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  • ACLU fights faith-based child placement agencies

    by Bonnie Pritchett/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    LANSING, Michigan (BP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is challenging a Michigan law that allows faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to operate according to their biblical convictions. The lawsuit, filed against the state Sept. 20 in federal court, could jeopardize similar laws across the nation and force faith-based agencies to close.

    The lawsuit names Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Charities, which are not defendants, as foster care and adoption agencies that turned away two married lesbian couples trying to adopt children. Read More

  • Couple fights to limit videos to biblical marriage

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- Christian filmmakers Carl and Angel Larsen are asking a district court to reinstate their challenge to a Minnesota law that could force them to produce media supporting same-sex marriage.

    The U.S. District Court in Minnesota dismissed the couple's lawsuit on Sept. 20 against the state over portions of the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), which bans sexual orientation discrimination in public accommodations and contracting. Read More

  • Edith Windsor, same-sex marriage pioneer, dies at 88

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NEW YORK (BP) -- Edith Windsor, a homosexual rights activist whose lawsuit prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), died Sept. 12 in New York. She was 88.

    The Supreme Court's 2013 ruling in U.S. v. Windsor granted states the ability to legalize same-sex marriage and paved the way for nationwide legalization of the practice two years later in Obergefell v. Hodges. An NPR obituary called Windsor, whose cause of death has not been announced, "an octogenarian rock star in the gay rights community." Read More

  • Evangelicals counter 'agree to disagree' sexuality

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (7 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A coalition of evangelical leaders, including about 70 Southern Baptists, has issued a statement on biblical sexuality countering the idea that Christians "should agree to disagree" in their views of homosexual practice and transgenderism.

    The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) announced today (Aug. 29) the release of The Nashville Statement, which consists of 14 affirmations and denials consistent with the church's long-held teaching on human sexuality. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Weddings are best in a church

    by Gerald Harris, posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Gerald Harris lists seven reasons why he believes Christian weddings, whether large or small, should be held in a church to clearly signify that "Christ will become the centerpiece of the new home." Read More

  • Targeted for marriage beliefs, judge appeals to high court

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A longtime municipal judge and circuit court magistrate is seeking relief from the U.S. Supreme Court after the state of Wyoming fired her for telling a reporter she believes marriage is between a man and a woman.

    Pinedale, Wyo., Judge Ruth Neely petitioned the Supreme Court Aug. 4 to hear her case after the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics forced her to stop solemnizing marriages, ending her career as a part-time magistrate. Read More

  • Reformers' wisdom applied to transgender debate

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (8 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid contemporary discussion of transgenderism, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation has helped resurface historic wisdom on gender and sexuality.

    While predating by centuries the modern phenomenon of transgenderism, Martin Luther and John Calvin were among Reformers to denounce those who attempted to blur the distinction between men and women -- an error dating back to the ancient world. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Those early years

    by Vickie Munton, posted Friday, July 07, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Vickie Munton, reflecting on her early years of marriage, recounts the hard work, sacrifice and faith through which "God laid the foundation for our future." Read More

  • Pew: Gay marriage gains favor of younger white evangelicals

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 29, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Young white evangelicals -- both Millennials and Gen-Xers -- born after 1964 are among societal groups increasingly approving of same-sex marriage, according to new Pew Research Center figures.

    Homosexual marriage is supported by 47 percent of younger white evangelicals today, compared to only 29 percent in March of 2016, Pew said in a study conducted June 8-18 among 2,504 adults. Older white evangelicals, including Silents born before 1946 and Baby Boomers, overwhelmingly remain opposed. Only 26 percent of evangelicals in the older groups approve of the practice, comparable to the 25 percent in the 2016 study. Read More