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  • Army chaplain fights charge of unlawful discrimination

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (5 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (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 appeal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, April 03, 2018 (20 days ago)

    ARLINGTON, 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. states

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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

    by Peter J. Link Jr., posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (2 months ago)

    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 Bermuda

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 09, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    HAMILTON, 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

  • Same-sex couples fight citizenship battle

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, January 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Two same-sex couples filed lawsuits last week against the U.S. State Department, arguing it unlawfully discriminated against them by denying their children U.S. citizenship.

    The cases join a host of others involving reproductive technology and same-sex parenting working their way through the U.S. court system. Since the Supreme Court's 2015 Obergefell decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right, LGBT advocates have been pushing back against laws that uphold the biological reality that every child is the genetic offspring of just one man and one woman ... Read More

  • Mentor windfall sparks discussion of fatherlessness

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- An unexpected deluge of volunteers in response to a Dallas middle school's call for male mentors has sparked media attention. It also has generated discussion of the need for discipleship of African American boys, robbed of fathers by the lingering effects of slavery.

    When Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas scheduled a "Breakfast With Dads" event for the boys in its student body, a local Baptist pastor attempted to help, issuing a call via Facebook for volunteers to stand in with students whose fathers were absent from their lives or unable to attend. Though the school -- which is predominantly African American -- hoped for 50-100 volunteers, some 600 men showed up at the breakfast. Read More

  • Christian bakers lose in Oregon appeals court

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christian wedding vendors who decline to provide services for same-sex ceremonies have suffered another legal setback.

    The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 28 that the state did not violate the First Amendment rights of Aaron and Melissa Klein in a 2015 order that included a $135,000 fine. The three-judge panel upheld a decision by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) that found the Kleins' refusal to design and bake a cake for a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony was based on unlawful discrimination against homosexuals. Read More

  • Gay marriage legalized in Australia & Austria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    CANBERRA, Australia (BP) -- Australia's Parliament legalized same-sex marriage today (Dec. 7), following a court ruling doing the same in Austria two days earlier, the Associated Press reported.

    Churches and religious organizations in Australia are allowed under the new law to boycott gay weddings without violating existing anti-discrimination mandates, the AP said. The Australian Parliament overwhelmingly approved gay marriage following a nationwide postal ballot that drew approval from 62 percent of voters Oct. 27.

    The countries join at least 25 other nations where the practice was legalized as early as 2000, according to Pew Research tallied through August. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Sing with your spouse

    by Joshua Jenkins, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (4 months ago)

    To strengthen marital bonds, writes columnist Joshua Jenkins, Christians should sing hymns with their spouses. Such singing will "spite the devil," he writes. Read More