A language teacher at a Catholic high school near Philadelphia was terminated from his job last week after he told school officials he was applying for a gay marriage license with his partner in neighboring New Jersey.
Michael Griffin, who taught French and Spanish at the Holy Ghost Preparatory School for 12 years, lost his job last week after he filed for a same-sex marriage license in New Jersey, where he lives with his partner, Vincent Giannetto. Father James McCloskey, the headmaster at the school located in Philadelphia's suburb of Bensalem, said in a statement that the school must abide by the teachings of the Catholic Church, and Griffin had violated his contract with the school when he applied for a same-sex marriage license.
According to KERO-TV 23, McCloskey said Griffin's decision contradicted "the terms of his teaching contract at our school, which requires all faculty and staff to follow the teachings of the Church as a condition of their employment. In discussion with Mr. Griffin, he acknowledged that he was aware of this provision, yet he said that he intended to go ahead with the ceremony." more >>
A Colorado judge says a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs, a ruling that a civil rights group hailed as a victory for gay rights.
Administrative Law Judge Robert N. Spencer ruled Friday that Jack Phillips, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, will face fines if he continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy wedding cakes.
"The undisputed facts show that Respondents (Phillips) discriminated against Complainants because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage," Spencer wrote. more >>
Porsha Williams is officially divorced from former NFL player Kordell Stewart, and "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star is talking about what a blessing it is.
"Today is the 1st Day of the rest of my LIFE #blessed #lovinglife #favored #free," Williams wrote on her Instagram account after news broke that the divorce was finalized.
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star has said she learned on Twitter that her now ex-husband was divorcing her last March. Months after the news first broke, the 32-year-old reality television star has a new outlook on love. more >>
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said in a recent interview that he was "surprised" over his daughters' recent social media spat regarding same-sex marriage, saying he would have preferred for the matter to stay within his family, instead of going public. Cheney's eldest daughter, Liz Cheney, is currently running for Wyoming's GOP Senate seat and opposes same-sex marriage, while his younger daughter, Mary, is a lesbian and outspoken proponent of gay marriage.
While appearing at the National Press Club on Monday, the former vice president said he regretted that Liz had been attacked by Mary and her partner, Heather Poe, on Facebook following Liz's comments on "Fox News Sunday" regarding her opposition to same-sex marriage back in November.
"We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn't happened," Cheney told ABC News. "It's always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that's our preference." more >>
"Preachers of L.A.," the faith-based Oxygen network reality show that Christians seem to love to hate but apparently like to watch in record numbers, has led to online discussions about various hot-button issues. One topic in particular featured in the docu-series that elicited strong responses is "shacking up," or the state of an unmarried couple living together as if they are husband and wife. The situation suggests that a shacking couple is a couple having sex, or facing the temptation to have sex. But is "shacking" even mentioned in the Bible?
In the Oct. 16 airing of episode 2 of "Preachers of L.A." ("Acceptance"), gospel recording artist and former pastor Deitrick Haddon and his fiancée, Dominique dine with Bishop Ron Gibson and his wife, LaVette, for the purposes, according to Haddon, of getting wisdom from the long-time married couple. Despite beginning amicably, the meeting quickly turns south as Bishop Gibson states that "a shaky suspect engagement is indicative of a shaky and suspect marriage." Cutting to the chase, Gibson asks Haddon, "Are you guys shacking?" Haddon, offended by Gibson's question, declares that shacking up isn't in the Bible. Watch a brief clip of the exchange below.
Sammy Lopez, lead pastor of Mighty Fortress Christian Fellowship in San Antonio, Texas, weighed in on Twitter during the noted "Preachers of L.A." episode, dismissing Haddon's suggestion that "shacking" is not in the Bible. more >>
With some 420 million pornographic web pages online, access to Internet porn is at an all-time high. But many people visiting these pages for pleasure end up finding themselves caught in a terrible cycle of addiction from which they are now struggling to break free.
Project Know, an addiction and rehab program, recently created an infographic that explains how dangerous online porn can be and shows how a budding effort, called NoFap (nofap.org), has been responding to the Internet's porn problem.more >>