Missouri became the latest state to have marriage redefined Wednesday when a state judge ruled that the state constitution's definition of marriage violated the U.S. Constitution and ordered state registrars to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
A day after a federal court officially struck down the gay marriage ban in neighboring Kansas, Missouri Judge Rex Burlison, of the St. Louis Circuit Court, issued a written ruling stating that the state's recognition of marriage as "only between a man and a woman" violates the equal protection and due process rights granted by the 14th Amendment of the the U.S. Constitution.
"The Court Finds and declares that any same-sex couple that satisfies all the requirements for marriage and under Missouri law, other than being of different sexes, is legally entitled to a marriage license," Burlison wrote. more >>
NEW YORK — Young Christians continue to grapple with how to reconcile traditional and restrictive church teachings on sexual ethics with the intimate relationships they experience and witness in their social circles, according to a religious studies professor and recent surveys.
The traditional Christian view that sex is only to be experienced in heterosexual marriage has been shared by less and less Americans over the years. A 2013 Gallup poll indicates that Millennials (those 18 to mid-30s) are least likely to hold the same view. Americans who claim to be Christians can also be counted among those with liberal views on premarital sex. One could ask if this means that Christian doctrines on sex and sexuality need to be loosened or revised to meet the needs and concerns of the present culture.
Dr. Teresa Delgado, associate professor in the Religious Studies department at Iona College since 2005, appeared on "CP Newsroom" to comment on the changing attitudes of some Christians on matters related to human sexuality. The Theology and Ethics professor noted some of the particular concerns her undergraduate students have shared with her over the years, in terms of conflicted feelings when it comes to their faith and sexuality. more >>
Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old man who was arrested for feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale was re-arrested 24 hours later for the same offense.
"I am both enthused and humbled," Abbott told local10.com after being arrested the first time on Tueday. "The good news is that there is pressure being put on the city of Fort Lauderdale to do something about a law that is not only unfair, it's repressive. We've heard from every continent. The last I heard was from Kenya and Moscow. I've heard from South America, any number of people from Canada, three newspapers from the United Kingdom."
Abbott and two pastors were all arrested on Tuesday for violating a new law that went into effect last week, preventing people from feeding the homeless. All three men face fines of $500 and up to 60 days in jail for their charitable work. And while Abbott has received a lot of support from people around the world, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler is not a fan. more >>
Brittany Maynard took her life on Saturday, Nov. 1, and now Vatican official Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula has condemned her decision to do so.
"This woman (took her own life) thinking she would die with dignity, but this is the error. Suicide is not a good thing. It is a bad thing because it is saying no to life and to everything it means with respect to our mission in the world and toward those around us," de Paula told Italian news agency Ansa.
Maynard was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in April and given only six months to live. She decided to take her own life as her condition deteriorated and planned everything out with her family. Maynard, her husband and parents moved to Oregon, where she could legally take an overdose of prescription medication in order to end her life. more >>
In an unexpectedly tight race, the Commonwealth of Virginia may see a recount for the U.S. Senate race between Democrat incumbent Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie.
The extremely narrow margin between the two candidates with 98 percent of precincts reporting all but guarantees that the loser will request a recount.
A former governor and popular US Senator, Warner was long considered the favorite to win reelection against Gillespie. more >>
The future of the first potential Christian faith-based law school in Canada is in doubt after the British Columbia Law Society rejected an earlier approval of the new law school at Trinity Western University because of the school's stance against homosexual activity.
In April, the British Columbia Law Society's Board of Governors, commonly known as the Benchers, voted, 20-6, against a motion that would have prevented Trinity Western University Law School graduates from being accredited to practice law in the province. On Friday, the Benchers voted, 25-1 with four abstentions, to rescind its previous approval after its members voted overwhelmingly in a membership referendum to disapprove the Trinity Western's accreditation earlier this summer.
"The referendum enabled all of BC's lawyers to have a say in whether the Benchers should recognize the Trinity Western University law school," British Columbia Law Society President Jan Lindsay said in a statement. "In their meeting, the Benchers considered the results of the referendum in the contest of the many other factors related to this issued and have now passed a resolution disapproving of the proposed law school … for the purpose of the law society's admission program." more >>