LaShawn Daniels, the Grammy Award winning music producer, sparked a conversation on Twitter after providing an example for how Christians can react to homosexual couples on the latest "Tamar & Vince" episode.
LaShawn and his wife April Daniels made a guest appearance on singer and friend Tamar Braxton's hit WEtv show, "Tamar & Vince." Tamar and her music executive husband Vincent Herbert decided to invite the Daniels on a couples vacation to Mexico.
However, LaShawn was surprised to find out that Tamar invited her homosexual friend and makeup artist Terrell Mullins on the trip with his boyfriend Ben. As a devout Christian, LaShawn let it be known that he was not comfortable with condoning the relationship. He made it clear that his Christian beliefs have shaped the way he views homosexuality. more >>
A federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the right of states to ban same-sex marriage by a 2-to-1 vote on Thursday. The ruling overturns lower-court decisions in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that found such restrictions unconstitutional.
Observers say the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruling will most likely force the Supreme Court to make a decision on same-sex marriage for the nation.
"This circuit split means that the Supreme Court's ignoring of this issue will not be able to continue," said Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. "The people of the states have the right to recognize marriage the way virtually every human culture has, as the union of a man and a woman. The Supreme Court should affirm this right, for all 50 states." more >>
A U.K. priest has said he will stop engaging with groups from the gay community following the filing of a civil action against a Christian-owned bakery firm that refused to make a pro-gay marriage cake featuring the "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie in July.
"I will be writing today to those groups from the gay community — with whom I have had a very constructive and ongoing engagement in recent years — to say that I'm withdrawing my engagement until the rights of all people, in this case Christians, and freedom of conscience is vindicated and respected by the Equality Commission and the gay community," Fr. Tim Bartlett told BBC.
Bartlett, a member of the Catholic Council for Social Affairs, participated on the panel of this year's Belfast Pride event. He insisted, however, that civil action by the Equality Commission against Ashers Baking Company is a violation of people's right to freedom of conscience. more >>
Missouri became the latest state to have marriage redefined Wednesday when a state judge ruled that the state constitution's definition of marriage violated the U.S. Constitution and ordered state registrars to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
A day after a federal court officially struck down the gay marriage ban in neighboring Kansas, Missouri Judge Rex Burlison, of the St. Louis Circuit Court, issued a written ruling stating that the state's recognition of marriage as "only between a man and a woman" violates the equal protection and due process rights granted by the 14th Amendment of the the U.S. Constitution.
"The Court Finds and declares that any same-sex couple that satisfies all the requirements for marriage and under Missouri law, other than being of different sexes, is legally entitled to a marriage license," Burlison wrote. more >>
NEW YORK — Young Christians continue to grapple with how to reconcile traditional and restrictive church teachings on sexual ethics with the intimate relationships they experience and witness in their social circles, according to a religious studies professor and recent surveys.
The traditional Christian view that sex is only to be experienced in heterosexual marriage has been shared by less and less Americans over the years. A 2013 Gallup poll indicates that Millennials (those 18 to mid-30s) are least likely to hold the same view. Americans who claim to be Christians can also be counted among those with liberal views on premarital sex. One could ask if this means that Christian doctrines on sex and sexuality need to be loosened or revised to meet the needs and concerns of the present culture.
Dr. Teresa Delgado, associate professor in the Religious Studies department at Iona College since 2005, appeared on "CP Newsroom" to comment on the changing attitudes of some Christians on matters related to human sexuality. The Theology and Ethics professor noted some of the particular concerns her undergraduate students have shared with her over the years, in terms of conflicted feelings when it comes to their faith and sexuality. more >>
An anti-pornography group is taking aim at Harvard University's "sex week," by calling on people to file complaints against the annual event.
"Harvard's sex week encourages students to participate in acts that resemble or include sexual violence," Dawn Hawkins, executive director for Morality in Media, told The Christian Post. "Research has shown these sex acts very often employ coercion to gain the participation of one partner."
"Normalizing such actions has a profound effect on the participants, and society in general, by excusing sexual violence as 'kink' rather than seeking for healthy intimate relationships," added Hawkins, whose organization released a statement Monday denouncing the seven-day series of events that are based on a variety of sexual topics. more >>