The Indiana legislature may be on its way to passing a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after its House of Representatives approved such a proposal Tuesday. The proposal leaves the possibility of civil unions and benefits to same-sex employees open in the future.
The legislation, House Joint Resolution 3, passed the state's House of Representatives Tuesday with a slim 57 to 40 vote. All of those who approved the ban were Republican, while 11 Republicans and all Democratic House members voted in opposition to the ban. Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, but HJR-3 would define marriage as being between one man and one woman in the state's constitution.
In the past few weeks, Indiana's legislature has seen intense debate over HJR-3 due to the second sentence of the proposal, which bans the possibility of civil unions among gay couples by stating: "a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized." Those opposed to the original text of the bill argued that this sentence could also possibly prevent employers from offering benefits, such as insurance, to their same-sex employees. more >>
One suspect is in custody after a fatal shooting at Purdue University in Indiana Tuesday afternoon that killed one person.
The suspect reportedly surrendered to police outside of the Electrical Engineering Building, located on the northeast side of the West Lafayette campus, shortly after noon ET on Tuesday. The university announced the shooting via social media, text message, and its website, warning students that the school had been put into lockdown mode while police investigated the incident. This lockdown was lifted around 1:30 p.m. but the electrical engineering building is reportedly still closed.
The text message sent by the university to students and faculty read: "Shooting reported on campus; Bldg. Electrical Engineering; avoid area; shelter in place." more >>
In a sermon on Sunday, Indiana pastor Steve Poe reminded his congregation that all resources—whether they were time, energy or money—were gifts from God that he had entrusted to humans, before the ushers handed church attendees envelopes filled with $10 to $50 in cash.
Northview Church, in Carmel, Ind., gave away $83,000 to its congregation, a gift that its lead pastor said came with no restrictions or strings attached to it.
"I don't care what you do with it," Poe told RTV6. "I don't care if you give it back to us, or to a homeless person. I don't care what you do with it, as long as you feel like you heard from God on what to do with it." more >>
An Indiana megachurch is giving away its biggest Christmas Offering ever – more than $1 million – to help fund Bible translation projects in Asia.
Each year, College Park Church in Indianapolis holds a special collection the Sunday before Christmas to support a specific missions project in one of the neediest parts of the world. The most recent Christmas Offering, collected Dec. 22, is being donated to the world's largest scripture translation organization, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.
"We're committed to the scriptures and believe that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, so we feel the most important thing we can do for people around the world that don't have the Bible is to provide the scripture in their heart language," said Nate Irwin, College Park's pastor of global outreach. more >>
College Park Church in Indianapolis, Ind., has selected this year Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, the world's largest Scripture translation organization, as the recipient of its annual Christmas Offering, a special collection meant to assist Christian missions.
The Indiana megachurch, which has averaged $600,000 in recent years for the special holiday offering, will donate the money collected during its three services on Sunday, Dec. 22 to the Christian nonprofit.
"At College Park Church, we have a particular passion that those who have never had an opportunity to hear about Jesus may do so, and thereby may find life in Him," said Nate Irwin, pastor of global outreach at the church. more >>
An Indiana pastor was convicted of three counts of child molestation by a jury on Tuesday.
Otis Benard Jetter, 71, was arrested in December 2012. At the time of his arrest, he was a pastor of Indianapolis-based Pilgrim Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.