A Kentucky-based Baptist charity that has dealt with legal troubles over its firing of an openly homosexual employee has voted to maintain its employment standards.
Sunrise Children's Service, formerly called Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, voted down a proposal on Friday that was supported by their president to allow hiring of openly gay individuals.
A Hawaiian lesbian legislator has garnered national headlines last week for her decision to vote against a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the last state to join the Union.
Representative Jo Jordan is reportedly the first openly gay lawmaker in the United States to vote against a proposed legislation legalizing gay marriage.
Jordan's chief reason for opposing the legislation, Senate Bill 1, was that she believed the measure did not adequately protect religious liberty, as she explained in an interview with local media. more >>
Some critics of Illinois' gay marriage bill are concerned that the religious freedom of Christian photographers, bakers, florists and other wedding industry professionals is not protected under the act.
The state House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 10, titled the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act," on Tuesday. It now awaits the signature of Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who has confirmed that he will sign it into law.
The bill states that religious denominations and clergy will not be forced to solemnize same-sex marriages if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. Religious organizations will also not be forced to rent out their houses of worship for gay weddings or gay wedding receptions. more >>
Methodist pastor the Rev. Frank Schaefer is facing a church trial on Nov. 18 in Pennsylvania for violating his pastoral vows by performing his son's marriage to another man at a 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts.
The pastor has argued that he went against church law "because I love him so much and didn't want to deny him that joy," but his credentials as a pastor are on the line because of this decision, The Associated Press reported. The 51-year-old pastor said that he is "charged to minister to all people, regardless of who they are and what they are, then it should be just so," even though performing same-sex marriage weddings goes against United Methodist Church teaching, which says homosexuality is incompatible with Christianity.
In 2012, the 1,000-member General Conference reaffirmed the church's 40-year-old policy on the issue. more >>
In a move hailed by LGBT rights groups, the United States Senate has passed the 2013 version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
The Senate voted on Thursday 64 to 32 in favor of passing the legislation, which if enacted would bar workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Tico Almeida, founder and president of the pro-gay organization Freedom to Work, said in a statement that the vote was a "historic step." more >>
A Christian conservative political group has criticized a likely expansion of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
Tony Perkins, the president of Family Research Council, a conservative Christian political lobby group, attacked the measure on Nov. 4, claiming it would "increase litigation, diminish religious liberty, and create a new federal mandate on businesses based on sexuality."
Perkins also asserted in a press release that "the law would not allow businesses, including schools and daycares, to take things into consideration when they think it is appropriate," and threatened not only the "free market but religious liberties as well." more >>