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 >>
A district court judge in Texas has ruled in favor of a diocese of the Episcopal Church that broke away in 2008 over theological differences regarding who controls the diocesan name and property.
Judge John Chupp of Tarrant County ruled Monday that the Diocese of Fort Worth under Bishop Jack Leo Iker owns the name and property of the diocese instead of the mainline denomination.
Two Supreme Court justices who officiated gay weddings don't need to recuse themselves from an upcoming case where they'll be ruling on the legality of state level gay marriage bans, despite demands from social conservative groups that they "disqualify" themselves, according to legal experts.
In April, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal from the Sixth Circuit regarding the constitutionality of state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.
Calls have been made by some conservative groups for Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse themselves from the case because they've officiated gay weddings. more >>
Prosecutors in North Carolina will seek the death penalty for alleged triple-murderer Craig Hicks, who reportedly shot and killed three students in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10.
Hicks is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. Prosecutors decided to seek the death penalty after working with federal and local investigators to determine whether the killings were motivated by hatred due to their religion. Hicks is known as an atheist and a follower of Richard Dawkins, while all three students were Muslim.
"I want to express my deepest sympathies and condolences for the victims," Hicks' wife Karen, said during a press conference addressing the notion that the murders were motivated by hate. "Like everyone else, I was just completely shocked. I can say with my absolute belief that this incident had nothing to do with religion or the victims' faith, but in fact was related to a long-standing parking dispute that my husband had with the neighbors and our neighbors are of various religions, races and creeds." more >>
Nina Pham, the first person to ever contract Ebola in the United States, is now suing the hospital chain that both exposed her to the virus and also helped save her life.
Pham, 26, helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first known person to travel from West Africa to the U.S. after he contracted Ebola. She became ill soon after working with him and struggled to recover from the virus. While Pham initially received treatment from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, she was later transported to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. Fortunately, Pham was able to recover from the virus but told The Dallas Morning News that she still suffers from body aches, insomnia, and nightmares resulting from her experience.