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Calif. bill already impacting religious expressionLOS ANGELES Calif. (BP) -- The California state legislature's latest effort to outlaw biblical views on sex, marriage and gender identity appears to have claimed its first casualty. Citing concerns over possible legal repercussions from a pending bill, Colorado-based Summit Ministries has canceled a summer conference at Biola University in the Los Angeles area.
"The vagueness of the bill has opened up threats to religious communities that the author did not intend," Biola communications director Brenda Velasco said. Read More
Del. bill first to outlaw child marriage in U.S.DOVER, Del. (BP) -- A bill awaiting Del. Gov. John Carney's signature is America's first to outlaw marriage before age 18, the latest measure in a nationwide effort to rein in child marriage.
Delaware's measure is the strictest to date, surpassing a Florida law passed in March to allow marriage as early as 17 when the partner is no more than two years older. Carney is expected to sign the bill as early as this week, his office has told the media, after conducting a legal review.
Democratic Rep. Kim Williams, the bill's sponsor, is encouraging other states to follow suit. Read More
Domestic violence: Ministry advice for pastorsNASHVILLE (BP) -- As discussion of domestic violence persists among evangelicals, seasoned pastors and others who minister to families are advising their ministry colleagues on what to do when they encounter physical abuse in a marriage.
At issue in evangelicals' discussions are controversial comments by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson regarding women, divorce and domestic abuse. See Baptist Press' reports here, here and here. Read More
SWBTS trustees, SBC entity presidents address abuseFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Amid ongoing discussion of statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson on domestic violence, Patterson and the executive committee of the seminary trustees have issued a statement affirming "the importance of protecting victims of abuse."
Meanwhile, at least five Southern Baptist Convention entity presidents have made statements on domestic violence since April 29. Three referenced Patterson by name but did not offer an opinion specifically on his comments. The others commented on domestic violence generally without naming Patterson. Read More
Patterson clarifies domestic violence stanceFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Paige Patterson has clarified his view on domestic violence and voiced regret "that the way I expressed that conviction has brought hurt."
Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, issued a written statement Sunday (April 29) amid discussion on social media of an audio clip from 2000 in which he said the proper response of a wife to domestic abuse "depends on the level of abuse to some degree." Read More
Army chaplain fights charge of unlawful discriminationWASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires is fighting a U.S. Army investigator's charge of unlawful discrimination for refusing to preside over a marriage retreat including same-sex couples.
But Squires followed federal law and Army and Southern Baptist Convention chaplaincy protocol when he rescheduled a Feb. 9 Strong Bonds marriage retreat in order to involve a non-SBC chaplain, thereby accommodating the attendance of a lesbian couple, First Liberty Institute said in an April 17 letter to the Army in Squires' defense. Read More
Christian col. suspended for marriage view wins appealARLINGTON, Va. (BP) -- A U.S. Air Force colonel and devout Christian suspended and denied promotion after refusing to affirm same-sex marriage has won a legal appeal to reverse the disciplinary actions against him.
Col. Leland Bohannon was restored today (April 3) to his military position and good standing, the Air Force Review Boards Agency announced Monday. Before Bohannon was disciplined in August 2017 for refusing to sign a certificate of spouse appreciation for a retiring officer in a same-sex marriage, Bohannon was due a promotion to brigadier general. Read More
Child marriage on chopping block in some U.S. statesNASHVILLE (BP) -- An 11-year-old rape victim in Florida, a 14-year-old ninth-grader in Texas, a sexually abused 16-year-old in Kentucky. They are among thousands of girls forced to marry adult men in the past 50 years under laws permitting such unions in most U.S. states.
"This is not about me. I survived," 55-year-old Sherry Johnson told CBS news when Florida passed a bill March 9 limiting marriage to those 17 and older. Raped at age 9 and a biological mother at age 10, she was 11 when her own birth mother forced her to marry a man in his 20s, simply by getting a judge's approval. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Not just a ring -- a choice for the King
Marriage, Peter Link notes, is a critical choice that defines a person's relationship to God. Couples must connect their lives to "a growing affection for God, because the chief end of Christian marriage is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever," Link writes. Read More
Gay marriage reversed in BermudaHAMILTON, Bermuda (BP) -- The Bermuda Legislature has outlawed same-sex marriage only months after the Bermuda Supreme Court approved such unions there, making the island the first nation to reverse gay marriage.
The Bermuda Legislature approved the Domestic Partnership Act after a public referendum in favor of traditional marriage, effectively reversing the Bermuda Supreme Court ruling of May, 2017. Bermuda Gov. John Rankin signed the act into law Feb. 7. Read More