An Arkansas town's controversial transgender ordinance that Michelle Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting" had campaigned against has been repealed.
Last week, voters in the town of Fayetteville repealed Ordinance 119, a measure that expanded various legal protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, which many argued would've allowed men who identify as female to use women's public bathrooms.
"Voters turned out in record numbers for a special election, according to the election commission," noted an entry on nwahomepage.com. "The final numbers revealed 7,523 (52 percent) voted for the repeal, while 7,040 (48 percent) against, passing the issue by less than 500 votes. Around 29 percent of Fayetteville's registered voters cast ballots in this special election." more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson told Larry King that he is "not the judge" when it comes to how people live their lives in a Dec. 15 interview.
"I'm not the judge," Willie said when King asked whether he thought being gay or lesbian was a choice. "Larry, I'm trying to figure that out right now, I really am. God's going to be the judge, so it's not my job to convince people to change their lives … if I just introduce them to Jesus, He'll do that."
In the interview, Willie also explained that he did not necessarily agree with what his father, Phil, said in an interview with GQ last year. His sentiments follow those made in March, where Willie told CNN that he believed what the Bible says and that people have to read the Bible and make up their own minds. more >>
Why do I take the stands that I take? What motivates me to swim against the tide of cultural decline?
On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, a concerned mother from Massachusetts called my radio show. Her son, a freshman in high school, came home from school and informed her that all the students had been required to attend an assembly, one that had not been announced in advance.
The assembly was sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance and it had one goal only, namely, promoting homosexuality as perfectly normal and acceptable, even for Christians and people of faith. The mother, who always taught her son to be kind to others and not to bully, was shocked at the news and asked me what to do. more >>
Jim Bob Duggar has spoken out about the recent efforts to remove his show "19 Kids & Counting" from TLC due to what are believed to be homophobic comments and actions.
"We love everybody, but we don't always agree with them," the Duggar patriarch said at a press conference on Nov. 21. "They won't succeed. Our show is the number one show on TLC. We love everybody. It's a small group creating this fuss. All it has done is give us more exposure. We've gained 50,000 Facebook fans last week. God is expanding our border through the national media."
The Duggar family, which is known for its religious beliefs and large size, have been on TLC for six years and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. In recent weeks, they have come under fire for taking part in a political movement to keep transgender people out of public restrooms and then removing photos of same-sex couples kissing from their Facebook page. However, the Duggar family remains firm in their commitment to God and to spreading the message of God's love to the public. more >>
With the Supreme Court's June decision to not review the law this session, California Senate Bill 1172 has gone into effect. It joins a similar law in New Jersey that is currently working its way up the court system on appeal. The California law subjects every licensed mental health professional in California to disciplinary action and potential loss of licensure if they are found to have attempted to assist a minor client in the goal of modifying unwanted same-sex attractions and behaviors.
While no responsible professional works with youth coerced into such psychotherapy, these laws apply even when adolescent clients and their parents freely seek out such care. Because many more states are expected to introduce similar laws in upcoming state legislative sessions, we think the public and policy makers can learn from our experience as the two lead plaintiffs against the State of California. To this end, we mention just a few of the many concerns about the process through which these laws are being enacted.
Ideological uniformity. While the American Psychological Association (APA) does much good, its stances on debatable social issues such as those involving sexual orientation are firmly and consistently left-of-center, which may be one reason why its total membership represents only a minority of psychologists in America. Two examples from the many we could cite illustrate this point. more >>
A Mississippi pastor tapped into his creative side while embarking on a protest of gay marriage by dressing up a horse to demonstrate how ridiculous he thinks it is.
The pastor, Reverend Edward James of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, brought the horse to the federal courthouse on Friday in Jackson to protest a federal judge's ruling, currently on hold, to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage.