First it was conjugal visits, now homosexual prisoners in California can get married.
According to an Associated Press report, California prison officials confirmed that just over a week ago they approved regulations that allow prison inmates to get married to someone of the same sex.
The report noted that Michael Stainer, the director of the adult institutions division for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, issued a memo two Fridays ago highlighting that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that made same-sex marriages legal also applied to prisoners. more >>
Jeremy Lin and Pastor Francis Chan led a crowd of 10,000 mostly Asian youths in a conference held at the Cow Palace in the San Francisco Bay area on Saturday.
The Unleashed Conference let Lin use his Linsanity popularity to share the gospel and speak about his life since his NBA fame began.
The Houston Rockets point guard spoke about how the world put all this pressure on his shoulders to be "Linsanity" that he lost focus of God's plan for him. It was not until he began to focus on God that his NBA second year struggles faded away. more >>
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, which bought the California megachurch Crystal Cathedral's glass sanctuary last year, has started removing the 1,800 memorial stones that were erected on the campus to honor people's loved ones.
The Walk of Faith stepping-stones are being removed as the Diocese begins renovation of the Garden Grove campus to convert it into a Catholic place of worship, New York Times reports.
Out of respect for the sponsors, digital photos of the stones have been put on display at a diocese-sponsored website. The Diocese has said the stones will be placed in storage and will not be destroyed. more >>
Roma Downey, star of former television series "Touched by an Angel" and an executive producer behind the Emmy-nominated "The Bible" series, told The Christian Post on Thursday after returning from a meeting with Arab Christians in Jordan that she feels compelled to let it be known that the last thing anyone in the Middle East wants is more military action, despite the atrocities believed to have been committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The United States claims that more than 1,400 people, nearly a third of them children, were attacked on Aug. 21 by state forces with chemical weapons. However, Assad denies carrying out such an attack on his own people. Nonetheless, President Barack Obama has been pressing Congress and the global community for support to strike the Syrian government for its alleged violation of international laws in a civil war that has been waging for two and a half years.
Downey, who just returned from the two-day conference in Amman, Jordan, hosted by King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein to address "The Challenges Facing Arab Christians," told CP that her heart was full with an urgency to share what she had learned from her interactions and talks with leading church representatives from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan who also spoke at the meeting. more >>
Yosemite's Rim Fire was started by a hunter's illegal fire, the U.S. Forest Service stated Thursday. Officials have not released the hunter's name and he has not been arrested.
The latest report contradicts earlier rumors that that the fire was started by marijuana growers. That original claim first surfaced two weeks ago when Twain Harte Fire and Rescue Chief Todd McNeal asserted in a community meeting that the blaze was likely the result of a cannabis farm.
"We know its human caused, there's no lightning in the area," he said in remarks documented by a YouTube video. "[We] highly suspect that it might be some sort of illicit grove, marijuana grow-type thing." more >>
A 33-year-old California man is now facing a prison sentence of 126 years to life after he was found guilty of murdering his atheist friend who mocked him about his faith in God, and asked where He was when his father died. The murder occurred while the friends were drinking, snorting cocaine and playing video games.
A San Jose Mercury News report said Douglas Yim, 33, was found guilty of the first-degree murder of his atheist friend, Dzuy Duhn Phan, during the night of partying in his living room on April 2, 2011. Phan was identified as an atheist by an Examiner report.
Paul Park, another friend who was present during the fateful murder, testified that the two friends first snorted cocaine then began having a discussion about God while they played video games. more >>