Oregon's legislature advanced a bill that if enacted would ban sexual orientation change efforts therapy for gay minors.
Earlier this month, the Oregon House passed House Bill 2307, which aims to legally ban medical professionals from engaging in SOCE therapy if a patient is under 18.
"A mental health care or social health professional may not engage in efforts to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity if the recipient of those efforts is under 18 years of age," reads HB 2307 in part. more >>
The city of Atlanta asked a Federal court on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed last month by ousted Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.
Legal documents confirm that the city recently filed a motion to dismiss Cochran's lawsuit, which claims that his constitutional rights were violated when he was fired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in January, after seven years of service as Atlanta's fire chief, for sharing his Christian faith in a self-published book and handing out copies to employees.
The city stands by it's controversial decision to terminate Cochran, claiming that the views he expressed in his 2013 book, Who Told You That You Are Naked?, "caused at least one [fire department] member enough concern to complain to a city council member." Attorneys for the married father of three say the devout Christian was targeted by the city simply for espousing his biblical views on sex. more >>
A small congregation in New York has voted unanimously to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) following the mainline denomination's recent vote to approve gay marriage.
Brighton Presbyterian Church, a 200-year-old congregation in Rochester, voted Sunday to seek dismissal from its PCUSA regional body, the Presbytery of Genesee Valley.
The vote to disaffiliate came not long after a majority of presbyteries in PCUSA approved an amendment to their Book of Order defining marriage to include same-sex couples. more >>
Declaring to his congregation that homosexuality is a distortion of God's creation, Southwest Missouri megachurch pastor, Rev. John Lindell of James River Church, urged his followers in a recent sermon to vote to repeal Springfield's contentious sexual orientation and gender identity law in that city's local elections on April 7.
Question 1 on the city of Springfield ballot will ask voters whether they would like to repeal the amended version of the city's Nondiscrimination Ordinance, which was expanded in October 2014 to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes for housing, jobs and public accommodations.
"I do think it's important for you to have at least heard from me my concerns relative to the repeal of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity bill. And if you live in the city of Springfield, we are asking you on April 7 to vote 'yes,' 'yes' to the repeal of the ordinance," said Lindell, whose church attracts about 9,000 people weekly, in the March 15 sermon highlighted by News-Leader. more >>
Six Americans raised by gay parents sent signed letter to designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for their comments supporting the traditional family.
The traditional family "is not a passing fashion," Gabbana told Italian magazine Panorama. "It contains a sense of belonging to the supernatural."
"We haven't invented the family," Dolce added. "It's not a question of religion or social status, there's no turning over a new leaf: when you are born, you have one mother and one father. At least, that is how it ought to be. How do you tell a child who their mother is [in a world] of rented wombs [and] catalog sperm? Not even psychiatrists are prepared to confront the effects of these experiments." more >>
A professing Evangelical church in California has jettisoned its commitment to orthodox Christian teaching on homosexuality.
City Church of San Francisco has concluded that it "will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining" its membership. Why? Because, says its pastor, counseling men and women who are attracted to the same sex to remain celibate for life causes them duress.
Well, yes, undoubtedly it does. To remain sexually abstinent for life would be extremely hard for anyone. Yet it's what Scripture demands of everyone not married to a partner of the opposite sex. more >>