A woman is suing a national Christian ministry nonprofit group for wrongful termination, alleging she was fired from her position in 2011 because she was going through a divorce. The woman, Alyce Conlon, claims that two men at the ministry were allowed to keep their jobs after divorces and subsequent remarriages, but she was fired.
Conlon filed a federal lawsuit for wrongful termination in the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids late last week, alleging that InterVarsity Christian Fellowship [IVCF] wrongfully terminated her after she told her supervisors she and her husband were going through the process of divorce. Conlon had reportedly worked for the nonprofit since the late 1980's, and worked as a spiritual director for the ministry group at its Grand Rapids, Mich. office from 2004 to 2011, where she was then let go. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a nonprofit national Christian ministry group that establishes student-led ministries at hundreds of college campuses across the country.
According to the lawsuit, Conlon alleges that in 2011, she told one of her supervisors that she and her husband were planning on getting a divorce. She was then reportedly put on paid leave so she could try to reconcile her marriage. During this time, the lawsuit claims that the nonprofit's supervisors became "heavily involved" in Conlon's marriage, including contacting her estranged husband without the plaintiff's knowledge and suggesting she go to the marriage counselor of her husband's choice. more >>
The state of Kansas has spent close to $1 million defending its pro-life laws against abortion groups filing lawsuits in recent years. Although several media outlets are criticizing the state for spending so much money on defending their laws, pro-life groups argue that it is "ridiculous" to blame the state when the lawsuits are being filed by pro-abortion groups.
"It's a free country, and there's a right to sue on anything," Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, a pro-life group, told The Associated Press of the criticism. "But, then, to try to blame us for the money involved in defending the lawsuits is ridiculous," she added.
At the request of The Associated Press, the state's attorney general's office disclosed that it had paid more than $913,000 to two private law firms to defend the state's anti-abortion laws. The firm of Thompson Ramsdell & Qualseth has handled some cases, while Foulston Siefkin, the state's largest firm, has handled other cases. more >>
A rogue clerk in North Carolina accepted marriage license requests from over 10 same-sex couples Tuesday morning in spite of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. This decision comes as the state's Attorney General Roy Cooper announced over the weekend that he personally supports same-sex marriage, but will still defend the state's ban against such marriages in a lawsuit.
On Tuesday morning, Buncombe County Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger accepted the request for a marriage license submitted by Brenda Clark and Carol McCrory, who have reportedly been same-sex partners for 25 years. After accepting the initial license, Reisinger reportedly went on to accept 10 more throughout Tuesday. The event was organized on behalf of the Campaign for Southern Equality to have same-sex marriage legalized in the state.
Reisinger stopped short of signing and issuing the marriage licenses at Tuesday's event, saying that he would like to formally ask Attorney General Roy Cooper to validate the marriage licenses. A call by The Associated Press to Cooper's office found that Cooper will not approve the licenses. more >>
The state of Utah defended its ban on same-sex marriage in court on Friday, arguing that the 2004 constitutional amendment recognizing only traditional marriage proves the state's interest in promoting "responsible procreation." The state also argued that its "child-centric" culture grants it the right to assert the "age-old and still predominant" traditional definition of marriage.
The comments were made Friday by lawyers for the state to U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby of Salt Lake City. The state is requesting that Shelby grant a summary judgment in the federal court case Kitchen vs. Herbert, in which three same-sex couples are charging that the state's 2004, voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional.
The plaintiffs, including Derek Kitchen and Moudi Sbeity; Karen Archer and Kate Call; and Laurie Wood and Kody Partridge, argue that the ban, known as Amendment 3, practices discrimination against same-sex couples in the state as it denies what they see to be the basic, fundamental right to marriage. The state's Amendment 3 not only constitutionally bans same-sex marriage in the state but also refuses to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. Supporters of the Amendment have argued it does not discriminate against anyone as all people have the "right to marry," but simply that marriage, by definition, is a union between one man and one woman. more >>
A controversial court ruling in Malaysia has decided that a Christian newspaper is not allowed to use the word "Allah" to refer to God, a move which has been met by strong criticism from Christians.
"The usage of the word 'Allah' is not an integral part of the faith in Christianity," chief judge Mohamed Apandi Ali ruled on Monday, The Guardian reported. "The usage of the word will cause confusion in the community."
Christians in Malaysia, who according to the CIA Factbook make up only 9 percent of the population, have historically used the word "Allah" to refer to God, as has the Malay language version of the newspaper the Herald, but many Muslims, who make up 60 percent of the country, have protested to such usage in publications. more >>
The United States Supreme Court has decided to not hear an appeal from an African-American woman who was fired from an Ohio academic institute for penning a column that was perceived as being anti-gay.
Working during the government shutdown, earlier this week the Court rejected the appeal of Crystal Dixon, former employee at the University of Toledo.
Jonathan Strunk, senior director of university communications for Toledo, provided The Christian Post with a statement from the university's President Lloyd Jacobs. more >>