Over 10,000 people have signed a petition calling on Washington state to repeal a recently passed "first-of-its-kind" statewide regulation that makes it illegal for businesses and institutions to prohibit transgender individuals from using the bathrooms and changing areas designated for the opposite biological sex.
The Washington Human Rights Commission clarified the state's human rights code by passing WAC 162-32 in December mandating that all places of public accommodations provide access to sex-assigned bathrooms, shower facilities, locker rooms and other changing areas to individuals based on their gender identity and gender expression.
Since the regulation also prohibits places of public accommodation from asking "unwelcome questions about an individual's sexual orientation," opponents of the rule argue that the rule makes it easier for pedophiles and sex abusers to access women's bathrooms and put women and girls in danger. more >>
Two homeschooling families in Ohio could face hefty fines and many years in prison for failing to properly fill out notices of intent with their local school districts.
"Both families said they felt blindsided by these charges after they had taken steps to correct minor paperwork issues, which the school district did not bring to the families' attention for weeks," said attorney Peter Kamakawiwoole with the Home School Legal Defense Association to The Christian Post Tuesday.
"As this litigation is on-going, we are hesitant to discuss their situation in significant detail, beyond saying that the families are preparing for their criminal trials, which were originally scheduled for later this month." more >>
Just in times for Valentines Day, writer and novelist Nicholas Sparks released his latest love tale, "The Choice." The popular author believes that faith is a central theme in the choices made throughout the film and maintains that all of his stories often illustrate the pursuit of God's will and the power of one's free will.
"I wanted to do a novel that was somewhat similar in structure to "The Notebook" in that it's a story that describes what happens to a couple after the honeymoon ends," said Sparks to The Christian Post. "Stories like those seem to add an additional authenticity to the story and it was an area that I wanted to explore in while being entirely different than "The Notebook.""
Critics are slamming the film for it's similarities to his stories in the past. Sparks admits that although similar in some ways there are a couple of original ideas behind "The Choice." The Lionsgate movie follows Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) who is a ladies' man that thinks a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle. Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) is a feisty medical student who's preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend (Tom Welling). Fate brings the two together as Gabby moves next door to Travis, sparking an irresistible attraction that upends both of their lives. As their bond grows, the unlikely couple must decide how far they're willing to go to keep the hope of love alive. more >>
"Starry Night" singer Chris August married his fiance Katelin Cummings on Saturday, a day that he is pegging the "best day" of his life after salvation.
Talk about commitment! Some women who are about to marry the man of their dreams make certain commitments, but this one takes the cake. Literally!
A woman named Jacinta, owner of Complete Deelite in Hong Kong, decided that when she tied the knot, the cake was going to be epic.
How epic you ask? Try ten feet tall, with seven tiers, and thousands of detailed flowers about the various levels. A masterpiece if there ever was one. more >>
The National Abortion Rights Action League took to Twitter Sunday night to express outrage after a Doritos commercial during Super Bowl 50 gave personality to an unborn baby who simply wanted some of his dad's cheesy tortilla chips.
The 30-second commercial features a pregnant mother getting ultrasound at nine months. As the OB/GYN explains that the baby is due "any day now," the father of the baby is over on the side of the room eating a bag of nacho cheese Doritos.
"Really? You are eating Doritos?" the mom asks the dad. more >>