Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene.
"Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted," their ADF attorney, Jeremy Tedesco, told me. "The threat of enforcement is more than just credible." more >>
Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard have revealed that they are having a baby boy come the spring, despite initial thoughts that they were expecting a girl.
"I was really excited," Derick told People. "As a new dad, to have a firstborn son to be our first child and be the leader of his siblings, it is very special."
The couple had a special gender-reveal ultrasound on Saturday, then shared the big news with the rest of the family. more >>
Fashion designer and icon Oscar de la Renta died Monday, Oct. 20 after a battle with cancer; he previously spoke about his Roman Catholic faith being a comfort to him and that the only certainties in life were birth and death.
"Yes, I had cancer," de la Renta said last year. "Right now, I am totally clean. The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life."
The designer, the only son of seven children born to a couple in the Dominican Republic, made a name for himself with his elaborate yet tasteful designs. He managed to dress several of the first ladies of the United States, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. more >>
This column first appeared on Live Action News.
Earlier this month, Jennifer Lawrence's exclusive cover story with Vanity Fair hit the stands. The popular Hunger Games' star speaks openly about the Internet scandal involving the stolen nude photos of her. She calls it a "sex crime," and says that anyone who purposely looked at the photos of her is guilty.
Lawrence is right that, just because someone is a public figure, it doesn't give the general public – or anyone in particular – a right to view stolen photos of them. more >>
A North Carolina couple is clinging to their faith after losing a set of septuplets and say that they would do nothing differently and not choose selective reduction in order to "save" the pregnancy.
Lindsey and Steve Justice are the parents of 4-year-old Hannah and Hope, 2, but knew they wanted more children. After trying for several months, the couple turned to fertility treatments and even considered adoption, but nothing worked. However, they were happily surprised to learn that Lindsey was indeed expecting, and at six weeks gestation, they learned that there could be a complication: Lindsey was not carrying just one baby … her doctor estimated she could be carrying as many as six.
"He just said, 'this is dangerous. The human body is not meant to carry six-plus babies, and for your health and for the babies—their chances of survival, your best medical option is to selectively reduce.' Steven and I didn't even have to look at each other," Lindsey told NBC. "That was just not going to be an option." more >>
Although some are praising Silicon Valley technology companies Facebook and Apple for offering to pay for their female employees to undergo egg freezing procedures that would allow them to put off childbirth until after the prime of their careers, a Christian ethicist is arguing that companies paying for such fertility treatments send the message that "mothers are not welcomed in the workplace during the prime of their careers."
In order to help attract the top female talents to come work for them, Facebook and Apple are offering a rare benefit that will finance up to $20,000 in annual coverage for women to freeze their eggs through the process of cryopreservation, a process that extracts the eggs from the mother and stores them in sub-zero temperature until the mother is ready to have kids.
Some feel the purpose of undergoing this fertility procedure is to allow women to focus on their careers when they are younger while putting off childbearing and motherhood until they have the flexibility for it later in life, perhaps after their career. The process typically costs about $10,000, while it costs about $500 per year to store the eggs. Facebook has already been offering this perk to their employees, while Apple will begin offering it to their employees in January of 2015. more >>