WASHINGTON — Prominent conservative activist and author Ryan T. Anderson, one of the most prolific thinkers opposing the redefinition of marriage, thinks the Supreme Court made the right decision Monday in refusing to hear a case from a Christian Kentucky clerk who is denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
After the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges in June established that states could no longer refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses, Kim Davis, the elected clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky announced that her office would no longer be handing out any marriage licenses so that she could stay true to her Apostolic Christian faith.
After a federal court ruled in August that Davis' clerk office could no longer refrain from issuing marriage licenses because of her Christian objection to same-sex marriage, Davis and her lawyer filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court seeking exemption from the district court's ruling until her appeal process can be completed. However, the court struck Davis' application down. Despite her Supreme Court loss, Davis is still not issuing any marriage licenses and will face a contempt hearing Thursday. . more >>
Even after a Monday rejection from the U.S. Supreme Court, a county clerk in Kentucky will still not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, calling the matter "a Heaven or Hell decision."
Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who refuses to grant licenses to gay couples over her religious objections, was denied an appeal in her legal action by the U.S. Supreme Court.
When same-sex couple David Ermold and David Moore went to Davis' office Tuesday for a marriage license, Davis turned them away. (Video of the confrontation was posted at The New York Times.) When Davis is asked what authority she has to deny the couple a marriage license, she replied, "under God's authority." more >>
When North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina, surprisingly announced that their beloved President Jimmy Epting would retire from his position earlier this year, they cited health concerns as the motive behind the decision.
A recently released video showing an apparent affair between Epting and a woman identified as "Kelly," however, suggests his sudden departure from the Christian liberal arts university was influenced by a little more than just his health.
The affair video made public last Thursday and first cited in a report from The Greenville News purportedly shows Epting and a female staff member being confronted by a third person inside a private home. It upended the previous narrative. more >>
The Vatican has clarified in a statement that despite a recent news story of Pope Francis blessing Italian author Francesca Pardi, a lesbian who has written a children's book with positive depictions of gay families, the Roman Catholic Church's doctrine opposing gay marriage has not changed.
"The blessing of the pope at the end of the letter was directed to the person, not at any possible teachings that are not in line with the doctrine of the church … which hasn't changed a bit as the Holy Father has repeated even recently," said Vatican spokesman the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, according to Religion News Service on Monday.
Pardi, who lives in Milan, said that she wrote to Francis and was surprised when she received a letter back, in which the pope's staff conveys his blessing. more >>
The first season of "Married at First Sight" was considered a success because two out of the three pairs have remained married after six months. But with a zero marital success in the second season, a third installation for the reality show is now doubtful.
Married at First Sight season 2's three couples got divorced in the end, and one of the stars filed a restraining order against her spouse. This situation threw the reality show in a doubtful light and there are now speculations that the experimental show will not be renewed, according to Realty Today.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Married at First Sight executive director Sam Dean explained that their four experts are behind the love matches, not the producers. The candidates all go through a stringent process involving record checks and personality and psychological tests. more >>
After putting his career on hold to focus on his family, Dathan Thigpen, the season eight winner of "Sunday Best All Stars," believes God has redeemed all the gospel singer believed was lost.
Thigpen, the 34-year-old Jackson native, is a husband of seven years and father of two who believes God has honored him for choosing to halt his music aspirations for three years in order to focus on family during a rocky time in his marriage.
Devoting more of his time to family also meant the father of 3- and 5-year-old boys would lose out on furthering his singing career. more >>