A group of several pro-LGBT Christian groups along with outspoken gay rights advocate Dan Savage have launched a website devoted to reaching out to LGBT youth.
Known as the NALT Christians Project (NALT being short for "Not All Like That"), the site was launched Wednesday and features video testimonies from Christians supporting gay rights.
"The purpose of the NALT Christians Project is to give LGBT-affirming Christians a means of proclaiming to the world-and especially to young gay people-their belief and conviction that there is nothing anti-biblical or at all inherently sinful about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender," reads the About section. more >>
As multiple federal government entities look towards expanding their benefits programs to include same-sex spouses, estimates as to the cost of such expansions have not been calculated.
According to multiple sources The Christian Post has queried, no estimates exist for how much expanding federal government and military benefits to same-sex spouses will cost financially. This is the case even though certain benchmarks for implementation of the new policies for benefits have come and gone.
In June, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which disallowed federal benefits to married same-sex couples, was unconstitutional. Known as United States v. Windsor, the decision ruled that the key DOMA provision violated the Fifth Amendment and interfered with state power to define marriage. more >>
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld California's first-in-the-nation ban on sexual orientation change therapy for minors.
A three judge panel for the appellate court ruled Thursday that SB 1172, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, was not a violation of professional rights. "California has authority to prohibit licensed mental health providers from administering therapies that the legislature has deemed harmful," ruled the panel unanimously.
"Fundamental rights of parents do not include the right to choose a specific type of provider for a specific medical or mental health treatment that the state has reasonably deemed harmful." more >>
The Christian-based organization Salvation Army will soon be sending its troops to an unlikely place: a sexuality expo in South Africa. Members will attend the event next month as a way of being a representative of the "Christian understanding of sexuality," say officials with the group.
Carin Holmes, spokeswoman for the Salvation Army, said in a statement that the Salvation Army's presence is planned to be a show of availability, not one of judgment.
"If Jesus Christ was on earth today, he would be standing beside us at Sexpo," said Holmes, who is part of The Salvation Army's Southern Africa Territory. "We're not going there to condemn anyone. We aren't going to lecture people…We're going there to be available." more >>
The creator of the successful adult entertainment video enterprise "Girls Gone Wild" has been sentenced to 270 days in jail for assault and false imprisonment.
Joe Francis, founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire, will also have 36 months of probation and must attend an anger management course as well as one year of psychological counseling. In total, according to NBC News, Francis was found guilty of three counts of false imprisonment, one count assault causing bodily injury, and one count of dissuading a witness.
Through the trial, Francis maintained that he was not guilty and according to Maria Elena Fernandez of NBC News, intends to appeal the decision. more >>
A conservative legal group has argued that New Jersey's recently passed ban on sexual orientation change therapy for minors attacks their "right to self-determination."
The lawsuit, filed by the Liberty Counsel last Thursday, argues that the newly signed law A-3371 interferes with the rights of both therapy providers and their potential clients.
"A3371 denies or severely impairs Plaintiffs' clients and all minors their right to self-determination, their right to prioritize their religious and moral values, and their right to receive effective counseling consistent with those values," reads the lawsuit. more >>