Jon Lovett, a former White House speech writer to President Barack Obama, claimed at last week's Aspen Ideas Festival that he performed a secret same-sex wedding at the White House.
Lovett believes Obama had no knowledge of the secret and rushed same-sex ceremony and believes his then boss would not have approved of the event.
While the recording of Lovett's talk is not yet available, Mike Allen of Politico reported Lovett's comments which took place during "The Moth Radio Hour" podcast at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Lovett claims it was the first same-sex marriage at the White House. more >>
About 20 years ago, I was spending time with David Wilkerson in New York City when a storm unexpectedly broke out as we were leaving a building. Sure enough, in true New York fashion, there was someone right outside the door selling umbrellas, and as expected, pastor Dave bought one to keep us dry in the showers. In fact, just about everyone seemed to buy one as they walked outside into the sudden downpour.
I feel like that umbrella salesman today, except that for years now, I've been selling these umbrellas in the desert, knowing that a massive storm was coming and that soon enough, the umbrellas would become hot items.
What exactly do I mean? more >>
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent an official letter to its followers on Sunday announcing that it will continue supporting marriage as a union between one man and one woman, despite the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage in June. The church also noted that it will not be performing gay marriage ceremonies, and argued that homosexual behavior "violates the commandments of God."
"Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established. God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society. His law of chastity is clear: sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife," the church declares.
The letter from the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was written a few days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down four state constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman on June 26, which effectively legalized gay marriage across all 50 states. The message was sent out to Mormon churches across the country and read aloud during Sunday services. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out against what he calls an "outright attack" on freedom of speech after Oregon's Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner Brad Avakin upheld an earlier ruling that forces Christian bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 for refusing to participate in a lesbian wedding.
"Give me a break. In my opinion, this couple should pay the Kleins $135,000 for all they've been through," Graham wrote on Facebook on Sunday.
"Even more outrageous is that Avakian has also now ordered the Kleins to 'cease and desist' from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs. This is an outright attack on their #freedomofspeech," he added. more >>
Kelly Shackelford's debate with Evan Wolfson on Fox News Sunday highlights the battle lines for religious liberty in America now that the Supreme Court has grossly overstepped its authority by declaring same sex marriage a constitutional right. The issue is whether religious liberty extends to how you earn your living, get an education, and run a business.
For years to come, the fight for many Christians will be on whether their right to the free exercise of religion includes the right to earn a paycheck without violating their conscience. Televised debates need to focus on the fierce debate over whether your religious-belief rights carry over into your daily life. The Constitution does not force Christians to choose between being able to put food on the table versus being faithful to their cherished beliefs.
The day after the Supreme Court's infamous 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Shackelford and I published an op-ed in Investor's Business Daily, showcasing the discussion on what that court decision will mean for tens of millions of observant Christians. more >>
Ray Comfort, a well-known Christian evangelist who's preached the Gospel alongside actor Kirk Cameron in the TV series "The Way of the Master," hopes to bring peace between the church and the LGBT community with his new film, "Audacity."
Comfort is the executive producer of the short film, which deals with the topic of Christians engaging gays and lesbians in a loving and respectful way with the Gospel.
"Audacity" tells the story of Peter, an aspiring comedian and Christian who's faced with the challenge of addressing the issue of homosexuality with skeptics. Peter's life is really turned upside down when he steps in front of a robber's gun to save the life of a gay man. After the struggle, the gay man and his partner take Peter out to thank him for what he did. Peter shares the Gospel with them when they ask him why he put his life on the line to save a gay man. more >>