Two couples have been blessed by one couple's decision to donate their unused embryos and adopt them out to other couples in need.
"We have been blessed with three when we didn't think we'd have one, so, what kind of awesome thing is it to bless another couple and let them experience the same kind of joy we did?" Becky Henderson told USA Today.
Henderson and husband Chris gave birth to twins via in vitro fertilization and then had a "miracle baby" five years later. After the twins were born, the couple still had 11 embryos frozen; they decided to keep them on ice until they could come to a decision about what they wanted to do. They both believe that life begins at conception, so they decided to place the embryos up for adoption. Eventually, they found Kelli and Dan Gassman, who were looking to have a family of their own. more >>
A bill has been introduced in the Texas Legislature that if enacted would strip the salary of any Texas-government employee who issues a marriage license to a same-sex couple.
Known as House Bill 623, the recently introduced bill declares that no state funds will go to the distribution of gay marriage licenses.
Jill Dillard has released new information about how she is staying fit throughout her pregnancy—she works out to inspirational messages.
"Walking at the gym this morning while listening to a sermon by Pastor Rick Warren on the #OnePlace app!" Dillard posted to Instagram with a photo of herself.
Dillard, married to husband Derick, is 28 weeks pregnant with the couple's first child, a boy, due this summer. The couple discovered they were pregnant not long after returning from their honeymoon. However, it came as a surprise to both of them, and Jill explained that it took three pregnancy tests to convince her that she was, in fact, expecting. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria is now offering 5-minute speed dating services to attract more disenfranchised Western women to the caliphate and to become jihadi brides.
The Daily Star reports that a British Islamic State militant named Abu Qa'qa al-Britani, who lives in the Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, has recently published, on the online social site Tumblr, a guide that is designed to help encourage radical women to travel to Syria by making the husband-finding process seem more simple.
The guide outlines that women who have a desire to travel to join the caliphate can contact militants who specialize in "marriage affairs" in order to be matched up with militant suitors. Meetings between the woman and her potential suitors can be arranged in the form of a speed dates. more >>
TLC will air its controversial show "My Husband's Not Gay" on Sunday despite widespread criticism and calls for the channel not to.
"TLC has long shared compelling stories about real people and different ways of life, without judgment," TLC said in a statement. "The individuals featured in this one-hour special reveal the decisions they have made, and speak only for themselves."
The channel issued the statement in response to intense criticism from GLAAD, a gay Christian who started a campaign on Change.org that has received over 100,000 supporters, and the Family Research Council. Members of the public have expressed their views about the show, which features three Mormon couples who "navigate unconventional relationships" as well as one single man who goes on a date and has to "decide whether or not to reveal his big secret," according to TLC. more >>
Pastor and Crazy Love author Francis Chan answered the question of what makes a boyfriend ready for marriage on John Piper's Ask Pastor John podcast by recalling a time when his older daughter brought a guy home.
He recounted, "My daughter did bring home a guy a few months ago from college and some of my friends asked her, they said 'hey how serious are you with him' and they told me her answer was so weird. They said her answer was 'I just want to hang out with him long enough to see if God answers his prayers.' That's a weird answer but in her mind that was her gauge."
The California preacher went on to describe how in his home, answered prayer is the measure of strong relationship with God. more >>