC 2009.
Below, are brief descriptions of each video and links to view them.
Julie and Julie, voluntee... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: What can we learn from Mark Driscoll?
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Recently Seattle-area pastor Mark Driscoll has come under a great deal of scrutiny for his foul language and controversial sermon series on sex. Read More