A judge has ruled that Tennessee's constitutional amendment banning legal recognition of same-sex marriage is legal, breaking a streak of judicial losses for the traditional marriage side.
Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. ruled last week against the claim that the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
There is growing outrage among sailors and religious liberty advocates over a directive that calls for the removal of Bibles from lodges and hotels run on U.S. Navy bases. The directive comes after an atheist group filed a formal complaint earlier this year over the placement of Bibles in the rooms.
"The current direction is to remove all religious material from Navy Lodge guest rooms," read an email to a Navy chaplain from The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). "For those Navy Lodges with religious materials currently in guest rooms, the Navy Lodge General Manager will contact the Installation Chaplain's office who will provide guidance on the removal procedure disposition of these materials."
The American Family Association received an exclusive copy of a similar directive from NEXCOM, the organization that manages the lodges. more >>
A group of churches from the Commonwealth of Virginia have helped an Afghan interpreter and his family stay in the United States after coming to the country after his life was threatened.
The Northern Virginia Military Mission Outreach, a group of congregations who help aid American veterans and their families, recently "provided furniture, food, clothing, toys, a television and money," for the interpreter, reported Neill Caldwell of United Methodist News Service.
Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield is one of the members of NVMMO, the majority of which are United Methodist Church congregations. more >>
A surrogacy clinic in Thailand is reportedly being investigated after providing services to a convicted pedophile and his wife.
The Bangkok clinic, which has not been named publicly, may have violated Thailand's regulations on surrogacy by providing Commercial services. Commercial surrogacy is said to be against the Medical Council of Thailand's code of conduct and involves the exchange of money.
Earlier this month the Australian couple made global headlines when a surrogate mother accused them of abandoning their critically-ill seven-month-old son Gammy and taking his healthy twin sister. Pattaramon Chanbua, a 21-year-old food vendor in Thailand, recently made the explosive allegations, and as a result of the global coverage, the clinic is now under fire and authorities are set to inspect all surrogacy clinics nationwide. more >>
"Girls Grow Up Faster than Boys Do". So asserted the Brooklyn-based R&B group The Cookies in 1962. And it looks like they were right.
A new survey purports to show that men mature substantially later than women. "Men finally grow up at the age of 43 – a full 11 years after women 'mature'," according to the study. "But the average age at which women mature emerged as 32."
Why? Part of the reason is neurological: the brains of boys and girls develop differently. As explained by Dr. Leonard Sax, "The most profound difference between girls and boys is not in any brain structure per se, but rather in the sequence of development of the various brain regions. The different regions of the brain develop in a different sequence, and different tempo, in girls compared with boys -- this is the key insight from the past five years of neuroscience research in brain development. The world's largest study of brain development in children, conducted primarily by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has demonstrated dramatic differences in the trajectories of brain development in girls compared with boys." more >>
Sherri Shepherd will reportedly use a $20,000 bank withdrawal as evidence that her estranged husband defrauded her into signing a surrogate baby agreement.
In recent weeks "The View" co-host has been at the center of a scandal amid claims that she wants nothing to do with a newborn baby born by a surrogate. Lamar Sally, who separated from Shepherd in May, has reportedly accused the comedian of abandoning the surrogate; however, sources insist there is more to the story.
Sally, whose sperm was used to conceive the surrogate baby (Shepherd's egg was not used), reportedly stole $20,000 from a joint bank account he shares with the media personality, and she intends to use this as evidence that he was purely financially motivated when he allegedly talked her into signing the surrogate agreement. more >>