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  • 'Horrified & heartbroken,' Orlando mourns

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Pain pulsing through Orlando this week touches many more than the families of the 49 murdered and the 53 wounded by a single gunman's terrorism on the Lord's Day at a gay nightclub; it touches the entire community, pastors holding prayer services told Baptist Press.

    Prayer services continue today (June 15) at 6:30 p.m. at Delaney Baptist Church two blocks from the crime scene, and at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of the Cross, both Southern Baptist congregations. Read More

  • Orlando massacre spurs prayer, compassion

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, June 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Calls for prayer and compassion rang out from Southern Baptists nationwide hours after the mass murder of 49 and the injury of 53 early Sunday (June 12) at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

    Armed with a handgun and an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a U.S.-born citizen of Afghani parents, walked into the Pulse nightclub around 2 a.m. and began shooting among the more than 300 patrons at the club as it prepared to close for the day. Read More

  • LGBT K-12 school proposed for Georgia

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index , posted Friday, January 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    DALTON, Ga. (BP) -- A new school for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in grades K-12 is being established in Atlanta as a safe zone for such students being bullied in traditional schools. But a Georgia Baptist leader is asking if a 5-year-old kindergarten student can identify as being LGBT -- or even a first or second grader, for that matter. Read More

  • Fayetteville voters approve LGBT anti-discrimination law

    by Caleb Yarbrough/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Wednesday, September 09, 2015 (3 years ago)

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (BP) -- Fayetteville citizens voted to ratify the city's Uniform Civil Rights Protection ordinance -- that now protects the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community -- by a slim margin Tuesday (Sept. 8).

    Originally passed by the city council June 16, the law is a revised version of a law that the council passed in August 2014 and was then repealed by a popular vote last December. Read More

  • Houston pastors press their case in court

    by Bonnie Pritchett, posted Friday, January 30, 2015 (3 years ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- Houston pastors finally began to get their day in court in their lawsuit against the city and Mayor Annise Parker for dismissing thousands of voter signatures to repeal of a controversial pro-LGBT ordinance.

    The plaintiffs' attorney, Andy Taylor, will seek to convince the jury to overturn the city's actions, challenging defense contentions that the signatures were penned to a bad document and duly disqualified. Read More

  • Mormons on LGBT rights called naive, unhelpful

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (3 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will support civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people if religious freedom protections also are ensured, its leaders announced Tuesday (Jan. 27).

    Southern Baptist leaders, however, said the Mormons' approach to the conflict between sexual rights and religious liberty is naive and unhelpful, as well as unacceptable to proponents of LGBT rights.

    In a Salt Lake City news conference, Mormon leaders described their stance as "fairness for all" -- or a "balanced approach between religious and gay rights" that endorses protections in housing, employment and public transportation for LGBT people and, at the same time, safeguards the rights of religious institutions and people. Read More

  • Fayetteville, Ark., LGBT law repealed

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (3 years ago)

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    IFAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (BP) -- Voters in a northwest Arkansas city have overturned a pro-homosexual/transgender ordinance that many claimed posed a threat to religious liberty.

    In a special election Tuesday (Dec. 9), residents of Fayetteville -- home of the University of Arkansas -- approved repeal of the measure by fewer than 500 votes, with 52 percent (7,523) of voters in favor of repeal and 48 percent (7,040) opposed. ... Read More

  • FAYETTEVILLE: clarity, compassion, Christ

    by Douglas Falknor, posted Thursday, December 04, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Fayetteville pastor Douglas Falknor, his wife and eighth-grade daughter attended an eye-opening council meeting when the city's LGBT ordinance was debated. Christians must show clarity, compassion and Christ in their involvement in the public square, Falknor writes. Read More

  • LGBT ordinance repeal on Fayetteville ballot

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, December 03, 2014 (3 years ago)

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders in northwest Arkansas are expressing hope voters will overturn a pro-homosexual/transgender ordinance Dec. 9, turning back a significant threat to religious liberty. Read More

  • Ark. LGBT law 'runs against' 1st amendment

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 24, 2014 (3 years ago)

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (BP) -- Southern Baptists in an Arkansas city are working to overturn a homosexual-transgender ordinance in what apparently is the opening salvo in a new campaign to enact such legislation in the South. Read More