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Pope Francis signals approval of same-sex civil unions

(Photo: Reuters)Pope Francis has called for the creation of civil union laws that would help same-sex couples create families as "children of God," challenging a previous conclusion by the Catholic Church that endorsing such unions would be an "approval of deviant behavior." "Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children... Read more

Pope Francis Is Calling for Civil Union Laws for Same-Sex Couples | RELEVANT

In comments that aired in a new documentary that released on Wednesday, Pope Francis gave his clearest support to the LGBTQ community yet, calling for “civil union laws” to provide legal backing to same-sex relationships. What we have to create is a civil union law, the pope says in the movie, which was released in... Read more

Fuller can expel students in same-sex marriages, judge rules

FacebookA judge has dismissed an LGBT discrimination case against Fuller Theological Seminary.  Former students Joanna Maxon and Nathan Brittsan sued the college after they were expelled for being in same-sex marriages - in breach of Fuller's sexual standards policy.  The expelled students claimed that the seminary's actions were a violation of federal Title IX anti-discrimination... Read more

Christian ministry helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction suspended from Facebook

REUTERS/KhamFacebook has removed the page of an interdenominational Christian ministry that helps people struggling with unwanted sexual attractions and gender confusion. The Restored Hope Network said its Facebook page had been removed without notice or explanation by the social media giant. The organisation's executive director Anne Paul said the suspension was a "chilling example of... Read more

US Church to discipline bishop who refused to permit same-sex marriage blessings

The Bishop of Albany William Love(Photo: Facebook/The Diocese of Albany)The US Episcopal Church has ruled against a bishop who refused to allow same-sex marriage blessings to be held in his diocese. The Bishop of Albany, William Love, said he was "very disappointed" by this week's ruling from the disciplinary panel, which followed a trial earlier in the... Read more

Will SCOTUS Overturn the Ruling that Imposed Same-Sex Marriage on the United States?

The Story: Justices Thomas and Alito warn about the threat to religious liberty in the decision that cleared way for same-sex marriage. Could a conservative majority on the Supreme Court be on the verge of overturning that ruling? The Background: On the first day of the Supreme Courts new term, Justice Thomas wrote a scathing... Read more

Christian Adoption Agency Beats N.Y. in Court: State Can’t Close it over Same-Sex Policy

Christian Adoption Agency Beats N.Y. in Court: State Can't Close it over Same-Sex Policy A U.S. federal judge handed a Christian adoption agency a major victory Monday when it blocked the state of New York from closing the agency over its policy on same-sex adoption.At issue is a policy by the New York State Office... Read more

Justices Thomas, Alito: Christians Aren’t Bigots for Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

Justices Thomas, Alito: Christians Aren't Bigots for Opposing Same-Sex Marriage The U.S. Supreme Court Monday turned down a much-watched case involving a county clerk who opposed same-sex marriage, although two of the justices criticized the U.S. legal system for suggesting Christians with traditional beliefs are bigots.By choosing to privilege a novel constitutional right over the... Read more

Judge: Louisville Cant Force Christian Photographer to Work Same-Sex Wedding

Judge: Louisville Cant Force Christian Photographer to Work Same-Sex Wedding Saying gay rights and freedom of speech can co-exist, a federal judge Friday sided with a Christian photographer in ruling the city of Louisville, Ky., cannot force her to work at same-sex weddings.The case involved a Christian photographer, Chelsey Nelson, who owns a... Read more

‘People Feel Betrayed’: Hallmark Channel Movie to Feature its First Same-Sex Wedding

'People Feel Betrayed': Hallmark Channel Movie to Feature its First Same-Sex Wedding For the first time, an upcoming Hallmark Channel movie will feature a same-sex wedding.The new film, Wedding Every Weekend, debuts Aug. 15 on the Hallmark Channel and follows a couple, Nate and Brooke, who agree to tag together as wedding buddies... Read more

BBC receives complaints over same-sex kiss in teenage drama

Cleo, played by Danielle Verayo, and Jude, played by Molly SaundersThe BBC has received complaints after broadcasting a same-sex kiss in a drama aimed at teenage viewers. The kiss involved two characters, Jude and Cleo, in the CBBC drama The Next Step, made by the Boatrocker production company.  The scene appeared in season 7 of... Read more

Why shouldn’t people with unwanted same-sex attraction be able to receive professional help?

Pixabay/congerdesignWhat is it that makes the very existence of ex-gays so dangerous? And why is there a concerted, worldwide effort to block professional counselling for those with unwanted same-sex attractions? Before you think I'm exaggerating, consider these following examples. In England, Barclays Bank announced it was closing the account of a Christian charity after protest... Read more

Law Forces Ohio Minister to Officiate Same-Sex Wedding or Face $5,000 Fine

Law Forces Ohio Minister to Officiate Same-Sex Wedding or Face $5,000 Fine An Ohio Christian business owner and ordained minister filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Cuyahoga County over a law that requires her to officiate same-sex weddings in violation of her religious beliefs.Kristi Stokes, the plaintiff in the case, is an ordained... Read more

Christian Adoption Agency Does Not Have to Place Kids in Same-Sex Homes, Appeals Court Rules

Christian Adoption Agency Does Not Have to Place Kids in Same-Sex Homes, Appeals Court Rules Earlier this week, an appeals court ruled that a New York-based Christian adoption agency can now sue the state of New York for attempting to shut them down because the charity does not place children with same-sex or... Read more

Should Same-Sex Unions Be Recognized in the Church?

You might think that with killer germs, racial tensions, church and school closuresand political wars captivating public attentionother hot topic issues that truly demand a biblical response from the church might have been placed on the back burner. But youd be wrong.Even with many churches shutting their doors and scrambling to find their equilibrium in... Read more

Christian Photographer Could Be Fined $50,000 for Not Working Same-Sex Wedding

Christian Photographer Could Be Fined $50,000 for Not Working Same-Sex Wedding A Christian photographer filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn a Virginia law that would force him to take pictures at same-sex weddings under the threat of $50,000 to $100,000 fines.At issue is the Virginia Values Act, which was signed by... Read more

Bishop on trial for refusing to permit same-sex marriages

The Rev Chip Strickland speaks during the defence of Bishop Love in a Zoom disciplinary hearingA bishop in the US Episcopal Church was on trial this week after banning gay marriage ceremonies in his diocese.The Bishop of Albany, William Love, defended his actions at a hearing on Friday held over Zoom because of Covid-19 social... Read more

Trump DOJ to Court: Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Can Refuse Same-Sex Couples

Trump DOJ to Court: Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Can Refuse Same-Sex Couples The Trump Department of Justice has sided with a Catholic foster care agency in a major religious liberty case that could resolve the conflict between governments and faith-based adoption agencies that wont place children in same-sex homes due to religious beliefs.The case... Read more

Examine: Almost Half of Mainline Protestant Pastors Assist Identical-Intercourse Marriage | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] Assist for same-sex marriage amongst Protestant pastors has surged within the final decade, pushed virtually totally by pastors from mainline denominations. In 2010, a couple of third of pastors who self-identified as Mainline stated they supported same-sex marriage. Immediately, that quantity has jumped to 47 %. That’s in keeping with a brand... Read more