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Massachusetts legislators have 'duty' to vote on marriage amendment, court rules
‘Those [Massachusetts legislators] who now seek to avoid their lawful obligations ... ultimately will have to answer to the people who elected them.’ Massachusetts court ruling
BOSTON (BP)--The highest court in Massachusetts delivered a stinging rebuke to legislators Dec. 27, declaring that members have a "constitutional duty" to vote on a proposed marriage amendment.
The seven justices on the Supreme Judicial Court said in the unanimous decision they had no "statutory authority" to force the legislature to vote. But they used most of the decision to spell out legislators' duties, and amendment supporters hope the decision will persuade enough legislators not to kill the amendment when a constitutional convention is convened Jan. 2, the final day of the session. Read More
Court sides with pro-life group in campaign finance ruling
WASHINGTON (BP)--Free speech advocates recently gained an important victory in their support of advertising on legislative issues during election campaigns. Read More
Christians in Japan come together for Graham Festival
Pastor Tamotsu Uchimura poses with Bible in hand in downtown Naha, the capital of Okinawa, Japan. Photo by Ronaldson Slim/Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
OKINAWA, Japan (BP)--Japanese and Americans on Okinawa are working together to spread the name of Jesus throughout their island.
Traffic was stopped in both directions as Bo Russell, the American pastor of Koza Baptist Church in Okinawa City, Japan, was on his way to his office. “Hey, Pastor Bo!” he heard in broken English from the window of another car in the gridlock. Read More
Stateside partners transition to field missionaries in Ukraine
CRIMEA, Ukraine (BP)--When Victor and Lana Girard* first began praying for an unreached people group in southern Ukraine, they had no idea God would soon call them to live among this people. Read More