Republican presidential candidate Florida Sen. Marco Rubio declared Sunday that he has been called a "bigot" for supporting the biblical definition of marriage and explained such language is often used by the left to make millions of conservatives feel "out of place in their own country."
In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," Rubio was questioned by moderator John Dickerson about a recent 30-second televised campaign ad that features Rubio stating that the 2016 election is about "all of us who feel out of place in our own country" and the "millions with traditional values branded 'bigots' and 'haters.'"
"I think people feel out of place in their own country for a number of reasons," Rubio stated in the interview. more >>
More than 60 percent of voters in the Catholic-majority Slovenia said "no" to legalizing same-sex marriage in a referendum held Sunday, just as Pope Francis had advised them.
The referendum took place after a gay marriage law approved by the former Communist country's left-leaning parliament in March was challenged before any same-sex couples could marry. A group called Children Are At Stake collected 40,000 signatures to challenge the bill.
Transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, prayed with Pastor Ed Young Sr. at a Christmas pageant at Houston's Second Baptist Church for a reality show. The pastor's son, Ed Young Jr., who leads Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, posted their photos and tweeted about it.
Jenner attended the church of Young Sr., who opposed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, for the reality series "I Am Cait."
"Dad has always taught me to love everyone. Here he is praying with @Caitlyn_Jenner at tonight's service," Pastor Young Jr. tweeted Thursday, followed by another tweet the following day, "Dad and @Caitlyn_Jenner had a great conversation and prayer after last night's service! #grace" more >>
Hillary Clinton, speaking at ABC presidential primary debate in New Hampshire Saturday night, warned that gay rights, funding for Planned Parenthood and "Obamacare" would be reversed if the Republican Party takes the White House. She also attacked GOP frontrunner Donald Trump over his remarks against Muslims.
"This is a watershed election. I know how important it is that we have a Democrat succeed President Obama in the White House," Clinton said in the debate at St. Anselm College, in which Democratic candidates Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley also participated.
"From my perspective, we have to prevent the Republicans from rolling back the progress that we've made," Clinton added, according to the transcript of the debate published by The Washington Post. "They would repeal the Affordable Care Act, not improve it. They would give more tax breaks to the super-wealthy and corporations, not to the middle class. And they would, despite all their tough talk about terrorism, continue to let people who are on the no-fly list buy guns." more >>
A Massachusetts state court ruled that a rescinded job offer by a Catholic school to a man in a same-sex marriage violates state discrimination laws.
Matthew Barrett filed a lawsuit in 2014 after Fontbonne Academy in Milton rescinded a job offer in 2013 as director of food services when he listed his same-sex marriage partner as his emergency contact.
A Massachusetts judge ruled in Barrett's favor, rejecting the school's religious freedom argument and its appeal to its Catholic mission and witness. more >>
Six Republican presidential candidates signed a pledge to support a federal bill meant to protect the rights of gay marriage opponents.
Known as the First Amendment Defense Act, the proposed legislation introduced in June is designed to protect critics of gay marriage from facing legal action for their views.
Conservative groups including the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America, and the Family Research Council affiliate FRC Action created a pledge for candidates to support. more >>