A federal judge struck down Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban on Monday after declaring it unconstitutional.
U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Bataillon found Nebraska law prohibiting same-sex marriage "facially discriminates based on gender" after rejecting the state's argument that the ban promotes family stability. The order takes effect on March 9 although state officials immediately appealed the decision to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reported ABC News.
"Nebraska's 'Defense of Marriage' Constitutional Amendment, Section 29, is an unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens," Bataillon wrote in the 34-page-ruling. "The State primarily offers as its rational basis for this gender-specific discrimination the encouragement of biological family units. The essence of this rationale has been rejected by most courts and by no less than the Supreme Court. With the advent of modern science and modern adoption laws, same sex couples can and do responsibly raise children. Unfortunately, this law inhibits their commendable efforts." more >>
A website that depicts Jesus Christ as a modern tattoo artist has argued before an appeals court that a Texas school district discriminated against it when it rejected an ad for a high school stadium.
Little Pencil Ministries, which oversees the website tattoojesus.org, filed a lawsuit last year against the Lubbock Independent School District over not being allowed to run an ad on a jumbotron display at a stadium.
Arguments were heard Tuesday in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals between Little Pencil and Lubbock, with the former being represented by the religious freedom legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom. more >>
A former Republican congressional committee counsel predicts that the Supreme Court will legalize same-sex marriage in coming months, but does not believe that decision will change the Church.
"I think the Supreme Court is probably going to come down on this 7-to-2, and I have every reason to believe that they will legalize same-sex marriage based on what we call the equal protection clause and the precedent of Loving vs. Virginia 1967," former attorney Sophia Nelson, author of The Woman Code, recently told The Christian Post, referring to the landmark civil rights decision that struck down miscegenation laws.
The Christian author and award-winning journalist supports traditional marriage, however, she said that while Christians have the right to exercise their religious liberties, they must also respect the law and leave the judgment to Jesus. more >>
The family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath has filed a lawsuit against Children's Hospital Oakland after surgery to remove adenoids and help with the teen's sleep apnea allegedly left her brain dead on life support last year.
McMath's family engaged in a high-stakes battle with the hospital to determine her fate. Doctors argued that the teen was brain dead and should be removed from life support, but her family managed to win in court and took her to a long-term care facility, where she currently remains. Now the family has hired AgnewBrusavich personal injury law firm to take on the case and sue the hospital.
According to the firm, the main issue is whether Dr. Frederick Rosen, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at the hospital recommended a risky surgery and then failed to alert nurses to the fact that McMath had a condition that would make the teen susceptible to hemorrhaging after the procedure. She began bleeding that led to cardiac arrest and left her severely brain damaged. more >>
Alabama's highest court ordered probate judges in the state to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, defying a federal court decision.
In a 7 to 1 ruling made Tuesday, Alabama's supreme court concluded that the a recent ruling by a federal judge and the refusal of the Supreme Court to grant a stay in said ruling were not to be honored.
"Why are we scared today preachers? Everybody's coming out of the closet but the saints." – Alabama Pastor Cedric Hatcher
Pastor Cedric Hatcher recently expressed his bewilderment over the "normalization" of same-sex marriage at a recent Birmingham City Council meeting. Watch video: http://youtu.be/L9ukYpLP6G0
He asked, "Why are citizens allowing same-sex advocates to parade gay couples in front of children as if it were normal?" He passionately argued: Gay marriage is not normal nor is it Biblical. more >>