Putting florist, grandmother and devout Southern Baptist Barronelle Stutzman out of business was not enough for some Washington state officials. She could lose her home and life savings as well after a Washington superior court judge ruled that she violated the state's anti-discrimination law because she declined to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding due to her religious convictions.
After Benton County Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that Stutzman violated the law when she refused to provide floral arrangements for the wedding of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in 2013, the possibility became real that Stutzman can lose her business, home, savings and other personal assets once a summary judgement is reached, according to Stutzman's lawyer Kristen Waggoner.
"The lesson from the court's decisions is that you put your home, your family business, and your life at risk by daring to defy a government mandate that forces you to promote views you believe are wrong," Waggoner, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement. "A government that tells you what you can't say is bad enough but a government that tells you what you must say is terrifying." more >>
A Texas county court legally married two women under a one-time court order on Thursday, despite the fact that the state currently has a ban on same-sex marriages.
After Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled on Tuesday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, state District Judge David Wahlberg, two days later, issued an order for Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir to grant a marriage license to an Austin lesbian couple due to medical urgency.
After Sarah Goodfriend, who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and Suzanne Bryant were issued their marriage license by the court on Thursday morning, their 72-hour required waiting period was waived and they were later joined in matrimony by Rabbi Kerry Baker in front of the county clerk's office building, The Austin American-Statesman reported. more >>
Pastor and author David Platt said it is a "mystery" why some people have same-sex attractions, but we all rebel against God in one way or another and we all need to be reconciled with Him.
In His latest book, Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Homosexuality, Racism, Sex Slavery and other Social Issues, Platt said pondering cultural questions about homosexuality has shifted his focus from why some men and women have same-sex attraction to why society has broken from God's intended plan.
"The foundation of the Gospel is that God created us but we all have a tendency to turn away from Him and there is a mystery to why we turn away from in Him in different ways but we do," the Alabama pastor told The Christian Post. more >>
There is a state of confusion in the state of Alabama over whether same-sex couples can legally get a marriage license.
Here are three reasons:
1. A Federal judge overstepped her authority. more >>
Attorneys for ousted Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Atlanta on Wednesday, claiming his termination violates his constitutional rights.
Cochran, a devout Christian, was fired by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in January after seven years of service as Atlanta's fire chief, for sharing his faith in a self-published book and handing out copies to employees. His lawsuit against the city comes nearly one month after Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on religious freedom grounds.
"Americans are guaranteed the freedom to live without fear of being fired because of their beliefs and thoughts," said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "The city of Atlanta is not above the Constitution and federal law. In America, a religious or ideological test cannot be used to fire a public servant." more >>
A traditional marriage group has called upon Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from a case regarding the constitutionality of state-level gay marriage bans.
The National Organization for Marriage demanded that Ginsburg recuse herself from Obergefell vs. Hodges due to recent comments that appeared to indicate she had already decided how she would rule even though the Court has not heard the arguments from either side.