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  • Gay marriage legalized in Australia & Austria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    CANBERRA, Australia (BP) -- Australia's Parliament legalized same-sex marriage today (Dec. 7), following a court ruling doing the same in Austria two days earlier, the Associated Press reported.

    Churches and religious organizations in Australia are allowed under the new law to boycott gay weddings without violating existing anti-discrimination mandates, the AP said. The Australian Parliament overwhelmingly approved gay marriage following a nationwide postal ballot that drew approval from 62 percent of voters Oct. 27.

    The countries join at least 25 other nations where the practice was legalized as early as 2000, according to Pew Research tallied through August. Read More

  • March for Jesus draws 12,000

    by Marc Ira Hooks, posted Monday, September 29, 2014 (3 years ago)

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    VIENNA, Austria (BP) -- I must admit, when organizers told me they were expecting 5,000 to 10,000 people to gather together in Vienna's main square to proclaim the name of Jesus, I was skeptical. And when I was told a march around the central part of the city would conclude with a festival that included Christian music and preaching, I was even more doubtful about the impact this event would have. Read More