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  • Tenn. sued over spousal definitions

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, May 22, 2017 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Four married lesbian couples in Tennessee are fighting a new state law they say denies their parental rights.

    The couples, each expecting a baby this year, filed a lawsuit last week against a law mandating that undefined words in state statutes be interpreted to have "natural and ordinary" meanings. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed the measure into law May 5.

    Advocates say the simple law mandates words in state legal codes not be ... Read More

  • Wyo. judge censured for gay marriage opposition

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (2 months ago)

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (BP) -- Proponents of religious liberty have expressed mixed opinions on the Wyoming Supreme Court's censure of a judge for saying her religious beliefs would prevent her from performing same-sex weddings. Read More

  • D.C. church's lesbian co-pastors spark 'concern'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Washington D.C. church's decision to call a legally-married lesbian couple as co-pastors has led a fellow District of Columbia Baptist Convention pastor to call for "prayerful dialog" between convention leadership and the church. A Southern Baptist Convention seminary president suggested the DCBC should disfellowship the congregation.

    Meanwhile, DCBC executive director Robert Cochran told Baptist Press the convention has "no plans to disassociate" with the church and he "has never discussed the issue of homosexuality with" the congregation's leaders. Read More

  • HGTV stars 'hounded' for pastor's marriage stance

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, December 01, 2016 (5 months ago)

    WACO, Texas (BP) -- Media reports criticizing HGTV personalities Chip and Joanna Gaines for attending a church whose pastor believes homosexuality is a sin have drawn criticism from Southern Baptist commentators as illogical and "unbecoming of the term 'news.'"

    The Gaines, who star in HGTV's popular series "Fixer Upper," were the subjects of a Nov. 29 article on the news and entertainment website BuzzFeed which classified their pastor and Waco, Texas, church as holding a "severe, unmoving position ... on same-sex marriage." Read More

  • Ontario turns parenting into a group affair

    by Samantha Gobba, posted Thursday, December 01, 2016 (5 months ago)

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    ONTARIO, Canada (BP) -- Children in Ontario, Canada, may now have up to four legal parents, none of which must be birth parents, under a bill passed by the legislature Tuesday (Nov. 29).

    Under the All Families are Equal Act, same-sex couples or a group of up to four adults who agree to have a child, whether through a surrogate mother or artificial insemination, will be legally viewed as parents without any adoption process. They simply must sign a contract to co-parent before the child is conceived. Read More

  • Zales gay marriage ad harms families, 1MM says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (5 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A lesbian couple's exchange of vows in a Zales Jewelers television commercial is harmful to families and inappropriately introduces gay marriage to children, One Million Moms (1MM) proclaims in its latest campaign to block offensive advertising.

    As Christmastime shopping is well underway, the advocacy group is urging Zales to discontinue the commercial. Read More

  • Thousands protest same-sex marriage bills in Taiwan

    by Angela Lu/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, November 21, 2016 (6 months ago)

    TAIWAN (BP) -- Thousands of demonstrators filled the streets in front of the Legislative Yuan on Nov. 17 to protest a set of bills that would make Taiwan the first Asian government to recognize same-sex marriage. By the end of the evening, the protesters had gained a victory: The legislature decided to allow two public hearings before voting on the law.

    Wearing white shirts and carrying signs that read, "Let the people decide on marriage and family," and, "Stand up for the happiness of the next generation," the protesters -- including families with young children -- showed up at 7 a.m. to ... Read More

  • Trump rebukes alleged racism among supporters

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 14, 2016 (6 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- In his first major interview since Election Day, President-elect Donald Trump said he is "saddened" by reported incidents of racial harassment committed in his name and urged perpetrators to "stop it."

    Trump also commented on potential Supreme Court nominees, abortion and same-sex marriage among other social issues.

    When interviewer Lesley Stahl of CBS's "60 Minutes" asked Trump about reports of African Americans, Latinos and homosexuals being harassed in his name, Trump ... Read More

  • Irish court: Christian bakers must bake pro-gay cake

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, November 03, 2016 (6 months ago)

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (BP) -- A Northern Ireland appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Christian-run bakery accused of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake supporting gay marriage.

    A ruling by a three-judge appeals panel has upheld a 2015 decision by a lower court finding Ashers Baking Company guilty of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Read More

  • Federal judge: Iowa churches safe from anti-bias law

    by Lynde Langdon, posted Tuesday, November 01, 2016 (6 months ago)

    DES MOINES, IOWA (BP) -- An Iowa church is dropping its lawsuit against the state and the city of Des Moines after a federal judge issued a ruling protecting the church's religious liberty. The District Court judge has ruled that churches do not count as "public accommodations" under the Iowa Civil Rights Act and are not subject to censorship of their views on marriage and sexuality. Read More