A Texas county court legally married two women under a one-time court order on Thursday, despite the fact that the state currently has a ban on same-sex marriages.
After Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled on Tuesday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, state District Judge David Wahlberg, two days later, issued an order for Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir to grant a marriage license to an Austin lesbian couple due to medical urgency.
After Sarah Goodfriend, who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and Suzanne Bryant were issued their marriage license by the court on Thursday morning, their 72-hour required waiting period was waived and they were later joined in matrimony by Rabbi Kerry Baker in front of the county clerk's office building, The Austin American-Statesman reported. more >>
A traditional marriage group has called upon Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from a case regarding the constitutionality of state-level gay marriage bans.
The National Organization for Marriage demanded that Ginsburg recuse herself from Obergefell vs. Hodges due to recent comments that appeared to indicate she had already decided how she would rule even though the Court has not heard the arguments from either side.
What would Jesus do to promote his message as the Christ to Jews in first century Palestine? According to a tongue-in-cheek video from an ad agency, he might turn to a Canadian production company specializing in stunts.
In a video of "never-seen before original footage of the historic meeting leading to the biggest advertising stunt of all time," Jesus is shown sitting at a wooden table in a stone-hewn room with at least a dozen men gathered around him.
The subject of their discussion: what epic stunt Jesus should do next to increase awareness of his brand among the people. more >>
Pastor and author David Platt said he once avoided speaking out about abortion. Now he warns Christians who are silent on the issue that they do not have the option of picking and choosing which social issues to support.
In his latest book, Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Homosexuality, Racism, Sex Slavery and other Social Issues, Platt admits that for a time he avoided speaking up about abortion because of its status as a wedge issue.
But the Bible helped him realize that "Before it's ever a political issue, this is a God issue." Now he says when it comes to the unborn, "What we believe about who God is and how God creates doesn't leave room for political or moral neutrality on abortion." more >>
By today's standards it may appear that the Apostle Paul was prejudiced against women when he wrote in Ephesians for wives to submit themselves to their husbands. However Southern Evangelical Seminary President Richard Land said Paul was actually ahead of his time, establishing equality between the sexes in marriage.
"In the modern world many people rather casually assume that the Apostle Paul was a misogynist based upon his teachings concerning the differing roles of men and women in the church and in marriage," Land said.
"What such critics fail to realize is that they are reading the Apostle Paul through the lens of a 21st century perspective, rather than the 1st century world to which Paul wrote originally." more >>
An amendment to the rules of the United States' largest Presbyterian denomination to recognize gay marriage has gained considerable support in its regional bodies, with 51 of 172 presbyteries already voting in favor of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. The denomination's remaining presbyteries having until June to cast their votes to make the final decision.
Over the weekend several presbyteries belonging to Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to approve Amendment 14-F, which would change the denomination's definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.