In a decision that has sent gay rights advocates in a tizzy, a federal judge upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday handing opponents of such bans across the country their first defeat in a federal court since the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that the U.S. government cannot withhold federal benefits to married gay couples.
"The State of Louisiana has a legitimate interest under a rational basis standard of review for addressing the meaning of marriage through the democratic process," Judge Martin L. C. Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana wrote in his decision cited by Talking Points Memo.
Feldman, who was nominated to the federal bench in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, explained that the idea of same-sex marriage was "nonexistent and even inconceivable until very recently." He noted that: "Many states have democratically chosen to recognize same-sex marriage. But until recent years, it had no place at all in this nation's history and tradition." more >>
The patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" clan, Phil Robertson, says he does not hate homosexuals or anyone for that matter, despite his comments regarding homosexuality that got him temporarily suspended from the A&E Network last year.
Robertson recently began promoting his new book, unPHILtered: The Way I See It, in which he addresses the comments made to GQ Magazine regarding the Bible condemning the gay lifestyle as a sin. While speaking about his book, he also noted that his opinion about gay individuals is similar to that of Jesus' view.
The largest professional wrestling company in the United States has invited openly gay National Football League player Michael Sam to their program to air his grievances.
World Wrestling Entertainment, based in Stamford, Connecticut, announced Monday that they wanted the recently cut Rams player on their flagship program "Monday Night Raw" next week.
When Christian singer Vicky Beeching disclosed a self-affirmed identity as a lesbian on Aug. 14 in an extensive interview with the British newspaper The Independent ("Vicky Beeching, Christian rock star 'I'm gay. God loves me just the way I am"), she happily used the media to the fullest to attack the historic Christian stance on a male-female foundation for marriage. On her webpage she now has a whole section devoted to her "Coming Out" which provides over seventy links to media "covering Vicky's coming out story" for the dates Aug. 14 -21.
I responded with an article in the online Christian Post, "Christian Singer Vicky Beeching Appeals to God's Love to Justify Her Lesbianism" (Aug. 19). Perhaps not surprisingly, she omits this article. She knows about it though. Ms. Beeching tweeted her followers the same day with this message and a link to my article. "It's tough when strangers psychoanalyse you about 'why you're gay.' Theologian Robert Gagnon wrote this about me" (with link). She also knows about my work on the Bible and homosexuality. In a post dated June 23, "LGBT Theology: What does the Bible say?", she cites a number of works in favor of homosexual unions but only one work that upholds the historic Christian stance:
"It's also worth reading a few books that uphold the traditionalist view, just to see where others are coming from and how their arguments can seem strong until they are reassessed. A classic text is Robert Gagnon's 'The Bible and Homosexual Practice.' I disagree with his conclusions, but I see great value in reading opposing views to know how and why others see things differently." more >>
The owners of a New York farm, who were fined $13,000 for "discriminating" against same-sex couples by refusing a wedding service to a lesbian couple due to their religious convictions, have now decided not to hold any marriage ceremonies even though it will likely hurt their business.
A month after a judge ruled that the farm owned by Cynthia and Robert Gifford is a public accommodation and therefore they must abide by the N.Y. anti-discrimination law, the couple has decided to no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property, according to Alliance Defending Freedom.
"Since the order essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business in the short run," TheBlaze quoted ADF attorney James Trainor as saying. more >>
Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson has recently claimed that a teenage boy brought up by his single mother is showing signs of being gay because of the absence of a father figure.
During the "Bring It On" segment on an episode of the long-running series "The 700 Club," Robertson received a written question from a viewer named "Kristi."