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  • WRIT OF CERTIORARI MOTION FOR RECUSAL OF JUSTICES RUTH BADER GINSBURG AND ELENA KAGAN

    05/03/2015 7:07:16 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 22 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | May 1, 2015 | Steven F. Hotze, M.D
    Two Supreme Court Judges Should Recuse themselves from Same Sex Marriage Debate NOS. 14-556, 14-562, 14-571, 14-574 (CONSOLIDATED) IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES JAMES OBERGEFELL, ET AL., Petitioners, v. RICHARD HODGES, DIRECTOR, OHIO DEP'T OF HEALTH, ET AL., Respondents. ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT MOTION OF STEVEN F. HOTZE, M.D. FOR RECUSAL OF JUSTICES RUTH BADER GINSBURG AND ELENA KAGAN
  • Orthodox rabbis tell it like it is on "gay marriage" issue outside Supreme Court hearing

    05/03/2015 5:58:54 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 26 replies
    MassResistance ^ | 5/1/2015 | None given
    A contingent of Orthodox rabbis from New York and New Jersey came and “told it like it is” outside of the US Supreme Court on the day of the “gay marriage” hearing. A larger group of 850 Orthodox rabbis publicly demanded the recusal of Justices Ginsburg and Kagan from the case.
  • Bait And Switch: How Same Sex Marriage Ends Family Autonomy

    05/02/2015 1:29:26 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 6 replies
    THE FEDERALIST ^ | 09 APRIL 2015 | 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.
  • Is John Roberts Drifting Left?

    05/02/2015 8:02:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    TNR ^ | 05/02/2015 | By Brianne J. Gorod
    This has been a week of surprises from Chief Justice John Roberts. Wednesday he joined the Court’s more liberal members in a 5-4 decision in a significant First Amendment case. Tuesday at the argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality cases, he suggested that a ban on same-sex marriage might present a “straightforward question of sexual discrimination.” These superficially surprising moves support Roberts’s oft-repeated claim that he believes the Justices should decide cases based on the law, not politics. But as Roberts’s tenth term as Chief Justice comes to a close, the biggest tests of that claim are still...
  • Bake Me a Cake—or Else

    05/02/2015 3:32:20 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 59 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5/11/15 | Mark Hemingway
    In January 2013, Rachel Cryer and her mother walked into Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, and tried to order a wedding cake. Aaron Klein, the co-owner (and Melissa’s husband), was informed Cryer would be marrying another woman. He apologized and told them that providing a cake for a same-sex wedding violated his Christian convictions. Cryer walked out of the store. In a suburb adjacent to Portland, one of the most progressive cities in America, Sweet Cakes By Melissa was living on borrowed time once the incident became public. (The city is so famously tolerant that Sam...
  • American Jacobins: Sexual Revolutionaries Prepare the Battlespace for a De-Christianized America

    05/02/2015 10:04:34 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    NRO ^ | April 29, 2015 | David French
    In yesterday’s oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges (better known as the “gay-marriage case”), the solicitor general of the United States committed a classic “Kinsley gaffe”: He accidentally told the truth. Normally, in any argument about the next legal step of the sexual revolution, the accusation or even implication that there’s a slippery slope is grounds for outrage. Not only shouldn’t we explore the legal implications of expanding the definition of marriage, the very attempt is homophobic. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
  • American Churches Who Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Will Lose Tax Exemption

    05/02/2015 8:12:01 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 64 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | May 2, 2105 | Timothy A. Pope
    The admission was made by Barack Hussein Obama's lawyer, the sitting Solicitor General of the United States, Donald Verrilli, Jr., on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, during questioning by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Samuel Alito, Jr. Solicitor General Verrilli, using a public office to defend same-sex marriage on behalf of the United States, was asked by Justice Alito if religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about Biblical marriage. Verrilli's reply was, "It's certainly going to be an issue."
  • Mike Huckabee: The Supreme Court can't overrule G-d

    04/30/2015 4:20:59 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/29/2015 | Ashley Killough
    Houston (CNN)Mike Huckabee rallied a crowd of Hispanic evangelicals on Wednesday night, pushing back in the debate over religious freedom just one day after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments to determine whether states have the right to ban same-sex marriage.
  • Churches Brace for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling from Supreme Court

    04/29/2015 10:13:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Tamara Audi
    Arguments over same-sex marriage played out in the U.S. Supreme Courton Tuesday, but many religious groups opposed to gay marriage aren’t waiting for a ruling. A court ruling expected two months from now could sanction same-sex marriage nationwide. In anticipation, some congregations and religious advocacy groups are re-emphasizing their teachings on marriage, fine-tuning their approach to gays and lesbians and bracing for legal battles and public criticism. “The outcome of this decision will shape the landscape of the church’s ministry in the U.S. for generations to come,” wrote Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the...
  • Obama's Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules For Gay Marriage

    04/28/2015 5:01:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 110 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/28/15 | Joel Gehrke
    Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.”
  • What they said: Supreme Court quotes on gay marriage

    04/28/2015 5:43:35 PM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    AP ^ | April 28, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (April 28, 2015) — Excerpts from arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday about whether states must allow same-sex couples to marry and whether states must recognize gay marriages performed in other states:Chief Justice John Roberts, on the institution of marriage: "You're not seeking to join the institution, you're seeking to change what the institution is. The fundamental core of the institution is the opposite-sex relationship and you want to introduce into it a same-sex relationship."
  • The Court and Marriage

    04/28/2015 2:08:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    Well. I really can't believe I am saying this. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to tell us what marriage means. Not speculate; not explain. Tell: as in, "Wipe that smile off your face and listen to what I'm telling you." We are at a remarkable moment in human affairs: one we would hardly have predicted 50 years ago at the start of our cultural upheavals. Historic understandings that drew, for the most part, support and sympathy no longer have footing, which is fine with the kind of folk -- they are in leadership roles all around us, including judgeships...
  • Obama’s Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules for Gay Marriage

    04/28/2015 12:21:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 101 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 28, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today. “It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.”
  • Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction

    04/08/2015 7:42:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction By: Msgr. Charles PopeA conference is being planned in August to ponder an authentic pastoral response in ministering to those with same-sex attraction. Dr. Janet Smith is the organizer; Courage International and the Archdiocese of Detroit are the sponsors. It looks to be a  fine gathering of solid speakers. Though I am clearly a “back-bencher” among the fine speakers being lined up, I was asked to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the book that will likely be published by Ignatius Press just prior to the conference.As a...
  • Will The Supreme Court Open The Door To The Criminalization Of Christianity?

    04/27/2015 12:37:01 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 27, 2015 | Mario Diaz
    The question before the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow in Obergefell v. Hodges, dealing with the highly-anticipated same-sex “marriage” challenges, is very simple: Does the U.S. Constitution require same-sex “marriage” in every state in the nation?
  • Steny Hoyer: Same-Sex Couples Are Endowed ‘By God’ With Right to Marry

    04/24/2015 8:20:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Staff
    Citing the Declaration of Independence, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) argued on the House floor yesterday that same-sex couples are endowed by “their Creator—by God” with a right to marry. “Our Declaration of Independence, as all of us quote so often, says: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men’—of course, if Jefferson were writing today, it would be either all people or all humankind—‘are created equal, that they are endowed by’—not a Congress, not by a Constitution, not by a will of the majority—‘their Creator’—by God—‘with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and...
  • Same-sex couple in Sweet Cakes controversy should receive $135,000, hearings officer says (Oregon)

    04/24/2015 7:35:43 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 120 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 04/24/2015 | George Rede
    The lesbian couple turned away by a Gresham bakery that refused to make them a wedding cake for religious reasons should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering, a state hearings officer says. Rachel Bowman-Cryer should collect $75,000 and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, $60,000 from the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an administrative law judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a proposed order released Friday, April 24.
  • Former Lesbian: Ministries That Help People Leave Homosexuality Could Soon Become Illegal [America?]

    04/24/2015 5:35:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    CNSNews ^ | April 24, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    Former Lesbian: Ministries That Help People Leave Homosexuality Could Soon Become Illegal April 24, 2015 By Melanie Hunter Janet Boynes, the author of “Called Out” and founder of Janet Boynes Ministries, told the C-SPAN audience on Friday that soon ministries like hers, which help people exit homosexuality, will become illegal thanks to the efforts of the homosexual lobby. “Those who seek help to leave the life of homosexuality may soon discover that there is no longer any help out there,” she said. “Homosexual activists and their homosexual attorneys are pushing to ban any type of ministries such as Janet Boynes...
  • The Supreme Court's Mind Made Up on Gay Marriage?

    04/24/2015 7:54:48 AM PDT · by xzins · 57 replies
    CBN ^ | April 24, 2015 | Paul Strand
    Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases that will likely determine whether same-sex marriage will become a legal nationwide. The justices have rolled four cases together that will allow them to decide two questions: must states recognize other states' gay marriages, and does the Constitution require states to allow same-sex marriage? Some believe the justices have already decided to create that right before hearing the case. But others say the matter is far from decided. On Wednesday, a panel discussion at the Family Research Council was swimming upstream against conventional thought on the issue. That is, it's a...
  • Video: Ted Cruz on Gay Marriage [See Cruz MAN-Handle Tribune Reporter]

    04/23/2015 1:14:10 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | April 23, 2015 | Todd Wiseman
    Video of Interview with Texas Tribune Reporter In light of a New York Times report that GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz took a different tone on same-sex marriage at a Wednesday reception at the home of two gay businessmen, here's a look at his comments on the topic to Tribune reporter Jay Root. At the reception, the Times reported, Cruz said he would be OK with his daughters being gay, and did not bring up his personal opposition to gay marriage. 
  • At New York Reception, Ted Cruz Is Said to Strike Different Tone Toward Gays

    04/23/2015 10:54:38 AM PDT · by VinL · 283 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 4/23/2015 | Maggie Haberman
    <p>Senator Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential candidate, has positioned himself as a strong opponent to same-sex marriage, urging pastors nationwide to preach in support of marriage as an institution between a man and a woman, which he said was “ordained by God.”</p>
  • GOP bill would block courts on gay marriage

    04/22/2015 2:21:12 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/22/2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    A Republican lawmaker is trying to keep federal courts from hearing same-sex marriage cases. Less than a week before the Supreme Court plans to hear arguments in potentially one of the nation’s most influential cases on gay marriage, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced the Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act of 2015 to preserve state bans. “For too long, federal courts have overstepped their constitutionally limited duty to interpret the Constitution.” King said in a news release. “Rather, federal courts have perverted the Constitution to make law and create constitutional rights to things such as privacy, birth control, and abortion....
  • Lesbian teacher: How I convince kids to accept gay ‘marriage’, starting at 4-years-old

    04/20/2015 5:51:37 PM PDT · by massmike · 53 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 04/20/2015 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, April 20, 2015 -- Pam Strong,a primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships. “With [the principal’s] encouragement, we decided that I would go from class to class and talk about what ‘gay’ means, what does ‘LGBTQ’ mean, what do ‘I’ mean,” she told about 40 attendees, all educators, at her workshop. Strong related that as she was reading “King and King” in the junior kindergarten class as...
  • Scott Walker has attended gay wedding reception

    04/19/2015 1:21:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 171 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 19, 2015 | Kasie Hunt
    NASHUA, N.H. – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has attended a wedding reception for a gay couple, he said Sunday, though the potential 2016 contender still believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. “That’s certainly a personal issue. For a family member, Tonette and I and our family have already had a family member who’s had a reception. I haven’t been at a wedding,” Walker said when msnbc asked whether he would be willing to attend a gay wedding. “That’s true even though my position on marriage is still that it’s defined between a man and a woman,...
  • Why Religious Liberty Arguments Aren’t Working

    04/17/2015 1:44:35 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 39 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 16, 2015 | Jennifer Roback Morse
    I am a very committed, very public advocate of marriage as a gender-based institution. Many of my fellow proponents of man/woman marriage cite religious liberty as an argument against redefining marriage. While I have great respect for those who promote this view, I must respectfully disagree with their assessment.The uproar over the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act demonstrates that religious liberty arguments don’t work anymore. I take no pleasure in saying this. But religious liberty arguments are not compelling enough to induce our fellow citizens to sacrifice something they value, namely, sexual liberty.I can think of three reasons for this.An...
  • A Way Out for Christian Wedding Businesses?

    04/17/2015 10:14:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Radical activists in the gay community have put pedal to the metal to force gay acceptance from Christians -- making not only their position but also their tactics anti-Christian. They are deliberately targeting the Christian wedding industry -- the cakemakers, the caterers, the quaint bed-and-breakfast owners, and the like. They are headhunting Christians who refuse their business on moral grounds by slapping them with lawsuits or "human rights" complaints. Fascists would appreciate these tactics. Everyone witnessed the national shaming and death threats that came to Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, because the owners declined to cater a gay "wedding" --...
  • Why Same-Sex Marriage Can’t Afford to Be Tolerant

    04/16/2015 1:32:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 04/15/2015 | Amy K. Hall
    Mere Orthodoxy’s Matt Anderson explains why “an anti-liberal approach toward dissenting views is part of the DNA of the logic of the current gay rights argument”: Imagine, for a moment, that cultural conservatives are right that the family which begins within the union of a man and a woman is a morally unique institution, irreplacable in its role in society and inimitable in its shape by other voluntary associations of free adults, such as gay unions….Then grant this simple premise: that humans are fundamentally and inescapably truth-telling beings, and that falsehoods require an elaborate and complex support structure if they are to take...
  • Marco Rubio Tries to Find the Middle Ground on Same-Sex Marriage

    04/16/2015 1:33:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 16, 2015 | Arit John
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-16/marco-rubio-tries-to-find-the-middle-ground-on-same-sex-marriage
  • Hillary Clinton has a new position on same-sex marriage (guaranteed constitutional right)

    04/15/2015 1:47:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2015 | Dan Merica
    As recently as a year ago, Hillary Clinton was sparring with a public radio host about her position on same-sex marriage, defending her past reticence to discuss the issue and falling well short of full-throated support. Now, in a markedly new position, Clinton is offering just that, calling gay marriage a right afforded by the Constitution. "Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right," said Adrienne Elrod, a Clinton spokeswoman, in a statement. This is an entirely new position for Clinton.
  • Rand Paul on gay marriage: “People ought to be treated fairly under the law”

    04/13/2015 5:55:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3/13/15 | Allahpundit
    My headline makes it sound like he’s endorsing legalizing SSM but he’s not doing that. Or is he? He sort of is, actually — he wants marriage, or “marriage,” to be a matter of purely private contract for gay couples, which would lend legal force to their unions. But what about for straights? If Rand’s taking the pure libertarian position that the state has no place in marriage, period, he should want all marriage laws repealed, including for heterosexual unions. If he’s not taking that position, and I don’t think he is, then I’m not sure why he doesn’t simply...
  • Chile’s Bachelet signs same-sex civil union law

    04/13/2015 10:07:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2015 12:52 PM EDT
    Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The law signed Monday takes effect in six months, giving same-sex and unmarried couples many of the rights granted to married couples. Among the changes, it will allow civil union partners to inherit each other’s property, join a partner’s health plan and receive pension benefits. …
  • Catholic Church ‘Will Pay Price’ for Stance on Gay Marriage [Ireland]

    04/13/2015 8:26:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 4/11/15 | Colin Gleeson
    Bishop tells TCD conference that gay rights is ‘the justice issue of our time’A conference discussing the religious case for marriage equality has heard there will be “a price to be paid” by the Catholic Church for its stance in relation to the upcoming referendum. Marriage Equality: The Religious Case for a Yes Vote took place on Saturday and was hosted by Faith in Marriage Equality at the school of ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin. Sociologist Dr Richard O’Leary told the conference there was a danger of a “smaller, more anti-gay” church emerging from the public debate in relation to the...
  • Clinton Announcement Features Historic Representation of LGBT Individuals, Families (Video)

    04/12/2015 9:49:26 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 35 replies
    Human Rights Campaign ^ | 4-12-2015 | Maureen McCarty
    Today Hillary Clinton officially announced her plans to run for president in the 2016 election with a video featuring Americans talking about their everyday hopes and dreams. HRC members Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson, who are planning a summer wedding, are included in the video. The ad marks the first time same-sex couples and marriage equality were included in a presidential campaign launch. Clinton first came out in support of same-sex marriage in 2013 in an exclusive video for the Human Rights Campaign. Watch her video below.
  • The Case Against Gay Marriage: Top Law Firms Won’t Touch It

    04/12/2015 3:53:21 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 55 replies
    NYT ^ | 4/11/15 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — The stacks of Supreme Court briefs filed on both sides of the same-sex marriage cases to be heard this month are roughly the same height. But they are nonetheless lopsided: There are no major law firms urging the justices to rule against gay marriage. Leading law firms are willing to represent tobacco companies accused of lying about their deadly products, factories that spew pollution, and corporations said to be complicit in torture and murder abroad. But standing up for traditional marriage has turned out to be too much for the elite bar. The arguments have been left to...
  • This evangelist asked a gay bakery to make a traditional marriage cake. Now he may face charges.

    04/10/2015 12:33:57 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 72 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/9/15 | Kirsten Andersen
    April 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Joshua Feuerstein was just trying to make a point. Now, he may face legal action, as a bakery that refused to provide him with a cake opposing same-sex “marriage” threatens to sue him for taking their conversation public. The bakery owner is also threatening to press charges related to the recording of the phone call. In the wake of heated national debate over whether business owners should have the right to refuse to participate in same-sex “weddings” that violate their religious beliefs, Feuerstein, an internet evangelist, decided to see if pro-gay business owners would give...
  • First Amendment Rights at Stake in Gay Marriage Case

    04/10/2015 8:41:51 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2015-04-10 | Cliff Kincaid
    With media coverage slanted in favor of gay marriage by a five-to-one ratio, it’s unlikely that the legal documents being filed before the Supreme Court in favor of a traditional one man and one woman marriage will ever be covered in an objective fashion. Yet, some of the legal briefs carry ominous warnings about what could happen to the American system of democratic self-government and its Christian heritage if the Supreme Court unilaterally decides to impose same-sex marriage on the states. They also warn about freedom of the press and religion being threatened by a powerful pro-homosexual movement that requires...
  • Christian churches ‘must be made’ to affirm homosexuality, says New York Times columnist

    04/09/2015 9:34:44 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 72 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Ben Johnson
    A New York Times columnist and a corporate leader have agreed that Christian churches “must” be convinced, or coerced, to change their teachings on sexual morality and abandon an “ossified” doctrinal teaching that sex outside heterosexual marriage is immoral. Frank Bruni wrote that traditional Christianity – whether among evangelicals, Catholics, or Orthodox – provides the greatest resistance to normalizing homosexuality in the United States in a recent column in the New York Times. “Homosexuality and Christianity don’t have to be in conflict in any church anywhere,” Bruni insisted. “The continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a...
  • Michigan AG's legal team defends fight to uphold same-sex marriage ban

    04/09/2015 7:51:53 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 12 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 09, 2015 | Matt Vande Bunte
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- The lawyer arguing in favor of Michigan's same-sex marriage ban before the Supreme Court later this month defended the state's pursuit of the case, despite the fact that it runs contrary to a wide swing in public opinion since a 2004 voter-approved definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. "It's the attorney general's job to defend the (Michigan) Constitution whether he thinks it's a good idea or a bad idea," said John Bursch, the special assistant attorney general who will argue the case before the high court. In a March 31 meeting with...
  • Church braces for same-sex marriage decision (from SCOTUS)

    04/09/2015 2:32:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    OSV ^ | April 9, 2015 | RUSSELL SHAW
    Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, speaks at the March for Marriage near the Capitol in Washington, D.C., last June. CNS photo Same-sex marriage currently is legal in 36 states — or 37, depending on the outcome of a dispute between state and federal courts in Alabama. But in only 11 of those states was it legalized by referendums or legislation. In the others, it was imposed by courts.It is generally expected, though not certain, that the Supreme Court soon will follow this pattern and impose same-sex marriage nationwide. The court on April 28 will devote two...
  • Rev. Cruz: If Gay Marriage is ‘Civil Right,’ Gov’t Will Force Pastors to Obey Law or Face Prison

    04/09/2015 1:18:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 74 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 2015-04-09 | Michael W. Chapman
    FULL TITLE: Rev. Cruz: If Gay Marriage is ‘Civil Right,’ Gov’t Will Force Pastors to Obey ‘Unjust’ Law or ‘Obey God and Face Prison’ If gay marriage is legally viewed as a “civil rights issue,” as may happen with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the subject in June, then it becomes a broader religious liberty concern, not just a marriage issue, said Reverend Rafael Cruz, adding that then pastors will have to choose between obeying an “unjust” law and obeying God and potentially going to prison. Pastor Cruz, who is the father of Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), made his remarks...
  • ‘A Bonhoeffer moment’: Evangelical leaders vow civil disobedience if SCOTUS redefines marriage

    04/08/2015 11:52:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 54 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/7/15 | Ben Johnson
    April 7, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dozens of Christian leaders have vowed they will not remain silent, as they did following the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, promising to take nonviolent direct action if the High Court votes to redefine marriage.The Supreme Court is deciding two separate issues: Whether the 14th Amendment guarantees same-sex “marriage” as a constitutional right, and whether states must honor same-sex “marriages” contracted in states that have voted – or, more likely, where an unelected judge has forcibly determined – to redefine marriage.“We believe that the majority of the Court will rule in favor of elevating...
  • Don't Draft Us!

    04/08/2015 11:19:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    There is a “Back to the Future” quality to the current culture clash going on in Indiana, in the country at large, and throughout the Western democracies over marriage and over the gay lobby’s insatiable demands. End-of-Marriage activist Chai Feldblum famously told an audience at Family Research Council, my organization, that in any conflict between religious freedom and gay rights, she could notimagine an instance where the religious freedom side could win. Or should win. It was not despite that oft-expressed radical belief that President Obama named her to the powerful Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) but because of it.Is...
  • Barry Manilow Reportedly ‘Marries’ Longtime Male Lover

    04/08/2015 11:17:50 AM PDT · by drewh · 108 replies
    Radar Online ^ | Apr 8, 2015 @ 4:17AM
    Barry Manilow has secretly married his longtime partner.The “Copacabana” crooner said “I do” to Garry Kief, his manager and the president of Barry Manilow Productions, an insider has revealed. Around 50 guests attended the intimate ceremony after they were led to believe they were invited to lunch at the couple’s multi-million dollar Palm Springs mansion. “It was a total surprise. When they arrived they were told it was a wedding!” a source close to the 71-year-old said. “Barry has lived a very secretive life and the wedding was no different. Barry and Garry did not tell friends or family that...
  • BIGOTS! Native Americans BAN same-sex marriage!

    04/08/2015 9:37:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 47 replies
    Of course I don’t think Native Americans are bigots. I agree with them! But if liberals aren’t just out to get Christianity, I’m sure they’ll begin attacking Native Americans any day now, showing up at their bakeries and calling them bigots: CBN NEWS – Months before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue of gay marriage, Native American tribes have taken steps to defend traditional marriage. Eleven tribes with a total membership approaching a million people will not recognize same-sex marriages. Just weeks after North Carolina began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, the state’s Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...
  • PCUSA Stalling Korean Church's Effort to Leave Denomination?

    04/08/2015 8:42:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/08/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A Presbyterian Church (USA) regional body located in California has been accused of putting a Korean congregation's effort to leave the mainline denomination to a standstill. Last year, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Rowland Heights voted overwhelmingly to seek dismissal from PCUSA over the denomination's growing acceptance of homosexuality. Out of 817 votes casted in the March 2014 vote, 738 voted to leave, 74 voted to stay, and 5 votes were dismissed. Despite that, the PCUSA Presbytery of San Gabriel has not apparently finalized the dismissal as of this month, according to the Korean-American Christian publication Christianity Daily. Rachael Lee...
  • The Homosexual Agenda: CNN Reporter Ambushes Christian Florist

    04/08/2015 7:17:11 AM PDT · by detective · 40 replies
    The New American ^ | April 7, 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    You know, the Ten Commandments, it says you can’t commit adultery; it says you need to honor your father and mother. If someone didn’t honor their parents or commit adultery, would you serve them?” This question was posed by CNN reporter Gary Tuchman to Georgia florist Melissa Jeffcoat, who had previously said she’d refuse to service a homosexual commitment ceremony. When she answered affirmatively and was pressed on why (supposedly) she’d serve adulterers and those dishonoring their parents but not homosexuals, she replied, “It’s just a different kind of sin to me. I just don’t believe in it.” Tuchman surely...
  • Supremes warned: 'God's judgment' now looming

    04/07/2015 7:50:10 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    In a stunningly blunt brief, a team of lawyers acting on behalf of a number of Christian and liberty-focused organizations has told the U.S. Supreme Court that to mandate same-sex marriage is to invite God’s judgment. And that’s probably not going to turn out well. The brief was filed by the William J. Olson law firm and the U.S. Justice Foundation on behalf of Public Advocate of the U.S., Joyce Meyer Ministries, the Lincoln Institute, the Abraham Lincoln Foundation, Institute on the Constitution, Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund and pastor Chuck Baldwin. The Supreme Court is to hear arguments...
  • Same-sex marriage won't be legal on reservations

    04/07/2015 8:28:42 PM PDT · by massmike · 25 replies
    gopusa.com ^ | 04/07/2015 | Associated Press
    Even if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this spring makes same-sex marriage the law, it would leave pockets of the country where it isn't likely to be recognized any time soon: the reservations of a handful of sovereign Native American tribes, including the nation's two largest. Since 2011, as the number of states recognizing such unions spiked to 37, at least six smaller tribes have revisited and let stand laws that define marriage as being between a man and a woman, according to an Associated Press review of tribal records. In all, tribes with a total membership approaching 1 million...
  • What Will the Court Do to Marriage?

    04/07/2015 4:22:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    If you get your news primarily from entertainment shows or social media, you might think that same-sex marriage has already been recognized as a constitutional right. In fact, the Supreme Court held just the opposite in 1972 and has since refused several opportunities to revisit that ruling. A new hearing will be held on April 28, and defenders of the traditional definition of marriage are just now having their say. On Friday, dozens of briefs were filed in the Supreme Court, urging the Court not to take the step that liberals have declared to be inevitable. The first of those...
  • Involuntary Servitude

    04/07/2015 12:09:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Mike Adams
    My liberal friends, all three of them, are up in arms over the Indiana RFRA controversy. As usual, their views on the issue are driven by emotion, not reason. That is because liberalism is not really a political philosophy. It is a stage of arrested emotional development. Since the Indiana RFRA controversy revolves around their core religion, which is the so-called gay rights movement, their emotionally laden “political” observations are not likely to subside in the near future. Until then, it helps to understand what the current crisis in Indiana is really all about. Hint: It’s the same thing we...