Lance Berkman, former Rice University and former Houston Astro star who was among the leaders of the successful efforts to defeat the controversial Houston "Equal Rights" Ordinance, or HERO, talked about personal attacks he received by the city's openly gay mayor, Annise Parker, following the vote.
"I didn't expect the mayor to make a personal attack," Berkman, who is now the head baseball coach at Second Baptist High School in Houston, said on KTRH 740 AM's "The Michael Berry Show." "I didn't expect her to talk about my girls or my family."
After the Tuesday's defeat of the ordinance, which would allow transgendered men to use women's bathrooms, Parker tweeted: "Lance Berkman played in St. Louis. Guess his girls didn't go to his games! SL has a non-discrimination ordinance." more >>
The Frankford Presbyterian Church has changed its membership from the Missouri Union Presbytery (PCUSA) to the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, which has more than 200 congregations across the United States, due to the beliefs of the congregation.
The Frankford church, which had applied for membership in the ECO denomination in June, was released by the Missouri Union Presbytery last week.
"With this move, Frankford joins the First Presbyterian Church of Hannibal and the Bonhomme Presbyterian Church in Chesterfield, St. Louis County, as ECO congregations in Eastern Missouri," reports Hannibal Courier-Post. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham said the defeat of the Hilary Clinton-endorsed Houston "Equal Rights Ordinance," which would allow transgendered men to use women's bathrooms, in an "outrageous" referendum is a "victory and great news" for the Texan city.
"This outrageous referendum would've left women's restrooms wide open to registered male sex offenders and other sexual predators," wrote Graham, who leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in a Facebook post.
"In spite of high-profile endorsements from the White House, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Houston's gay activist mayor—this outrageous referendum lost. That's a victory and great news for Houston!" more >>
Most American Christians now believe that gays should be accepted by the society, based on a recently published religious survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
In 2007, the first Pew study on religious landscape revealed that only a minority of American Christians believed that gays should be accepted by the society. Fast-forward to 2014, when the paradigm has already shifted, causing majority of U.S. Christians to say that the society should accept homosexuality, according to The Washington Post.
The 2014 Religious Landscape Study by the Pew Research Center involved 35,000 American subjects who were questioned on various religious and social issues. The study showed that 54 percent of the respondents who claim to be Christians said the society should accept homosexuality, versus 44 percent in the previous study, the International Business Times (IBT) reports. more >>
Now that same-sex marriage is legal across the United States, a gay man and his legally adopted son are seeking the right to nullify the adoption so they can get married.
Before the Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively legalized same-sex marriage across the country, many same-sex couples who were looking for a way to be legally recognized as a family used the adoption process as an avenue to grant them family benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and lesser inheritance taxation.
In 2012, Pennsylvania resident Nino Esposito and his partner of over 42 years, Roland "Drew" Bosee, decided to go down the adoption route to seek some sort of legal validation for their relationship at a time when they believed same-sex marriage would never be legalized in their home state. more >>
A Christian prison minister in the U.K. has said he was forced to quit his job after authorities warned him not to quote verses from the Bible they deemed to be "homophobic."
Cambridge News reported on Monday that although the Rev. Barry Trayhorn, an ordained Pentecostal minister, was not fired from his job, he decided to resign due to the "unfair and aggressive" disciplinary process.
Trayhorn said he was barred from participating in future chapel services after authorities received a complaint following a service back in May, in which he quoted verses from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 6. more >>