The Oregon Attorney General has refused to defend the state's constitutional amendment that defines marriage as being only between one man and one woman.
In a federal brief submitted Thursday, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum expressed her refusal to defend the amendment, which was passed by Oregon voters in 2004.
"Because we cannot identify a valid reason for the state to prevent the couples who have filed these lawsuits from marrying in Oregon, we find ourselves unable to stand before [U.S. District Court] Judge [Michael] McShane to defend the state's prohibition against marriages between two men or two women," stated Rosenblum. more >>
A billboard posted by a Kentucky-based ministry that seeks to treat individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction has garnered controversy for its message.
Abba's Delight recently posted the billboard in Louisville, which features a sunny sky and the phrase "Not everyone who is gay is happy. You have options."
Political columnist Kirsten Powers has earned the respect of the Evangelical community. The story of her conversion was an unambiguous home run. She's also responsible for helping raise attention about the atrocity of the Kermit Gosnell case.
She's a sharp, intellectually honest thinker who does a good job of keeping conservative evangelicals on their toes. I don't know Kirsten well, but in October, I was honored to moderate a panel with her and other leading thinkers on the subject of religious liberty.
Her most recent column, though, doesn't fit with her commendable work on international religious freedom. Conflating theological categories, her column missed the concern that Evangelicals have over the creeping hostility to religious liberty, particularly in the context of gay rights. more >>
State senators in Arizona voted heavily along partisan lines Wednesday in passing a bill that clarifies the state's existing law protecting the religious freedom of its citizens.
With Republicans in the majority, the bill, SB 1062, passed with a 17-13 vote. A companion bill is also expected to pass in the House shortly. more >>
Embattled Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina got an employee at a Myers Park Gourmet food store fired Sunday for reportedly telling him, "thanks for nothing." The cook says McCrory was giving him a hard time because he is gay.
The Charlotte Observer reported that McCrory was shopping at Reid's Fine Foods on Sunday afternoon when the 45-year-old cook, Drew Swope, who happens to disagree with him politically, asked him if he needed any help. Swope told Talking Points Memo that McCrory was looking for onions.
Once Swope realized who he was talking to however, he reportedly told the governor "thanks for nothing," and walked away. more >>
The upper house of the Indiana Legislature passed on Monday a measure to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage. The proposal, however, won't go before voters until at least 2016.
In a vote of 32 to 17, the Indiana Senate passed House Joint Resolution 3 after a three-hour session.
HJR 3 was originally stated that "Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized." However, it was amended to exempt civil unions and with the change in its text became ineligible for the upcoming November ballot. more >>