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Even though winter storm Janus has closed down federal government offices and cancelled more than 2,000 flights in the Northeast, tens, if not hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates are in Washington, D.C. for the 41st annual March for Life event on Wednesday.
Notable speakers at this year's march include Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, and his adopted son, Ryan, and Molly Ann Dutton, who was elected as Auburn University's 100th homecoming queen last fall and is using her inspirational story to advocate for adoption, which is the theme of this year's event. more >>
American pastor and missionary Thomas (Tom) Randall has been imprisoned in Manila, Philippines on allegations that an orphanage he and his wife founded in the country has been operating as a front for human trafficking and that dozens of poor children living at the facility had been suffering sexual abuse for years.
Randall was on a mission trip in the country when state and social welfare authorities apprehended him and two workers on Jan. 12 at the Sankey Samaritan Orphanage in Lucena City, Philippines, reportedly on allegations that he had been negligent regarding alleged abuse and sex trafficking at the facility.
Filipino media reports that Randall was charged with obstruction of justice, while orphanage manager Perfecto "Toto" Luchavez and his son, Mark "Jake" Luchavez, were charged with violating the country's anti-human trafficking laws. Another worker, who reportedly remains at large, Melvin Garcia, was charged with rape, along with Mark Luchavez. The men also allegedly allowed friends to abuse female victims. more >>
Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) announced Friday that their investigators had found that the Christian owners of Gresham bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, guilty of violating the civil rights of a lesbian couple for refusing to bake their wedding cake.
The Christian couple, Aaron and Melissa Klein, became national news a year ago after citing their religious beliefs in refusing to bake a cake for the wedding of lesbian couple Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman of Portland. Last September after an abrupt shutdown of their business the couple charged that gay activists killed. it with "mafia tactics."
Charlie Burr, a spokesman for BOLI said Friday that investigators found significant evidence that the Kleins discriminated against the couple unlawfully because of their sexual orientation, according to The Oregonian. more >>
A District Court judge in South Carolina has ruled against a motion by The Episcopal Church to try and gain the identity of a breakaway diocese.
Judge C. Weston Houck of the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division ruled last week that a motion by TEC against the Diocese of South Carolina will be denied. The motion came in response to Houck's decision last August to dismiss a federal lawsuit the Episcopal Church made against Diocese of South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence.
The Rev. Charles vonRosenberg, head of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, which is comprised of Episcopalians who opposed leaving the national denomination, filed the motion. more >>
A clergyman and former dean at Yale Divinity School will be tried by the United Methodist Church later this year for officiating his son's same-sex wedding.
Last week, the church trial for The Reverend Thomas Ogletree was scheduled for March 10, reported the Associated Press. The church trial has garnered much attention due to its spotlighting of the UMC's position on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
In addition to considering homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching", the UMC Book of Discipline also states that clergy cannot perform same-sex marriages. more >>
Since the debacle over same-sex marriage began in Utah in late December, Gov. Gary Herbert's office has received over 2,700 calls, emails and texts either supporting or opposing the legalization of gay nuptials in the state.
Records released by the governor's office to The Associated Press indicate that since a Dec. 20 court ruling that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, the state has received roughly 1,800 phone calls in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage, and 900 messages from opponents of same-sex marriage. AP reports that a random sampling of 100 of the messages left for the governor's office indicate that many of the calls were made by people who contacted the governor's office more than once, or were made by LGBT advocacy groups who encouraged supporters to contact the governor en masse.
Those opposing same-sex marriage contacted the governor's office saying they felt their vote had been ignored when same-sex marriage was legalized in the state in December. In 2004, 66 percent of Utah residents approved a constitutional ban to same-sex marriage. In a surprise ruling on Dec. 20, 2013, District Judge Robert J. Shelby determined the ban to be unconstitutional, resulting in a flood of same-sex couples requesting marriage licenses in the state. more >>