Telstra, the largest telecommunication company in Australia, has dropped its public support for legalizing gay marriage in the country, sparking a cultural row and claims the Catholic Church influenced its decision.
Although Telstra backed same-sex marriage in a full-page advertisement published in Australian newspapers earlier this year, the company has since decided to drop out of the debate, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Thursday.
Telstra Chief Executive Andrew Penn explained the decision is based on making sure everyone gets a chance to voice their opinion in the debate. more >>
Missourians could not be forced to participate in a same-sex wedding if a proposed referendum is added to the ballot and passed.
Known as Senate Joint Resolution 39, the proposed referendum item passed the Senate in March and is presently being debated in the House.
"That the state shall not impose a penalty on a religious organization on the basis that the organization believes or acts in accordance with a sincere religious belief concerning marriage between two persons of the same sex," reads the proposed amendment in part. more >>
The Tennessee legislature sent a bill to the governor that, if enacted, would give legal protection to counselors and therapists who may religiously object to providing certain services.
In particular, the bill appears to be aimed at protecting counselors whose clients expect them to affirm sexual behaviors the counselor deems sinful.
Senate Bill 1556 was approved Monday by the upper house in a vote of 25 ayes against 6 nays. Governor Bill Haslam has ten days excluding Sundays to sign it into law. more >>
One of the first United Methodist Church congregations to join the LGBT lobbying group, Reconciling Ministries Network, will close next month.
St. Paul United Methodist Church of Denver, Colorado, a theologically liberal congregation that became the third church to become a Reconciling congregation, will soon close its doors.
The Rev. Jessica Rooks, head of St. Paul UMC, told The Christian Post the final worship service will be held on Sunday, May 22. more >>
Conservative author Ryan Anderson has outlined three major hypocrisies found in the Left's outrage and over religious liberty laws recently passed in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.
Anderson, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and author of the book Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Liberty, wrote a Monday op-ed for The Daily Signal criticizing liberal entertainers, businesses and governors who claim that the laws outright legalize discrimination against the LGBT community and are now trying to use their influence to coerce the states to repeal the laws.
"At issue are a Mississippi law that narrowly and carefully protects the rights of religious charities, small businesses, and select public servants and a North Carolina law that reasonably protects privacy and safety in public restrooms, while leaving private institutions free to set their own bathroom policies. These laws, apparently, are now unacceptable to some voices on the left," Anderson wrote. "But are they really? The hypocrisy in their opposition suggests otherwise." more >>
The Church of Norway has voted 88 to 32 to allow gay people to be married in church, following almost two decades of debate on the controversial issue.
English-language Norwegian media The Local reported on Monday that The Bishops' Conference approved the vote.
"For my part, and the thousands who I represent here, the disappointment, sorrow and uncertainty is great. Disappointment and sadness because today we are introducing a doctrine that a unified diocese called heresy in 1997. This goes against the Bible and Jesus's word on marriage," said Rolf Magne Haukalid, one of the opponents of the Norwegian church sanctifying gay marriage, according to NRK. more >>