Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll's attempt at a new beginning was somewhat overshadowed Easter Sunday as protesters gathered outside Driscoll's new Arizona-based Trinity Church to warn congregants of the pastor's alleged misdeeds.
Although few in number, protesters held signs that read: "Trinity = Mars Hill" and "Where'd all the Money Go, Mark???" alluding to the allegations surrounding the embattled pastor's tenure at the now defunct Mars Hill Church.
Protester Bob Sluys, a former member of Mars Hill, according to a report from KCTV5 News, yelled to parishioners as they entered the building, "Ask Mark, but he won't answer! His [Driscoll's] empire was built on the back of unpaid labor, volunteers, abusive culture, and all for Jesus' fame." more >>
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that if enacted would have protected individuals and businesses that opposed gay marriage from legal punishment.
Recently the Republican-dominated General Assembly passed Senate Bill 41, which sought to protect people opposed to gay marriage from being compelled to perform or serve a same-sex wedding.
Democratic Governor McAuliffe vetoed the proposed legislation Wednesday, saying in a statement that the bill was "nothing more than an attempt to stigmatize." more >>
Pro-life groups are denouncing Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump for saying mothers who get an abortion should be punished.
At a town hall event hosted by MSNBC, Trump stated that pregnant women seeking an abortion should have "some form of punishment" for doing so.
Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins released a statement saying that Trump's opinions on who should be punished shows he "is ill informed in this vital issue." more >>
Virginia's Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business.
McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1090 on Tuesday, arguing in a statement that if the bill had become law it "would restrict access to healthcare services."
"This bill, aimed at Planned Parenthood, would harm tens of thousands of Virginians who rely on the healthcare services and programs provided by Planned Parenthood health centers by denying them access to affordable care," stated McAuliffe. more >>
The head of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has called on North Carolina to repeal its law barring transgender bathroom ordinances.
"We find that the recent legislation approved in North Carolina and signed into law, which bans people from using bathrooms that don't match the sex indicated on their birth certificate, is discriminatory," argued PCUSA's Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons in a statement Tuesday, calling on North Carolina lawmakers to repeal the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.
"The North Carolina law also prevents cities and counties from establishing ordinances extending protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity to restaurants, hotels, and stores." more >>
North Carolina's attorney general says he will not defend the state's new law banning city ordinances that would allow people to enter the bathroom of their choice.
After the city of Charlotte passed an anti-discrimination ordinance last month giving men and women the legal right to use the bathrooms designated for the gender they self-identify as, the state's House and Senate quickly passed the law in order to prevent the cities and counties from passing their own anti-discrimination laws.
After Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law last Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and other LGBT advocacy organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the state. more >>