A federal appeals court has allowed to let stand an earlier decision upholding the legality of a recently passed California law banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that California's Senate Bill 1172 does not infringe on the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs.
The en banc Ninth Circuit denied the rehearing, arguing that SB 1172 "does not violate the free speech rights of practitioners or minor patients, is neither vague nor overbroad, and does not violate parents' fundamental rights." more >>
Pastor Bayless Conley is resting well and in improved condition after being listed as critical from a boating accident off the coast of Southern California at Catalina Island on Monday, according to officials at Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos, Calif.
"On Monday night, pastor Bayless underwent surgery because of soft tissue injuries sustained to his neck and throat area," stated the church on its website. "After surgery his doctors reported that all of his vital organs and his spinal cord are fully intact and without injury."
Conley, Jeff Perry, who is the senior pastor of St. Louis Family Church in St. Louis, Mo., and Cottonwood member Keith Johnson were injured when the 22-foot Glacier Bay catamaran boat they were in slammed head-on into the sheer cliffs that are common on Catalina Island's north side near Isthmus Cove, according to local emergency service officials. The church, which released the other names, described the boat as a fishing boat. more >>
Southern California pastor and global evangelist Bayless Conley underwent successful surgery, according to doctors, after a dramatic boating accident on Catalina Island Monday evening left him and one of two others in critical condition. Injuries to the third person were reportedly minor.
Local emergency officials reported that three people were injured when their 22-foot power boat crashed at full speed into the Isthmus near Two Harbors on Catalina Island, which is located off the coast of California.
"Please join us as we pray and trust God for a full and speedy recovery for pastor Bayless and his friends, and to comfort them and their families during this time," Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos, the congregation Bayless leads, posted on its Facebook page Tuesday. "Jeremiah 30:17 says, 'For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord.'" more >>
Rapper Jay Z thanked God, as well as "all [of] the universe" while accepting the award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his song "Holy Grail" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
The well-known artist sat comfortably with his wife of six years, Beyonce, in the first few rows of the Staples Center in Los Angeles while actor and singer Jamie Foxx introduced the nominees for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration award. Jay Z and Beyonce smiled and looked on as Foxx complimented the rapper on the attractiveness of his wife, especially since she recently gave birth to the couple's first child, Blue Ivy.
When Foxx announced Jay Z as the winner of the award, the rapper took the stage and jokingly threw a few fake punches at the presenter, assumingly for the over-the-top flattery he showered on Beyonce moments earlier. Jay Z then proceeded to thank God and "all the universe," both for his award and for the "beautiful light" that is his wife, Beyonce. more >>
The controversial yet successful "Preachers of L.A." docu-series that premiered on Oxygen Media last year has been approved for a second season, and producers of the program that features Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon and other Southern California ministers will start casting for Christian preachers in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit for future spin-off series.
Other original cast members returning for season two of the "candid and revealing" television series include Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney and Bishop Ron Gibson. The program was promoted as an inside look at the lives and ministries of high-profile Christian leaders who have to deal with very down-to-earth issues.
"'Preachers of L.A.' touched the heart strings of our Oxygen viewers. They were captivated by the triumphs and tribulations of these men of God and the amazing women and families that stood alongside them," said Rod Aissa, senior vice president of Original Programming and Development for Oxygen Media, in a press release. "We look forward to bringing more of these compelling stories to life both in LA and around the country." more >>
The 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles featured a star-studded pro-gay marriage event as music artist Queen Latifah, who is legally deputized to conduct wedding ceremonies, married 34 couples, both gay and straight.
The event featured a live performance of the pro-LGBT song "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, with Madonna joining in later on in an all-white suit, singing "Open Your Heart."
"Same Love" includes lyrics chiding conservatives and those who oppose gay marriage: "The right-wing conservatives think it's a decision; And you can be cured with some treatment and religion; Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition, playing God; … America the brave still fears what we don't know; And 'God loves all his children' is somehow forgotten; But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago; ... When I was at church they taught me something else; If you preach hate at the service those words aren't anointed." more >>