Gwyneth Paltrow has expressed outrage over "completely false" rumors of an affair with a billionaire developer this week.
The actress has been married to Coldplay front man Chris Martin for the past decade, and the pair share two children together, but her relationship with Martin has been under the spotlight this week after rumors were sparked by media reports of an alleged affair - something the actress strongly denies.
According to recent reports, Paltrow had a "romantic relationship" with supermodel Elle Macpherson's billionaire husband, Jeff Soffer, in 2008. more >>
Same-sex marriages will go ahead in New Jersey starting on Monday after the state's Supreme Court ruled against an appeal to block the practice while an appeal is being considered, arguing that there is no reasonable chance the appeal will be successful.
"The State has advanced a number of arguments, but none of them overcome this reality: same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today. The harm to them is real, not abstract or speculative," wrote Chief Justice Stuart Rabner in the decision.
All seven judges ruled on Friday that Governor Chris Christie's appeal to temporarily block gay marriage has "not shown a reasonable probability it will succeed on the merits," Reuters reported, which means that on Monday the Garden State will become the 14th state in the U.S. to allow the practice. more >>
A federal judge determined this week that a lawsuit filed by a same-sex couple seeking to wed in Michigan in spite of the state's ban on same-sex marriage will go trial. Both the couple who filed the lawsuit and the state were hoping the judge would issue an immediate ruling.
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said Wednesday that the trial for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse of Hazel Park, Michigan, will commence Feb. 25. In his statement on Wednesday, Friedman pointed to the Supreme Court's June ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that these women were also "entitled to their day in court and they shall have it."
DeBoer and Rowse, both nurses, filed a lawsuit in January 2012 challenging the state's ban on same-sex adoption, as the couple would like to adopt each other's children, Nolan, 4, Jacob, 3, and Ryanne, 3. The couple was later convinced to also challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a 2004 constitutional amendment that was passed by 59 percent of voters. more >>
The Constitutional Council in France has ruled that mayors who are not in favor of same-sex marriage will still have to hold such ceremonies despite their beliefs, following the legalization of the practice earlier this year.
"Freedom of conscience is not violated by officiating at weddings," the court said, according to BBC News. It also added that the government did not create an exemption for officials not in favor of same-sex marriage "to assure the law is applied by its agents and to guarantee the proper functioning and neutrality of public service."
France became the 14th country in the world to officially legalize same-sex marriage in May after President Francois Hollande signed the Assembly-approved bill into law, which also allowed gay couples to adopt children. The law has been met with heavy opposition from supporters of traditional marriage, who have staged a number of mass rallies drawing hundreds of thousands of people. more >>
Charlie Hunnam, an actor best known for his roles in "Pacific Rim" and "Sons of Anarchy," has forfeited his role as the lead in the film adaptation of E.L. James' 2011 erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. While Hunnam cited a busy TV acting schedule as the reason for turning down the role, Christian film and literature experts offered other reasons for him walking away.
"It's a big risk for an unknown actor to do a role that is so highly sexualized," Lisa Swain, associate professor of Cinema and Media Arts at Biola University and a 15-year veteran of the entertainment industry, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. "We can only speculate as to what Charlie was actually thinking," but he may have been cautious to star in the film due to its sexual content, she said.
Swain compared the forthcoming "Fifty Shades" film to "Showgirls," a film which allegedly ruined the career of actress Elizabeth Berkeley. Showgirls, too, "was a very sexy movie," the professor explained. more >>
A recent Facebook study found that the top 25 colleges where men and women meet their future spouses are all Christian institutions of higher learning. The institutions claimed that, while many of their students meet their "soul mates" as class mates, their schools are for learning, not romance.
"The perception on the outside looking in is that we are a marriage factory, but it's not because Harding University is trying to be a Match.com kind of place and push marriage on people," Monte Cox, dean of Harding University's College of Bible and Ministry, told The Christian Post on Tuesday. Harding University in Searcy, Ark., ranked second for men finding spouses from the same college, and 16 for women.
Cox dispelled the potential charge that, since the school takes a hardline stance against premarital sex, students use marriage as a license to have sex. "I haven't found that," he said, referring to his private capacity as a premarital counselor with his wife. "I'm sure there have been some couples like that, but most of the couples we've counseled were ready to get married." more >>