Missourians could not be forced to participate in a same-sex wedding if a proposed referendum is added to the ballot and passed.
Known as Senate Joint Resolution 39, the proposed referendum item passed the Senate in March and is presently being debated in the House.
"That the state shall not impose a penalty on a religious organization on the basis that the organization believes or acts in accordance with a sincere religious belief concerning marriage between two persons of the same sex," reads the proposed amendment in part. more >>
The criminal charges against a New York City pastor who congregants accused of taking money from the church's offering plate at least nine different times last year have been dropped after the pastor claimed he used the money for church-related expenses.
Pastor Daniel Impaglia of the evangelical Rock Church in Manhattan's Upper East Side was arrested and charged with petit larceny last November after congregants claimed to have video evidence of him stealing from the church offering.
Although congregants charged that the 71-year-old Impaglia stole church donations at least nine different times between Oct. 28 and Nov. 21, 2016, Impaglia refused to resign as the church's pastor despite some members insisting on his resignation. more >>
A district court in Michigan dismissed a lawsuit against one of the largest Catholic hospital organizations in the country that would have forced them to perform abortions.
United States District Court Judge Gershwin A. Drain of the Eastern District of Michigan granted Trinity Health Corporation's motion to dismiss a lawsuit leveled by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
In his 13-page Monday decision, Judge Drain argued that the ACLU and the plaintiffs it represented lacked the standing to sue Trinity Health over its policy of not performing emergency abortions. more >>
A Christian student expelled from England's Sheffield University because he quoted the Bible's stance on homosexuality in a Facebook post supportive of controversial Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has lost his appeal.
Felix Ngole, a 38-year-old in his second year of study for a master's degree in social work at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire was told that he is no longer a student at the university after a committee ruled he "may have caused offense to some individuals" by issuing a Facebook post last September quoting Leviticus on the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality.
Ngole's post came in defense of Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, who became the center of a media firestorm last year when she refused to allow her office to issue same-sex marriage licenses with her name and title on them because of her religious objection to same-sex marriage. more >>
A Michigan-based funeral home is battling a lawsuit leveled by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over alleged mistreatment of a former transgender employee.
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes of Detroit was sued after owner Tom Rost fired the transgender employee, who was a biological male, for refusing to adhere to the business' dress code.
Harris Funeral Homes is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group that filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the business last Thursday in district court. more >>
The Indiana state police trooper who was fired last week amid complaints that he was preaching about Jesus during traffic stops, said he saw many miracles happen before he got fired and intends to keep spreading the Word of God.
Just two days after his firing, the former state trooper Brian Hamilton, 40, who said God changed his life when he got saved three years ago, was busy preaching to dozens of people on a street corner in Connersville, according to ABC 6.
"Jesus says I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by Me. And When I got saved three years ago, it changed my life," said Hamilton, who is confident "God will provide." more >>