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 >>
Before marrying Ben Seewald, Jessa Duggar received marital advice from sister Jill, who is still a newlywed herself.
"Jessa and I shared a lot with us being in relationships and us getting married, and now they are following along," Jill told People. "We have great examples in our parents that love doesn't have to end. Spend lots of time together and remember, the honeymoon doesn't have to end."
"And we're looking forward to seeing more cousins," Jill's husband Derick added. more >>
A woman believing that the Illuminati was out to kill her family drove her car with her two sons off a 300-foot cliff in California last month and arrested on Friday, Oct. 31.
Athena Renee Doyle, 35, was arrested in California and charged with two felony counts of attempted murder. On Oct. 3, Doyle drove a vehicle containing her two sons, ages 2 and 4, off a cliff. The children were injured but survived the crash, as did Doyle.
As more Catholic and Jesuit universities in the United States begin offering benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, Catholic church leaders are starting to speak out in objection to their local universities starting to provide those benefits to gay and lesbian spouses.
Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska became the latest Jesuit institution to offer the benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, as the school announced the change in its policy last week.
Although the state of Nebraska currently has a ban against gay marriage, the president of Creighton University, the Rev. Timothy Lannon, said the decision was made so that those employees who were wed to a member of the same-sex in another state could receive the same treatment all of the other married employees are receiving. more >>
The highest court in the state of New York unanimously voted last week to approve the marriage between a half-uncle and his half niece, ruling that the marriage did not violate the state's statute against incestuous marriages.
The New York Court of Appeals voted, 6-0, last Tuesday to approve of a marriage between a Vietnamese woman and her uncle. In 2000, a 19-year-old immigrant, Huyen Nguyen, married her mother's half brother, 24-year-old uncle Vu Truong, who is an American citizen, in order for her to gain permanent United States citizenship.
After getting married, Nguyen was given temporary citizenship. After six years of marriage, Nguyen applied for her permanent citizenship in 2006. But when the Department of Homeland Security found that that the marriage between Nguyen and Truong was incestuous, the department began the process for Nguyen's deportation. An immigration judge agreed that their marriage in Rochester was invalid due to incest. The New York Appeals court overturned that decision, though, arguing that state's marriage statute did not specify incest to include the union of half-uncles and half-nieces. more >>
"19 Kids & Counting" star Jessa Duggar exchanged vows with her fiancé Ben Seewald on Saturday, Nov. 1, in front of family and friends, but saved her first kiss for after the ceremony.
The couple said "I do" in front of nearly 1,000 guests at the First Baptist Church in Bentonville, Arkansas. Younger sister Jinger served as the maid of honor, while Ben's best friend Dylan McMahan was the best man. Jessa and Ben wrote their own vows for the ceremony and had an unexpected surprise for the crowd … they did not kiss, as is tradition at the end of the wedding.