An appeals court ruled that the owners of a farm in New York State must pay a $13,000 fine for refusing to have a same-sex wedding on their property despite their religious objection to gay marriage.
The Third Judicial Department of the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division ruled on Thursday that Cynthia and Robert Gifford engaged in unlawful discrimination when they refused to have a gay wedding performed on their property in 2012.
In their ruling the New York court concluded that the Gifford's farm, which is known as Liberty Ridge Farm, fit the legal definition of a place of public accommodation. more >>
Leaders representing 88 million Anglicans have decided to suspend the U.S.-based, theologically liberal Episcopal Church for its pro-gay marriage position.
At a meeting of Anglican Primates hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, leaders representing the worldwide body announced Thursday that they were suspending The Episcopal Church.
"The traditional doctrine of the Church in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union. The majority of those gathered reaffirm this teaching," stated the Primates. more >>
Controversial Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed last year for not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, asserted Monday night that the world is "living in the End Times" and warned that Christians will have to "battle" to hold on to their religious liberties.
Davis, the Rowan County clerk who caused a media firestorm over of her refusal to issue marriage licenses following last June's Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage, attended the Family Research Council State of the Family Address Monday night and told The Christian Post that intolerance toward traditional Christian beliefs in America will only "get worse."
"There is a lot of Bible prophecy that has to be fulfilled. Whether you acknowledge it or not, we are living in End Times," Davis said. "How soon will the Lord return? I don't know but definitely there are signs that we are in the end of times and there is a lot of stuff that has to happen to fulfill Bible prophecy. The word of God is infallible and so I suspect it will get a lot worse." more >>
WASHINGTON — In his 2016 State of the Family Address, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins argued that President Obama's efforts at strengthening American families have "faded completely."
Perkins, a leading social conservative activist, chastised the president the day before his last State of the Union Address for policies that have negatively impacted the traditional definition of families, and called last June's Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage a devastation for children.
"Our blindness to the reality of the disintegration of the family and the dismissal of the role of our churches must also end," Perkins stated at the conservative activist organization's annual address. "The promise of strong efforts these past seven years to restore fatherhood and re-establish family life in our poorest communities has faded completely. Instead, national policies have sown confusion about the very definition of family." more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said that the possible split in the Anglican Communion due to "profound disagreement" over homosexuality would set a bad example for the world.
"A schism would not be a disaster. ... God is bigger than our failures, but it would be a failure," Welby told BBC Radio 4's "Today" program.
"It would not be good if the Church is unable to set an example to the world of showing how we can love one another and disagree profoundly, because we are brought together by Jesus Christ, not by our own choice." more >>
Pope Francis has spoken out on his famous remark in 2013 when he said "Who am I to judge?" about gay people, by clarifying that Christians can show them the way and walk with them, but insisted that the Church does not condemn people.
Francis' thoughts were included in a new interview book titled The Name of God is Mercy, to be released in 80 countries on Tuesday, which will include his reflections on a number of other issues concerning the Roman Catholic Church as well.
Catholic website Crux reported that Francis said he was "paraphrasing by heart the Catechism of the Catholic Church" when he told reporters at an event at the Vatican in 2013: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" more >>