An panel from the United Methodist Church has agreed to hear an appeal from a Pennsylvania pastor who officiated his son's same-sex wedding. The appeals committee plans to hear the case of defrocked pastor Frank Schaefer this coming summer.
Jen Ihlo, president of the UMC Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, said in a statement that the appeal will be tried under the authority of the Book of Discipline and will take place on June 20.
The "practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching," according to the UMC Book of Discipline. "Therefore, self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church." more >>
Attorneys defending Utah's ban on same-sex marriage said in their most recent court filing that legalizing gay marriage would be an "unprincipled judicial wrecking ball" that would destroy state authority.
In its 120-page reply, submitted late last week, Utah told the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals that allowing a judge to determine the constitutionality of a state's same-sex marriage ban undermines the state's sovereignty.
Utah's special assistant, Attorney General Gene Schaerr, wrote in the court filing that lifting a state's same-sex marriage ban is not akin to previous court rulings that lifted interracial marriage bans, but rather it is "an unprincipled judicial wrecking ball hurtling toward an even more important arena of traditional state authority." more >>
Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza continues his criticism of President Obama, who before launching the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, allegedly failed to help his half-brother who needed money for emergency medical care.
Speaking to Mike Huckabee on his Fox News show Saturday night, D'Souza recounted a story he's frequently shared since he interviewed George Obama, the president's half-brother who lives in Kenya, for his film "2016: Obama's America" that was released prior to the 2012 presidential election.
D'Souza commented that after he interviewed George for the film, he received a call from him asking for $1,000 to pay for his illegitimate son's medical care. more >>
Followers of Wicca are suing a New Mexico city for having a Ten Commandments display on their government property.
A court recently heard the suit of Jane Felix and B.N. Coone against the city of Bloomfield in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.
Felix and Coone are being represented by the state chapter of the ACLU, and call the display a "violation of civil rights." more >>
A federal judge struck down Arkansas' controversial 12 week abortion ban, saying that viability, not a heartbeat, is the key factor in determining whether abortions should be allowed. A legal group defending the bill says it aims to have the Supreme Court take up the case and reconsider Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion in the U.S.
U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright struck down the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act Friday, Reuters reported. She declared the ban unconstitutional, citing previous court decisions saying that abortions should not be restricted until a fetus reaches viability, between 22 and 24 weeks. The law "impermissibly infringes a woman's Fourteenth Amendment right to elect to terminate a pregnancy before viability" of the fetus, as established by The Supreme Court.
Wright claimed that only a doctor could determine viability. Governor Mike Beebe (D) had vetoed the bill last February, citing the viability standard. Republicans, however, controlling the statehouse for the first time since Reconstruction, overrode him. more >>
A South African pastor, who is attending Olympian Oscar Pistorius' trial for the murdering of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, believes it was Satan who made the athlete commit the act.
"Oscar did not kill [Steenkamp], Satan made him do it. I pray to God to help him," said the Rev. Isaac Malaza, according to Times Live.
"I came today to pray for Oscar. He shouldn't do something like this again that breaks the hearts of his family." more >>