A Kentucky state employee has maintained her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite a recently issued court order mandating that her office do so.
Kim Davis of Rowan County has declined to follow a court order issued Wednesday by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
"The Court must … point out that the act of issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple merely signifies that the couple has met the legal requirements to marry. It is not a sign of moral or religious approval," read the order. more >>
Two bills have been introduced for the next Florida legislative session that would protect churches who refuse to perform gay weddings from potential legal action.
Filed earlier this week and scheduled to be considered during the 2016 session, the identical Senate Bill 110 and House Bill 43 offer legal protection for any church or ministry who refuses to perform a same-sex wedding.
"A church or religious organization, an organization supervised or controlled by or in connection with a church or religious organization, an individual employed by a church or religious organization while acting in the scope of that employment, or a clergy member or minister may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization, formation, or celebration of any marriage if such an action would cause the church, organization, or individual to violate a sincerely held religious belief," read the bills' text. more >>
Sixteen states have filed an amicus brief in support of three Christian academic institutions that have sued the Health and Human Services Department due to religious objections to the birth control mandate.
The brief was filed Monday on behalf of Houston Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, and Westminster Theological Seminary, who are appealing to the U.S, Supreme Court to get an exemption from the HHS mandate.
Attorneys General listed in the brief represent the states of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia. more >>
In an impassioned speech to Christians Wednesday, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, warned that "there is a spiritual battle to turn off the light" in America and urged people of faith to shine their spiritual light to dispel the darkness.
"Will we drink the Kool-Aid that this is the last viable generation that can advance American Christianity or better yet, Christianity in the American public square? Are we done? Is it over?" Rodriguez asked in the early moments of a 20-minute message during the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2015 national conference themed "The Gospel & Politics" in Nashville, Tennessee.
Shortly before delivering his warning, Rodriguez highlighted the power of faith in the lives of Christians and how God's work usually begins with turning the light on. more >>
The head of the Roman Catholic Church will soon celebrate a mass in Communist Cuba, at a location within sight of an image made in homage to atheist revolutionary Che Guevara.
Pope Francis is scheduled to officiate the mass next month at Havana's Plaza de la Revolucion, nearby a 118-foot artistic rendering of the deceased Communist guerilla.
Professor Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, Ph.D., a religious studies professor at the University of Miami who specializes in Catholicism and Cuba, told The Christian Post that this will not be the first time a pontiff has celebrated mass at the Plaza. more >>
Emphasizing the importance of liberty to American Christians, a North Carolina megachurch pastor noted he would rather live in a "pro-choice United States" than a "pro-life Soviet Union."
J.D. Greear, senior pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, gave a speech Wednesday as part of an event in Tennessee hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Focusing on how the church should be involved in politics, Greear told those gathered in Nashville that "the very freedoms we enjoy to talk about these things come from generations of Christians who applied their worldview to politics." more >>