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  • Human rights court: Europe cannot be forced to redefine marriage

    07/18/2014 11:17:17 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Adelaide Mena
    Strasbourg, France, Jul 18, 2014 / 02:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights. In a July 16 ruling, the human rights court explained that while “some Contracting States have extended marriage to same-sex partners,” European laws establishing the right of men and women to freely marry “cannot be construed as imposing an obligation on the Contracting States to grant access to marriage to same-sex couples.” The applicant to the high European human rights court brought his petition after Finland refused...
  • Homosexuality remains rare, but bisexuality rising among youth and correlated w dysfunction

    07/17/2014 8:13:48 PM PDT · by dangus · 35 replies
    Analysis of CDC Report ^ | 7-17-14 | Dangus
    Fascinating data released from the Center for Disease Control about homosexuality. Homosexuality is not becoming more common. Out of 300 million Americans, only 2 million are homosexual men. 98% of men are heterosexual. And the share of the young-adult (18-45) public which is homosexual (1.9%) is almost the same as that of the middle-aged (45-64) public (1.8%), despite AIDS having ravaged the gay population which is now largely middle-aged. Bisexuality may well be another matter. Young adults are three times more likely than middle-aged adults to be bisexual, although that's still just over 1% of the total population. (Women are...
  • Ruling sparks debate on retroactive gay rights

    07/17/2014 4:05:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 17, 2014 5:15 PM EDT | Dave Collins
    A new Connecticut Supreme Court ruling is adding to the debate on whether gay marriage rights should be applied retroactively and qualify same-sex couples for rights and benefits for which they weren’t entitled before state laws allowed them to marry. Although no states that allow gay marriage have made their laws retroactive, many same-sex partners believe they should have received Social Security survivor payments, tax breaks, inheritances and other benefits that were afforded only to heterosexual married couples before gay marriage laws were passed. …
  • European court strikes down transgender marriage case

    07/16/2014 5:52:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 16.07.14 @ 20:47 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    A Finnish citizen who wanted the state to recognize her new gender after surgery and remain legally married to woman at the same time lost her case at the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday (16 July). Heil Hamalainen underwent male-to-female gender reassignment surgery in 2009, years after she married her partner. But Finnish law does not recognize same-sex marriages. State authorities said that for Hamalainen to have her new gender recognized, she would need to turn the marriage into a civil partnership or get a divorce—something the couple refused. …
  • NC Pastors Demand Gov. Pat McCrory Defend State's Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

    07/16/2014 8:54:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/16/2014 | Alex Murashko
    A group supporting the North Carolina Pastors Network demanded the state's governor defend the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state despite lawsuits from same-sex couples at the local and national level at a rally on Tuesday. Leaders from the group of about 30 people who gathered on the steps of the old Capitol building, are sending North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory a petition asking him to use his executive powers to defend the amendment that was approved by 61 percent of voters in 2012, The Associated Press reported. In a recent column for The Christian Post, Rev....
  • Betty Crocker joins push for gay redefinition of ‘family’

    07/15/2014 1:09:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 15, 2014 | Dustin Siggins
    Famed homemaking company Betty Crocker once promoted couples making up over a cake. Now, the 90-year old company says it is adjusting to the times by promoting all relationships -- including homosexual couples and cohabitating couples -- as equal to married couples with children. The change in Betty Crocker's focus became well known in August 2013, when the company – a subsidiary of General Mills, which supports same-sex "marriage” -- released a video promoting same-sex couples. At the same time, it provided cakes to homosexual couples who "married" in Minnesota after the ceremony was allowed. Last month, Betty Crocker...
  • Betty Crocker's Newest Recipe: How to Support Gay Marriage

    07/15/2014 12:09:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Ad Age ^ | June 24, 2014 | E.J. Schultz
    The Brand Uses Social Media and Rainbow Desserts in High-Profile Push.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Known as the "first lady of food," Betty Crocker has spent more than 90 years dispatching kitchen advice, including selling more than 75 million cookbooks since its first one was published in 1942. But of late, the fictional brand icon has taken on a new mission as a supporter of gay marriage. The General Mills-owned brand began winning attention for the cause in August of last year by providing cakes to same-sex couples who got married in Minnesota after the state legalized gay married. Now Betty is following up on...
  • The GOP's Gay-Rights Reboot: An effort to change the Republican Party's platform.

    07/14/2014 8:53:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    National Journal ^ | 07/14/2014 | Michael Catalini
    Inside the offices of Republican gay-rights groups, a strategy is forming to convince party leaders to strip opposition to gay marriage from the GOP platform. The target, operatives say, is to see party leaders drop their support for a gay-marriage ban in time for the Republican National Convention in summer 2016. It's a long shot, but Republican gay-rights lobbyists think they can build on the momentum provided by courts nationwide and the belief that, philosophically, the GOP's social conservatives are fighting a battle that puts them well out of step with the majority of the country, and that could demographically...
  • Do Evangelical Churches Have to Accept Gay Marriage to Attract Millennials?

    07/12/2014 10:29:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/12/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    Must Evangelical churches change or downplay their position on homosexuality to attract millennials? Millennials, generally defined as those ages 18 to mid-30s, are the most supportive of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, many polls show. A recent Public Religion Research Institute poll had their support at 69 percent, the highest of any age group. Even among self-described Evangelicals, the millennials showed the highest level of support at 43 percent (though the poll only included white Evangelicals), compared to 33 percent for generation X, 22 percent for Baby Boomers and 19 percent for those 68 and older. The poll also...
  • Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo

    07/10/2014 12:33:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 49 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 7/10/14 | Jonathan Pearlman
    A judge in Australia has been criticised after saying incest may no longer be a taboo and that the community may now accept consensual sex between adult siblings. Judge Garry Neilson, from the district court in the state of New South Wales, likened incest to homosexuality, which was once regarded as criminal and "unnatural" but is now widely accepted. He said incest was now only a crime because it may lead to abnormalities in offspring but this rationale was increasingly irrelevant because of the availability of contraception and abortion.
  • Legal Experts: National Marriage Equality Could Happen Within A Year

    07/09/2014 8:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 9, 2014 | Sahil Kapur
    Suddenly it's a possibility that experts are contemplating: marriage equality could be the law of the land all across the United States within one year. On Wednesday, Utah asked the Supreme Court to resolve its dispute with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals which two weeks ago became the first U.S. circuit court to declare that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Legal experts say the Supreme Court is likely to accept the case. With lawsuits piling up, and gay marriage on an undefeated legal streak since the Court axed the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, the...
  • Intact Biological Family Kids Fare Better by the Vast Majority of Objective Measures

    07/07/2014 9:44:34 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Presentation Parish Right to Life ^ | May 20, 2014 | John Smith
    Children Raised in the Intact Biological Family Fare Better by the Vast Majority of Objective Measures Notre Dame University has denied official recognition of a student group promoting policymaking that places primary emphasis on advocacy explicitly for the interests of children in considerations about so-called “Gay Marriage”. The quest for recognition by Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), was rejected in an April 30 letter from the university’s Student Activities Office. In evaluating a proposal, approval is based on several things.…There was not a need for another similar-type club. The Club Coordination Council SCOP’s Notre Dame Marriage Petition cites Pope Francis...
  • California governor signs bill replacing words 'husband' and 'wife' in state law

    07/07/2014 3:57:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 7, 2014 | AP/FoxNews
    The terms “husband” and “wife” have been deleted from California’s marriage law under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The terms will be replaced with “spouse” to accommodate same-sex marriage, which became legal in the state last year after the Supreme Court struck down a voter-approved ban on it. SB1306, the bill signed Monday by Brown, takes effect Jan. 1 and reflects the legality of gay marriage after a decade of litigation. The law also removes limits on recognizing same-sex marriages performed out of state.
  • Joe Biden: Gay Marriage Fulfills Declaration of Independence

    07/07/2014 8:34:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 7, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Friday, Vice President Joe Biden used an Independence Day celebration and speech in Philadelphia to compare gay marriage to the Civil Rights Movement and push for more gay marriage. According to The Hill, "[Biden] said he was reminded of two Philadelphias, one where the Declaration of Independence was signed 238 years ago and the other in Mississippi where civil rights workers were murdered in June 1964, two weeks before President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act." After saying that the two Philadelphias helped give meaning to the words “all men are created equal," Biden reportedly said that gay...
  • DENMARK: Parliament forces State (Lutheran) church to have same-sex “marriages”

    07/06/2014 6:00:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 06/10/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    “Oh no!”, they rush to exclaim, “We’re all about freedom! Freedom for you and for me and for… everyone! Even Catholics! We’ll never force you to marry homosexuals.”First, never accept the premise that the same-sex “marriage” issue is a matter of civil rights. It. Is. Not. In the same way that feminists have gotten everyone to believe abortion is a “women’s issue”, (It. Is. Not.), homsexualists have gotten everyone to believe same-sex “marriage” is a civil-rights issue.This from The Telegraph: Gay Danish couples win right to marry in church [a Lutheran church, btw ... the state church of Denmark] Homosexual...
  • What will our first Fourth of July be like, once we have completely lost our freedom?

    07/04/2014 9:43:48 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 21 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 7/4/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
    What will our first Fourth of July be like, once we have completely lost our freedom? It won't matter which pet cause of the Disinformational Elites is then-currently mandatory.Gay Marriage won't have any special favor over the long run. As soon as the Elites have determined that our population is waning too much, they could just as easily forbid any sterile sexual relations, where now fruitful sexual relations are severely sanctioned.Or as soon as the Elites have completely broken the spirit of the people by disintegrating their national identity, they may decide that unregulated immigration is forbidden. American Government immigration...
  • Kentucky Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban; Says Religious Views Do Not Trump Gay Rights

    07/02/2014 8:25:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/02/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban was struck down Tuesday by a federal judge who ruled that it is a violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. "In America even sincere and long-held religious views do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted," U.S. District Judge John Heyburn in Louisville argued. The ruling follows similar decisions in Utah and Indiana where gay marriage bans were also dismissed. In his decision, Heyburn stated that his ruling does not "diminish the freedom of others to any degree." There is an "utter lack of...
  • Federal judge strikes down Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage

    07/01/2014 6:35:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2014 | AllahPundit
    This is Noteworthy for three reasons. One: The judge is a Bush 41 appointee, nominated to the federal bench by, er, Mitch McConnell. Two: This decision doesn’t matter much on the ground because the Sixth Circuit, the federal appellate court with jurisdiction in Kentucky, is set to hear arguments on gay marriage on August 6th. They’re going to end up superseding this decision one way or the other in the next few months anyway.Three: Heyburn, the judge, went out of his way to make clear that he thinks this issue is a no-brainer. Usually when a court examines the...
  • And They Lived Happily Ever After (Coverest thine keyboard)

    07/01/2014 12:58:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Indiana Barrister ^ | June 26, 2014 | Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, esquire
    I didn’t expect to wake up this morning. Why? Because I thought the world was going to come to an end yesterday. At least that’s what i was led to believe after listening to the wailing and gnashing of teeth over federal Judge Richard Young’s common sense ruling that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, like bans in most jurisdictions, has no rational basis so it was thrown out as unconstitutional. Hundreds of people lined up at the Marion County Clerk’s Office to tie the knot. A number of them had been together longer as partners than most heterosexual couples have...
  • Elton John: Jesus Would Approve of Same-Sex Marriage

    06/29/2014 4:51:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 118 replies
    Time ^ | 6/29
    Pop star Elton John called the Pope “wonderful” and said that Jesus would approve of marriage equality in an interview Sunday, the same weekend gay pride events occurred all over the world.Pop star Elton John called the Pope “wonderful” and said that Jesus would approve of marriage equality in an interview Sunday, the same weekend gay pride events occurred all over the world. Although Pope Francis does not support same-sex marriage, John praised the Pope’s attitude toward LGBT people as a sign of progress in an interview with Sky News, the AFP reports.
  • Ted Olson Likens U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's Anti-Gay Views To Racism During Civil Rights Movement

    06/30/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Burnt Orange Report ^ | June 30, 2014 | Omar Araiza
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is taking heat for his anti-gay views and vocal opposition to marriage equality by none other than a fellow Republican figure. Prominent Republican lawyer, Ted Olson, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, thought Cruz's comments on marriage equality were "very, very sad." Cruz had a lot to say to the crowds at the Texas GOP convention about the "threat" that is gay marriage. His speech appeared on an article of The New Yorker (emphasis mine): "Marriage is under assault," Ted Cruz said to the crowd. "It is under assault in a way that is...
  • In New Poll, Marriage Equality Beats Religious Objections

    06/30/2014 8:08:04 AM PDT · by koanhead · 27 replies
    First Amendment Center ^ | 6/24/14 | Charles C. Haynes
    A solid majority of Americans now support equal treatment for same-sex couples despite religious objections, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released this week by the First Amendment Center. Sixty-one percent of respondents agree that the government should require religiously affiliated groups that receive government funding to provide health-care benefits to same-sex partners of employees – even when the religious group opposes same-sex marriage. And 54% of the public agree that a business providing wedding services to the public should be required to serve same-sex couples, even if the business owner objects to gay marriage on religious...
  • Polygamy and Human Dignity

    06/29/2014 8:47:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | June 16, 2014 | Carson Holloway
    The normalization of polygamy would undermine our commitment to human dignity—our sense that each human being is to be valued as an end in him- or herself, and not merely as a means to others’ ends. Conservatives have long warned that the redefinition of marriage sought by the proponents of same-sex unions will prepare the way for a further redefinition of marriage to include polygamy. Some liberals have already done their part to fulfill this prophecy by assuming that the argument over same-sex marriage is over and by beginning to argue for a normalization of plural marriages. As I have...
  • GOP Front-Runner Compares Gay Marriage to Polygamy

    06/27/2014 12:08:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | June 23, 2014 | Erika Eichelberger
    Last week, a top GOP House candidate in Washington state compared gay marriage to polygamy. "Marriage is something more for religion to decide," Republican front-runner Pedro Celis said Thursday when asked about his stance on same-sex marriage at a GOP candidate forum, the Seattle Times reported. "Is this marriage or not? Polygamy—is it fine or not? It's a religion thing." The National Republican Congressional Committee has backed Celis, a former Microsoft engineer, to run against Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene in Washington's first congressional district. DelBene is expected to hold onto her seat in November, but national Republicans are trying extra...
  • Same-sex ruling irks area religious leaders

    06/26/2014 10:03:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | June 26, 2014 | Dan Stockman and Brian Francisco
    The Rev. Peter Gregory of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne said he’s not surprised by Wednesday’s court ruling that overturns Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages. “It’s a disappointment, but not a surprise the judge ruled in this way,” Gregory said. “The disappointment is that he failed to recognize what marriage is – a union between one man and one woman – and the unique social good that marriage between a man and a woman is.” While the courts may be sending the nation in a headlong rush toward gay marriage, Gregory said they will not be the final...
  • One Year After DOMA Fell, and Still No Revolution

    06/26/2014 8:53:51 AM PDT · by koanhead · 17 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | 6/26/14 | James Richardson
    The counter counterculture uprising social conservatives promised us after the Supreme Court's neutering of the Defense of Marriage Act never quite manifested.... But in the days before the high court delivered its rulings on DOMA and California's Proposition 8, Tony Perkins, the president of the Christian conservative Family Research Council, was desperately admonitory that the country's top jurists not invite ruin on America by accurately interpreting the Constitution. "If the Supreme Court steps in and says, 'We're redefining marriage, same-sex marriage will be the law across the land,' it will create a firestorm of opposition," Perkins' Magic 8-Ball warned. "This...
  • Divided Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Utah's Marriage Law

    06/26/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 25, 2014 | Ken Klukowski
    In a 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Kitchen v. Hebert affirmed a lower court’s ruling holding that traditional marriage laws violate the Constitution. The case will likely soon go to the U.S. Supreme Court. Breitbart News examined this case last year when an Obama-appointed federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah invalidated that state’s law providing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, comparing such laws to racism and saying they are literally irrational. Despite the fact that neither marriage nor homosexuality is mentioned...
  • Gay Marriage Bans Struck Down in Utah and Indiana by Federal Court

    06/26/2014 6:55:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Utah and Indiana became the latest U.S. states to see their bans on same-sex marriage struck down following separate rulings in federal court on Wednesday. "It is wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of love and commitment of same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples," a three-judge panel in the Utah case said while upholding a lower court ruling, NPR reported. Back in December, Utah briefly became the 18th state where gay couples received the right to marry, after a federal district judge ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The...
  • Susan Collins becomes fourth GOP senator to publicly support same-sex marriage

    06/26/2014 6:36:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 06/26/2014 | By Mario Moretto,
    AUGUSTA, Maine — After receiving the endorsement of the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday indicated for the first time her personal support for same-sex marriage. “A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with …
  • GOP Leaders Run Away from Same Sex Marriage Issue

    06/25/2014 3:34:45 PM PDT · by koanhead · 13 replies
    Urban Milwaukee ^ | 6/23/14 | Steven Walters
    In politics, it's called The Pivot. When the news is bad, or if you don't want to answer the question, ignore it. Change the subject. Wisconsin Republican leaders are leaving divots as they pivot from U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb's decision voiding the state Constitution's ban of same-sex marriages. Many of the same Republicans who drafted the constitutional amendment, pushed it through two consecutive legislative sessions, and then in 2006 got voters to approve it, had no reaction to Crabb's ruling and no defense of their old position. The May 15-18 statewide poll by Marquette University's Law School may offer...
  • Judge Strikes Down Indiana Ban on Gay Marriage

    06/25/2014 12:32:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    ABC News ^ | Jun 25, 2014 | Charles Wilson
    A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed. The court clerk in Marion County, home to Indianapolis, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couple about an hour after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state law violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause. "Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana," he wrote.
  • Obama’s Executive Order

    06/25/2014 8:00:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 24, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    The Pew Research Center has released a study examining media coverage of gay marriage surrounding related Supreme Court hearings. “Stories with more statements supporting same-sex marriage outweighed those with more statements opposing it by a margin of roughly 5-to-1.” “Journalists don’t see it (biased reporting) as a problem, because they cannot imagine that anybody could be against same-sex marriage for any reason other than bigotry, and they don’t believe they should be expected to be fair and balanced towards bigots,” said Rod Dreher from The American Conservative. Conservative Congressional delegates sought a Federal Marriage Amendment in 2013 that would secure...
  • My Free Speech College Entrance Exam

    06/24/2014 7:01:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Mike Adams
    College campuses are becoming increasingly hostile towards certain forms of speech. One of the main reasons for the hostility is the admission of students who are too emotionally immature to tolerate dissenting opinions. In addition to lacking emotional maturity, many of these students lack humility. They believe that their emotions trump the ideas of others. Obviously, I disagree. In fact, I think that these students need to be weeded out early in the college application process. I think I have a specific plan that can help make that a reality. We already ask students a lot of questions in the...
  • Will Polygamy Be the Next Homosexuality?

    06/22/2014 1:00:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Gospel Herald ^ | June 20, 2014 | Leah Marieann Klett
    As the battle for marriage equality rages on, a different, more obscure kind of sexual immorality is slowly rearing its ugly head: polygamy. Polygamy is defined as the "the custom of having more than one wife or husband at the same time," a practice which directly violates the Biblical commandment instructing marriage to be between a single man and wife (1 Timothy 3:2, 12 and Titus 1:6). However, the secular media is increasingly attempting to normalize, and even glamorize this kind of perverted lifestyle. Showtime is airing an original series called Polyamory: Married & Dating, which follows two polyamorous families...
  • Obama favors sick leave for gay couples

    06/21/2014 8:42:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 21, 2014
    The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday. President Obama is directing the Labor Department to start drafting rules making clear that the Family and Medical Leave Act applies to same-sex couples, allowing gay and lesbian employees to take unpaid leave to care for a sick spouse regardless of where they live. The move comes three years after the Obama administration stopped defending the Defense...
  • PCUSA (Presbitarian Church USA) endorses gay marriage

    06/21/2014 7:13:05 AM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | June 20, 2014 | David Roach
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) became one of the largest Christian denominations in America to endorse gay marriage when its General Assembly voted in Detroit yesterday (June 19) to allow pastors to conduct same-sex weddings and approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between "two people" rather than "a man and a woman." The authorization for pastors to perform gay weddings takes effect immediately and applies only to ministers in the 19 states where the practice is legal. The measure passed by a vote of 317 (61 percent) to 238 (39 percent) and was classified as an "Authoritative Interpretation" of the...
  • PCUSA Votes to Allow Clergy to Marry Same-Sex Couples; Approves Redefining Marriage

    06/20/2014 10:11:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/20/2014 | Lillian Kwon
    The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s highest governing body voted Thursday to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages. Presbyterian clergy can now marry gay and lesbian couples wherever same-sex marriage is legal. The Presbyterian Lay Committee released a statement repudiating the action of the PCUSA General Assembly. "The Presbyterian Lay Committee mourns these actions and calls on all Presbyterians to resist and protest them ... God will not be mocked and those who substitute their own felt desires for God's unchangeable Truth will not be found guiltless before a holy God." The PCUSA's 221st General Assembly, which is meeting in Detroit this...
  • Texas Gay Fathers Denied Legal Recognition of Twin Sons Born Through Surrogate

    06/20/2014 10:09:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/20/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Two gay fathers in Texas have been denied legal recognition of their twin sons, born through a surrogate mother, because same-sex marriage is not legal in the state. While the fathers are petitioning to be placed on the birth certificates, conservative group Family Research Council has argued that the case should not serve as a "back-door" for redefining marriage. "Family Research Council supports the parental rights of anyone who is a biological parent, regardless of their marital or relationship status," Peter Sprigg, senior fellow at FRC, told The Christian Post in an email on Thursday. "However, we believe that second-parent...
  • Gay G.O.P. Candidates Feature Partners in Ads

    06/20/2014 8:30:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06/20/2014 | Ashley Parker
    Richard Tisei’s new campaign ad offers a scene of domestic bliss. The ad, set to appear in a glossy color brochure on Saturday, features a smiling Mr. Tisei with his arm around his beaming spouse at their wedding reception this year. And while such familial images have become a staple of modern campaigns, the decision by Mr. Tisei — an openly gay Republican running for Congress — to feature his husband, Bernie Starr, in the ad is a sign of how quickly views are changing on same-sex marriage and the broader tableau of gay rights. “I think people need to...
  • The March of the Tolerance Stormtroopers

    06/20/2014 4:28:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | Mark Davis
    Let us begin with what should be an unnecessary assertion: Tolerance is good. The behavioral trait that involves giving others latitude and elbow room rather than jumping on their every flaw is a good thing. In a pluralistic society, it is healthy to recognize that amid various faiths, ethnicities and character types, we should find things to admire and embrace rather than launch a constant search for indignation. This is what tolerance used to be. It led to an America that welcomes many religions, rejects racism and embraces individualism. But the strengths and virtues of tolerance have been co-opted...
  • The Coming Gay Marriage Witch Hunt

    06/20/2014 2:53:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | June 19, 2014 | David Freedlander
    Is this the new McCarthyism? With the battle over gay marriage beyond hope, some conservatives say they fear being run out of public life for being on the losing side.The war is over. Or at least it is nearing its end. In November 2012, same-sex marriage was legalized at the ballot box in Maryland, Maine, and Washington, while Minnesota defeated a constitutional ban. Since then, bills legalizing same-sex marriage have been passed in Rhode Island and Delaware. Courts in deeply conservative states like Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kentucky have ruled that marriage bans violate the Constitution. Nearly every Democratic officeholder...
  • Presbyterian Assembly (PCUSA): Gay Marriage Is Christian (Ministers Can Do Homosexual Weddings)

    06/19/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    ABC ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | KAROUB AND RACHEL ZOLL
    The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to redefine Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people" instead of only "a man and a woman." The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the next year. But in a separate vote that will take effect immediately, the Presbyterian General Assembly allowed ministers to preside at gay weddings in states where gay marriage is legal. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light...
  • Hillary's Jugger-Not? Admitting she was wrong on Iraq and gay marriage is now a qualification?

    06/19/2014 6:49:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/19/2014 | Ken Blackwell
    “I’m ready for Hillary,” read the bumper stickers in fashionable Georgetown, the swankIest part of Washington, D.C. These messages are juxtaposed with many a tattered “2012” bumper sticker with the fading Obama logo. Are these plugged-in liberals telling us their dream has faded, too? The never-quite-retiring Barbara Walters spoke to their disillusion when she wistfully sighed: “We thought he was going to be the new Messiah.” So, buoyed by public opinion polls showing her the most popular politician in America, Hillary Clinton launched her latest “listening tour” with a new book. It was supposed to be a non-campaign rollout. But...
  • Bait And Switch: How Same Sex Marriage Ends Family Autonomy

    06/18/2014 11:52:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 9, 2014 | Stella Morabito
    Abolishing all civil marriage is the primary goal of the elites who have been pushing same sex marriage. The scheme called “marriage equality” is not an end in itself, and never really has been. The LGBT agenda has spawned too many other disparate agendas hostile to the existence of marriage, making marriage “unsustainable,” if you will. By now we should be able to hear the growing drumbeat to abolish civil marriage, as well as to legalize polygamy and all manner of reproductive technologies. Consider also the breakneck speed at which the push for same sex marriage has been happening recently....
  • Archbishop spurns appeals to skip marriage rally (get thee behind me Pelosi)

    06/16/2014 6:07:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 16, 2014 7:48 PM EDT
    The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Monday it’s his duty to proclaim “the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife,” even when those views are unpopular. The comment by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone came in response to a coalition of liberal politicians, fellow clergy and gay-rights leaders who have urged him to skip an upcoming March for Marriage event in Washington. Cordileone, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ subcommittee on the promotion and defense of marriage, is a scheduled speaker at Thursday’s march and rally sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage and...
  • Clinton Characterizes NPR Interviewer as “Dense” and “Unhelpful”

    06/15/2014 11:25:15 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 33 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 June 2014 | John Semmens
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her “deep-felt disappointment” with the turn her NPR interview with Terry Gross took. “Of all places I would’ve thought I’d be safe on NPR,” Clinton complained. “Is this woman dense? For her to badger me like she did is unhelpful. I mean, NPR is public radio. As a subsidiary of the federal government they ought to do a better job of helping their friends.” The incident that sparked Clinton’s ire was a Gross question concerning when Clinton decided to support gay marriage. “During the time your husband was president it appeared that your...
  • News roundup: Judge: Most traditional marriage was polygamy

    06/14/2014 5:05:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | June 9, 2014 | Thomas Burr and Courtney Tanner
    Federal judge: Most traditional marriage has been polygamy. Records: Swallow aide tried to cover up deals with Johnson. Huntsman Sr. interested in buying The Tribune. Happy Monday. A federal judge struck down Wisconsin's gay marriage ban, saying that state officials need to learn a few things about the history of marriage, i.e. that plural marriage is actually more traditional over time. "As an initial matter, defendants and amici have overstated their argument," wrote Judge Barbara Crabb. "Throughout history, the most 'traditional' form of marriage has not been between one man and one woman, but between one man and multiple women,...
  • [2012 in Denmark] Churches Ordered to Perform Sodomy-Based Wedding Ceremonies

    06/12/2014 4:15:22 PM PDT · by jimluke01 · 25 replies
    I’ve often made the point that every advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of religious liberty. We as a society must choose between homosexuality and liberty because we cannot have both. Where homosexuality advances, liberty retreats. For example, I have already written about the cop in Utah who essentially has been fired because he did not want to literally lead a gay pride parade. His reservations about homosexuality are religious in nature, but regardless of the Constitution’s guarantee of the “free exercise” of religion, he was forced to choose between homosexual pride and his own conscience. He...
  • Fun, fun, fun: Hillary clashes with NPR host about why she opposed gay marriage for so long

    06/12/2014 2:24:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/12/2014 | AllahPundit
    America Rising has a transcript but I recommend listening to the clip. The last minute or two, when Hillary gets verrrrry defensive towards Terry Gross for exposing this vulnerability on her left flank, is pure pleasure. It’s hard to keep track of when big-name Democrats “evolved” on gay marriage, and by “evolved” I of course mean “decided it was politically safe to state their true opinions,” so let me help you out. For Hillary, the evolution didn’t come until March 2013, nearly a year after Obama dropped the pretense that he opposed SSM. Remember, too, that it was her...
  • Ted Olson Vows to Make GOP Pro-Gay

    06/12/2014 7:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    US News ^ | 06/12/2014 | Nikki Schwab
    Ted Olson isn’t big on making predictions. The conservative attorney who successfully argued Hollingsworth v. Perry, ridding California of Proposition 8 and allowing gay couples to marry, isn’t willing to guess which gay marriage case will make it to the Supreme Court next. (He’s working on one out of Virginia.) “Every time you make a guess of what a judge is going to do … you’re wrong, so I try to stay away from that,” he told Whispers. Olson also isn’t willing to play political prognosticator, though he said we’d eventually see a GOP presidential candidate who is pro-gay marriage....