Attorneys for a Christian florist in Washington who refused to create floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony have asked a court to dismiss the state attorney general's lawsuit against her.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the suit against Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, in April. But Stutzman's attorneys, including those from Alliance Defending Freedom, filed a motion in Benton County Superior Court last week arguing that Ferguson does not have the authority to act against her at this point.
The legal action by Ferguson was particularly inappropriate, an ADF press release states, because he received no complaint about the incident but rather learned about it through media reports. more >>
The highest court in the United Methodist Church has ruled that a Texas bishop must deliver a ruling on the eligibility of a lesbian candidate for ordination.
The United Methodist Judicial Council decided that Bishop James Dorff of the UMC Southwest Texas Conference must issue a ruling on whether the Conference's board of ordained ministry acted properly in the removal of Mary Ann Kaiser.
Dorff must respond within 60 days of being notified of the decision, the UMJC stated in its ruling of the case regarding the Southwest Texas Conference Saturday. more >>
Following a Boy Scouts of American (BCA) decision to allow openly gay scouts, three North Carolina churches have announced this fall that they will no longer sponsor Boy Scout troops.
Calvary Church has hosted the Boy Scouts for 20 years, however, Rev. Jim Pile, pastor of family ministries, recently explained that the church wanted to narrow its programming to something that had a specific spiritual formation angle. He did not specify if the church's decision had been a response to the BCA's policy shift on homosexuality.
"The ministries of Calvary Church are aligned with our purpose of making authentic followers of Jesus Christ. This is not the mission of the Boy Scouts of America," Pile wrote in an email to The Charlotte Observer. more >>
Editor's note: Warning, article includes graphic details about alleged events.
A 32-year-old Little Rock, Ark., woman is now in police custody after she allegedly beat and viciously raped her younger, 24-year-old lover after she tried to leave her home on Saturday night.
Little Rock Police charged Elizabeth Navarro, 32, with rape and domestic battery in the third degree after the 24-year-old called 911 at about 9:50 a.m. Saturday morning and reported that Navarro had raped her in her home. more >>
SaveCalifornia is protesting the U.S. Postal Service's decision to feature LGBT activist Harvey Milk on a special commemorative stamp next year. The pro-family group is calling for the boycott of the stamp, calling Milk a "sexual predator," based on his biography.
The Postal Service's choice of the San Francisco homosexual activist is "a sign of America's immorality," the group said in a statement.
Milk is the first LGBT activist to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp. more >>
A Kansas couple has drawn criticism for writing an offensive note to a gay waiter after dining at a restaurant, instead of giving him a tip for his good service. "Your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to God… We hope you will see the tip your fag choices made you lose out on, and plan accordingly," they wrote on the receipt.
"Thank you for your service, it was excellent. That being said, we cannot in good conscience tip you, for your homosexual lifestyle is an affront to GOD," wrote the couple to the 20-year-old waiter, who has chosen to remain anonymous, at the Carrabba's Italian Grill in Overland Park, Kan., last week.
"Queers do not share in the wealth of GOD, and you will not share in ours," continued the couple, who have also not been identified by the media, according to KMBC. "It is never too late for GOD'S love, but none shall be spared for fags. May GOD have mercy on you." more >>