A large majority of Americans consider birth control and divorce "morally acceptable," according to the findings of a Gallup poll released this week.
Gallup noted Wednesday that nearly nine in 10 Americans consider birth control usage to be morally acceptable and about seven in 10 found divorce to be morally acceptable.
The two items were the top rated issues in a list of 19 different subjects that included gambling, the death penalty, pornography, polygamy, gay or lesbian relations, and abortion. more >>
A number of conservative voices have been urging Christian rock singer Trey Pearson to deny himself as part of his Christian faith after he announced that he is gay and will be leaving his wife and children.
"Our hearts break for him and his family. We pray he remembers Christ's words: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me,'" the Family Research Council said in a Facebook message on Wednesday.
"Denial of self is central to the Christian faith. It's a rejection of our stubborn sinful nature that seeks dominion in our lives. Yet through Christ, we have the victory — but we must deny self," the message added. more >>
The grandson of a founding member of the Palestinian Sunni-Islamic terror group Hamas says he's fleeing "certain death" at the hands of his family in the West Bank after revealing that he's a gay Christian.
He's now seeking asylum in the United States, searching for what he calls his version of the American dream, and hopes to one day find a husband to settle down with, along with two children.
Speaking in an interview with CNN at the front of the historic Stonewall Inn, a gay bar associated with the birth of the gay rights movement in New York City, the grandson, who goes by the name John Calvin to protect his identity, says he has been "fantasizing" about his version of the American dream ever since a judge granted him deferred removal from the U.S. under the U.N. convention against torture. more >>
The Presbyterian Church (USA) is at risk of leading one of its "most vulnerable populations into deception" if it votes to denounce gay conversion therapy at their General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, later this month, says one conversion therapy practitioner.
Titled "On Therapies Purporting to Change Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity," the resolution from the Synod of the Covenant going before the largest Presbyterian denomination in the country argues:
All mainstream professional organizations hold positions against sexual orientation change efforts; over the years since, that consensus has only been strengthened. It is time for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to be more clear and vigorous in protecting LGBTQ individuals and their families from the harm inflicted by these discredited programs, and to take positive steps to minister compassionately to families by providing them with accurate information. more >>
The number of Americans who say they have had sexual experience with the same sex has doubled since the early 1990s, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.
The percentage of women who had sex with at least one other woman more than doubled between the early 1990s and the 2010s, from 3.6 percent to 8.7 percent, and the percentage of men who had sex with at least one other man nearly doubled, from 4.5 percent to 8.2 percent, according to the study, called, "Changes in American Adults' Reported Same-Sex Sexual Experiences and Attitudes, 1973–2014."
The increase in same-sex sexual experience appeared consistently across all age groups up to those in their 50s and inconsistently for those in their 60s, 70s, and up, says the study, conducted by researchers at Florida Atlantic University, San Diego State University and Widener University. more >>
A regional body within the United Methodist Church rejected the commissioning of a married lesbian as a deacon, a move that would have likely defied denominational rules.
The Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference's Board of Ordained Ministry took a vote Wednesday and did not approve Tara "T.C." Morrow as a deacon.
"Morrow failed to receive the two-thirds of the vote needed to be approved," reported the UMConnection, noting that the BOOM stated it "did not consider sexual practice for any candidate and did not in the case of Morrow." more >>